Microsoft said on Friday it named the next version of its operating system Windows Vista as it prepares to release a trial version of the flagship software that already runs on nine out of 10 personal computers worldwide.
Vista, formerly known by its code name Longhorn, is scheduled to launch in the second half of 2006, five years after Windows XP, the longest time lag between releases of its Windows operating system.
Microsoft (MSFT), the world’s largest software maker, has promised numerous enhancements, including better security, graphics and computing over the web.
Brad Goldberg, general manager of Windows product development at Microsoft, said the new name was aimed at “communicating the idea of clarity.”
More details on Vista will be released at a developer’s conference in September, Goldberg said. A beta version will be released by Aug. 3, Microsoft said in a statement.
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Not enough growth: Google shares continued to tumble Friday amid disappointment over slowed revenue growth at the online search engine leader even as second-quarter profit more than quadrupled.
Shares of Google (GOOG) fell $7.52, or 2.4 percent, to $306.42 in early trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market, a day after the Silicon Valley company reported earnings climbed to $342.8 million, or $1.19 per share, from $79.1 million, or 30 cents per share, at the same time last year.
Revenue for the period totaled $1.38 billion, nearly doubling from $700.2 million last year. After subtracting the commissions that Google paid to other websites in its advertising network, the revenue stood at $890 million, beating the Wall Street estimate of $842 million, according to Thomson Financial.
The negative reaction harkened to a few years ago when companies routinely expected to deliver quarterly earnings aimed at a “whisper number” circulated among money managers and other elite investors. The whisper number invariably was above the estimates published by securities analysts.
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Browser for PSP: Sony officials said Thursday that the company will release a software upgrade that will let the PlayStation Portable video game system surf the web without a cumbersome software trick.
The free software patch will be available next week in Japan, said Ken Kutaragi, chief executive of Sony’s (SNE) game unit.
The PSP comes with a built-in antenna for wireless internet access, but the only way to use it for surfing the web has been to modify a limited browsing feature in the racing game Wipeout Pure.
Sony also said it will launch a white version of the PSP, which is otherwise black. The white version will be sold in Japan only.