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Microsoft has announced the worldwide availability of NGO Connection, an online resource for nonprofit groups.
The online resource is aimed at helping nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) efficiently reach their goals by using technology. It will also provide a way for NGOs to network and coordinate resources.
Microsoft hopes NGO Connection will be an effective way to find technology resources, knowledge sharing, community building and real-life examples for nonprofit organizations.
Hearst Magazines and MSN are partnering to launch a new food Web site called Delish.com.
The two companies say Delish will launch in the fall of 2008 and will be its own brand controlled by Hearst Magazines Digital Media and distributed on MSN.
Under the terms of the deal Hearst will be responsible for the design, development and editorial content of the site. MSN will handle the advertising and the distribution of the site’s content via the MSN network.
Microsoft has informed a European Union court that an antitrust fine of $1.4 billion against it is excessive and disproportionate.
In February the European Commission said that Microsoft used high prices to reduce competition and did not follow through on sanctions imposed against it as part of the case. Microsoft is appealing the fine it received in February.
Orbitz Worldwide has announced that it has signed a multi-year agreement with Microsoft to be the online travel agency for MSN.com’s travel portal in the U.S. and the UK.
Orbitz.com replaces the Microsoft founded Expedia in the U.S. and affiliate ebookers.com will serve the MSN UK site.
Orbitz says the deal could attract 3.5 million visitors per month to Orbitz through MSN Travel. Orbitz did not offer data on how many visitors it could bring to its ebookers site.
NBC will provide over 2,200 live hours of the Beijing Olympic Games for online viewing, along with live blogging, daily recaps, and 3,000 hours of highlights on demand.
NBC paid $3.5 billion to the International Olympics Committee to broadcast five Olympic Games through 2008. The event will only be available exclusively on NBCOlympics.com, with no other Web sites allowed to feature video from the Games online.
A little less than one week ago, Steve Ballmer ruled out a making-up-for-Yahoo acquisition spree. This afternoon, his word remains technically good, since MobiComp is just one company and has little to do with traditional search and advertising.
Microsoft executives said the company does not plan to make a slew of Internet acquisitions since it ended its bid for Yahoo.
There has been speculation that Microsoft would possibly buy Facebook, which it has a small stake in or Time Warner’s AOL along with a number of other companies.
Yahoo said today that negotiations with Microsoft on a partnership or other type of deal have ended without any agreement.
Yahoo said in a statement,"Microsoft representatives stated unequivocally that Microsoft is not interested in pursuing an acquisition of all of Yahoo!, even at the price range it had previously suggested."
Microsoft plans to concentrate on improving music in its next version of Windows Mobile software for mobile phones.
The company’s mobile communications division provides operating systems for mobile devices based on the Windows Mobile platform. Microsoft’s partners include Samsung Electronics, Motorola, High Tech Computer and Asustek Computer.
Eeyore, the donkey always missing its tail, always liked to thank people for noticing him. Seems like, when it comes to search, Microsoft has the same problem. SearchEngineLand’s Danny Sullivan interviewed Microsoft’s Kevin Johnson, president of the Platform and Services division, during today’s keynote session at SMX Advanced in Seattle, and all roads led back to Google.
Google increased its U.S. dominance in search in April, extending its lead over rivals Yahoo and Microsoft, according to comScore.
Google’s search properties grabbed a record-high 61.6 percent of the U.S. market in April, up from 59.8 percent in March.
Out of the top five search engines, Google was the only company, that saw an increase in the number of searches in April. Yahoo, Microsoft, AOL and Ask all had a decrease of 5 percent or more.
Whatever happens in Google’s peripheral industry dabbling, the search giant lives up to its core reputation by grabbing 67.9 percent of US searches in April, a 4 percent increase year-over-year, according to Hitwise.
The usual rivals are present in the top four with a noticeable decline for third-place breath-holder MSN. Microsoft’s confusingly branded search engine dropped from 6.65 percent in March to 6.26 percent in April, down from 7.77 percent a year ago, and down significantly from search share once hovering around 12 percent.
Microsoft said it is appealing a record $1.39 billion (899 million euro) fine from the European Commission for using high prices to reduce software competition.
"Microsoft today filed to the (EU) Court of First Instance an application to annul the European Commission decision of February 27,"the company said in statement. "We are filing this appeal in a constructive effort to seek clarity from the court."
Microsoft has introduced a new software add-in to assist those who are blind or partially sighted with turning printed Word documents into audio files.
The "Save as DAISY XML" add-in enables text files to be converted into audio files. DAISY is an acronym for Digital Accessible Information System. The add-in was developed by Microsoft, Sonata Software, and the DAISY Consortium as an open source project.
In an effort to compete with Apple, Microsoft said today that it is adding downloadable television shows from Comedy Central, MTV, NBC, and others to its online Zune store.
The new content also includes programs from Nickelodeon, Turner Broadcasting and VH1, Microsoft said. Titles include "South Park" which is already available for free online, "The Office", "Battlestar Galactica", "Heroes" and "Spongebob SquarePants."
Microsoft announced on Tuesday its updated version of Internet Explorer Mobile and said the software would offer "desktop grade" Web browsing on mobile devices.
AT&T said today that its Yellowpages.com has entered into an agreement with Microsoft that will put advertising listings on Microsoft’s local search sites.
Microsoft has made available software for Windows Mobile Smartphones that gives free access to news and weather information, thanks to its MSN Direct network. Any Smartphone (that’s a phone running Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone or Windows Mobile 6 Standard) can pick up the download at phone.msndirect.com.
