Danny Thorpe, one of the higher-profile hires Microsoft made to its Windows Live team, has decided to leave for greener pastures.Thorpe joined Microsoft from Borland (via a stint at Google).
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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 and a number of .Net developers trumpeted the Redmond software vendor's announcement this week that it would release the .Net source code under a Microsoft Shared Source license as a huge deal. As the dust is settling, other parties are beginning to weigh in. And some software experts are not quite as jazzed as the inner Microsoft circle.
On October 5, Microsoft officially announced its plans for Bungie: It is spinning out the company it acquired in 2000. Contrary to what some might believe, this is a good move on Microsoft's part. Why?
A day after Microsoft rolled out a refresh of Internet Explorer (IE) 7 that no longer requires Windows Genuine Validation (WGA) checks, industry watchers are speculating as to why the company did so. Why do you think the Softies made the move?
On October 4, Microsoft broadened the private XP SP3 beta to include Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 testers. It did not release the beta build broadly on MSDN and TechNet, however, as officials said they planned to do back at the end of August.
What's Microsoft new health-records software/service look like? Here are a few screen shots showing some of the HealthVault components and how Microsoft is positioning it.
Microsoft has issued an updated Internet Explorer (IE) 7 release that no longer requires Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation in order to download. The company has refreshed versions of IE 7 for Windows XP Service Pack (SP)2, Windows 64 client/server, and Windows Server 2003 SP1/SP2. It also posted an update to IE 7 for Windows XP that resolves a phishing-filter problem with the browser.
Microsoft has been signaling its intentions to enter the health-records-management space for more than a year. On October 4, the company finally provided an official gameplan of what it's readying on the healthcare software and services front.
When Microsoft finally rolled out the beta of its Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 at the end of September, a new element of mystery was introduced. Microsoft officials said they were going to test simultaneously five additional reliability fixes that were not part of the SP1 beta -- but that the team ultimately planned to add into SP1 before it shipped in early 2008. Now we know what those five are.
What does Microsoft need to do to show it's able to think like a consumer-electronics company, not just a computer-software one? Are you expecting Microsoft follow its usual pattern and finally get the Zune right by the time it ships Version 3?