Microsoft's battle with backers of the Open Document Format (ODF) standard could end up going the way that so many contests do: Won by Microsoft as much -- if not more -- because of the ineptitude of its competition than by Redmond's prowess.
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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).
Microsoft has now sold more than 88 million copies of Windows Vista, according to company officials. Vista sales were a big part of the reason Microsoft had a more-than-solid first fiscal 2008 quarter, with earnings of $4.29 billion, or 45 cents a share, on revenue of $13.76 billion.
Microsoft has posted a long and complex explanation to its Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) blog, explaining the latest case of why software updates are being pushed to users who believe they've turned automatic updating off. Here's the abridged version of what the Redmondians said.
I admit it: I am surprised. When word began to leak today that Microsoft allegedly had beat Google in a race to invest in Facebook and strike an ad partnership with the social network, my first thought was that Google somehow would still manage to triumph. Were you caught off-guard by this one?
Microsoft is holding a Windows Vista holiday-preview event this week in New York, aimed primarily at the consumer press to show off how far Vista has come in the year since the product was released to manufacturing. They allowed a few less-well-heeled interlopers, like yours truly, tour the showcase, too.
Microsoft has significantly delayed the introduction of the next version of its Dynamics NAV ERP product, company officials acknowledged this week.
Microsoft has added a new language, F#, to the stable that will be supported by its Visual Studio development platform.
Microsoft is touting as its big CTIA Wireless announcement a new management product for businesses who want to bulk-provision their Windows Mobile smartphones. But to me, the more interesting announcement from Microsoft is that the company is now allowing users to sign up for Windows Live IDs from their cell phones, not just their PCs.
It's been a while since Microsoft signed up any more Linux distro vendors to participate as patent-protection partners. But on October 22, the Redmondians announced they've added TurboLinux to the fold.
It's time for the latest -- and possibly final -- installment of the seemingly never-ending saga of "Why is my copy of Windows automatically updating and rebooting itself?" Microsoft says users just don't realize that their machines are set to update, most likely due to an admin setting. So Microsoft considers this case closed. But is it? And should it be?