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Kurt Mackie

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.
IT Modernization

Supreme Court hears Microsoft's argument for patent reform

After losing a judgment to i4i over its use of XML in Word, the company wants to lower the bar for disproving a patent

Justice, USPTO file briefs opposing Microsoft's bid to change the burden of proof in patent challenges

The federal government joined "friend of the court" filings opposing Microsoft appeal to change the burden of proof in patent challenges.

Upgrading to Office 2010 has its 'pitfalls,' report finds

IT organizations need to plan for Office 2010 upgrades, which may require setting up user support aids and addressing file compatibility issues beforehand, according to a new report by Forrester Research.

Microsoft investigating IE, FTP security vulnerabilities

Microsoft's security team announced late last month that it is investigating two proof-of-concept flaws in Microsoft's Web-related software.

Microsoft: Java worse than PDF as security threat

Java should be considered a top software security threat, even more so than Adobe PDF files, according to Microsoft's announcement issued today.

Attacks starting on newly announced Windows vulnerability

Microsoft issued a new security advisory about a vulnerability in the encryption system used with ASP.NET.

Internet Explorer at 15: Kind of a punk, but still on top

This month, Internet Explorer turns 15 years old as the alpha dog among browsers, unfazed by occasional accusations of bullying and run-ins with the law.

Which products top the list of security concerns?

The majority of Internet security threats come from unpatched vulnerabilities in Adobe Acrobat/Reader and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser.

Windows 8 details may have been leaked

Slides purporting to show Windows 8 features, release date, have emerged on the Web.

Internet fraud reporting system launched

What do the FBI, Microsoft and the American Bankers Association all have in common? Answer: They're all collaborating against online fraud.

Time is running out for aging Windows apps

Microsoft warns that Windows XP Service Pack 2, Vista RTM, Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 won't be supported much longer, according to the lifecycle support blog.

Cybersecurity

Microsoft will maintain its great firewall in China

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says his company will continue to comply with China's censorship rules, despite Google's recent suggestions that it might exit that market due to Chinese government censorship practices.

Microsoft CEO highlights two screens at CES keynote

To kick off the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer referred to filling "all of the screens of our lives," but his talk mostly centered on TV broadcasts, video-on-demand, and games running on televisions and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as PCs.

EU settlement will alter Microsoft's stance on interoperability

Microsoft provided more details about its settlement with the European Commission (EC), pledging to implement a threefold approach to interoperability.

Windows 7 patch fixes Vista upgrade stopper

Microsoft issued a "Fix it"-style patch for a Windows 7 upgrade problem for Vista users that results in a system hang.

Windows 7 upgrade 'hacks' not legal, Microsoft suggests

Microsoft has been trying to clarify details on upgrading to Windows 7 for individual users, but it's been a bumpy ride at best.

Microsoft investigates Windows 7 upgrade troubles

The complaints started late last week in the Microsoft Answers forum for Windows 7. Users appear to be experiencing two distinct problems: Windows 7's installation process cutting short at 62 percent completion and endless rebooting.

IT Modernization

Microsoft continues battle to save Word

Microsoft's appeal essentially argues that a district court judge who held against it was incompetent as a gatekeeper and in striking the "delicate balance" needed in patent law disputes.

IT Modernization

Court ruling puts brakes on sales of Microsoft Word

Microsoft's loss in a patent dispute with Toronto-based i4i LP means that it will have to stop selling Microsoft Word in U.S. markets. The issue concerns the use of "custom XML" in Word in the Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007 productivity suites.

IT Modernization

Early adopters sought for platform test

Microsoft wants customers to test their databases in a cloud-based data connectivity project.