With the Vista launch behind him, Bill Gates and Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer and security patron, were on stage the 16th annual RSA Conference in San Francisco before a crowd of about 15,000 security geeks and professionals. They were preceded by a Broadway-style dance number with dozens of costumed monks and the David Bowie/Queen song "Under Pressure," something to do with the Renaissance theme of the conference.
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Given the attention (see Techmeme) given to Wal-Mart's new entry to the video download market--with all of the studios in tow to boot--I felt like it was my fiduciary duty to check it out. Well I checked it out and it wasn't pretty at first.
The crosscurrents are still swirling around Microsoft's deal with Novell to resell Suse Linux. And the Free Software Foundation may have found an avenue to hit Novell in the pocket.
Notable headlines: The fiscal 2008 Federal budget has landed. Feds allocate $65 billion for IT in proposed 2008 budget.
Oracle is increasingly targeting specific industries and building its management bench at the same time. At last week's Applications Unlimited event in New York, Oracle president Charles Phillips outlined how the company was building divisions focused on the retail, telecommunications, financial services and utility industries.
Doug Kaye's architecture for a new podcasting platform provides a glimpse of computing's future with it's sophisticated use of Amazon's Web services.
President Bush's fiscal 2008 budget includes an information technology budget of $65 billion, up 3 percent from fiscal 2007's request. Meanwhile, the feds continue to talk up information technology's power.
Loopt, Inc and Sprint Nextel (the cellular carrier) have announced a provocative new service that "scans" a 25-mile radius around you and supplies a real-time map of your buddies' locations. It's symmetrical, of course: If you can see someone, that someone can see you.
Google is prepping a PowerPoint-ish presentation tool to finish off what Paul Kedrosky coined an anti-Office suite. The big question is what's the end game here?
Notable headlines: Google Docs to support Power Point presentations soon. Google prepares "Presently.