Microsoft is trying a new tactic to get more college and high-school students interested in developing for the Windows platform: It's going to give them the development tools for free. Microsoft's move is as defensive -- if not more so -- than it is generous, however.
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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).
Following reports of installation problems by some users attempting to deploy the final version of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, Microsoft is still not saying much. It's not clear how many users are affected by either the endless-reboot-loop glitch or the Vista SP1 prerequisite-update issues that users are reporting. And there's still no word on how or when Microsoft plans to address these problems.
On February 14, Microsoft rolled out a refreshed version of its Popfly mash-up tool, which added a new data-source editor, allowing users to add their own data, as well as a new search interface
Microsoft isn't sitting around waiting for its Yahoo acquisition to get the nod. It is continuing to roll out new Windows Live and Live Search technologies and programs. Here are just a few of the Live-related announcements from the past few days that caught my eye.
Customers who are waiting for Service Pack (SP) 1 to start planning/deploying Windows Server 2008, don't hold your breath. Microsoft is not going to issue an SP1 for its latest Windows Server release. Here's why.
I don't think anyone will be shedding any tears over Microsoft's open-source heroes promotion -- except possibly for true open-source zealots who still hate the idea that Microsoft is managing to convince some open-source vendors to port their wares to Windows.
Microsoft execs have been studying how one of the masters of consumer marketing, Apple, has been able to parlay sales of iPhones and iPods into new Mac sales. Microsoft is planning to shift all of its consumer marketing into a single group in its Platforms & Services unit to try to do the same.
As of this week, Microsoft has finally put Brian MacDonald on the page. MacDonald, the corporate vice president of Core Search Program Management, is the former manager of Microsoft's stealth NetDocs project (not that his new bio on Microsoft's Web site mentions that fact.)
On February 14, Microsoft announced a corporate reorganization affecting many of its divisions.As with any Microsoft early-year reorg -- which typically occur after the company's fiscal mid-year reviews -- there are winners and losers. Check out my slideshow of who's in and who's out as a result of today's changes.
Pieter Knook, long-time head of Microsoft's mobile business -- and one of the Softies moved off the Microsoft org chart as of Microsoft's Valentine's Day corporate reorg -- is joining Vodafone Group.