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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw a chair across the room when Microsoft Distinguished Engineer Mark Lucovsky told Ballmer that he was leaving to join Google. This is according to an article by Verne Kopytoff of the San Francisco Chronicle, reporting on court documents containing statements by  Lucovsky in the Microsoft-Google contretemps over the hiring by Google of former Microsoft researcher Kai-Fu Lee. Ballmer has stated that Lucovsky's version of what transpired is a "gross exaggeration." Kopytoff reported that "Lucovsky recounts that Ballmer erupted violently after Lucovsy told him he was resigning to join Google. He threw the chair across the office and then launched into profanity...(and) said of Google's chief executive that he would 'bury that guy--I have done it before and I will do it again,' according to the (court) filing." Kopytoff also reported that Ba... (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)

A Gleam in Microsoft's Eye?

The Web is abuzz with rumors that Microsoft is working on a graphics and animation toolset for the next release of Windows, codenamed “Longhorn,” that will compete with Macromedia’s Flash. According to the buzz, the graphics project is codenamed “Sparkle” and will be integrated with the .NET runtime environment. Developers will be able to write to Longhorn’s new graphics system, codenamed “Avalon,” through hand-coded XAML, but Sparkle will automate XAML development. Sparkle will be able to access the Longhorn APIs, which may mean allowing multiple graphics, different videos, fo... (more)

Seapine Software Announces the Immediate Availability of QA Wizard 3.0

Seapine Software, Inc., a leading provider of adaptable application lifecycle management (AALM) solutions, has announced the immediate availability of QA Wizard 3.0 for automated functional testing of Windows, Web, and Java applications. New features include Microsoft .NET Framework support, script debugging, a Run Wizard, enhanced exception handling, and much more. Headlining the new release is QA Wizard's enhanced support for testing .NET-based applications. Users of this popular Microsoft application development framework can now fully and accurately functionally test all .NET ... (more)

.NET Momentum

Analyst Research Overall adoption of .NET surpassed Java last year and we see it continue to grow (Forrester, 5/2004) ASP and ASP.NET are used by more Fortune 1000 Web sites than any other platform (port80. 5/2005) Microsoft platform is running the greatest number of mission-critical applications within enterprises (Gartner, 7/2004) Top-right in last Gartner Web services MQ (Gartner, 9/2004) Financial Results Microsoft Server and Tools revenue is up 18 percent year over year (Q2 FY05 results) 17 percent growth in Windows server licenses (Q2 FY05 results) SQL revenue up 25 percen... (more)