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Nov 21 2008   6:00AM GMT

News roundup: Microsoft will not buy Yahoo!, MLB won’t use Silverlight

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Here’s the Microsoft news we’ve been seeing around the Web….

Steve Ballmer emphasized on Wednesday that talks of Microsoft buying Yahoo! are “finished” after speculation started bubbling up again following Yang’s resignation from Yahoo!. But the software giant also lured an executive away from the struggling search company. Meanwhile, Microsoft may sell bonds for the first time ever.

Silverlight suffered a blow on Monday when MLB said it would move back to Flash, according to Adobe. That could be especially damaging, since Microsoft’s case for the rich internet application (RIA) framework relies heavily on its video capabilities and adoption by major players like NBC.

Speaking of the Web, you won’t be browsing it on a final version of Internet Explorer 8 this year, after all. Microsoft announced via blog that IE 8’s release date is now early 2009. Before that, we can expect another beta release in Q1.

Webxchange, an online transaction service provider, sued Allstate, Dell and FedEx for patent infringement. But Microsoft petitioned to have the suit dismissed, claiming that the features — built in Visual Studio — were based on pre-existing technologies and can’t be patented. The three defendants sought indemnification from Microsoft.

And the future is now! thanks to Robotics Developer Studio 2008, which Microsoft started shipping on Monday.

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  • Obama’s inauguration will be streamed with Silverlight — .NET Developments
    [...] When millions of eyes tune in to see president-elect-but-about-to-be-President Obama’s inauguration at noon on Tuesday, Microsoft will be working behind the scenes. The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) will be streaming the Obama inauguration live using Silverlight, Microsoft announced today. The stream will be available at the PIC’s website. The inauguration will be the biggest event that we know of to be broadcast using Silverlight since the technology came out of beta in October, and it’s good news for Microsoft given that MLB announced in November that it would be switching from Silverlight back to Adobe Flash. Microsoft executives have donated heavily to the inauguration: Bill Gates and Steve Balmer each gave $50,000 for the event, and other executives also donated five-figure sums. Microsoft also donated to the Obama campaign heavily during the election, giving it $2,124,186 — over twice what it gave to the McCain campaign, according to opensecrets.org. Most of that money came from individuals, so it doesn’t look like the company overtly bought what will likely turn out to be a huge surge in Silverlight downloads. But with Adobe not even appearing on opensecrets.org’s “heavy hitters” list, I can’t help but wonder if Microsoft’s generosity helped it get this event. [...]
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