Microsoft to avoid 'wow' factor with Windows 7

At the glitzy launch of its last Windows operating system, Vista, Microsoft promised that "the wow starts now" – but when the "wow" turned to "ugh", the company found itself regretting the big promises.

IT will rescue Britain, insists Microsoft boss

Ballmer predicts thousands of new computing jobs but calls for investment in skills

Business Diary: Mail strike hits the Labour conference

Lord Mandelson, the Business Secretary, has studiously ignored all requests to intervene in the postal strike and thus has no one else to blame if attendance was a little thin on the ground when he spoke to a Social Market Foundation event at last week's Labour Party conference. Our invite turned up in yesterday's mail.

Microsoft predicts 80,000 IT jobs for UK

Almost 80,000 new jobs will be created over the next four years as thousands of new technology firms set up in business in the UK, technology giant Microsoft predicted today.

Business Dairy: Not the thin end of the wedge for Sir Stuart

Marks & Spencer boss Sir Stuart Rose vigorously defends his decision to cut the time customers have to return unwanted products from 90 days to 35 days. M&S has had only five letters on the matter, Sir Stuart says: four were supportive, and the fifth came from a lady angry that after a long but finally successful diet she now finds herself unable to return M&S clothing that is too big.

Microsoft CEO takes pay cut after rough year

Microsoft Corp paid its chief executive Steve Ballmer 5.5 percent less for the last fiscal year as the world's biggest software company suffered its first ever drop in annual sales.

Microsoft CEO shames iPhone-using employee

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer apparently grabbed an employee's iPhone and pretended to smash it a private Microsoft bash, according to Techflash.

Technology's big hitters battle it out

The war between Google, Apple and Microsoft is hotting up thanks to new search engines, unexpected alliances and accusations of Soviet-style tactics

Microhoo faces tough anti-trust review

The internet search partnership between Microsoft and Yahoo faces a tough antitrust review in the US and overseas, with approval likely hinging on whether the marriage would foster more competition with market leader Google.

Microsoft and Yahoo make their move in search of Google's crown

US pair sign 10-year deal in attempt to break rival's search engine monopoly

Plans for Microsoft and Yahoo to take on Google

Alliance would open up internet search market

Microsoft CEO laughs off Google OS challenge

Microsoft Corp's chief executive attempted to laugh off the challenge of Google Inc's planned computer operating system on Tuesday, conceding only that it was "interesting".

Microsoft bets that Bing will beat Google

Software giant takes on search leader by spending millions on its new engine

David Prosser: There's no beating Google but Bing may still bring in the bling

Outlook Here's a wager for anyone at Microsoft who cares to take it up. In a year's time people will still be Googling when they're looking for information on the internet – and they won't be Binging, however much Microsoft throws at advertising its relaunched search engine (rumour has it that $100m has been put aside for marketing).

Microsoft CEO still sees chance to work with Yahoo

Microsoft Corp CEO Steve Ballmer said he sees opportunities to work with Yahoo Inc to create a "better search product" but would not comment on discussions that the two may be engaged in.

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