Microsoft's fiscal 2009 fourth quarter earnings, announced on July 23, were bad. And the Windowsclient unit's piece of the bad news was even worse than many were expecting. What does the future hold for a company that has prided itself on being a "low-cost/high-volume" supplier?
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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 Windows 7 is stealing most of the headlines this week, Microsoft -- and one of its MVPs -- are also rolling out some new developer toys.
Windows 7 has been released to manufacturing and is obviously the operating system that Microsoft and its partners will be pushing for the next two-plus years. If you're one of those business users who is in the midst of deploying Vista, what should you do?
Windows Server 2008 R2 users are going to have to wait a week longer than their client counterparts for the final bits (if they want them before October 22, that is). In one case, however -- via the retail channel -- Server users be able to get them well before Windows 7 users can.
Windows 7 has been a tightly controlled product from its first days on the drawing board. The last milestone is proving to be no exception: On July 22, at precisely 4:40 p.m. ET, Microsoft announced it had released to manufacturing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
There's a group of "elite" Windows 7 testers that few have talked about publicly, known as the "Test Pilots." What has their role been in the Windows 7 development process and how have they influenced the product?
The pigs are still in the air. Microsoft really did release not one, but two, pieces of code under the formerly Microsoft-hated GNU General Public License (GPL) this week. But one of the key reasons Microsoft agreed to do this was left out of the original tale told by the Softies.
On July 21, via a posting on the Windows Team Blog, Microsoft shared its delivery timetable for the Windows 7 bits. Without yet disclosing the release-to-manufacturing date -- which Microsoft has said will be before the end of this month -- company officials provided the following new dates.
We already know Windows 7 goes on sale on October 22. But Microsoft hasn't provided specifics as to whether it will hold another Vista-like consumer launch around that time. And beyond that -- what else do the Softies have up their sleeves? Check out this slideshow for some interesting tidbits.
Some in the Linux community are hopeful rather than fearful that Microsoft is poised to become the latest in a long line of corporations submitting code that may find its way into the Linux kernel.