Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Cisco CEO John Chambers are meeting later today a handful of CIOs who have both Cisco and Microsoft products installed. They'll listen to a litany of complaints, no doubt, about how hard it still is to get Cisco and Microsoft deliverables to interoperate. Is there anything new under the sun? No -- not in terms of customers wanting vendors to make their lives easier, nor in terms of vendors promising customers the moon.
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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 and Cisco are both partners and competitors. But they aren't going to let a little competition get in the way of doing what's right for customers. Yawn. Heard that before. And we're all about to hear it again on Monday during a CEO dog-and-pony show with Microsoft's Steve Ballmer and Cisco's John Chambers.
Today's Microsoft codename of the day is "Warsaw," which is yet another of Microsoft's unified-communications components. Microsoft is looking to build out its line of unified communications products as both an enterprise and as a developer platform.
From the too-good-to-be-true files: Windows Home Server (WHS) is not going to launch on August 27. It sounds like the launch of the product is still on schedule for late September-early October.
Another day, another Microsoft codename. Today's Codename of the Day: Ibiza. And today's question: Is Ibiza the new name for "Harmonica"? Or is this online/offline synchronization technology something close but related?
Here's a quick round-up of some of the new test releases and final versions of various Microsoft wares rolled out in the past week.
Today's Microsoft code name of the day: Harmonica Best guess on what it is: A P2P data synchronization service that could be key to Microsoft's cloud-computing vision
On August 15, Microsoft released to a select set of testers a first beta drop of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Office 2007. What's in it? When's the final release due? Microsoft won't say.
Montauk: The very tip of Long Island. And also the codename of a new commercial-simulation program under development by Microsoft, that will build on the Flight Simulator and Train Simulator gaming technologies.
Two Microsoft partners, Citrix and XenSource, have tied the knot. Microsoft should be ecstatic...or should it? Some say the Redmondians are not rejoicing over the new tie-up.