Now we know another reason Microsoft rolled out with great fanfare last week its interoperability principles. Not only was it hoping for one more chance to claim openness around its Office Open XML document format, but it was also hoping to head off another hefty antitrust fine from the European Commission.
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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).
On February 27, when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer launches Windows Server 2008 in Los Angeles, open-source vendors won't be on stage as part of the supporting cast. That doesn't mean, however, that Microsoft is simply assuming that if the company builds a new back-end infrastructure, these newfound friends will automatically show up.
The desktop PC is not dead; it's in the midst of a five- to ten-year-long makeover. So says Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie, who presented on February 26 to attendees of the Goldman Sachs Tech Investment Symposium.
There is "lots of redundant development" going on at Microsoft and Yahoo, especially in the search and advertising arenas, according to Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie. No kidding, say MicroHoo watchers.
A widespread, international outage on February 26 affecting users of a number of Microsoft's Windows Live services affected those not already logged into Microsoft's Web services via Live ID, according to Microsoft. But exactly why so many of its services were inaccessible for most of Tuesday is still not something Microsoft is discussing.
Windows Live users are reporting on February 26 that they are unable to access Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger, two of Microsoft's key consumer Internet services.
Guest blogger Jason Perlow makes a case for Microsoft releasing Windows Server 2008 as a workstation SKU. Perlow says that Server 2008 is so solid that it shouldn’t be stuck in the datacenter. Would you buy a Windows Server 2008 Workstation product if one existed?
While Microsoft has shared some details (and code) for its upcoming minor update to Windows Home Server, it has said next to nothing about the next major version. But I have a couple of new tidbits, thanks to sources, to share about "Vail," the next major WHS release.
Last year, after Microsoft bought aQuantive (and after it lost its first alleged bid for Yahoo), Microsoft officials were hot to explain why Web search results should not be viewed as the only or best way to measure online-advertising success. On February 25, Microsoft offered new details on how it plans to make online ad campaigns more trackable.
From February 25 to 29 in Geneva, the next step in the seemingly never-ending show-down over whether Microsoft's Office Open XML document format should be granted ISO standard status is taking place. Here's what to expect.