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On Tuesday, Hearst Magazines Digital Media and MSN announced the launch of delish.com. According to the press release:

Hearst Magazines Digital Media, a unit of Hearst Magazines, and MSN today announced the launch of Delish.com (http://www.delish.com), a new online food destination. Delish.com, also available at http://www.msn.delish.com, features thousands of quick and easy food and cocktail recipes from Hearst Magazines and other sources, as well as fan blogs on the most popular food television shows, and the latest on food events and festivals worldwide. With an authoritative point of view that is simultaneously fun and informative, the site’s content will provide everyday chefs and busy individuals with the tools to expand their cooking and entertaining skills and knowledge of what is happening in and around the world of food. MSN and Hearst anticipate that Delish.com’s traffic numbers will immediately place the site into the top 10 food-related destinations on the Internet.

“Delish.com is very serious about the subject of food, but our writers, bloggers and overall editorial slant also look at the cultural and whimsical side of what we’re all eating,” said Chuck Cordray, vice president and general manager of Hearst Magazines Digital Media. “Together with MSN, we developed Delish.com to go way beyond a typical recipe site. We are confident that consumers will come to us for both information and entertainment.”

Delish.com will be accessible through the MSN home page and in editorial programming across its network, including on the MSN Lifestyle Channel and other relevant channels. In addition, all the advertising inventory for Delish.com will be sold by Microsoft Advertising. As part of the deal, MSN will sell targeted inventory in the food category on four Hearst properties: Countryliving.com, Goodhousekeeping.com, Quickandsimple.com and Redbookmag.com.

Many popular brands that have signed up as initial advertisers on the site include Hellmann’s/Best Foods, Knorr and Bertolli Frozen, Simply Orange, and Kraft.

“The combination of the reach of MSN and the brand integrity and programming depth of Hearst is a competitive powerhouse that exponentially delivers on MSN and Hearst’s commitment to the food category,” said Sandy Henson, senior director, MSN Health and Lifestyles. “Consumers and advertisers on Delish.com will be able to choose from a wide variety of content that integrates food and entertainment in a personal and socially relevant way that has not been done before.”

Key content areas include the following:

• Food and pop culture. In addition to thousands of recipes from Hearst’s own magazines, as well as partners and consumers, Delish.com will feature food celebrities and food in pop culture. Content will include blogs dedicated to culinary trends and cooking shows from “Top Chef” to “Iron Chef,” interviews with food celebs such as Gordon Ramsay and Rocco DiSpirito, and the behind-the-scenes scoop on chefs at home.

• New and improved recipe finder. Thousands of amazing recipes from Hearst brands, including CountryLiving.com, GoodHousekeeping.com, QuickandSimple.com and Redbookmag.com, plus non-Hearst brands such as EatingWell, Food & Wine, and Sterling Books. Includes an extensive selection of cocktail recipes and social-networking opportunities with user-generated recipes and easy-to-use online recipe books.

• Video. Delish.com will offer fun and informative video content powered by MSN Video that will show how to simplify everyday cooking and entertaining, from video content on recipe demos, tips and techniques to original shows such as “Must Eat TV,” a roundup of what’s happening on cooking shows each week. Additional video content will be produced and provided by Handmade TV.

• Party planning. End-to-end event planning features on the site will include a useful menu finder, top-notch decorating advice and creative table-setting ideas. In 2009, the site will launch a full-featured party-planning tool.
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From the press release:

Microsoft Corp. and CNBC Inc. today announced that Microsoft will be the exclusive third-party provider of mobile WAP site display advertising to CNBC.com’s U.S. mobile audience of 1.1 million unique monthly visitors. This alliance represents Microsoft’s first mobile ad syndication deal in the U.S. and is an extension of the companies’ online advertising collaboration announced last December.

“This expanded alliance with CNBC is a great example of how Microsoft delivers further opportunities for advertisers to connect and engage consumers across multiple platforms and devices,” said Brian Arbogast, corporate vice president of Mobile Services at Microsoft. “CNBC brings premium financial ad inventory that enhances our existing offering, allowing us to attract and grow mobile advertising opportunities for advertisers.”

“With real-time quotes and breaking news alerts, CNBC has one of the fastest-growing business and financial mobile WAP sites with over 10 million page views in the last 30 days,” said Elisabeth Sami, senior vice president for business development of CNBC. “We are excited to extend our advertising alliance to include mobile and offer our advertisers further flexibility and a new level of customization.”

The expansion of the Microsoft and CNBC.com alliance will provide advertisers with further opportunities to extend audience reach and engage with their audience in more relevant ways at home, at work and on the go across multiple platforms, devices and geographies. Advertisers will also be able to take advantage of two premium mobile ad placements that conform to the Mobile Marketing Association’s global standards and deliver a consistent and engaging experience for consumers. Ford Motor Co. is one of the first companies to launch a CNBC mobile advertising campaign in which Microsoft will serve mobile display ads.
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comScore has released their online search market share numbers for the month of August. Compared to July, Microsoft's share dropped .6% to 8.3%.

Via Kip Kniskern.
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From the press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced that its board of directors approved a new share repurchase program authorizing up to an additional $40 billion in share repurchases with an expiration of September 30, 2013.

The board of directors also declared a quarterly dividend of $0.13 per share, reflecting a two cent or 18 percent increase over the previous quarter’s dividend. The dividend is payable December 11, 2008 to shareholders of record on November 20, 2008. The ex-dividend date will be November 18, 2008.

In addition, the company stated that it has completed its previous $40 billion stock repurchase program. Microsoft has returned over $115 billion to shareholders through a combination of share repurchases and dividends over the last five years.

"These announcements illustrate our confidence in the long-term growth of the company and our commitment to returning capital to our shareholders,” said Chris Liddell, chief financial officer of Microsoft.

