The computer maker's founder and chief executive said the firm will continue to "aggressively execute" its long-term strategy in a deal valued at $24.9 billion.
The USB 3.0 Promoter Group has completed its specification for USB 3.1, paving the way for the faster format.
Bluetooth Special Interest Group completes promised specification, designed to work with low-power devices and offer higher transfer speeds.
The SD Association's new UHS-II technology will speed SD card transfer speeds. Plus: a new color e-book format is announced at CES.
Microsoft has said that work on the OS should be done by the end of the month, but some enthusiast sites think it could happen as early as July 13.
Trusted Computing Group released final versions of three storage specifications, that enable stronger and more unified data protection.
Group announces that its Wi-Fi-certified products will continue to interoperate with other Wireless-N products when the spec is finalized, presumably, in September.
Final USB 3.0 specifications are being released Monday.
Both products have been "released to manufacturing," Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces. Server 2008 will formally launch on February 27.