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  1. Microsoft + Yahoo side by side comparision of products/services Long Zheng of istartedsomething.com and Josh Philips of WindowsConnected.com have a nice side by side comparision of Microsoft and Yahoo's Products/services. Continue to their sites for backgrounds on this.
  2. And to add to that, dont bother calling them on the phone if it happends, like the yahoo and xtra noted by brendon , the call centers are all in india and anyone who has called compaq or dell or hp support will know just how bad this is going to get... he he... Love big busness... cheap and nasty
  3. Thank You To The Digital Gurus

    Ditto frank, and thanks wcarroll its nice to see a thank you from someone every now and then
  4. Microsoft Was Right To Delay Sp1 Release

    Microsoft was right to delay SP1 release Microsoft is taking a lot of heat by announcing that Vista SP1 is ready, but then not making it available for the general public until some time in March. But Microsoft made the right move by delaying launch -- if SP1 were out today, plenty of people would be having very serious driver problems. As Computerworld's Eric Lai reports, Microsoft delayed launching SP1 because of incompatibilities between the service pack and drivers on peoples' machine. Microsoft won't necessarily be fixing those drivers before launch. Instead, it is tracking down which drivers cause problems, and then ensuring that Microsoft Update, or some other method, will block SP1 from being installed on hardware with potential driver glitches. It's clearly the right move to delay launch. So why did Microsoft announce that SP1 had gone gold so far in advance of launch? After all, Microsoft could have simply waited until March to make the announcement. The problem is that there's no way Microsoft could have kept the finished state of SP1 secret; word was bound to leak. And once it did, the rumor mill would have gone into overtime, attributing various evil intentions to the delay. This is yet one more instance of being damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Microsoft delayed SP1, and is taking heat for it, but it would have taken a lot more heat -- and done the wrong thing -- by rushing SP1 out the door. http://blogs.computerworld.com/microsoft_w...lay_sp1_release
  5. Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) - First Consistent Signs of Life Next Month According to Microsoft, Internet Explorer 8, the next iteration of its proprietary browser, as well as the successor of IE7, is alive and kicking and even standards compliant. But if you are like me, then you'll need some sort of palpable proof, and a hands-on experience in order to qualify as a consistent sign of life. At the MIX06 conference a couple of years back, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates introduced Internet Explorer 7, the browser that was released later that year in October. MIX07 was focused almost exclusively on Microsoft's Flash killer, Silverlight, and only scarce details of IE8 were presented, the company still referring to the browser version of IE as Next. Although by the end of 2007 it had already been confirmed that Microsoft was running early development milestones of Internet Explorer 8 inhouse, Dean Hachamovitch, IE General Manager, following a reference of the browser made by Gates, also "unveiled" IE8 to the world. Namely, just the label that the next version of IE will bear. milestones of Internet Explorer 8 inhouse, Dean Hachamovitch, IE General Manager, following a reference of the browser made by Gates, also "unveiled" IE8 to the world. Namely, just the label that the next version of IE will bear. And in mid-December 2007, Hachamovitch also offered a sneak preview of the evolution of IE8, by illustrating the standard support that was added to the browser during development throughout the second half of 2007. The December development milestone of Internet Explorer 8 rendered correctly the "Acid2 Face" test, while running in standards mode. And at the end of January 2008, Chris Wilson, IE Platform Architect, revealed the work poured into making IE8 backwards compatible, while at the same time supporting the latest standards. http://news.softpedia.com/news/Internet-Ex...nth-78016.shtml As far as actually getting your hands on IE8 goes, Microsoft only revealed that the first beta for the browser would be dropped by mid 2008, with additional details to be presented at MIX08. At this point in time, there isn't any reference pointing to Internet Explorer 8 on the MIX08 official website, but Dean Hachamovitch is scheduled to appear during the keynote on March 5, one month from now, alongside Ray Ozzie, Chief Software Architect and Scott Guthrie, General Manager in the Microsoft Developer Division. It doesn't hurt to hope for the first IE8 beta at MIX08, but you shouldn't get your hopes up just yet.
  6. Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3: Official Release Dates A French website, PC Inpact, has posted the official Microsoft product change request forms for Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. So just when do our friends from France say Microsoft is planning on releasing our little Service Pack friends? Well, according to them, we will be seeing Vista SP1 a little earlier than previously anticipated: Windows Vista SP1: February 18th or 19th Windows XP SP3: March 23rd or 24th http://uxevangelist.blogspot.com/2008/02/w...ows-xp-sp3.html
  7. Microsoft to release Windows Vista Service Pack 1 on Monday? Microsoft has scheduled Windows Vista Service Pack 1 for release to manufacturer (RTM) on Monday, February 4, 2008. That's just 3 days away! The OEMs will also receive Windows Vista Service Pack 1 during that week. Microsoft will be deploying Service Pack 1 in two "waves". Wave 0, which is the one released on February 4, will only include five languages - English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese. The second wave, Wave 1, is scheduled for release 1-2 weeks later, and will cover all 36 basic languages, including Chinese. http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1146
  8. Release Notes V2 of Windows Vista SP1 These Release Notes provide important information you should know prior to deploying and using the Windows Vista SP1 operating system, including known issues. You should familiarize yourself with all of the known issues listed here prior to installing the software. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...ylang=en&tm
