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Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley's blog covers the products, people and strategies that make Microsoft tick.
Mary Jo Foley
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 posted for public download a new test build of its synchronization framework that allows Web services, devices and applications to work offline.
Would some of the folks clamoring for Microsoft to release a completely Web-based version of its Office suite be just as happy if Microsoft released a stripped-down Office that was really cheap, or maybe even free and advertising-supported?
Microsoft already has said it will port its Silverlight competitor to Adobe Flash to Windows Mobile phones. But it also is working on a Silverlight port to phones from cellphone market leader Nokia.
After much outcry from developers and users, Microsoft is bowing to pressure and making its new, Acid-2-compliant standards mode the default in Internet Explorer 8.
Microsoft customers are still in search of that elusive goal: a single, unified storage system to simplify the deployment and management of Microsoft's enteprrise wares. And Microsoft officials are still promising it will happen (as they have for years) but not offering any kind of delivery timetable.
After a year or two of sticking a toe in the managed-services waters, Microsoft has decided to take the full software-as-a-service plunge -- at least for some of its enterprise apps.
Microsoft has some big plans for the small-sized storage devices. Microsoft is working on turning USB-based flash drives into a "Windows companion" -- a new product known as "StartKey" -- that will allow users to carry their Windows and Windows Live settings with them.
While there's still a month left before the final votes are tallied, Microsoft's bid to gain ISO standards approval for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format is anything but guaranteed. Based on reports from attendees of this week's ISO ballot-resolution meeting in Geneva, OOXML's ISO approval is not a slam-dunk, but any stretch.
Microsoft has quietly released an update to its Office Live Workspace service, which the company first rolled out in beta form in December 2007.