July 2012 Archives
Tuesday, 17th July 2012
The European Commission is starting a new antitrust investigation into allegations that Microsoft has reneged on a 2009 deal with the EC to offer users a choice of browsers - a self-admitted mistake that could cost the software vendor in fines and reputation.
The New Office 365: Baby Steps in the Right Direction
Let's be clear about what was unveiled Monday afternoon by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in San Francisco: It wasn't Office 2013 - not really. That would be the conventionally installed software application that could now be described as "offline mode." Rather, what Ballmer demonstrated was Office 365 incorporating what it should have had to begin…
Amazon Gets Ready for Sales Taxes
It was a good run, and a long one: After nearly two decades of largely tax-free e-commerce, a growing number of states are forcing online retailers to collect sales taxes. Brick-and-mortar retailers will regain some of their competitive edge, but paradoxically Amazon is likely to benefit from the change.
SpaceX Dragon Passes Manned Spaceflight Tests
After a flawless unmanned test in May, the private space firm SpaceX is preparing its Dragon capsule for manned flight. On Thursday, it passed a critical NASA design review, enabling SpaceX to move forward with its ambition to carry people into space within three years.