On May 5, Microsoft announced the release to manufacturing of its latest storage-appliance code, which it is now rolling out to its partners for inclusion in upcoming products.
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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).
Where is Microsoft cutting jobs in Round 2 of its planned 5,000-person layoff? An alleged internal e-mail indicates that Microsoft's Sales, Marketing and Service Group (SMSG) will be bearing the brunt of the latest cuts.
Three months after releasing the final 1.0 version of its Silverlight-to-Linux port, the Moonlight team has posted a downloadable preview version of their 2.0 release.
Here's the full text of the e-mail that CEO Steve Ballmer sent to Microsoft employees notifying them of the second wave of job cuts happening at the company, starting May 5. Ballmer's e-mail does not rule out additional layoffs beyond the 5,000 already announced.
There have been rumors for the past month or so that Microsoft was planning to do more layoffs. On May 5, the rumor became reality, with Microsoft announcing wave two of the already announced job cuts.
Even though Microsoft already released the final standalone version of Internet Explorer 8 (IE 8) in March, the company is continuing to add new functionality to the version of IE 8 that is bundled with Windows 7. Example: a new tab-responsiveness capability.
The May installment of the “All About Microsoft” CodeTracker is available for download now. The best part? It’s free.
If you aren't an MSDN or TechNet subscriber, but still want to get your hands on the Windows 7 Release Candidate (RC), Tuesday May 5 is the day downloads begin. But there's no need to rush.
The antitrust case involving Microsoft's browser-bundling policies is continuing to wind its way through the European courts -- with a closed-door hearing on the matter now slated for early June.
If Oracle CEO Ellison & Co. do make good on their hosted services threat, they'll be competing with Microsoft, which already offers hosted Dynamics CRM -- and has made noise about possibly delivering Microsoft-hosted ERP in some way down the line. But it's a tough market out there, as Microsoft, which introduced three new financing programs aimed at the CRM/ERP market, knows all too well