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An inside look at the testing of Windows Phone 7

On a rather sunny August day deep within one of the many nondescript buildings that dot Microsoft's campus, a robot taps away at a prototype Windows Phone 7 to double-check that the screen is accurately reading touch input. Another robot, affectionately dubbed Wally, tests the accelerometer and other sensors built into the new phones. A building over, thousands of phones are going through a variety of stress tests, including both automated and hand-performed tasks.

That's a major shift for Microsoft, which in the past focused on making sure its software was bug-free and left much of the testing of final phones to the partners that make the actual Windows Phone devices.

Windows Live Messenger has already powered 1.5 billion minutes of Facebook chat

Dharmesh Mehta: Frederic from ReadWriteWeb recently noted the large number of people who have connected Facebook and Messenger. As it’s now been about one month since we released Windows Live Essentials 2011, we wanted to take a moment to talk more about our progress in building partnerships with Messenger that help customers connect to their friends and networks from across their devices...

Android surging as Microsoft tries to reverse its mobile slide

New numbers from the Gartner research firm this morning show Google's Android continuing to generate huge momentum for itself in the mobile market, and demonstrate how much competition Microsoft faces as it launches its mobile comeback bid.

Android surged to a 25.5 percent share of the worldwide smartphone market in the third quarter, from a mere 3.5 percent in the same quarter a year ago. That was well ahead of Apple's iOS and, at 16.7 percent, and Research in Motion's BlackBerry, at 14.8 percent. Symbian remains the leader, at 36.6 percent, but that was down from 44.6 percent in the same quarter a year ago...

GeForce Forceware 262.99 WHQL

This is a WHQL-certified driver supporting the new GeForce GTX 580 GPU.

Additional Information

- Installs HD Audio driver to version 1.1.9.0.

Microsoft Introduces New Offerings for Business Intelligence and Mission-Critical Workloads

Today from PASS Summit 2010, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of SQL Server, Microsoft SQL Server code-named "Denali," and made available SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. The company also announced the new Microsoft Critical Advantage Program, which provides an end-to-end experience across the complete life cycle of mission-critical appliances, such as SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse. Combined, the product and program help enterprise customers successfully design, deploy and optimize appliance-based solutions to help ensure the highest level of scalability, availability and reliability for the most demanding data warehouse requirements...