  9. Microsoft Proposes Acquisition of Yahoo! for $31 per Share Posted by Steven Bink about 1 day ago with 1 comment Filed under: Financial MSFTTransaction valued at approximately $44.6 billion in cash and stock; provides 62 percent premium to current trading price for Yahoo! shareholders; combined entity to create a more competitive company, providing superior value to shareholders, better choice and innovation for customers and partners REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 1, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today announced that it has made a proposal to the Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Board of Directors to acquire all the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 representing a total equity value of approximately $44.6 billion. Microsoft’s proposal would allow the Yahoo! shareholders to elect to receive cash or a fixed number of shares of Microsoft common stock, with the total consideration payable to Yahoo! shareholders consisting of one-half cash and one-half Microsoft common stock. The offer represents a 62 percent premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock on Jan. 31, 2008. “We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “We believe our combination will deliver superior value to our respective shareholders and better choice and innovation to our customers and industry partners.” “Our lives, our businesses, and even our society have been progressively transformed by the Web, and Yahoo! has played a pioneering role by building compelling, high-scale services and infrastructure,” said Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft. “The combination of these two great teams would enable us to jointly deliver a broad range of new experiences to our customers that neither of us would have achieved on our own.” The online advertising market is growing at a very fast pace, from over $40 billion in 2007 to nearly $80 billion by 2010. The resulting benefits of scale along with the associated capital costs for advertising platform providers make this a time of industry consolidation and convergence. Today this market is increasingly dominated by one player. Together, Microsoft and Yahoo! can offer a competitive choice while better fulfilling the needs of customers and partners. “The combined assets and strong services focus of these two companies will enable us to achieve scale economics while reaching R&D critical mass to deliver innovation breakthroughs,” said Kevin Johnson, president of the Platforms & Services Division of Microsoft. “The industry will be well served by having more than one strong player, offering more value and real choice to advertisers, publishers and consumers.” The combination will create a more efficient company with synergies in four areas: scale economics driven by audience critical mass and increased value for advertisers; combined engineering talent to accelerate innovation; operational efficiencies through elimination of redundant cost; and the ability to innovate in emerging user experiences such as video and mobile. Microsoft believes these four areas will generate at least $1 billion in annual synergy for the combined entity. Microsoft has developed a plan and process that will include the employees of both companies to focus on the integration of the combined business. Microsoft intends to offer significant retention packages to Yahoo! engineers, key leaders and employees across all disciplines. Microsoft believes this proposed combination would receive all necessary regulatory approvals and expects that the proposed transaction would be completed in the second half of calendar year 2008. Microsoft is also committed to working closely with Yahoo! management and its Board of Directors as they, along with Yahoo! shareholders, evaluate this compelling proposal. Below is the text of the letter that Microsoft sent to Yahoo!’s Board of Directors: Letter by Steven A. Ballmer ________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________ January 31, 2008 Board of Directors Yahoo! Inc. 701 First Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94089 Attention: Roy Bostock, Chairman Attention: Jerry Yang, Chief Executive Officer Dear Members of the Board: I am writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of Microsoft to make a proposal for a business combination of Microsoft and Yahoo!. Under our proposal, Microsoft would acquire all of the outstanding shares of Yahoo! common stock for per share consideration of $31 based on Microsoft’s closing share price on January 31, 2008, payable in the form of $31 in cash or 0.9509 of a share of Microsoft common stock. Microsoft would provide each Yahoo! shareholder with the ability to choose whether to receive the consideration in cash or Microsoft common stock, subject to pro-ration so that in the aggregate one-half of the Yahoo! common shares will be exchanged for shares of Microsoft common stock and one-half of the Yahoo! common shares will be converted into the right to receive cash. Our proposal is not subject to any financing condition. Our proposal represents a 62% premium above the closing price of Yahoo! common stock of $19.18 on January 31, 2008. The implied premium for the operating assets of the company clearly is considerably greater when adjusted for the minority, non-controlled assets and cash. By whatever financial measure you use - EBITDA, free cash flow, operating cash flow, net income, or analyst target prices - this proposal represents a compelling value realization event for your shareholders. We believe that Microsoft common stock represents a very attractive investment opportunity for Yahoo!’s shareholders. Microsoft has generated revenue growth of 15%, earnings growth of 26%, and a return on equity of 35% on average for the last three years. Microsoft’s share price has generated shareholder returns of 8% during the last one year period and 28% during the last three year period, significantly outperforming the S&P 500. It is our view that Microsoft has significant potential upside given the continued solid growth in our core businesses, the recent launch of Windows Vista, and other strategic initiatives. Microsoft’s consistent belief has been that the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! clearly represents the best