My ZDNet blogging colleague Larry Dignan asks what Yahoo's Plan B will be, now that it reportedly is turning down Microsoft's $44 billion bid because it is too low. But I'm wondering about the flip-side of this equation: What is Microsoft's Plan B if it fails to snag Yahoo?
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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 has been looking for a new head of its OEM business since late last year. It has found one: Steve Guggenheimer, head of the company's application platform business.
Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 is done. But Microsoft's other major Windows service pack, Windows XP SP3, continues to wind its way through the testing process. Another new test build of XP SP3 went to 15,000 testers this week.
Whether or not the final word from the Yahoo board comes down today -- and launches the antitrust-investigation phase of the proposed MicroHoo combination -- my question remains: Why are Yahoo management and many Yahoo employees so dead-set against becoming part of Microsoft?
Surprise! If you were among the 15,000 chosen testers who got the Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 Release Candidate (RC) 1 Refresh 2 test build in late January, you already have the final SP1 bits.
Starting February 20, Microsoft is planning to end distribution of digital product keys for Windows Vista that it previously provided as part of its "Windows Anytime Upgrade" program.
Microsoft needs to do something to boost its Windows Mobile market share -- and sooner rather than later. If you combine all of the cell carriers who offer Windows Mobile, Microsoft still fell behind Apple, in terms of cell-phone share in the fourth quarter of 2007, according to market researcher Canalys.
Move over, Microsoft Singularity. There's another microkernel, C#-based operating system in town. And this one's available under an open-source license.
There are lots of components beyond just the racks of Windows Server boxes that are keeping Microsoft's online properties up and running. Microsoft's cloud infrastructure is comprised of many evolving parts. How well will it mesh with the Linux-powered Yahoo back-end infrastructure, if Microsoft's proposed bid for Yahoo goes through?
A handful of Microsoft's top developers are working to create a new programming language, code-named "D," which will be at the heart of the Microsoft's push toward more intuitive software modeling.
Michael Sievert, Corporate Vice President for Windows Product Marketing, is moving on, according to multiple sources of mine. Sievert is the three-year Microsoft veteran who oversaw Vista's worldwide launch.
Now that Microsoft has released to manufacturing Windows Server 2008, the next obvious question is which applications will run on it -- and when? Are we in for a Windows-Vista-like experience, where even some of Microsoft's own applications didn't work with its new operating system for weeks, if not months?
Customers who've been waiting for Microsoft to release the final Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits are going to have to wait another month or two to actually get their hands on them -- at least through legal channels.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlined Microsoft's top eight growth targets during his annual "Strategic Update" for Wall Street analysts in New York on February 4. There was a lot more on his list than online advertising.
Microsoft is done with Windows Server 2008 and released it to manufacturing, as of February 4.
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