In assessing a fixed set of clients, search marketing firm Efficient Frontier found virtually all of the additional spending headed to Google.
Wonderful. Kudos to any company that wants its customers’ feedback and offers a participatory approach. So, here’s my feedback…
Microsoft added a LOT of whizbang features to its maps.live.com maps (3D, lots of photos, and such) but they didn’t focus on the basics.
Live Search – aka MSN Search – has been showing some of the most aggressive duplicate content filtering I’ve ever seen across any search engine of late.
I first noticed it with a client who is performing well on Google, but has dropped down significantly on MSN.
The main problem is that he’s in a market that relies on affiliate content – and it’s the same content all of the affiliates are using.
MSN Video is now the second most popular video brand on the internet, following a 25.3% traffic surge in October.
When writing a story that revolves around stock prices, I prefer to wait until the market’s closed – don’t want the story reversing itself as I type, after all. I’ve found that market updates from Google (and Yahoo and MSN) are a little slow, though, and for this, we can blame the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Who is the biggest search engine in the market? That’s the one thing everyone agrees on: Google. But beyond that, there are some significant differences in the data. For instance, Nielsen says that Google accounts for 54% of US searches, whereas Hitwise says they account for 64%. That’s a big difference, although part of it might be explained byNielson separating out Google-based AOL’s marketshare at almost 6%.
The first product of Microsoft’s aQuantive acquisition is a combination of MSN Video and Atlas AdManager to create a video ad serving platform for the Associated Press that will enable AP media-member and customer websites to serve up local advertising with local content.
Microsoft has released a new version of MSN Video, offering users and advertisers a better experience by improving the ability to find premium and user-generated video content from the MSN Video library along with adding new sharing features, and introducing a new time-based advertising delivery model.
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Moving a website can be intimidating, especially if it’s a bigger site. There will almost certainly be a loss of traffic, and much of that is due to the time it takes the search engines to recognize the new site. There are ways to dull the pain, but don’t count on Microsoft for it.
There has been some useful posts of late that discuss the pracitical methods to get started at developing a new site or blog specifically for affiliate marketing. In particular Aaron Wall discusses practical tips for starting a new site and Dosh Dosh looks at choosing the right blog niche.
It’s being billed as “[t]he most significant upgrade for Hotmail since it pioneered the webmail industry in 1996,” and it’s here: Windows Live Hotmail is rolling out globally.
New users should get an account immediately; MSN Hotmail customers will be presented with the option of upgrading.
We know you’ve been waiting minutes, hours, and even days for the release of the Rock Em Sock Em Robot’s Fight from the SES conference. You can all rest better now because the much-anticipated rumble is up and ready for your enjoyment. Only WebProNews was there to bring you exclusive coverage of this event to find out which search engine is truly best.
Last week’s announcement that the Interpublic Group acquired Reprise Media set off a round of self-congratulatory praise up and down Madison Avenue. It was as though they stopped hitting the snooze button and finally addressed the importance of search in any advertising campaign. But take a close look beyond the buzzwords like “integration” and “broad marcom mix,” because the acquisitions and partnerships merely put a pretty face on some of the deep, troubling issues at play.
CBS has announced it will be distributing free and paid video content with a variety of partners, including MSN, Joost, and AOL, like it currently does on Google’s YouTube and iTunes. Some of the content will be ad-supported, others will be the sales of TV episodes.
In the past, I’ve been critical of MSN for not participating in conferences. Today I’m going to be critical of them because they did participate. Steve Berkowitz, Senior Vice President, Online Services Group for Microsoft, was the keynote for day 2 of SES NY 2007 and it is one of the first keynotes I’ve regretted attending. I would have rather slept in.
Could MySpace really attract a large proportion of users away from Google and other major portals? A new report from JupiterResearch "21st Century Portals: Thriving in the Google-MySpace Era" examines that question.
The report says that 55 percent of the users who are most likely to pay for services could be drawn to an entertainment and communication combination such as MySpace.
I’ve decided to take the plunge and ask Google to marry me. If we ever divorce it will be very painful to extract myself from all the connnections and tie-ins and find replacement services and tools. I know, I know – most will say I’m doing it for the money. I can’t deny that the Adsense check every month is nice, but it’s not just the money that has me head over heals in love. It’s being connected on a deep soul satisfying level.
This week a San Jose federal judge approved a settlement in the class action click fraud suit brought against Yahoo from several advertisers looking to recuperate $5 million in legal fees and credits for fraudulent clicks that date back nearly three years.
Microsoft has attacked Google Inc.’s rival book scanning project. Microsoft said that Google “systematically violates copyright”. Thomas C. Rubin, an associate general counsel at Microsoft has written how Google is violating copyrights in a speech which he planned to give at the annual meeting of the Association of American Publishers in NY.
Thomas writes, "Companies that create no content of their own, and make money solely on the backs of other people’s content, are raking in billions through advertising revenue."
Charles Barkley proclaimed that he wasn’t a role model, nor did he want to be one. LeBron James, conversely, is choosing to embrace the influential position he holds as a direct result of his NBA superstardom.
The three-time all star for the Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Monday that he would be participating in a venture from MSN that will portray the basketball phenom’s journey from humble beginnings to athletic fame and fortune, all in a storybook format geared toward children and teens.
Wikipedia needs Google like plants need sunshine, according to the latest traffic analysis presented by Hitwise. Half of the online publicly-edited encyclopedia’s traffic comes from Google alone, with another 20 percent arising from the other search engines combined.