What would happen if Microsoft -- whose own dev.live.com story is slowly evolving and so far has yet to take the development world by storm -- decided to surprise everyone and back OpenSocial and allowed OpenSocial developers' apps to run seamlessly inside the Windows Live Spaces "container"?
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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).
The Windows Server team has decided to decouple its Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) collaboration/document workflow subsystem from Windows Server 2008 and make it available (again) as a separate, free download.
Microsoft is doing more than snapping up advertising companies and cementing ad partnerships. On the infrastructure side of its growing advertising business, It also is continuing to refine its online ad platform and analytics tools for its existing customer base.
At this week's Microsoft's 2007 Service Oriented Architecture and Business Process Management (SOA and BPM) conference in Redmond, Wash., company officials will lay out a long-awaited roadmap for Microsoft's SOA strategy. But noticeably absent will be target due dates for any of the myriad products that company officials plan to discuss.
While the Softies have yet to announce officially their business-focused healthcare service about which I've heard repeated rumors, I bet it's only a matter of time.
Microsoft's battle with backers of the Open Document Format (ODF) standard could end up going the way that so many contests do: Won by Microsoft as much -- if not more -- because of the ineptitude of its competition than by Redmond's prowess.
Microsoft has now sold more than 88 million copies of Windows Vista, according to company officials. Vista sales were a big part of the reason Microsoft had a more-than-solid first fiscal 2008 quarter, with earnings of $4.29 billion, or 45 cents a share, on revenue of $13.76 billion.
Microsoft has posted a long and complex explanation to its Windows Software Update Services (WSUS) blog, explaining the latest case of why software updates are being pushed to users who believe they've turned automatic updating off. Here's the abridged version of what the Redmondians said.
I admit it: I am surprised. When word began to leak today that Microsoft allegedly had beat Google in a race to invest in Facebook and strike an ad partnership with the social network, my first thought was that Google somehow would still manage to triumph. Were you caught off-guard by this one?
Microsoft is holding a Windows Vista holiday-preview event this week in New York, aimed primarily at the consumer press to show off how far Vista has come in the year since the product was released to manufacturing. They allowed a few less-well-heeled interlopers, like yours truly, tour the showcase, too.