Former Microsoft platforms chief -- who, these days, is heading up cloud computing at EMC -- might be trying to get at least some of the old Microsoft band back together again. According to a few different sources who asked not to be named, Maritz has hired Charles Fitzgerald, Microsoft's former head of Platform Strategy, to work at Smart Desktop, a division of Martiz's Pi Corp.
All About Microsoft
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).
I was planning to avoid posting about Gartner's "Windows will collapse under its own weight" presentation from earlier this week because I felt it was a bunch of hype that didn't provide any new insights or conclusions. But given how many others are riffing -- and riffing crazily -- on Gartner's findings, I decided to throw my two cents in.
For the first time since Microsoft announced its intentions to buy Yahoo, I see one way the coupling might make (a tiny bit of) sense.
It took about 15 minutes after I saw the Yahoo press release before I got an e-mail from the Microsoft camp reminding me that any kind of Google-Yahoo partnership would be frowned upon by the authorities.
There are two ways to look at Yahoo's latest move in the Microsoft-Yahoo chess game: Yahoo is either trying to torpedo the deal or trying to force Microsoft to rush into it by upping its offer.
Amalga, the product formerly known as Azyxxi (wow, try saying that ten times fast), is finally out as a commercial product.
Just after Microsoft's three-week ultimatum to Yahoo is up, my book about Microsoft's future (Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post Gates Era) should be out.
If you're a business user who thinks Aibos and sumo robots are fun and cute but irrelevant to the enterprise-software world, read on.
Microsoft is sitting on its software laurels, just waiting for the clouds to pass, however. There are a bunch of still-unannounced Microsoft services in the works from business units all over the company. One of these is a "cloud utility platform," is code-named "Red Dog."
On April 8, Microsoft made available to any and all interested testers a public beta of "Stirling," a bundle of several of next-generation versions of its security and management wares.