Microsoft is launching Windows 7 seven days from today on October 22. This evening, Google is holding an "open house" -- which, it turns out, is open to everyone but the press -- during which company officials are slated to share more details on its forthcoming Chrome OS. Coincidence?
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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008). She also is the cohost of the "Windows Weekly" podcast on the TWiT network. Got a tip? Send her an email with your rants, rumors, tips and tattles. Confidentiality guaranteed.
With version one of its free anti-malware product just out the door, Microsoft is lining up testers for the next release of Microsoft Security Essentials. Ars Technica has posted what it says is an e-mail message that Microsoft sent to a subset of Windows 7 beta testers, inviting them to apply for an "ongoing beta" for MSE.
Microsoft is rolling out a number of new feature additions to its Microsoft-hosted family of "Online" services, including POP e-mail compatibility and better support for Mac clients.
On October 15, Microsoft reversed itself, claiming now that instead of losing all of the personal data of Sidekick users, it has recovered "most, if not all" of it. It does sound like a database/SAN backup was the culprit, though Microsoft officials are remaining tight-lipped.
The All About Microsoft "Big Brains" series resumes with a Technical Fellow who also happens to be the Director of Development for Microsoft Office: Terry Crowley.
While some other reports have claimed that Microsoft lost a point -- or in some cases, substantially more -- of the U.S. search it has been slowly but steadily gaining, comScore is claiming Bing actually grew a bit.
On October 12, Microsoft provided system builders with the Windows 7 OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK) tools and related documentation they need to preload and customize Windows 7 on multiple new PCs.
Gartner Group analysts are telling business users that they should look at Windows 7 as an "all but inevitable" Windows release. Here's what else Gartner is advising corporate users, regarding when, how and if to move to Microsoft's latest Windows release.
Microsoft is prolonging the support date for the Office 2004 for Mac version of the product so as to continue to appease Mac Office users who stuck with the older release in order to keep their Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) support.
I'm not downplaying in the least how serious the ongoing Sidekick outage is or letting Microsoft's Danger subsidiary -- and/or any other companies involved in the loss of users' data -- off the hook. But, to me, the outage says more about the future of "Pink" than it does about "the Microsoft cloud.
At last: Some hints about what Microsoft could be working on in the Office Mobile 2010 space. Courtesy of blogger Stephen Chapman, there's a mockup of a next-generation screenshot that shows Microsoft may be adding OneNote and SharePoint clients to its mobile Office suite.
Microsoft's Forefront team is again delaying a piece of its next-generation "Stirling" suite of products. The next version of Microsoft's Forefront Client Security (FCS) product, Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010, is now a second half 2010 deliverable.
Microsoft officials announced on October 8 that Exchange Server 2010 is done and has been released to manufacturing. The product is slated to be generally available in November.
Microsoft officials shared on October 8 more details about three new ways the company is planning to try distributing Office 2010 when the product ships next summer: Office Starter, Product Key Card and Click to Run.
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie has launched another new lab, this one focused on social computing. The 82-person Future Social Experiences Labs (FUSE) will be headed by General Manager Lili Cheng.
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