September 23 is the date a federal appeals court has set for a hearing in the i4i vs. Microsoft patent infringement case over Microsoft Word. I'm doubtful Microsoft will let things go that long.
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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).
While many industry observers obsessed this week over a report that claimed Microsoft will offer two different Windows Mobile versions to phone makers in the coming year, they glossed over the real news. If Digitimes's August 19 story is correct, Windows Mobile 7 is running about a half-year behind schedule.
Microsoft has rolled out a number of new test and final builds of all kinds of products in the past day or two. Rather than do individual posts on each, I'm providing a few pointers where you can get more on these various new deliverables.
At the end of July, Microsoft officials shared publicly the company's browser-ballot proposal made to the European Commission antitrust regulators. On August 17, execs with Microsoft rival Mozilla weighed in with new and more detailed objections to Microsoft's proposal.
Microsoft's Bing is slowly but steadily gaining market share, according to new July numbers released by comScore this week.
My tipsters were a bit overanxious. Microsoft has released yet another test build of Exchange 2010, before hitting the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) button.
It's been awfully quiet on the Microsoft service-oriented architecture (SOA) front for the past nine months or so. But on August 17, Product Unit Manager Doug Purdy broke the silence to provide an update on Microsoft's "Oslo" modeling platform and strategy.
As promised, Microsoft has made the final Windows Server 2008 R2 bits available on August 14 for download by Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) and TechNet subscribers.
The release-to-manufacturing (RTM) buzz around Microsoft Exchange 2010 is starting to grow louder. I'm hearing from various partners and customers it could be finalized any time now, maybe even before this month is up.
Microsoft is working on two new versions of its Mac Office suite that include more enterprise-focused features and capabilities.