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Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete transcript of the session. Steve Ballmer It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he meets with. Nooo. What's special about this group? What gets me particularly pumped up? What is particularly exciting? Our partners are a unique blend, you are, of two elements. Number one, you've made a bet on us. You believe in us, you want us to win, you need us to win. You're kind of like employees... (more)

Microsoft Brings Lotus Notes Founder Ray Ozzie On Board As CTO

"Ray and his team are true innovators," said Bill Gates yesterday as Microsoft announced that it's acquiring Ray Ozzie's company, Groove Networks, Inc. "Microsoft and its customers will greatly benefit from their experience," Gates continued. "After working with Ray for years as a close partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team." Ozzie's Groove Networks is a leading provider of collaboration software for the "virtual office," so the deal unites two top innovators of technology that help geographically distributed workgroups be as productive as those that... (more)

Microsoft Rejigs Whole Organization; Boosts Ray Ozzie, Developers, MSN to Forefront

Calling it "an alignment for future innovation and growth," Microsoft has announced a long-anticipated reorganization – including strengthening the role of CTO Ray Ozzie (pictured) – intended to enable the company to compete more effectively with Google and Yahoo!, which have taken the lead in the world of Internet search and usage and which thereby threaten Redmond's long dominance on the desktop and within certain parts of enterprise IT. Microsoft's previous seven divisions have been simplified into a three-divisions structure: The Microsoft Platform Products & Serv... (more)

Newsflash: ASP.NET is Fastest-Growing Web Technology

According to the latest monthly figures from the UK Internet services company Netcraft, there has been a 224% increase in the past year in the number of IP addresses with sites using ASP.NET. In comparison, the number of IP addresses using JSP and Java Servlets grew by only 56%. ASP.NET is thus emerging as a strong challenger to ColdFusion, which nonetheless remains in the No.1 slot. In the Fortune 1000, Netcraft found that 83 companies use ASP.NET on one or more of their sites.  It found that Tenet Healthcare, for example, has at least 88 sites which utilize ASP.NET. And other la... (more)

2008 Prediction: "Net Neutrality Will Take an Even Worse Beating"

In SYS-CON's annual round-up of technology predictions, Joshua Allen, a Microsoft Senior Evangelist, issues a worrisome warning: 'Disparity between bandwidth haves and have-nots will grow. Net neutrality will take an even worse beating in 2008 than 2007.' Allen's predictions come in the end-of-year SYS-CON.com feature "Where's AJAX, SOA and Virtualization Headed in 2008?" - which also includes predictions from: Tim Bray, Sun; Dr Adam Kolawa, Parasoft; Eric Newcomer, IONA Technologies; Bill Roth, BEA Systems; Brad Abrams, Microsoft; Kevin Hoffman, iPhone Developer's Journal; Ian T... (more)