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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for more than 25 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's hiring slowdown hasn't translated to a complete hiring freeze. Among the newest of the Red-Pill poppers is Dick Hard, known for his take on the "Identity 2.0" concept and his porting of the Perl language to Windows.
Windows 7-Windows Mobile integration -- or lack thereof -- has dominated many of the Mobius-related Tweets. Several attendees of Microsoft's Winter Mobius conference have expressed frustration and dismay about what they saw and heard regarding Microsoft's plans there
While Microsoft has begun to diviluge details about the next version of its Windows cash cow, company officials have maintained almost total silence about the next version of its other big money-maker: Microsoft Office. So it seemed like a good time to check in with my sources to see if there's any new information on Office 14....
My recent "plea" to the Windows team to resist the temptation of making Windows 7 more Mac-like didn't fall on deaf ears. While I seriously doubt it influenced many (or any) in Redmond, the post definitely elicited some strong opinions -- both in agreement with and in opposition to -- my premise.
Microsoft has developed and released via its CodePlex site an alpha version of a new open-source content-management system, codenamed "Oxite."
Microsoft and Dell have signed a deal via which Dell will be shipping new PCs with the Live Search toolbar preinstalled, according to sources familiar with the arrangement between the two companies.
As noted earlier this week, Microsoft has broadened its beta program for the second service packs for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.
Microsoft's search for a leader for its beleaguered Online Systems business is over and at least one of its top execs seemingly is none too happy with the results.
The Microsoft "Big Brains" series, via which I am profiling Microsoft's roughly two dozen Technical Fellows, continues. This week's fellow is Dave Campbell, the head of strategy and architecture for SQL Services.