In spite of their public opposition to Microsoft's attempt to get the ISO standardization nod for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, IBM and Google quietly are supporting OOXML. That's according to two blog postings from the end of last week by Microsoft execs involved in the OOXML vs. Open Document Format (ODF) standards battle.
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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).
I've gotten lots of questions from Windows users this week about TG Daily's story that Microsoft is running early with Windows 7 and has delivered an early build to unnamed parties outside of the company. Here's what I know and don't.
Microsoft has been turning up the volume on its green initiatives across the company, as of late. I recently stumbled onto yet another one: DiskEnergy.
Microsoft has replaced its fired Chief Information Officer (CIO) Stuart Scott, with the former Walt Disney CIO Tony Scott, the company announced on January 17.
In 2007, there was rampant turnover on the Microsoft Live Search team. It looks like 2008 might be off to a similar start.
The OOXML vs. ODF drags on. In response to feedback from the national bodies who are involved in Microsoft's ISO standards bid for OOXML, Microsoft is changing how it is making Office binary-format information available.
On February 12, Microsoft will deliver, via its Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) automatic update mechanism for businesses, an update to Internet Explorer 7 that is Windows-Genuine-Advantage-free. Meanwhile, Microsoft is going to push Silverlight via WSUS later in January.
Microsoft is announcing availability, as of today at Macworld's kick-off, of Office 2008 for Mac. But what else do those dastardly Redmondians have up their sleeves?
On the heels of a week of news of a number of Microsoft executive departures and reshufflings, another has come to light. Rob Short, Corporate Vice President for Windows Core, has resigned from the company.
In a thinly-veiled publicity stunt, Infoworld is seeking sign-ups for an online petition to "help save XP" by sparing it the fate of "being discontinued on June 30, 2008." There are a couple of problems with the campaign's premise, however....