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Microsoft Hotmail Taken Over By Spammers

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At first I thought this was an anomaly, but after weeks of this activity happening over and over, it cannot be ignored: Microsoft's Hotmail servers seem to have been taken over by spammers and are now pumping out large quantities of spam.

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Microsoft Is Secretly Updating PCs Without Permission

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Even if you have Windows Updates turned off, people are discovering that their operating system is still contacting Microsoft and downloading and installing software on the system behind your back. And nobody really knows what's going on...

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When does 77.1 * 850 not equal 65,535?

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When you're using Microsoft Excel.

It seems recently, a flaw has been found in Microsoft Office Excel, in which certain calculations don't produce the right answers. Open up Excel and put the value '=77.1*850' into A1, and I'm sure you will be surprised to find Microsoft doesn't seem to think the correct answer is 65535. In Excel, it shows up as 100,000.

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Microsoft Quietly Offers Vista-To-XP Downgrade

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You know your latest operating system is a real dog when you're forced by your customers to give them an option to use the previous version.

Microsoft has reportedly begun offering a downgrade option to PC makers who want to allow their customers to have the option of using XP over the pre-installed Vista software.

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Windows Vista Slows Down When You Play Music

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It's no secret many users have complained that Vista is slower than XP but now users are reporting an unusual "feature" of Microsoft's new Vista version of Windows: apparently when you play music on your computer, your Internet/network performance is severely degraded!

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Microsoft Dares Hacker Community To Expose Vista

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After suffering embarrassing security exploits over the past several years, Microsoft Corp. is trying a new tactic: inviting some of the world's best-known computer experts to try to poke holes in Vista, the next generation of its Windows operating system.

I'm not sure this means much, considering Microsoft has already issued several security patches to vista over the last six months, and it's still probably a year or more away from release. Chances are it'll take the hacker community about six seconds to divulge vulnerabilities. Our guess here at BSAlert is that Microsoft is asking the tech community at large to help it solve it's own security problems.

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Microsoft To Spend Small Fortune To Appear Small

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Microsoft Corp., the world's biggest software maker, will spend $120 million a year on an advertising campaign to fight its image as "a huge American company." What size would you consider a company that employs 63,000 and whose CEO is the richest human on the planet?

In a related story, I will be spending no money to fight my image of being small. Although I won't stoop so low as to not suggest you people patronize the advertisers here so I can buy a pack of gum.

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"Bug" Turns Out To Be Back Door Found In All Versions of Windows

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Renown computer programmer and hacker, Steve Gibson has been analyzing the latest vulnerability for the Windows operating systems and has discovered that what appears to be a "bug" may actually be a secret back-door that someone at Microsoft built into all versions of Windows (for possibly more than a decade) that circumvents almost all known security and antivirus systems. Of course, now that the secret back door is public, it's being called a bug, but Gibson explains this is not the case, and it blows the lid off of the Pandora's Box on Microsoft operating systems, security and privacy.

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Microsoft Shuts Down Chinese Freedom Fighters

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On New Years Eve, MSN Spaces took down the popular blog written by Zhao Jing, aka Michael Anti. This site was critical of the Chinese communist government and in not wanting to upset Microsoft's delicate business contracts with China, Microsoft took it upon itself to shut down anti-communist blogs on its MSN service, even though the Chinese government itself wasn't censoring these blogs.

Nice job Microsoft. Don't let any of that "freedom talk" get in the way of making some money.

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Microsoft Bug Up For Auction on EBay

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In an amusing jab at Microsoft and their lackluster ability to promptly identify and fix vulnerabilities in their software, an IT guy has placed up for auction on eBay "One 0-day Microsoft Excel Vulnerability".

Interestingly enough, eBay had the auction pulled, meanwhile they let several other auctions run where people misled others by selling an empty XBox360 carton.

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