HelpWithWindows Newsletter Volume 10, Number 10
May 26, 2007

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Microsoft Buys aQuantive, Inc for $6 billion

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

After Microsoft's rival in the online advertising battle - Google - managed to outmaneuver the software giant last April with its $3 billion purchase of DoubleClick, Microsoft wanted to come up with something - anything. So at the end of last week Microsoft announced it would be acquiring aQuantive Inc. for over $66.50 a share, a hefty premium to the previous day's closing share price of $35.87.

After Google bought DoubleClick, Yahoo followed by snatching up the remaining 80 percent of Right Media it did not already own for $680 million. Then last week Thursday (the day before Microsoft's announcement), WPP Group Plc announced it would acquire 24/7 Real Media Inc. for $649 million.

"The advertising industry is evolving and growing at an incredible pace, moving increasingly toward online and IP-served platforms, which dramatically increases the importance of software for this industry," said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. "Today's announcement represents the next step in the evolution of our ad network from our initial investment in MSN, to the broader Microsoft network including Xbox Live, Windows Live and Office Live, and now to the full capacity of the Internet. Microsoft is intensely committed to creating a thriving advertising business and to partnering closely with all key constituencies in this industry to help maximize the digital advertising opportunity for all."

If you've never heard of aQuantive you're not alone. I haven't, and neither did several other people I spoke to. Seattle based aQuantive is a company with several divisions. Besides the ad serving side of the business, aQuantive also operates the largest interactive ad agency in the U.S., Avenue A/Razorfish, putting it in the position of both buying and selling online ads.

Microsoft is trailing Google (and Yahoo! for that matter) by a large margin when it comes to earning money in online advertising. While Google made $1 billion last quarter, Microsoft's MSN lost $205 million. Microsoft is also losing out percentage wise: Google accounts for an estimated 33 percent of the online ad market compared to Microsoft's 7 percent, so Microsoft felt the need to make an acquisition to strengthen its position in the online advertising market.

Windows Updates

In the past two weeks, Microsoft issued a number of updates for Windows XP and Vista:

Windows XP:

  • KB933612 - Install this update to resolve an issue where Outlook Express cannot connect to Exchange Server 2007 using SSL over SMTP port 587.
  • Update for Windows XP x64 Edition (KB933061) - Install this update to improve the reliability of the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) repository.

Windows Vista:

  • KB933612 - Install this update to resolve an issue where Outlook Express cannot connect to Exchange Server 2007 using SSL over SMTP port 587.


Microsoft Updates Malicious Software Removal Tool

Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Windows Malicious Software Removal Tool to help remove specific, prevalent malicious software from computers that are running Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista or Windows XP.

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Wi-Fi Home Networking

Windows XP Tip: Clean up your Hard Drive

Over time, your Hard Disk fills up with all kinds of stuff, and before you know it, that drive you bought just a year or so ago, and whose capacity looked great back then, is already alarmingly full. You need a certain amount of "headroom" or empty space on your harddrive for Windows to function properly.

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Latest Microsoft & Windows News from around the Internet

Security Enhancements in Windows Vista

This Word document includes information about security enhancements in Windows Vista and how Microsoft used the Security Development Lifecycle to increase the security of the Windows operating system.

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FREE Software: Universal Plug-and-Play Tester

Universal Plug-and-Play Tester (UPnPTest) is an experimental tool that lists all the available devices compatible with the Universal Plug-and-Play protocol including routers (IGDs).

When the program starts it first checks the configuration of the required UPnP services and the Windows Firewall and possibly configure them for you (after being prompted). Then it searches for available devices and updates the list as devices are plugged or unplugged.

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