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Microsoft readies Ultimate Office for SOHO market

Microsoft executives often use the word "super" to describe how excited they get about new products, but the company is opting for "ultimate" as the descriptor of choice for new editions of key software releases.

IP lawyers: Injunction possible in Lucent Xbox suit

An injunction that could disrupt the distribution of the Xbox 360 game console is possible because of a patent suit Lucent Technologies filed against Microsoft, according to attorneys who practice intellectual property (IP) law.

Lenovo, Microsoft to sign intellectual property pact

As part of Microsoft's continued efforts to promote its anti-piracy campaign in China, Microsoft and Lenovo Group executives plan to sign a $US1.2 billion deal to cement a joint effort by the companies to provide genuine Windows software to Chinese c...

Microsoft program may ease Vista delay fallout

Even though Windows Vista won't be available until next year, Microsoft is working with hardware partners to prepare customers for its release. Starting next month, PCs with stickers saying "Windows Vista Capable" will be in stores, letting customers...

Bill Gates faints at baseball game? April fools!

With the industry still absorbing the consumer delay of Windows Vista until next year, the folks at Microsoft have had little to smile about lately. But that hasn't stopped the company from offering a humorous MSN search site for the second year in a...

Office consumer editions to follow Vista into 2007

The delay in Windows Vista will affect the next version of Office, too. Microsoft said last week it will put off the consumer release of Office 2007 so it is in line with the new release schedule for Vista.

Microsoft confirms USB bug that drains batteries

An unfixed bug in the USB (Universal Serial Bus) driver of Windows XP Service Pack 2 OS causes a notebook's battery to drain faster than usual when there is a device connected to its USB port, Microsoft confirmed Friday.

New Adobe software turns 3D images to PDFs

Adobe Systems is this week releasing software that will allow designers and engineers to save 3D images as PDF (portable document format) files and share those files with anyone who has the free Adobe Acrobat reader, the company said.

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Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

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