Remember those Windows Vista reliability and performance fix packs -- beta versions of which temporarily escaped to the masses last week? On August 7, Microsoft posted the final versions of the two packs for download.
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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).
Over the past couple of days, there have been new reports of sightings of the pre-beta of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. The reported build number: 6001.16549 (longhorn_sp1beta1.070628-1825). I've asked Microsoft for comment. But given that "translucency," not "transparency," is the new Windows world order, I'm not expecting to hear much new.
The Microsoft Code Name a Day series marches on. Today's entry: Jasper, a k a "dynamic ADO.Net."
On August 7, the first day of the LinuxWorld San Francisco show, Projity will officially release a public beta of its freely downloadable open-source competitor to Microsoft Project project-management software.
Today's Microsoft Code Name of the Day: Astoria. Astoria consists of multiple pieces: Bits you can install on your own systems (a Community Technology Preview of which Microsoft introduced at Mix '07); an experimental online service; a Silverlight 1.1 client library; and, as of August 3, an extension of the Astoria online service which enables it to run as a Microsoft hosted service.
Microsoft's Popfly mashup tool sounds just about ready to hit public beta. This rival to Yahoo Pipes and Google Mashup Editor could become one of Microsoft's next ad-funded services.
The LiveSide.net guys are wondering aloud whether Microsoft might pull a Hotmail and revert to a previous product name for Windows Live Folders. The Live team needs all the branding help it can get. What do you think they should do?
Today's Microsoft code name: Tolesto. Tolesto is one of the three orbiting moons of Saturn. It's also the core subset of Microsoft's Common Language Runtime.
In a guest post, Stephen Walli -- a software consultant specializing in open-source, and a former Microsoft program manager for the Shared Source implementation of the ECMA Common Language Infrastructure -- shares his two cents on Microsoft's recent open-source-related moves.
Is it too much to call Windows Home Server Microsoft's iPhone? I think it's likely the closest Microsoft will come to a product with built-in popular appeal.