Let's look back at the week that was in Microsoft news:
Six editions of Windows 7: better than Vista, still too many. Microsoft has unveiled the lineup of the editions of Windows 7. There will be six editions this time around as Microsoft has made some improvements to the scheme used in Vista.
Microsoft answers Windows 7 netbook question. Microsoft has finally explained that all editions of Windows 7 will work fine on netbooks.
Windows 7—what's the rush?. Windows 7's beta program is set to be shorter than that of any previous Windows version. We try to answer a couple of questions: How has Microsoft pulled this off? Is this a good idea?
Microsoft: No Ultimate Extras for Windows 7. It looks like the Ultimate Extras which started with Vista will end with Vista. That's right, Microsoft says no to Ultimate Extras in Windows 7 Ultimate.
Scott Guthrie: currently no plans for a 64-bit Silverlight . Microsoft currently has no plans for a 64-bit version of Silverlight 3. The company is considering 64-bit support for the future though.
Signup for SkyBox site launches, dubbed Microsoft My Phone. My Phone is the Windows Mobile version of Mobile Me. That may be confusing, but never fear! The Web site for the beta has launched, and it explains everything well.
Cool video: iPhone and Microsoft Surface mashup. Stimulant has created an interesting mashup between the iPhone and the Microsoft Surface, though the technology works with any phone.
Next phase of Windows campaign to begin during Grammys. The next phase of Microsoft's $300 million campaign will debut this Sunday during the Grammys. It will be more focused on what Windows can offer the end-user.
Microsoft.com moves to Windows Server 2008 R2 beta. Microsoft's homepage is now being powered by Windows Server 2008 R2 beta, a move that the company does with every Windows Server release to show the confidence it has in the product.
Live Search instant answers right in the IE8 search box. Microsoft has rolled out a very interesting feature for the Live Search option in IE8: instant answers right in the search box. Unfortunately the improvement is only limited to the US.
How Bill Gates started off 2009. Here's a quick look at how Bill Gates started off 2009. Hint: there's mosquitoes and letters involved.
Source : http://arstechnica.com/