Ballmer hints of Microsoft-Yahoo pact against Google

Steve BallmerSan Francisco  - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said Tuesday that he still wanted to form an alliance with Yahoo to combat the dominance of Google in search advertising.

But in his annual forecast to financial analysts of Microsoft's plans for the year, he ruled out any revival of last year's aborted deal to purchase Yahoo.

Ballmer also predicted that Microsoft would face more competition from Google and Apple in the market for computer software. He said that Google's Android operating systems for mobile phones would be converted for use in laptops.

Online Training for free being provided by Microsoft

Online Training for free being provided by Microsoft A novel website dubbed Microsoft Elevate America was unveiled by Microsoft on Sunday, which basically is a portal developed to help consumers, students, and other interested parties with some basic computer skills.

The state governments, including Florida, Oregon, and Washington would be able to avail a complementary version of the site with discounted certifications.

Online app store to be launched by Microsoft

Online app store to be launched by MicrosoftOn Sunday, a well known paper put forward the latest piece of news that Microsoft Corp is mulling to provide new programs and services for mobile phones, including an “online bazaar” for software. 

The report published in the paper said that the online bazaar would be for phones running Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system.

It said, “Microsoft will also soon offer its latest version of Windows Mobile, which the report said would have a more sophisticated interface.”

Sony Ericsson,, Xbox 360 Announce ‘World Gaming Day’ On Feb 12

Sony Ericsson,, Xbox 360 Announce ‘World Gaming Day’ On Feb 12 Gaming majors including Sony Ericsson, and Microsoft Xbox 360, on Thursday, have come together to launch World Gaming Day across the globe.

The World Gaming Day is scheduled to take place on 12th February 2009.

Indian market of late has become an important part of all tech majors so the three are pursuing this first of its kind global initiative from India.
With the aim to take gaming to a new height, the trio would jointly promote the initiative across media.

Four security patches to be released by Microsoft

Four security patches to be released by MicrosoftFour security updates, including two that would critically affecting Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Exchange Server would be released by Microsoft on Tuesday. The company announced this on Thursday.

According to the company, "The critical updates affect Windows Internet Explorer 7, Windows XP Professional Edition, Windows Vista, Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server, Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007."

Microsoft may soon launch its own smartphones

Microsoft may soon launch its own smartphonesThe rumors are floating all around as of now is that Microsoft will release its own smartphones. It is being predicted by one analyst that the device may be revealed at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in two weeks.

In a report written by Doug Freedman of Broadpoint AmTech on Thursday, confirmed, "The Microsoft-branded phone may include Nvidia's Tegra processor and a telecommunications baseband chip from Qualcomm."