Here’s the Microsoft news we’ve been seeing around the Web….
Thanksgiving week is usually slow for news, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill. A lot of the talk has been around what Steve Ballmer might say in a lawsuit which alleges that Microsoft let manufacturers label computers as “Vista capable” when they weren’t fully so. A Seattle judge ruled last Friday that Ballmer has to testify in the case within 30 days. Some speculated that rather than put Ballmer on trial, Microsoft should settle the case out of court.
There was much speculation over whether Windows Live Search would be relaunched as Kumo. Microsoft bought the domain, which was one of the names being batted around for the search portal’s rebranding. But the word means both “spider” and “cloud” in Japanese, leading some to wonder whether Microsoft is wants for a search portal or a homepage for Azure, Microsoft’s newly announced cloud OS.
Buzz continued over Microsoft’s decision to end Windows Live OneCare, its subscription-based anti-malware service. The company will instead offer a free, more streamlined, but less powerful, tool, code-named Morro. Separately, the security program manager on the Internet Explorer team argued that add-ons, not the browser itself, are the main source of vulnerabilities in IE.
And no self-respecting round of conjecture would be complete without talk of the iPhone. The Web was abuzz with rumors of a Zune-based smartphone, code-named Pink. The mill is even guessing that the phone may be out in time for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.