Microsoft also announced that its board of directors has authorized debt financings from time to time of up to $6 billion. Pursuant to the authorization, the company has established a $2 billion commercial paper program. Microsoft intends to use the net proceeds from any debt financings for general corporate purposes, which may include funding for working capital and repurchases of stock.

09/19: Posting Break

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We'll have a short posting break here at MicrosoftBlog.com as I'll be doing a bit of traveling. We should be back in action in a few days or so. Thank you for your understanding and for visiting MicrosoftBlog.com.
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Microsoft and Pioneer Enter Into Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement to Foster Mutual Innovation in Consumer Technology:

Microsoft Corp. and Pioneer Corp. signed a patent cross-licensing agreement that furthers the development of each company’s product lines and will expand technological innovation to enhance the overall customer experience. The cross-licensing agreement covers a broad range of consumer products, including Pioneer’s auto navigation products and televisions, as well as Microsoft’s software products. The agreement allows greater mutual access to each partner’s respective patent portfolio.

The agreement, recently signed by representatives of both companies, expands the relationship between Microsoft and Pioneer to promote the incorporation of patented technologies in their respective products. Although the contents of the agreement, including the specific financial terms, are confidential, the parties indicated that Microsoft is being compensated by Pioneer.

“Industry collaboration through intellectual property licensing fosters innovation that benefits the customer, the consumer and the overall IT ecosystem,” said Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of intellectual property (IP) and licensing at Microsoft. “We are proud of our innovations and the quality of our comprehensive global patent portfolio. This agreement will help bring new and exciting technologies to customers who have learned to expect high-quality technology from Microsoft and Pioneer.”

Recently, Microsoft’s patent portfolio was given the year-end top quality rating in the IT industry by two of the leading independent patent-quality rating systems. As well, Microsoft has entered into similar patent cross-licensing agreements relevant to auto navigation in the past 12 months with industry leaders Kenwood Corp. and Alpine Electronics Inc.
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From the press release:

Microsoft Corp. continues to rapidly expand the capabilities of its data platform and is already revealing product road map details following the acquisition of DATAllegro Inc., a provider of large-volume, high-performance data warehouse appliances. As part of its focus on helping organizations manage and access even the largest quantities of data, Microsoft will offer a new solution based on DATAllegro’s technology that extends Microsoft SQL Server to scale into hundreds of terabytes of data. The company will begin giving customers and partners early access to the combined solution through community technology previews (CTPs) within the next 12 months, with full product availability scheduled for the first half of calendar year 2010.

“Microsoft recently launched SQL Server 2008, which is already attracting a great deal of attention thanks to all of the new functionality for mission-critical data management and business intelligence — in fact, it’s been downloaded more than 500,000 times,” said Ted Kummert, corporate vice president of the Data and Storage Platform Division at Microsoft. “These capabilities, combined with DATAllegro’s ability to scale to hundreds of terabytes, present an extremely powerful solution set for customers and partners, and we are committed to getting it in their hands as soon as possible.”

“SQL Server has already brought so much value to our organization, whether it’s giving us more insight into our data, reducing demands on our hardware or simply speeding up the performance of our applications,” said Ron Van Zanten, directing officer of Business Intelligence, Premier Bankcard Inc. “Perhaps more important, it’s delivered all of these benefits without requiring changes to our existing infrastructure. DATAllegro’s technology is a natural complement to SQL Server, so we are excited about the possibilities this acquisition will bring.”
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Kip Kniskern of LiveSide reports, according to a Twitter message that Todd Bishop will be leaving the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog has been an incredible source of news and commentary during his tenure and it may very well be my favorite Microsoft blog. Good luck and best wishes to Bishop on his new position.
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From the press release:

Microsoft Corp. today announced at Sibos 2008 that it is signing a global partnership agreement with the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions (SWIFT). The announcement signifies a new, higher level of close cooperation between the organizations, under which they will work together to deliver deep industry value and simplify SWIFTNet implementation for customers using Microsoft technology. It is a mutual, commercially based agreement between the organizations and will open further opportunities for financial service providers and midsize to large corporations to quickly and easily connect to SWIFT.

“The dynamics of financial messaging are changing as institutions look toward technology as a competitive differentiator,” said Amanda Westwood, global head of SWIFT’s customer service division. “SWIFT customers demand flexible messaging platforms that are cost effective to implement and integrate with their existing systems. The continued work Microsoft does to support SWIFTNet integration and SWIFTSolutions partners goes even further toward helping expand these solutions for our customers both within organizations and across boundaries. We expect our global partnership to promote additional adoption of SWIFT connectivity and SWIFTSolutions in the future.”

The development of a SWIFT partner ecosystem will be an important aspect of the global partnership. Microsoft is providing a solid and highly secure foundation on which an expanded set of trusted industry partners can build and implement solutions for SWIFT and deliver stronger solutions for customers. It will also increase the choices available to customers, enabling them to better compete through more flexible and scalable financial messaging solutions.

As a respected voice in the area of payments technology, and demonstrating its further commitment to both SWIFT and its international partner ecosystem, Microsoft has, for the fifth year running, achieved the SWIFTReady Financial EAI Label for 2008 for BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT, which will be included in Microsoft BizTalk Server 2009.
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Todd Bishop has sales numbers for Madden '09, broken down by console, as well as console sales numbers, for the month of August.

The Xbox 360 led the pack in Madden sales, moving a million units. Second was the PlayStation 3 with 643,000. The PlayStation 2 sold 424,500, while the Wii sold 115,800.

Console wise, the Wii was as dominant as ever. But, the 360 moved back ahead of PlayStation 3, selling 195,000 systems, while 185,400 PS3s and 144,100 PS2s were purchased.
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