Microsoft refreshes Windows Live

Microsoft late Tuesday launched what the company calls the “next generation of Windows Live”, a collection of online add-ons for Windows PCS, including a photo sharing tool, Live Mail, a Blog authoring application, a new instant messenger, a calendar and a new toolbar.

Microsoft gives away Search Server 2008 Express

Microsoft today took another step into Google territory, as the company has broken out the search capability of its SharePoint Server 2007 and has made an “Express” version of this feature available for free.

Microsoft says on track to ship Visual Studio this month

Microsoft announced this week that it is committed to being able to ship out Visual Studio 2008 this month.

Apple quickly patches Quicktime

On the heels of a few critical security threats that recently popped up, Apple has released a new version of its Quicktime player.

Firefox jumps to version

Mozilla has kicked off the month of November with a brand new Firefox update, patching issues that were found in the previous release.

Apple unleashes two million Leopards over the weekend

Apple today said that the latest version of its Mac OS X 10.5 operating system exceeded the launch sales of its predecessor “Tiger”. More than two million copies were delivered to customers over the weekend.

Yahoo upgrades messenger with multimedia features

Yahoo announced today that it is adding a handful of new features to its instant messenger application, allowing bigger file transfers and new media playback integration.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard leaps with 300 new features

Cupertino (CA) - Apple released Mac OS X 10.5, codenamed Leopard yesterday.  It is available for purchase at approximately $130.  Leopard comes with a host of graphical and user-centric new features, more than 300 in total.  Originally scheduled for release in June, was it worth the wait?

Prism hopes to refract Silverlight and AIR

Mountain View (CA) - Mozilla has decided to throw its rainbow colored hat into the ring.  In an attempt to offer an open-source alternative to Microsoft's Silverlight and Adobe's AIR, Prism will provide an integrated application environment for the desktop, one which allows web-based applications to be launched from the desktop.  The primary difference?  Those applications will run without the standard browser controls being visible, just like regular windows.

Three-dimensional models pop up on Microsoft Virtual Earth

Microsoft has launched a preview of "Virtual Earth 3DVIA", a new addition to the software giant's online mapping service that lets users create realistic 3D models.

Windows 7 previewed with MinWin

Urbana (IL) - Eric Traut, a distinguished Microsoft engineer, was on hand last week to give a preview of upcoming virtualization techniques, hypervisors and the like.  However, one of the more interesting aspects of the presentation was a short segment on Windows 7, the next generation of Windows (after Vista).  The demo showed a slimmed down core operating system without graphics, one using only 33 MB of memory.

Firefox 3 to build on heavy visual integration

The next generation Mozille Web browser will appear differently depending on which operating system is being used, as developers try to blend in multiple components seamlessly with Windows, Mac OS X, and even Linux.

Apple: SDK for iPhone third party apps coming in February

Steve Jobs believes that the iPhone is “the best mobile platform ever for developers”, but users are still waiting for Apple to open up the phone for third parties almost four months after launch. But according Jobs, the SDK is coming – as soon as concerns about malware threats have been reduced.

Apple slices DRM-free iTunes tracks price to 99 cents

After five months of charging users an additional 30 cents to download a straight MP3 track, Apple has decided to bring the prices down to the same as their DRM-ridden counterparts.

Leopard to leap onto Apple computers October 26

Apple announced today that it has set a new, firm release date for its next-generation operating system of October 26.

Microsoft patches Excel calculation bug

Microsoft has fixed a rare display glitch in Excel 2007, two weeks after it first alerted users to the problem.

Linspire desktop operating system pushed to version 6.0

Open source OS specialist Linspire announced today that it has upgraded its desktop Linux platform.

Microsoft fixes more Vista issues

Microsoft has doled out a few patches to improve stability in Windows Vista, for the second time in as many months.

Ebay launches beta version of Adobe-powered desktop app

Ebay announced today that it has launched a public beta version of Ebay Desktop, one of the first big commercial products to run on the Adobe AIR format.

Adobe debuts media player

Adobe has launched the beta version of its new media player, using the same format and streaming technology seen in YouTube and other video sharing sites.