It's February 12. Today's the day that Microsoft is set to push its Windows-Genuine-Advantage-free version of Internet Explorer (IE) 7 to customers using Windows Software Update Services (WSUS).
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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).
What's a hostile takeover without a little hostility? I still think the proposed take-over of Yahoo by Microsoft is nutty, but Microsoft seems set on making it happen, whether or not Yahoo's management and employees are happy to become part of the Empire.
How does Microsoft intend to take on Apple's iPhone? The Redmond software maker's plan to gain traction in the consumer-focused mobile-phone market hinges heavily on Danger Inc. -- the company that invented the Sidekick and is soon to become part of Microsoft, according to Robbie Bach, president of Microsoft's entertainment and devices division.
On February 11, responding to customer unrest, Microsoft announced it will make Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 available earlier than it originally promised.
Microsoft has bought Danger Inc., the developer of the SideKick. I'm curious how Microsoft will morph Danger's services with its own growing family of Windows Live Mobile services.
Microsoft is merging the three existing paid versions of its Office Live Small Business product into one and making that single version available for free, the company announced on February 11.
My ZDNet blogging colleague Larry Dignan asks what Yahoo's Plan B will be, now that it reportedly is turning down Microsoft's $44 billion bid because it is too low. But I'm wondering about the flip-side of this equation: What is Microsoft's Plan B if it fails to snag Yahoo?
Microsoft has been looking for a new head of its OEM business since late last year. It has found one: Steve Guggenheimer, head of the company's application platform business.
Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 is done. But Microsoft's other major Windows service pack, Windows XP SP3, continues to wind its way through the testing process. Another new test build of XP SP3 went to 15,000 testers this week.
Whether or not the final word from the Yahoo board comes down today -- and launches the antitrust-investigation phase of the proposed MicroHoo combination -- my question remains: Why are Yahoo management and many Yahoo employees so dead-set against becoming part of Microsoft?