Stories by Gregg Keizer

Microsoft tars Google with profiting off pirates

Microsoft Tuesday said that reports published last month claiming that Google profited from sites pimping pirated movies and software show why copyright holders shouldn't trust the search company.

Memo: Microsoft threatened to shut down Mac Office

Microsoft threatened to dump the Macintosh version of Office 10 years ago during talks with Apple because the move would "do a great deal of harm" to its rival, according to a memo made public in a recently-settled antitrust case.

Novell delivers Open XML translator for OpenOffice

Novell posted an Open XML translator for the OpenOffice.org productivity suite today, making good on a December 2006 promise to add Microsoft Office 2007 file format capability to the open-source application bundle.

Tool cracks Vista activation for the ultrapatient

A Web site posted a tool last week that can apparently crack Windows Vista's activation process by applying brute force -- and lots of time -- to come up with valid product keys, circumventing one of Microsoft's most important antipiracy methods.

Firefox, Safari back on browser attack

Mozilla's Firefox and Apple's Safari Web browsers both continued to snare market share from Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) last month, a Web metrics company said this week.

Microsoft may not change policy despite WGA changes

While there has been a fair amount of piracy talk among Microsoft executives in recent days -- and changes made to Windows' anticounterfeiting technology -- that doesn't mean the company is rethinking its antipiracy policy, an analyst said Thursday.

Microsoft OneCare takes last place in antivirus test

Microsoft's Windows Live OneCare came in dead last out of a group of 17 antivirus programs tested against hundreds of thousands of worms, viruses, Trojan horses and other malware, an Austrian antivirus researcher reported Wednesday.

Microsoft's Ozzie: Online apps mean trade-off

Although Google's success in making billions from Web advertising was a "wake-up call" inside Microsoft, Ray Ozzie, the company's chief software architect, said on Tuesday that Google's approach to delivering productivity software is the wrong way to go.

Firefox, IE7 open to URL spoof

Although Mozilla patched one more Firefox bug last week than first reported, the researcher whose work has plagued the open-source browser for weeks has released details about another flaw.

Parallels updates Mac virtualization software

Parallels has updated its flagship virtual machine software for running Windows on Intel-based Macs so that it now lets users fire up Windows applications without having to look at Microsoft's operating system.

Vista bug forces legit users to reactivate OS

A bug in Windows Vista's built-in antipiracy technology is telling some users that they need to reactivate the operating system after they install new device drivers or run newly installed software.