Even though Microsoft and Yahoo allegedly are at the bargaining table, I can't help but wonder what Yahoo is doing behind the scenes to minimize Microsoft's impact when and if it acquires 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.
Even if you don't (yet) count Yahoo, the Redmondians are building out their advertising portfolio through acquisitions.
A couple more execs from Microsoft's list of who's who at the company have moved to allegedly greener pastures.
Charles Torres of Microsoft Channel 9 fame recently turned the tables on me when I was in Redmond and interviewed me (instead of vice versa).
Right up until Microsoft decided to go whole-hog and -- as many developers and customers wanted -- by making "super-standards" mode the Internet Explorer (IE) 8 default, Microsoft officials claimed that going the full-fledged standards route would "break the Web." So what, if anything, changed, making Microsoft willing to take that risk?
Microsoft announced on March 12 it had purchased another virtualization vendor -- one whose technology Microsoft is counting on to help ease Windows Vista migrations. That vendor, Kidaro, makes desktop virtualization software for enterprise users.
Microsoft's Software+Services (S+S) strategy comes in many guises. At its Convergence 2008 conference in Orlando this week for its business-applications customers and partners, Microsoft highlighted yet another one of its S+S forms: Third-party service extensions to its on-premise software.
Should the Windows Home Server Power Pack 1 release be held up until the nasty corruption bug fix is released? Microsoft officials asked their customers this week whether its current Power Pack 1 delay plan was a good one. And so far, customers are saying it is not.
Microsoft has named Sheila Gulati, General Manager of the company's Developer and Platform Evangelism unit, as the new head of the company's application-platform business.
At Mix '07, Microsoft promised it would add dynamic-language support to Silverlight. As of this year's Mix '08 conference, it has done so. The way Microsoft is delivering support for Ruby, Python and other dynamic languages with its Adobe-Flash competitor is via a Silverlight add-on called Dynamic Silverlight (DSL).
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie may profess that the company's top priorities are transparency, standards and interoperability. But regardless of these kinds of pronouncements, the Softies seem to believe that insisting their actions are altruistic and customer-motivated -- even when they are really motivated by lawsuit threats and other, less-palatable reasons -- will fool its constituencies.
"Mesh" was Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's word of the day last week at Microsoft's Mix '08 conference. Ozzie waxed prolific on "social mesh," "device mesh," "seamless mesh" and more. But what are the technological underpinnings that will allow users and developers to bring everything together?
Microsoft is trying to put the kibosh on more of its internal (and embarassing) e-mail messages around its Vista marketing plans going public.
Microsoft has caught hell -- as it deserved to -- for failing to deliver in a timely manner the Ultimate Extras it promised purchasers of its high-end Vista Ultimate Extra SKU. Last week, the company launched a new Web site, UltimatePC.com, promising to deliver new "Ultimate Exclusives." Extras and Exclusives are not the same thing, though....
Microsoft is continuing to roll out more Software+Service (S+S) combinations, the latest being the DeepZoom-PhotoZoom combination.