Microsoft announced this week that it is committing $235.5 million to its Partners in Learning (PIL) initiative over the next five years, bringing its total PIL investment to nearly $500 million. What's not in Microsoft's press release is the fact that a a big reason the Redmondians are investing in PIL is because developing nations are making education and job-training programs a requirement for doing business.
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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 is planning to add a new, opt-in "super standards" mode to Internet Explorer (IE) 8 -- a move of which some developers are critical.
This week -- specifically on January 22 -- Microsoft will make its Adobe-Flash-alternative Silverlight 1.0 available to corporate users via Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), as well as via Microsoft Update (MU).
Microsoft has lifted its ban on enabling Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium in virtual machine environments.
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.
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.