Microsoft officials last month said they had revised their Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) plans so as to get a Windows-7-friendly version of its tools out to businesses around the time of the Windows 7 launch. On October 20, the MDOP team announced it was ready to open the floodgates.
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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 Microsoft played up the November availability of a public beta of SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 during the opening day of the company's SharePoint Conference, there were lots of other interesting product tidbits that went unnoticed by many -- including the growing number of SharePoint SKUs and a replacement of the sync engine powering the product.
Four big ad agencies, under the auspices of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, has issued a public letter to the U.S. department of Justice supporting the Microsoft-Yahoo partnership, which the pair proposed in July.
Microsoft is discontinuing its free Silverlight Streaming service and replacing it with a paid, Azure-hosted service by the end of calendar 2009. Microsoft is confirming the report I saw on LiveSide.Net from October 18.
Even though Microsoft released a private beta of its SharePoint 2010 product to testers in July, the company has said relatively little about the next release of its collaboration platform -- until October 19. Today is the opening day of the SharePoint conference, where Microsoft officials are sharing a few news tidbits -- including public Beta 2 availability (November) and plans for two new Internet-focused SKUs.
Microsoft is making what may be the last beta of Visual Studio 2010 and the accompanying .Net Framework 4 before they launch next March available to testers this week, company officials said.
Microsoft officials promised last week to provide an update this weekend on its ongoing attempt to recover the customer data and information lost during its ongoing Sidekick outage. On October 18, the company provided that update, which didn't contain much new information.
For being the fastest growing server product at Microsoft, SharePoint is still largely misunderstood. There's no question its one of Microsoft's most important enterprise products, contributing more than $1 billion to the company's coffers. Yet, as CEO Steve Ballmer himself acknowledged this week, SharePoint an "unsung hero."
Microsoft is launching Windows 7 seven days from today on October 22. This evening, Google is holding an "open house" -- which, it turns out, is open to everyone but the press -- during which company officials are slated to share more details on its forthcoming Chrome OS. Coincidence?
With version one of its free anti-malware product just out the door, Microsoft is lining up testers for the next release of Microsoft Security Essentials. Ars Technica has posted what it says is an e-mail message that Microsoft sent to a subset of Windows 7 beta testers, inviting them to apply for an "ongoing beta" for MSE.