The deadline for official comment on Microsoft's latest rendition of the browser-ballot -- the screen the company has proposed to download to PC users in order to appease antitrust regulators handling the Opera vs. Microsoft antitrust case -- is next week. Google, Mozilla and Opera are preparing to weigh in separately with their suggestions.
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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).
After notifying customers and partners that Exchange Server 2007 wouldn't be able to run on Windows Server 2008 R2, the latest version of WIndows Server, the Exchange team has reversed its decision.
Microsoft is working on a set of free open-source content-management application and set of reusable components for it that is codenamed "Orchard." The company is slated to share details about its plans for Orchard at TechEd Europe next week.
When Microsoft announced in January that the company was cutting 5,000 jobs, it wasn't clear how many waves it would take to realize that count. It looks like the cuts aren't done yet, based on an initial report of November 4 layoffs by TechFlash and a follow-up, claiming 800 jobs are being eliminated in this round, by PaidContent.
It took a couple of years, but Microsoft is finally making good on some of the ideas officials had for making the company's MSN home page more viable. On November 4, Microsoft launched a preview of the fruit of its efforts: A radically redesigned MSN.com with Facebook and Twitter integration.
Microsoft officials have shared details about two of the three different versions of Office 2010 that are in development: The Office 2010 client and the Office Web Apps. Next week, at the TechEd Europe conference in Berlin, they finally are slated to show and tell more about the third: Office Mobile 2010.
With the new version of its database due out by mid-2010, Microsoft is increasing its retail prices. It also is adding two new high-end editions of SQL Server 2008 R2 to its line-up. Other news from the opening day of Microsoft's SQL PASS conference: Microsoft is planning to make the next Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2008 R2 -- which will be feature-complete -- available later this month.
On the heels of yesterday's price cut for a number of Microsoft-hosted enterprise cloud service offerings, the company is introducing a "free for six months" deal, in the hopes of attracting Salesforce.com and Oracle CRM On Demand users.
Microsoft's Live Labs -- its MSN-Microsoft Research "mash-up" -- is closing another of its incubation projects. The latest to go is ThumbTack, a bookmarking service project.
Microsoft is cutting prices of its Microsoft-hosted Exchange, as well as its suite of business services (known as the Business Productivity Online Suite, or BPOS), and is refunding the difference to existing hosting customers.