Here's what happened in and around the orbit of Microsoft this past week:
Microsoft Office 14 to arrive late 2009/early 2010. Microsoft expects Office 14 to arrive in late 2009 or early 2010, much the same time frame company expects for Windows 7. Ars speculates that Microsoft wants to reproduce the Vista-Office 2007 dual-launch.
Windows "Mojave" advertisements appear in the wild. After showing 120 XP, Mac, and Linux users a new version of Windows codenamed Mojave (which was really just Vista), the company launched a website this week, with video footage of the users' reactions. Ads that take you to the site have started to appear all over the web.
Microsoft: number of 64-bit Vista PCs doubled in three months. While looking at Windows Update numbers over the last few months, Microsoft noticed a recent increase in users running 64-bit Vista. The change is especially noticeable in the US: 20 percent of new Windows Vista PCs connecting to Windows Update in June were 64-bit, up from just 3 percent in March.
Microsoft Research releases free software for academics. Microsoft Research unveiled free software to help researchers seamlessly publish, preserve, and share data. The division also announced that it will be putting $1.5 million into scalable multicore research programs.
Microsoft: Forrester Vista enterprise study is inconsistent. On the Windows Vista Team Blog, Chris Flores, Director of the Windows Client Communications Team, criticized a study recently released by Forrester Research entitled "Enterprise Trends: Vista Is Rejected; Mozilla And Apple Make Small Gains."
Crapware alert: OneCare trial coming to 11 OEMs. Microsoft has drawn up agreements with 11 OEMs to preinstall trial versions of Windows Live OneCare on new PCs. The company should be trying to get OEMs away from installing crapware by default on Windows PCs, not supporting them.
Google grabs 1.3 million Aussie e-mail users from Microsoft. Google partner SMS Management and Technology has signed an e-mail deal with the NSW Department of Education for $9.5 million. Later this year, 1.3 million additional users will be accessing Gmail instead of Outlook Web Access.
Live Search homepage updated to be more interactive. Microsoft has added two new design features to the US version of Live.com: background images and "hotspots." While not particularly revolutionary, the two additions aren't bad ones, and the team insists it has more features on the way.
Microsoft calls out for more IE8 beta testers. With Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 just around the corner, Microsoft is asking for more beta testers that are willing to file high-quality bug reports. The new beta will still be released to the public, and IE8 is still slated for a release later this year.
Microsoft misses Windows Mobile goal by 2 million licenses. Microsoft has disclosed that it has shipped 18 million Windows Mobile software licenses in the past fiscal year; the number was 2 million off the company's target. Nevertheless, Windows Mobile's share of the worldwide mobile phone operating system market still increased.
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