On the heels of yesterday's price cut for a number of Microsoft-hosted enterprise cloud service offerings, the company is introducing a "free for six months" deal, in the hopes of attracting Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On Demand users.
All About Microsoft
Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley's blog covers the products, people and strategies that make Microsoft tick.
Mary Jo Foley
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.
Microsoft's Live Labs -- its MSN-Microsoft Research "mash-up" -- is closing another of its incubation projects. The latest to go is ThumbTack, a bookmarking service project.
Microsoft is cutting prices of its Microsoft-hosted Exchange, as well as its suite of business services (known as the Business Productivity Online Suite, or BPOS), and is refunding the difference to existing hosting customers.
Microsoft made available on October 30 an update to its Bing search engine for mobile browsers that includes support for high-resolution touch devices. The new update is available at m.bing.com.
Which is more frightening -- Microsoft convincing a bunch of middle school students to sing the Bing jingle or the antics of sleep-depraved developers trying to stomp the remaining bugs out of Visual Studio 2010?
Starting November 16, Microsoft is ending distribution and sales of its Microsoft Office Accounting product. Company officials began notifying customers of the decision on October 30.
In the midst of all the Windows 7 hoopla last week, Microsoft released its first quarter fiscal 2010 10-Q. In that document was mention of a number of the pending lawsuits against the company that are due to see some action during Microsoft's fiscal 2010.
Microsoft is getting its Azure ducks before it removes the beta tag from its cloud service in mid-November. On October 28, the company announced plans for more development tools aimed at programmers who want to use PHP, Java and the Eclipse IDE to create and modify Web applications for Azure.
I was wondering how aggressively -- or not -- Microsoft would market Windows Live services once it began selling Windows 7. The answer seems to be somewhat aggressively. But is that tepid enough to keep the Softies out of antitrust hot water?
On October 26, Microsoft officials announced they were planning to open up the Outlook Personal Folders .PST file format and making it freely (and safely) licensable.
In September, Microsoft unveiled a beta of a toolset that was designed to improve compatibility between Vista and Windows 7 (as well as Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2). The Redmondians made available on October 27 the final version of that tool, known as the Platform Update for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.
When Microsoft officials describe SharePoint Server, they often refer to what's called "the donut" diagram -- a picture of the six server workloads that comprise the overall product. But who actually makes the donut(s), and how does the team decide which features to bake into a new release of the product?
Microsoft is allowing more testers to join the Office Web Apps Technical Preview program just a few weeks before the company is set to release a public beta of Office 2010.
Microsoft has made available for download on October 24 by a select group of testers the first build of its next release of the free Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) anti-malware product.
In response to Engadget's questions on when the Zune music and video services will come to Windows Mobile, CEO Steve Ballmer said Zune services would definitely be available in conjunction with the next Windows Mobile release. But which release did he mean?
The best of ZDNet, delivered
- 1 Microsoft extends Windows Server 2008 support cut-off date
- 2 Microsoft rebrands Lync as 'Skype for Business'; readies 2015 releases
- 3 Microsoft's Hotmail phase-out: What's a user to do?
- 4 Microsoft's Office 2010 Pro Plus: What's inside?
- 5 Microsoft ups price on Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter by 28 percent