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Kurt Mackie

Kurt Mackie is senior news producer for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

Microsoft's bid to buy Skype approved

The Federal Trade Commission approved Microsoft's bid to buy Skype for an estimated $8.5 billion.

DOJ approval for Google's ITA purchase conditional

The U.S. Department of Justice announced April 8 that it conditionally approved Google's acquisition bid for ITA Software Inc.

Rival snags Microsoft GM has hired Microsoft GM Matt Miszewski as senior vice president for the global public sector.

Google restructures top leadership roles

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, will be stepping down from that position while continuing to serve the company as executive chairman.

Microsoft names next-gen Dynamics AX ERP solution

Microsoft announced the formal product name of its next-generation Dynamics AX enterprise resource planning solution at the Microsoft Dynamics AX Technical Conference this week.

Ozzie lays out 'post-PC world'

Ray Ozzie, renown for jumpstarting Microsoft's move to the Internet cloud, described a new vision for the company in a "post-PC world."

Microsoft, Salesforce settle patent dispute

Microsoft and have reached an out-of-court settlement concerning alleged patent violations. Agreement includes undisclosed 'compensation' for Microsoft.

Windows 8 details may have been leaked

Slides purporting to show Windows 8 features, release date, have emerged on the Web.

Microsoft unveils 'Windows embedded handheld' efforts

Microsoft today described an operating system branding and restructuring effort aimed at the enterprise mobile devices market.

Microsoft should get a tablet partner, report says

Microsoft's Windows consumer empire is at stake if it doesn't quickly find a tablet device manufacturing partner.

Microsoft-Yahoo search deal gets regulatory approvals

Microsoft and Yahoo got approvals from U.S. and European regulators to proceed with their search-advertising business deal.

Microsoft will maintain its great firewall in China

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says his company will continue to comply with China's censorship rules, despite Google's recent suggestions that it might exit that market due to Chinese government censorship practices.

Microsoft CEO highlights two screens at CES keynote

To kick off the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer referred to filling "all of the screens of our lives," but his talk mostly centered on TV broadcasts, video-on-demand, and games running on televisions and Xbox 360 consoles, as well as PCs.

Windows 7 upgrade 'hacks' not legal, Microsoft suggests

Microsoft has been trying to clarify details on upgrading to Windows 7 for individual users, but it's been a bumpy ride at best.

Microsoft investigates Windows 7 upgrade troubles

The complaints started late last week in the Microsoft Answers forum for Windows 7. Users appear to be experiencing two distinct problems: Windows 7's installation process cutting short at 62 percent completion and endless rebooting.

Microsoft appeals loss in patent infringement case

Microsoft's appeal essentially argues that a district court judge who held against it was incompetent as a gatekeeper and in striking the "delicate balance" needed in patent law disputes.

Court ruling puts brakes on sales of Microsoft Word

Microsoft's loss in a patent dispute with Toronto-based i4i LP means that it will have to stop selling Microsoft Word in U.S. markets. The issue concerns the use of "custom XML" in Word in the Microsoft Office 2003 and Microsoft Office 2007 productivity suites.

Survey: IT salaries getting pinched in 2009

The general economic downturn is leaving its mark on information technology salaries, according to an independent study.