After announcing in late 2009 that it was adding an unexpected extra test release to its Visual Studio 2010 schedule -- resulting in a push-back of the launch of the product -- Microsoft has rescheduled the official launch event. The new launch date for VS 2010 and .NET Framework 4 is Monday, April 12.
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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).
Microsoft has updated the software development kit (SDK) for MultiPoint Mouse, a technology for creating applications that allow multiple students use their own mice to interact on the same PC. Meanwhile, Microsoft has fielded a public beta of Mouse Mischief, a Microsoft application for building PowerPoint apps that builds on top of the SDK.
I couldn't help feeling the timing of the unveiling of a new $250 million HP-Microsoft partnership -- coming a day after Microsoft rival VMware bought messaging vendor Zimbra from Yahoo -- wasn't purely coincidental. How much is the deal really about VMware?
Microsoft and partner Hewlett-Packard are holding a press conference this morning (January 13), where the pair are planning to announce a new joint investment "to prepare customers for the next generation of business computing," according to information provided to the media.
In a very uncharacteristic move, Microsoft is sending out notes to reporters and bloggers on January 12, reminding them that Google's just-announced 1 GB Google Docs storage limit limit pales in comparison to what the Softies already are offering with Windows Live.
Microsoft has "turned on" enhancements to its health search capabilities that are built into its Bing search engine, according to a January 12 blog post on the Bing Community site.
January 11 is/was the day by which Microsoft was required to stop selling versions of Office or components of it that included the Custom XML technology, as a result of a patent-infringement ruling against the company. Given that Microsoft released to PC makers a patch designed to remove the infringing technology at the end of last year, it looked like the Softies were ready to comply with the ruling over a month ago. But now it looks like that wasn't the case....
Ever since Oracle made overtures to buy Sun (and get MySQL in the process), Microsoft's been more of a MySQL foe than friend. Given that context, it's probably not too surprising that Microsoft is readying a tool designed to help customers migrate from MySQL to SQL Server and/or SQL Azure, Microsoft's cloud-hosted version of its database
Are all slates tablets? Are all tablets netbooks? Does the distinction between slates, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and e-readers matter to anyone -- or do anything beyond confuse customers more than they are already)? The real question in all this, for Microsoft watcher, customers and partners, is whether slates will ding the profits of the Windows client business any more or less than netbooks have.
For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether "renting" software could become a viable business model. The answer seemingly must have been yes, since Microsoft quietly added rental SKUs, as of January 1, to the list of license types available to customers worldwide.