Archive for the ‘Microsoft’ Category

Windows Vista available, with 2 year delay

December 1, 2006

Microsoft, the American software group headed by Bill Gates, will release its Windows Vista and Office 2007 products to business users today, after a two-year delay. The software, which has been developed at an estimated cost of $7 billion (£3.6 billion), is the first update of the Windows operating system since 2001. The consumer version of Vista is expected to be released in January and, like its business counterpart, will include improved features in areas such as security and searching. Analysts have suggested that Office 2007 could prove to be the more important product for Microsoft. The software suite will compete with rival web-based systems such as Google’s word-processor and spreadsheet utilities.

 

Together, Windows and Office account for the lion’s share of Microsoft profits, but Microsoft has suggested that the new products’ initial contributions to revenue growth will be modest. The company expects revenues for 2007 to grow at between 13 and 15 per cent year-on-year, compared with the 11 per cent increase in 2006. Well may be the revenues will not grow so fast, as there are fully working pirated versions of Windows Vista floating on the net for more than week ) .

Source: Times

Transported Xbox 360 consoles worth $2M hijacked

November 25, 2006

Among all the PS3 / Wii commotion this week, Microsoft quietly celebrated their next-generation console’s first birthday, by offering their fans 360 reasons to love the Xbox 360. In turn, Microsoft also received a “gift” from a gang of die-hard fans (of Sony’s most likely) from England, who hijacked a couple of transports estimated at £1,000,000 worth of Xbox 360 consoles – that’s almost $2,000,000. The Staffordshire police reports that the latest robbery was carried out on Monday morning, by a group of organised thieves who managed to convince a lorry driver that something was caught under his wheels, and then upon exiting the vehicle beat him and left him on the roadside. After later dumping the lorry, the thieves took off with the £750,000 worth of Xbox 360 consoles, which, by CVG’s rocket-science calculations, add up to just over 2,500 units. But fear not, they will surely experience major overheating problems if they try to play them all at once.

This is the second such theft this month, because a trailer containing £260,000 worth of Xbox 360 consoles was also stolen a week ago, from a depot owned by the same company, Hellman Worldwide Logistics, curiously enough. The Staffordshire police made an appeal to the public, asking them to report if anyone offers them a shiny new console in suspicious circumstances, “such as in a pub, at a car boot sale or off the back of a lorry”. Well, selling such an amount of XboXes must be little hard if go you from house to house ) .