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November 30, 2008 7:03 PM

Microsoft news roundup: BMW using Surface; Dutch dealer complains to EC about Microsoft pricing; Melinda Gates talks about the foundation, parenthood, Bill

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

It looks like Microsoft has won another customer for its Surface touch-sensing tabletop PCs. The BMW Blog points to a video on how BMW is implementing the Surface for product configuration. "BMW is the first car manufacturer worldwide to use this product commercially. By interacting with this multi-touch surface that runs on special hardware and software provided by Microsoft, customers can configure their BMW and instantly see their results."

ZDNet UK is reporting that a Dutch software dealer filed a complaint with the European Commission against Microsoft, alleging that the company charges more in Europe than it does in the U.S., a policy that violates Europe's antitrust laws. The story goes on to note that the dealer was sued by Microsoft earlier this year for allegedly selling unlicensed software in the U.S.

The Times of London Magazine ran a lengthy story on Melinda Gates that calls her in the sub headline: "no ordinary rich man's wife. With husband Bill, she has used her business acumen to save millions of lives. Janice Turner meets her to discuss philanthropy, wealth, parenthood -- and why Bill sometimes cries".

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