As the trial over the services of former Microsoft executive Kai Fu Lee proceeds in Seattle, Bill Gates was at the Microsoft Conference Center on campus talking about what he termed a coming revolution for mid-size companies. It's really an evolution, as I wrote about yesterday in my post about the newly christened Dynamics product line.
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Now that the countdown to the launch of the next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system -- officially called Windows Vista for now -- has officially begun (particularly given the release of the first beta CD), we here at ZDNet have decided to dedicate a blog to it. Since we wanted a place to cover anything that's fit to print about Windows Vista as well as some of Microsoft's other forthcoming technologies (such as Windows Mobile 5.
We have met the network, and it is us -- a cautionary tale.
Like any company with a strong survival instinct, Microsoft is constantly looking for growth. The latest target is the amorphous mid-market, and Microsoft is launching a major initiative tomorrow (Wednesday), trotting out Gates, Ballmer and other executives to deliver the details.
If there ever was a value statement from a public official regarding the reasons for moving to open standards, perhaps that statement came from Eric Kriss, Secretary of Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Are you using LinkedIn, Plaxo, Orkut, or one of the umpteen contact management or Six-Degrees of Kevin Bacon-like business card exchanges? If there's someone you need an introduction to through someone else you know, chances are pretty good that you know the right people to make that introduction happen.
How do we get on those spam lists anyway? And if our names are being bought and sold, shouldn't we get a cut? Finally, should legislation have gone further by allowing spam recipients to do more than just unsubsribe to bulk e-mail they don't want?
The email shown below appeared in my inbox today. I get a lot of spam.
Redmonk James Governor suggests that new HP CEO Mark Hurd is using former IBM CEO Lou Gerstner's playbook--no glitz, glamor, trendiness, dissembling or philosophizing, just execute. James also floats a rumor: HP would acquire NCR (Hurd's former company) to bring Teradata and its enterprise analytical capabilities into the fold, as well as bustling point-of-sale and ATM equipment businesses.
Having automated configuration and installers, coupled with monitoring, remote management and remediation, will go a long way to making IT managers embrace open source solutions.