On April 7, Google took the wraps off of more than many had expected: Not just a hosted database platform, but an entire hosted Web app platform, known as Google App Engine. I've heard rumors that Microsoft is readying a competitive hosted application platform.
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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 a number of users reported endless-reboot problems in February after installing one of the prerequisites for Windows Service Pack (SP) 1, Microsoft pulled automatic distribution of it. As of April 8, however, Microsoft will resume pushing out that prerequisite.
After dangling some vague promises about its plans to create seamless social and device "meshes," Microsoft is set to deliver more details about its mesh-syncrhonization strategy -- and deliver its first Live Mesh beta to external testers -- later this month.
That didn't take long. Two days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent a three-week acquisition ultimatum to Yahoo's board, Yahoo answered with its own letter.
On April 5, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent a new missive to the Yahoo board of directors, advising them not to let "this window of opportunity pass" by failing to give in to Microsoft's acquisition offer. Here's the text of the letter.
As the week draws to a close, there are a few Microsoft-related "no's" worth noting -- beyond the no more extensions for Windows XP's preload cutoff date of June 30. Other no's I noticed:
Over the past couple of days, I've noticed more new speculation about Microsoft's timetable for delivering Windows 7, the next version of Windows. Microsoft is saying publicly 2010 is still the likely RTM date, but late 2009 is undoubtedly a possibility.
Microsoft officials have been (mostly) careful about talking about their Silverlight 2.0 release schedule. But, based on one Microsoft blogger's post, it looks like Silverlight 2.0 is on track to RTM by the end of this summer.
Microsoft made it official on April 3: There will be no new reprieves for Windows XP (other than on Ultra Low-Cost PCs).Some customers and partners had been hoping the company might extend again the deadline for all PC makers to be allowed to preload Windows XP, rather than Windows Vista, on new PCs.
Some sharp-eyed folks over at Neowin.net noticed Microsoft had posted to its Support Live Cycle Web site a release-to-manufacuturing date of March 31, 2008, for Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3. Turns out it was a false alarm.