way to deliver maximum value to our respective shareholders, as well as create a more efficient and competitive company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. In late 2006 and early 2007, we jointly explored a broad range of ways in which our two companies might work together. These discussions were based on a vision that the online businesses of Microsoft and Yahoo! should be aligned in some way to create a more effective competitor in the online marketplace. We discussed a number of alternatives ranging from commercial partnerships to a merger proposal, which you rejected. While a commercial partnership may have made sense at one time, Microsoft believes that the only alternative now is the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo! that we are proposing. In February 2007, I received a letter from your Chairman indicating the view of the Yahoo! Board that “now is not the right time from the perspective of our shareholders to enter into discussions regarding an acquisition transaction.” According to that letter, the principal reason for this view was the Yahoo! Board’s confidence in the “potential upside” if management successfully executed on a reformulated strategy based on certain operational initiatives, such as Project Panama, and a significant organizational realignment. A year has gone by, and the competitive situation has not improved. While online advertising growth continues, there are significant benefits of scale in advertising platform economics, in capital costs for search index build-out, and in research and development, making this a time of industry consolidation and convergence. Today, the market is increasingly dominated by one player who is consolidating its dominance through acquisition. Together, Microsoft and Yahoo! can offer a credible alternative for consumers, advertisers, and publishers. Synergies of this combination fall into four areas: Scale economics: This combination enables synergies related to scale economics of the advertising platform where today there is only one competitor at scale. This includes synergies across both search and non-search related advertising that will strengthen the value proposition to both advertisers and publishers. Additionally, the combination allows us to consolidate capital spending. Expanded R&D capacity: The combined talent of our engineering resources can be focused on R&D priorities such as a single search index and single advertising platform. Together we can unleash new levels of innovation, delivering enhanced user experiences, breakthroughs in search, and new advertising platform capabilities. Many of these breakthroughs are a function of an engineering scale that today neither of our companies has on its own. Operational efficiencies: Eliminating redundant infrastructure and duplicative operating costs will improve the financial performance of the combined entity. Emerging user experiences: Our combined ability to focus engineering resources that drive innovation in emerging scenarios such as video, mobile services, online commerce, social media, and social platforms is greatly enhanced. We would value the opportunity to further discuss with you how to optimize the integration of our respective businesses to create a leading global technology company with exceptional display and search advertising capabilities. You should also be aware that we intend to offer significant retention packages to your engineers, key leaders and employees across all disciplines. We have dedicated considerable time and resources to an analysis of a potential transaction and are confident that the combination will receive all necessary regulatory approvals. We look forward to discussing this with you, and both our internal legal team and outside counsel are available to meet with your counsel at their earliest convenience. Our proposal is subject to the negotiation of a definitive merger agreement and our having the opportunity to conduct certain limited and confirmatory due diligence. In addition, because a portion of the aggregate merger consideration would consist of Microsoft common stock, we would provide Yahoo! the opportunity to conduct appropriate limited due diligence with respect to Microsoft. We are prepared to deliver a draft merger agreement to you and begin discussions immediately. In light of the significance of this proposal to your shareholders and ours, as well as the potential for selective disclosures, our intention is to publicly release the text of this letter tomorrow morning. Due to the importance of these discussions and the value represented by our proposal, we expect the Yahoo! Board to engage in a full review of our proposal. My leadership team and I would be happy to make ourselves available to meet with you and your Board at your earliest convenience. Depending on the nature of your response, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal. We believe this proposal represents a unique opportunity to create significant value for Yahoo!’s shareholders and employees, and the combined company will be better positioned to provide an enhanced value proposition to users and advertisers. We hope that you and your Board share our enthusiasm, and we look forward to a prompt and favorable reply. Sincerely yours, /s/ Steven A. Ballmer Steven A. Ballmer Chief Executive Officer Microsoft Corporation
  10. Microsoft to release Windows Vista SP1 release on February 15th? Posted by Steven Bink on January 23 2008, 4:46 PM Windows VistaDigitimes.com runs a story about DRAM supplies getting short this year. He mentions Vista SP1 might be a trigger for more DRAM demand: "Nanya's Pai said that in 2007 major PC OEMs had limited amounts to spend on DRAM because of rising panel and battery prices. He expects the PC market to have a drop in sales in the first quarter, which will be deeper than the ones in previous years because of strong shipments by PC OEMs to retail channels in the fourth quarter. But the PC market will rebound in the second quarter, he said. The launch of an updated version of Microsoft Vista on February 15, if its prices do not go up too much compared to its previous version, may help boost DRAM sales, Pai added." I haven't confirmed this date with Microsoft yet. When I have I will post it. UPDATE: Microsoft official response to : No comment http://www.digitimes.com/news/a20080123PD211.html
  11. R6025 ..... Video Wave issues

