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November 1, 2010

Facebook has purchased drop.io,an online file sharing service

Facebook has purchased most of drop.io, an online content-sharing service, but the social-networking giant sounds more interested in acquiring the company’s developers than its technology. Drop.io is a service that lets users create a ‘drop’ where they can share documents, videos and other digital content. The user can set a time for how long the drop will exist, decide who can view the content, set permissions for who can alter the content and share content in a variety of ways, including on Facebook.

October 18, 2010

Tomorrow’s forecast for Microsoft Office: Cloudy

Microsoft’s effort to bring Office into the cloud is expected to get a little clearer tomorrow morning, with a press conference slated in San Francisco.As earlier reported, the event is expected to focus on Microsoft’s cloud efforts, including the latest evolution of its hosted combo of Exchange and Sharepoint.
That bundle currently boasts the mouthful of Business Productivity Online Suite (and the even more unfortunate acronym BPOS). However, those wanting to mock Microsoft’s choice of names have only a few hours to do so, as I hear the suite is likely to pick up a new moniker along with new features.
In addition to BPOS, the company currently offers Web-based versions of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and OneNote that debuted along with Office 2010 earlier this year. An update to the Mac version of Office has also been finalized and goes on sale October 26.
October 11, 2010

Microsoft readies new phone launch with AT&T

As per yahoo news 
“Microsoft Corp is set to unveil a new line of phones running its Windows software on Monday, as it attempts to pull back market share from Apple Inc’s iPhone and Google Inc’s Android system in the fast-growing market for multi-featured ‘smartphones’.The world’s largest software company is hoping that the new phones, from handset makers such as Samsung, LG and HTC, will propel it back into the mobile market, which many see as the key to the future of computing.The new phones, initially available on AT&T Inc’s network, have already been shown off in prototype form, and are much closer in look and feel to Apple’s iPhone, with colorful touch-screens and ’tiles’ for easy access to e-mail, the web, music and other applications.Some analysts say they represent Microsoft’s last chance to catch up with rivals, which overtook them in the past few years. Handsets are not expected to appear in stores for a month, so their success may not be judged until the new year.”.
Looks like we can expect a huge competition between all the giants “in the 2011 Smart Phone Market” !
October 6, 2010

Microsoft contributes new open-source package-management system to Outercurve Foundation

Package management is a hot topic in the Microsoft world, lately. On October 6, it got even hotter, with Microsoft’s announcement of a first developer preview of NuPack.
NuPack is an open-source package-management system for .Net that will be supported with all versions of Microsoft’s Visual Studio tool suite. NuPack is designed to “simplify the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .Net application during development,” as its creators explain it.
The creators behind NuPack are Microsoft and the Nublar (NU) Project. On October 6, the pair announced they were turning over NuPack to the Outercurve Foundation, the group that was formerly known as the CodePlex Foundation. Microsoft founded and funded the Foundation last year and remains one of the main sponsors of it.
“Developers – both inside and outside Microsoft – will contribute features, bug fixes and patches to NuPack,” according to today’s blog post from Scott Guthrie, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s .Net Developer Platform.
September 28, 2010

Microsoft to Release Emergency Patch For ASP.NET Bug

Microsoft on Tuesday will release an emergency out-of-band patch for the ASP.NET padding oracle attack that was disclosed earlier this month. The patch will only be available on the company’s Download Center for the time being, however. The company is taking the step of releasing an emergency fix for the bug because of the seriousness of the vulnerability–which potentially affects millions of Web applications–and the fact that there are attacks ongoing against it already. The patch will fix the flaw in all versions of the .NET framework.”Based on our comprehensive monitoring of the threat landscape, we have determined an out-of-band release is needed to protect customers as we have seen limited attacks and continued attempts to bypass current defenses and workarounds,” Microsoft security official Dave Forstrom said in a blog post on the emergency patch.

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