Free Windows 7 RTM Ultimate for the Members of the Invitation-Only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program

Last Updated on Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:00 Written by Mire_B Thursday, 30 July 2009 11:00

Microsoft is saying a big “thank you” to Windows 7 Beta testers, worth a few hundred dollars. All of the members of the invitation-only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program will get a RTM copy of Windows 7 Ultimate.

From the Windows team blog:

To show our appreciation, members of the invitation-only Windows 7 Technical Beta Program will be eligible for a free, final copy of Windows 7 Ultimate. For more information on how to take advantage of this, refer to Paul’s post in the .Beta_Program newsgroup for details.


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Windows 7 Ultimate RTM Build 7600.16385 Cracked

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 01:12 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 29 July 2009 01:12

In all fairness it was just a matter of time before the first bypass for the Windows 7 activation mechanism was produced. Build 6.1.7600. 16385, already leaked in the wild, needed an extra twist in order to make it usable. Original equipment manufacturers have only started to get Windows 7 RTM, and now the first OEM SLP master product key gets tossed around on certain forums between users looking to circumvent activation and Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation.

“Borrowed” from a Lenovo copy of Windows 7 RTM leaked in China, the OEM-SLP (System-Locked Preinstallation) product key can be used to activate the OS in combination with a BIOS update to SLIC 2.1 and a valid Windows Vista OEM certificate. The actual process is a bit more complicated, but details need to be kept on an informative level. Sorry, CodenameWindows official policy!


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The Anti-Google Is Born: Microsoft (Bing) and Yahoo

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 July 2009 12:53 Written by Mire_B Wednesday, 29 July 2009 11:22

I can guarantee that Larry and Sergey are having a bad day. It’s the thing that happens when you wake up to the confirmation that your main competitors have joined forces. The Franken-Microsoft-Yahoo will become the number 2 on the search market if the partnership gets the green light from anti-trust authorities.

The key terms of the agreement are as follows:

 * The term of the agreement is 10 years;

* Microsoft will acquire an exclusive 10 year license to Yahoo!’s core search technologies, and Microsoft will have the ability to integrate Yahoo! search technologies into its existing web search platforms;

* Microsoft’s Bing will be the exclusive algorithmic search and paid search platform for Yahoo! sites. Yahoo! will continue to use its technology and data in other areas of its business such as enhancing display advertising technology.

* Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies’ premium search advertisers. Self-serve advertising for both companies will be fulfilled by Microsoft’s AdCenter platform, and prices for all search ads will continue to be set by AdCenter’s automated auction process.

* Each company will maintain its own separate display advertising business and sales force.

* Yahoo! will innovate and “own” the user experience on Yahoo! properties, including the user experience for search, even though it will be powered by Microsoft technology.

* Microsoft will compensate Yahoo! through a revenue sharing agreement on traffic generated on Yahoo!’s network of both owned and operated (O&O) and affiliate sites.

Microsoft will pay traffic acquisition costs (TAC) to Yahoo! at an initial rate of 88% of search revenue generated on Yahoo!’s O&O sites during the first 5 years of the agreement.

Yahoo! will continue to syndicate its existing search affiliate partnerships.

* Microsoft will guarantee Yahoo!’s O&O revenue per search (RPS) in each country for the first 18 months following initial implementation in that country.

* At full implementation (expected to occur within 24 months following regulatory approval), Yahoo! estimates, based on current levels of revenue and current operating expenses, that this agreement will provide a benefit to annual GAAP operating income of approximately $500 million and capital expenditure savings of approximately $200 million. Yahoo! also estimates that this agreement will provide a benefit to annual operating cash flow of approximately $275 million.

* The agreement protects consumer privacy by limiting the data shared between the companies to the minimum necessary to operate and improve the combined search platform, and restricts the use of search data shared between the companies. The agreement maintains the industry-leading privacy practices that each company follows today.

 The agreement does not cover each company’s web properties and products, email, instant messaging, display advertising, or any other aspect of the companies’ businesses. In those areas, the companies will continue to compete vigorously.

 The transaction will be subject to regulatory review. The agreement entered into today anticipates that the parties will enter into more detailed definitive agreements prior to closing. Microsoft and Yahoo! expect the agreement to be closely reviewed by the industry and government regulators, and welcome questions. The companies are hopeful that closing can occur in early 2010.

 The companies have established a website at http://www.choicevalueinnovation.com to provide consumers, advertisers and publishers with additional information about the benefits of the agreement.

 


 

 

Yahoo! Inc. Supplemental Information Regarding Projected Incremental Impact of Microsoft Search Agreement (in thousands)

Gross profit ($150,000)
Operating expenses $650,000
Income from operations $500,000
Depreciation, amortization and stock based compensation expense ($225,000)
Operating income before depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expense (or operating cash flow) $275,000


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