Microsoft's Bing team is working on a new sharing feature, known as Bing & Ping, that will allow Bing searchers to share their findings with a few clicks. But at least so far, the feature is only designed to allow sharing with Facebook, Twitter and e-mail users -- not those using Mirosoft's own Windows Live properties.
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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.
In early August, some PC makers were complaining they still didn't have access to tools they needed to get Windows 7 preloaded on new systems. A month later, system builders -- smaller, custom PC makers -- still don't have access to tools like the OEM Preinstallation Kit (OPK).
On September 1, Microsoft published 31 more Professional Developers Conference (PDC) 2009 session descriptions. Not too surprisingly, given that Microsoft plans to remove the "beta" designation from its Azure hosting platform around the time of the show, there are lots more Azure developer sessions now on the PDC docket
To date, Microsoft's messaging around Windows 7 has been focused primarily on the consumer market. But starting September 1, the Softies began cranking up the business-focused marketing machine around Windows 7 and a number of other soon-to-be-shipping enterprise products and services.
Microsoft quietly removed the "beta" tag from its HealthVault heatlh records-management service on August 26. HealthVault is software plus a service that is hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.
Microsoft made available for download on September 1 a public test build of the embedded version of its Windows 7 platform -- known officially as Windows Embedded Standard 2011 and codenamed "Quebec."
Microsoft officials had been saying for the past couple of months that the first Windows Mobile 6.5phones would be available in October 2009. Today, they got more specific and said October 6 will bethe general availability date.
A new build of Office 2010 -- more recent than the Community Technology Preview (CTP) Microsoft delivered in June to a select group of testers -- allegedly has leaked. (But as of this posting, not yet leaked to the Web.)
DisplaySearch, a unit of the NPD Group, found that netbooks represented 22.2 of portable computers shipped worldwide in the second calendar quarter of 2009. That's up from 5.6 percent a year ago, and 17.8 percent in the first quarter of this year. The total notebook PC market exceeded 38 million, according to DisplaySearch's research.
Now I understand better why Microsoft characterized Bing as a decision engine, rather than a search engine: Microsoft consciously tweaked Bing to be a great shopping engine. "Decision engine" was a euphemism for shopping engine.
On the eve of its virtualization rival VMware's VMWorld conference, Microsoft has posted for download on August 28 the final bits of its Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 product.
Back in May, the Internet Explorer (IE) team left open the possibility that Microsoft might deliver a tab-responsiveness update for those of us suffering from IE 8 tab-performance issues. Alas, that update isn't going to happen.
Microsoft isn't going to make its August deadline for delivery of a wide-scale test build of its Office Web Apps technology. But officials told me they're close to delivering the promised Technical Preview test build of the four Webified Office apps that the company first demonstrated publicly last fall.
Microsoft is adding more "Genuine Advantage" features to its forthcoming Office 2010 release to make the product harder to pirate.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will kick off the Windows 7 launch at an event in New York City on October 22, according to an invitation Microsoft has sent to various media members and bloggers.
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- 1 Microsoft's latest target release date for Office 16: Second half 2015
- 2 Microsoft kicks off its Office for Android tablets preview
- 3 How the next version of IE, codenamed 'Spartan,' might support extensions
- 4 Microsoft's Windows 10: What's new and how to get the preview bits
- 5 What's next for Windows 10?