    Hi Bstonmike1, errors R6025 are a error from the C++ libray , http://support.microsoft.com/kb/125749 to me id say there was a stuff up on the install some ware, id go back and use the Microsoft clean up tool (just google it) and remove the EMC app, reboot and install it again, make sure that you firewall apps and anti virus are disabled before doing the install again. hope this gives you a small help. good luck
  12. Script Error

    What version of IE are you running and have you tried the clean install instructions, some times with version 9 i had to install it and un-install it then install again before i got it to work, here are the two links on those instructions (as i don't know if this is on vista) Clean Install Instructions for Creator 9 on Windows Vista http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Creator/000127CR Clean Installation of Easy Media Creator http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Creator/000086CR I wish you luck
  13. EMC10

    Hi Nils Lundgren, if you open my computer or file explorer, then mouse over the cd or DVD drive , right click the drive and select Properties, and you will see this (picture below) from there you can select the auto play options you need. hope that helps you. regards
  14. Creator Classic Question

    Hi mailpup From my recollection i don't think it dose, iv never needed to do what you are asking before, but im happy to be proven wrong by other users here on the board, i think you may have been able to do that with the drag to disk component in EMC9 but version 10 it was dumped as there was a vista computability issue. any other comment by users welcome.
  15. Hi M.I.B. Productions, please dont ambush some one else's posting issue , even if you have the same error , please start your own one under Roxio Community > Easy Media Creator Products > Easy Media Creator 10 > Program Errors/Crashes/Hangs > and make sure you post the Computer make , Operating system and any other specks you have on your PC so that users here may be able to assist you. remember this is not a Roxio service desk, this site is a user forum run and manned by users like you. look forward to hearing from you
  16. Install on Vista fails

    Hi fbara1, We all know and understand were you have been and have gone with this, most of us older users or even guru's have been in the same boat at some time with one of there products , as nothing can be made that works perfectly on ever computer in this world (sorry not defending them) but do keep on asking questions and do post back what you have found or what you did to get it to work , as the ongoing repair side seldom gets posted here after people do find a fix for there issue. Good luck and report back if you can Regards
  17. Alienware curved monitor

    Looking at the picture posted Terry , i cannot see any seams of the 4 screens in that mega curved screen, id say they have sorted it well looking at the pictures
  18. Say Tata to costly cars

    hey and what about that v8 sound , ill stick to the gas gusslers, we need to support the oil industry
  19. Alienware curved monitor

    Hey frank, amagin having 5 or 6 of these, you can make your own picture theaitor 360?... flight sim X in panorama OW YER
  20. Embedded attachments are no longer shown as such

    now were is the plane and the drop zone for the delivery?, if paul was doing the dropping off the beer would have been drunk before it got there.... just the IOU note on the end of the parachute .. he he
  21. no audio on dvd

    when you say burning with the laptop, is the laptop have my DVD 9 on it to ?, just trying to work a fix path here
  22. Runtime Error - R6025

    try a newer version of Itunes or a older one , as it looks like the version you have may have some issues with EMC
  23. certificate file

    try to extract the install single file in a folder first, just right click the file in winzip or winrar and extract it in the new folder, once this is done try the install again? bu now clicking the setup file in that new folder also make sure you don't have firewall apps like ZoneAlarm or the likes on you PC they can screw up installations, allso make sure you read this to http://kb.roxio.com/content/kb/Creator/000086CR good luck
  24. Runtime Error/Debug?/Line 923?

    just a question, do you have realplayer installed?
  25. Media Manager and Blackberry

    sorry to say that instead of the automated support lady , try asking live support , they may be able to help you. http://selfserve.roxio.com/