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Skype and Microsoft: The deal is done

Skype and Microsoft now announced that their deal has now been completed. Valued some $8.5 billion USD, Skype is making Microsoft one of the leading providers for Voice-over-IP phone services.

Security Essentials detects Chrome as malware

Microsoft has published a signature update for several security tools. It fixes an erroneous patch causing Google’s Chrome web browser being falsely detected as part of the PWS:Win32/Zbot trojan horse, also known as Zeus.

Windows Phone “Mango”: Combined e-mail inbox

With the next big update for Windows Phone, code-named “Mango”, Microsoft is going to introduce a so-called “Linked Inbox” for e-mails, showing multiple e-mail accounts at once, merged.

Microsoft buys Skype – but why, after all?

Microsoft buys Skype—and pays some 8.5 billion dollars for the popular communication service, more than Facebook and Google have bid. At first glance, difficult to understand, as Skype is well-known for their free phone calls. However, they earn money nevertheless.

No new devices for Zune. The End?

After more than one month of speculation about the future of Microsoft’s music player brand Zune, these are going to come to an end. There will be no new players or hardware developments for Zune anymore.

Is Zune’s future in danger?

When Microsoft announced the strategic partnership with Nokia last week, they also talked about the brands that both companies are going to share. It was remarkable that Zune is not one of them.

Microsoft releases free website editor

By releasing the free website development environment WebMatrix, Microsoft continues collecting bonus points from web developers. After testing it for six months, the software has been released as final today.

Security Essentials 2.0 releasing tomorrow

It appears that Microsoft is going to release the final version of its free security solution Microsoft Security Essentials 2.0 on December 17, 2010. The update brings a set of new features that aim at protecting your computer even better.