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For Microsoft, it's the sound and the fury

With its plans to set up its own music store online, the software maker is leaving some partners feeling betrayed, and with MSN Newsbot, it's marching deeper into Google territory.

With its plans to set up its own music store online, Microsoft is leaving some partners feeling betrayed, and with MSN Newsbot, it's marching deeper into Google territory. But it makes nice with Office customers.


Microsoft confirms plans that it will launch its own music download store, putting it on the path to direct competition with Apple's iTunes and a growing list of rival digital song stores.
November 17, 2003


The software giant experiments with an international news search service in competition with Google's, upping the ante in the hotly contested Web search market.
November 17, 2003


The software heavyweight says it's improving third-party access to its Office 2003 documents by publishing the underlying XML schemas, or file formats, for three of its Office 2003 applications.
November 17, 2003


David Vaskevitch, chief technology officer of the company, praises his Blackberry and iPod and says he always carries them while traveling.
November 17, 2003