Microsoft is providing free phone support for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 users -- whether they get their SP1 from Microsoft or via a PC maker or other retailer -- through March 2009. There's got to be a catch, right?
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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).
Last week, I posted that I was hearing the final release of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 was due imminently. This week's update: I have no idea when XP SP3 is coming.
Microsoft isn't usually the first (or second or third) company that folks associate with social networking. But maybe the Redmondians -- or at least the researchers on the Microsoft Research C2 team -- aren't as unsociable as some assume.
Microsoft has begun inviting selected testers to be part of a beta of a new, consumer-focused Office-family product, codenamed "Albany." The beta invitation for Albany is cryptic, according to testers who received the invite and asked not to be named. But here are some educated guesses as to what Albany might entail....
As Apple committed it would do last summer, the company is pushing its Safari for Windows browser via its iTunes distribution mechanism.
There are a growing number of clues that Windows 7 -- the next version of Windows about which Microsoft continues to remain mum -- could be available in pieces. By "pieces," I mean a couple of different things....
It's been a while since Microsoft has shared information on "Stirling," the all-in-one security suite the company is assembling. Microsoft is planning to release a public beta of Stirling -- the suite of Forefront client, server and edge security products, wrapped in a unified management and reporting console -- for delivery some time in the next three months.
"Mesh" is the hot new buzzword in Microsoft land, thanks to remarks about Microsoft's future direction made by Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie earlier this month. But there is more than one "mesh" in Redmond.
Some of my testing sources are buzzing that real soon now -- as in tomorrow, March 19 -- Microsoft will release a feature-complete Release Candidate (RC) test build of its Hyper-V hypervisor for Windows Server 2008.
Why are some Windows Vista users who have Windows Update turned on not able to see or obtain SP1, even though Microsoft made that code available on March 18? The answer to that thorny question and a few more (though not all) of the latest specifics regarding Vista availability are on the Vista Team blog.