Microsoft has announced immediate availability of Windows High Performance Computing (HPC) Server 2008 R2, its top-of-the line Windows Server operating system, as of September 20.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
If IE 9 is designed to blur the lines between Web sites and Web apps, does that imply that Microsoft is counting on content developers to do with IE what the company did with Windows -- namely, to build apps that work better in Microsoft's environment than anywhere else?
The August comScore numbers are out, with that firm claiming that Microsoft and Yahoo now have a collective 28.5 percent of U.S. search share, compared to Google with 65.4 percent.
Verizon and Sprint won't be offering Windows Phone 7 CDMA models until 2011. That's not welcome news. What's worse, however, if News.com's paraphrase is on the money, is that Microsoft already is working on a "major rewrite" of the Windows Phone operating system.
If Microsoft and its phone partners really do end up delivering the first Windows Phone 7 devices in October in Europe and November in the U.S., Microsoft is sure cutting it close in getting the final version of the development tools for those devices in the hands of coders.
On September 15, Microsoft made the first public beta of Internet Explorer (IE) 9 available for download.
Microsoft user interface researcher Bill Buxton told the Globe and Mail that he expects Microsoft to be offering three years from now a tablet device that will be like a slimmed-down mini Surface. That sounds all well and good... except for the three years part. And the Windows part ....
Microsoft may be limiting (severely) attendance at its upcoming Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in Redmond, but it is adding 65 regional "mini" PDC events in the U.S. and other countries worldwide to compensate.
Microsoft is working on a new physical-to-virtual (P2V) tool for helping customers move legacy applications to Windows 7 using virtualization technology.
Just days after I posted about the (not so) crazy rumor I heard about Microsoft readying a Zune HD2, WMPoweruser unearthed a job description that made it sound like such a device is, indeed, in the making.