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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)

Oz Okays GoogleClick Deal

In a big uh-oh for Microsoft, Yahoo and the other GoogleClick critics, the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission approved Google's $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick Tuesday. The regulator decided the two companies weren't close competitors, which is what Google has been saying all along. That leaves the US or Europe to find fault with the pairing. The European Commission is supposed to be running some unidentified concessions past Google's opposition. ... (more)

MS Warns of Critical Windows Vulnerabilities

(September 12, 2003) - This week, Microsoft issued Security Bulletin MS03-039, warning of three critical vulnerabilities in the Windows operating system and providing instructions for applying the corresponding patch. The first two problem areas are buffer overrun vulnerabilities, while the third is a denial of service vulnerability. An attacker who successfully exploited either of the buffer overrun vulnerabilities could gain complete control over a remote computer. This would give the attacker the ability to take any action that they wanted on the system, including changing Web... (more)

XML Filesaving To Be Part of Microsoft Office 12

XML will be the file-save default in next year’s Microsoft Office 12, the company has announced. The move is being made to allow Office to be more open to developers and other applications. File compression should improve as well, and developers will be able to strip out metadata more easily than they can today, and thus integrate it with other applications. The move will also allow competing products, such as Sun’s OpenOffice, to achieve better replication of Microsoft’s file formats. Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s senior vice-president for Office, said, ... (more)

Penfield Unrepentant, as is Microsoft

"Nothing has changed, to my observation, in the five years that have elapsed since my decision," said retired federal Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson in recent remarks at a conference in Washington, DC. "(Microsoft) Windows is an operating system monopoly, and the company's business strategy was to leverage Windows to achieve a comparable dominion over all software markets," he added. Jackson ruled, after a long trial, that Microsoft should be broken up in a case that was pursued by the Clinton administration Department of Justice. Initiating of this proceeding provided the initial... (more)