Microsoft released on November 18 the public beta of Office 2010. It can be downloaded by anyone for free, as of 1 pm ET today, as can new public betas of SharePoint Server 2010 and Office Web Apps.
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One noticeable no-show at this week's Microsoft Professional Developers Conference is Live Mesh.Live Mesh, Microsoft's synchronization service that is the pet project of Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie, was one of the main attractions at previous Microsoft developers' conferences. I asked Ozzie for an update on it this week at the Microsoft PDC. Here's what he said.
The second day of keynotes at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference is about to begin, and expectations are running high that MIcrosoft might share some details on what's coming with Internet Explorer 9, Silverlight 4 and Office 2010 Beta 2 today.
In the past year, customers and developers testing Windows Azure have been running primarily brand-new (and largely Web 2.0 style) apps on Microsoft's cloud operating system. But when will Azure be tuned to handle host legacy enterprise apps? And when and how will users be able to take advantage of some of the Azure technologies inside of their own "private clouds"?
Any Microsoft Professional Developers Conference (PDC) wouldn't be complete without a few new codenames. On November 17, Microsoft introduced three new ones that all are related to Microsoft's evolving cloud-computing vision and infrastructure.
Microsoft is on tap to share some information about its Internet Explorer (IE) 9 browser at its Professional Developers Conference this week, but isn't yet ready to deliver any bits.
It's that time again: Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2009 Day One kicks off today. Join in our live blog with a bunch of us Microsoft bloggers will be live blogging this morning's keynote, which will feature Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie and Server and Tools President Bob Muglia, among other speakers.
The October comScore numbers are in and Microsoft has inched upward for another month with its Bing search engine. Bing's growth came at Yahoo's -- not Google's -- expense, however.
When Microsoft first announced officially its plans for Windows Marketplace for Mobile, company officials said they'd eventually open the phone app store to users with phones running Windows Mobile 6.0 and 6.1. On November 16, the company made good on that commitment, making the announcement on the Windows Phone Team Blog.
On November 16, Microsoft made the Office 2010 Beta code available to subscribers to its MSDN and TechNet services. Microsoft is expected to open up the beta, so that anyone who'd like to try it can download it -- possibly this week (though Microsoft officials refused to confirm that when I asked them today).
Microsoft made available on November 16 a code-complete beta of Windows HPC (High Performance Computing) Server 2008 R2 to selected testers. The company made the announcement at the Supercomputing 2009 show in Portland, Oreg.
Microsoft officials confirmed on November 13 -- a few days after pulling a Windows 7 download tool that allegedly contained improperly-licensed open-souce code -- that the company did, indeed violate the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). It plans to reissue the source and binaries for the tool next week under the GPL v2.
Microsoft has been having a tough time keeping its Office 2010 bits from leaking. On November 13, the Professional Plus version of the next version of Microsoft's productivity suite leaked again.
The same way that it already allows advertisers to buy placement on various Microsoft sites and properties, Microsoft may allow them to extend their brands onto Windows 7. The ads aren't being foisted on Windows 7 users. Those who don't want the advertiser-branded themes don't have to see them, as they're opt in.
Microsoft is growing its MultiPoint franchise, adding to its line-up in 2010 with a new MultiPoint Server 2010 product. MultiPoint Server 2010 is a host-run operating system that enables multiple users to each run different applications from their own "user stations."