In one of the bigger announcements of the show, Microsoft unveiled
The service underscored Microsoft's contention, outlined this week in
Reaction to Live Mesh among developers and tech bloggers has been generally positive, likely because the platform seems to serve a real need for people with multiple devices. CNET's Webware team took the preview version of the platform for a test run and concluded that it shows potential but is still a bit rough around the edges.
In addition to offering up a
While some Microsofties were busy promoting Live Mesh in San Francisco, CEO Steve Ballmer made another newsworthy announcement while in Belgium: the company
"XP will hit an end-of-life. We have announced one. If customer feedback varies, we can always wake up smarter, but right now, we have a plan for end-of-life for new XP shipments," Ballmer said during a Thursday news conference.
Big-name computer makers are still scheduled to have to stop selling models with Windows XP installed by the end of June. Mainstream technical support will continue to be available for Windows XP through April 2009, and more limited support will continue through April 2014.
Microsoft was also among the companies reporting quarterly earnings this week--others included
While those hoping for a Microsoft earnings blowout were likely to be disappointed, Apple's results
Mac leads earnings charge
The Mac had a stellar quarter--shipments were up 51 percent, compared with the same period last year, at 2.3 million units, and revenue from Mac sales increased by 54 percent.
In news far less likely to make Apple cheer, the company
Apple acknowledged in late 2006, after an internal investigation, that certain stock option grants--including one to CEO Steve Jobs--were improperly backdated in a way such that they were made more valuable. The company has maintained that while Jobs was aware that the options were backdated, he was not aware of the accounting implications of the practice.
A chance to think green
If you think it's hard to keep up with backdating lawsuits, try staying on top of developments in the rapidly growing field of green tech. Fortunately, Earth Day on Tuesday provided a the latest clean-tech news and resources of note.
Included in this week's green coverage:
On the subject of plastic, have you ever wondered exactly which plastic products are recyclable? Our gallery . We have another gallery that . Studies show that some shoppers will pay more for "green" products, but it's not always clear what seemingly eco-friendly labels mean--or who's creating the standards.
And Earth Day, of course, doesn't have to be just one day out of 365. Be sure to bookmark CNET's Green Tech Blog to stay on top of environmental news all year long.
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