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There have been lots of questions about why we’re not opening this test to the public.

Microsoft today have acknowledged that they are testing a new search engine internally.image

They explain on the Live Search blog post that they are hoping for a comprehensive amount of feedback from internal users before releasing it to anybody outside of Redmond.

They also explain further into the post about rebranding Live Search to say that it is still under consideration.

I feel if they want any hope of this working they need to rebrand.

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Just because Office 14 won’t be fully released until next year doesn’t mean consumers will have to wait that long to try out the products.

Microsoft have revealed a few titbits of information around Office 14.

Microsoft have confirmed that they will be offering desktop versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote as well as versions that can run within a browser and they will include full functionality with Internet Explorer, Safari or Firefox, Office14 is also going to be fully compatible with both Linux and Apple iPhone.

Microsoft have conceded though that Office 14 will not be available this year but they do believe that they will have a beta edition out in some form before year end.

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Ballmer described Microsoft’s seven core businesses: Windows, Windows Mobile, Desktop Productivity, Server, Enterprise Software, Search and Advertising, and Entertainment and TV. Of those seven, five are directly related to IT/business. And when you look at an eighth "other businesses" category, you’ll see that two of the four emerging Microsoft businesses, Dynamics and Enterprise Services, are also IT/business related.

has posted an article on his website from the annual Microsoft Strategic Update for 2009 held in New York recently.

I won’t say much, as Paul’s post covers everything very well, other than Microsoft will look to there core business over the coming year to ensure they get through this economic downturn with as little damage as possible.

One thing that does stand out, Paul does mention it, is that Microsoft still relies on it’s business products to provide the bulk of it’s income and not consumer market.

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Facebook addicts beware, a new wave of socially engineered worms and trojans is headed your way as criminals seek new ways to cash in on the popularity of social networks.

All Facebook users need to be diligent and careful when they are on the Facebook website.

Facebook themselves think if they simply ignore this problem nobody will notice, which is irresponsible to say the very least.

I don’t user Facebook myself, but I feel some basic security measures need to be implemented, they could start with screening applications before having them published to the Facebook community, which I mentioned in a previous post, you can find my previous post here.

And before I get beaten around the head by the Facebook community I am not having a go at the Facebook application but at the people running it.

Come on Facebook it’s time to face reality

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The Engineering Windows 7 Blog has outlined some of the changes in Windows 7 Release Candidate. Here is the list, check out their blog for more information. Looks like there are some direct changes from what Beta testers have been requesting.

This article links back to the Windows 7 Engineering Blog which I wrote about a couple of days back, you can find that post here if you missed it.

I decided to post a link to this story from the Technet Australia Blog because they have put together a great bullet point list of the changes that have been made in Windows 7 Release Candidate which makes it easier for everyone to understand the improvements that the Windows 7 team have added.

I also love how they added “Looks like there are some direct changes from what Beta testers have been requesting”. Can somebody please tell Microsoft that we believe them when they say they are listening to the beta testers feedback.

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Over at the Microsoft Online Blog they have posted about the recent uptake of the online services by GlaxoSmithKline and the dynamics behind the move to online services.

If you are interested you can sign up for a free trial here and experience the full impact of Microsoft’s online services

 

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Although Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser continued to bleed  market share last month, Apple Inc’s Safari was an even bigger loser during February, an Internet metrics company said today.image

Firefox continues to gain market share and Internet Explorer continues it’s gradual slide, but it was Safari that was the big loser last month falling 0.3%.

Firefox registered it’s fifth month in a row increase finishing with 21.7% of the browser market share, still a long way behind Internet Explorer with 67.5%.

Other browsers like Google Chrome rose to 1.15% and Opera with a slight increase to 0.71%.

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