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Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley's blog covers the products, people and strategies that make Microsoft tick.
Mary Jo Foley
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).
Microsoft started this past decade in the midst of a fight over whether Internet Explorer (IE) was part of Windows (in U.S. antitrust courts in the U.S. Department of Justice vs. Microsoft case). The company ended it the same way in the European Union -- but deciding this time to settle rather than fight.
As its officials have been hinting and promising for a while now, Microsoft announced it has developed a version of its Bing search app for the iPhone.
Windows President Steven Sinofsky joined the Windows team from the Office unit, leading many of us Microsoft watchers to note how similar the Windows organization has become to Office, in terms of its structure, policies and procedures, over the last couple of years. But the Office team is learning from the Windows team, too -- in app compatibility.
For the second time in the past couple of months, Microsoft has pulled a piece of code amid allegations of "theft." And, as was the case last time, Microsoft is attributing any problems to a third-party developer. On December 14, Microsoft officials suspended the beta of Juku, a microblogging service Microsoft is testing in China, that looks almost identical to Plurk, another Twitter-like service that is popular in Asia.
There is a "Google phone" coming, and probably sooner rather than later. I wonder whether the HTC-made Nexus One will spur Microsoft -- green with Google envy -- to reevaluate whether it should follow suit?
On December 11, some Office 2003 users discovered that they couldn't open files that included Microsoft right-management protected content. A day later, Microsoft issued a patch. There is a hotfix for Word 2003 and one for Excel 2003 that are downloadable from Microsoft's Web site designed to fix the issue.
It's been a while since I did a mega-update/purge of my list of Microsoft codenames. But at last, I've gotten to my task. The now 19-page December CodeTracker PDF update is ready to go.
Just in time for the end-of-year licensing push by Microsoft's sales folks and partners, the analysts at Directions on Microsoft have compiled a list of five resources to help companies decipher their Microsoft contracts.
At the end of October, there were reports Microsoft quietly had purchased system-management vendor Opalis. After close to two months of no comments, Microsoft officials said on December 11 that Microsoft has purchased Toronto-based Opalis for an undisclosed amount.