Microsoft has brought on a new hire -- a former founding member of Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's Iris Associates -- to help the Redmond software company port the Windows Mobile operating system to new form factors.
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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).
In what has become a not-so-secret secret, Microsoft and Intel are set to unveil on March 18 their joint funding of more parallel-processing research work, according to various industry reports.
On the opening day of Novell's BrainShare conference comes the news that the U.S. Supreme Court won't block Novell's antitrust suit against Microsoft over WordPerfect. Do you think Novell has a legitimate leg to stand on, in this case?
Apple may not be keen on licensing Adobe's Flash technology for its iPhones, but Microsoft isn't showing the same reticence. On March 17, Adobe announced that Microsoft had licensed Adobe's FlashLite technology, enabling Windows Mobile phones to run Flash.
Microsoft is likely to prevail in its Yahoo bid -- and most likely without raising its offer. But just because Microsoft can buy the No. 2 search vendor doesn't necessarily mean it should. Those are the results of a new poll of Wall Street analysts by Reuters.
Microsoft is poised to release Windows Vista Service Pack (SP1) to the retail channel this week. And the final release-to-manufacturing (RTM) of Windows XP SP3 is not far behind, according to testing sources.
Even though Microsoft and Yahoo allegedly are at the bargaining table, I can't help but wonder what Yahoo is doing behind the scenes to minimize Microsoft's impact when and if it acquires Yahoo.
Even if you don't (yet) count Yahoo, the Redmondians are building out their advertising portfolio through acquisitions.
A couple more execs from Microsoft's list of who's who at the company have moved to allegedly greener pastures.
Charles Torres of Microsoft Channel 9 fame recently turned the tables on me when I was in Redmond and interviewed me (instead of vice versa).