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Microsoft's Ray Ozzie To Step Down As Chief Software Architect

Microsoft has just announced that Ray Ozzie, the company's Chief Software Architect is stepping down from this position. The full letter CEO Steve Ballmer sent to employees is pasted below.

Ozzie assumed the chief software architect’s role in June 2006. In his role, Ozzie was responsible for oversight of the company’s technical strategy and product architecture. Prior to this role, Ozzie was chief technical officer from April 2005 to June 2006. He assumed that position in April 2005 after Microsoft acquired Groove Networks, a next-generation collaboration software company he formed in 1997...

Apple Reports Q4 2010 Profit of $4.31 Billion on $20.34 Billion Revenue, Best Quarter Ever

Apple today announced financial results for the third calendar quarter and fourth fiscal quarter of 2010. For the quarter, Apple posted revenue of $20.34 billion and net quarterly profit of $4.31 billion, or $4.64 per diluted share, compared to revenue of $12.21 billion and net quarterly profit of $2.53 billion, or $2.77 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 36.9 percent, compared to 41.8 percent in the year-ago quarter, and international sales accounted for 57 percent of the quarter's revenue...

A Tidal Wave of Java Flaw Exploitation

Microsoft warned today that it is witnessing a huge spike in the exploitation of Java vulnerabilities on the Windows platform, and that attacks on Java security holes now far outpace the exploitation of Adobe PDF bugs. The Microsoft announcement cites research by blogger Brian Krebs, who has been warning for several months that Java vulnerabilities are showing up as the top moneymakers for those peddling commercial crimeware exploitation kits, such as Eleonore, Crimepack and SEO Sploit Pack.

Download Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, previously called Systems Management Server, represents a tremendous advance over its well-regarded predecessor, now providing the insight and control necessary to more effectively manage change in today's dynamic IT infrastructures with a broad range of management capabilities.

Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Zone Launched

Stephen L Rose: We are pleased to announce the release of the Microsoft Desktop Virtualization zone on Springboard Series on TechNet that provides dynamic information and structured resources to help you explore, test, pilot, and deploy the latest Windows OS in your environment.

With Microsoft Desktop Virtualization, we have broken the bonds between the OS, application, and data & user settings by providing you solutions in all of these areas, enabling you to deploy the best mix for your organization's needs...

Microsoft Research Collaborates With Wikipedia to Enhance Multilingual Content

Microsoft Research today announced the launch of the beta version of WikiBhasha, a multilingual content creation tool for Wikipedia. The WikiBhasha tool enables contributors to Wikipedia to find content from other Wikipedia articles, translate the content into other languages, and then either compose new articles or enhance existing articles in multilingual Wikipedias.

The WikiBhasha beta is available as an open source MediaWiki extension, under the Apache License 2.0 at http://svn.wikimedia.org/viewvc/mediawiki/trunk/extensions/WikiBhasha, and as a user gadget in Wikipedia. The tool is also available as an installable bookmarklet at http://www.wikibhasha.org, which is hosted on the Windows Azure platform from Microsoft Corp. The name WikiBhasha derives from the well-known term “wiki,” denoting collaboration, and “bhasha,” which means “language” in Hindi and Sanskrit.

The new Google Search Appliance - a bridge to the cloud

In the last year, businesses have started using cloud-based applications from Google and other technology providers at an accelerated rate. While many organizations still have information that resides in on-premise systems, more and more important business information today is living in the cloud, in collaborative tools like Google Apps—now used by more than 3 million businesses—and services like Twitter. Starting today, Cloud Connect for the Google Search Appliance lets workers search across both on-premise and cloud-based content from a single search box, delivering more comprehensive results and improving productivity. We’ve also added a few other handy features that make it easier to collaborate and find information faster.

1985: Introducing Windows 1.0

Who remembers when Microsoft launched its first attempt at implementing a multi-tasking graphical user interface-based operating environment on the PC platform? Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's chief software architect, payed homage to the very first version of Windows by creating a blog post showcasing the original news release for the operating system.