Notable headlines: Mary Jo Foley: Microsoft readies new 'Tahiti' collaboration service. Microsoft fills in its System Center roadmap.
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This week on the Dan & David Show, we talk about Intel's next generation 45-nanometer Nehalem chip, which includes an integrated memory controller a la AMD's processor architecture, and Microsoft's Communicator 7 suite, which David thinks is a good reason to buy into the Windows platform.
I'm picking up a couple of themes at ETech this year--neither of which directly tie into the stated theme of advanced technology being indistinguishable from magic. The first theme I'm hearing loud and clear is "user experience, games, and fun.
At a press gathering this morning, Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, revealed details about a next generation processor, Nehalem, which brings an entirely new microarchitecture (and motherboards), and will include onboard memory and graphics controllers. Nehalem-based desktop, server and mobile processors and systems are slated to be available in 2008.
SAP said Shai Agassi is stepping down as head of the company's product and technology group. Agassi's departure was by "mutual agreement with the company.
Hewlett-Packard is making small business a new priority with the introductions of twelve new products and services aimed at companies with less than 100 employees. It's an attractive target that has traditionally been hard to reach, but may now be more ripe for the picking.
Just when you thought that the General Public License third draft was the last word, the Free Software Foundation notes the process will drag on a bit more. There are at least 90 days until a final version and chances are it'll take a lot longer than that.
Microsoft is reportedly one of the suitors for online advertising network DoubleClick. As reported on WSJ.
Hewlett-Packard plans to cut its global energy use by 20 percent by 2010. Energy consumption has become a big issue in information technology and a major marketing push for vendors.
When FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee over the underreported of "national security letters" he had two choices: Tell senators that the FBI deliberately downplayed the number of letters or claim IT incompetence. IT incompetence won hands down.