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February 14, 2006

Microsoft's Valentine

Posted by Brier Dudley at 10:50 AM

Microsoft news is breaking out all over the place today. Here's a cheat sheet to keep track of it all:

In San Jose, Calif., Bill Gates gave an overview of Microsoft's computer security strategy, including the Infocard authentication system that's coming with Windows Vista, at the RSA Conference. He encouraged the industry to join Microsoft's effort to build an online "trust ecosystem" that engenders trust between people and businesses.

In Redmond, Microsoft released a new version of its free PC antipsyware product, now called Windows Defender, and issued seven security patches that Windows XP users ought to download. Two of the patches are rated "critical" and the rest are merely "important."

In Barcelona, Steve Ballmer presented the company's mobile devices strategy. including new partnerships, devices and services. Tricia Duryee is posting the latest news of this event.

In Washington, D.C., Microsoft is preparing to participate in a Congressional hearing into the way U.S. Internet companies are enabling censorship and other heavy-handed approaches to the Internet in China and other foreign countries.

In Redmond again, Microsoft is releasing a set of online services for small businesses, including a free, advertising-supported Web hosting and e-mail product aimed at companies with 10 or fewer employees. Testing began after the service was announced in November; broader testing and widespread availability begins Wednesday.

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