European antitrust regulators are kicking off two new Microsoft antitrust investigations, one of which involves of products and technologies for which Microsoft allegedly is withholding interoperability information, including its .Net framework, Office Open XML (OOXML) document format and various server products.
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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).
Market researchers with the Burton Group have issued a 37-page study -- not commissioned by Microsoft or any other tech vendor -- that finds Microsoft's OOXML document format to be more useful than the rival ODF format backed by Microsoft's competitors.
After saying it planned to make its latest test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 available to a private group of testers only, Microsoft has done an about-face and made the code available to the public.
Pundit Robert Cringely thinks an Apple-Adobe merger makes sense on a variety of fronts. If it ever did come to pass, it would make for interesting competitive times vis-a-vis the pair's relationship with Microsoft.
What's one to make of all the Microsoft churn? Brain drain? Panic over Chairman Bill Gates' impending role change? Or just "if it' January, it must be time for yet another Microsoft reorg"? Word is there are still some more reorg shoes to drop in the next week or so, so stay tuned....
We know what Microsoft told press and analysts about yesterday's announcement by Microsoft Business Development (MBD) President Jeff Raikes that he'll be passing the torch, come September, to former Juniper Networks Chief Operating Officer Stephen Elop. But what did Raikes and CEO Steve Ballmer tell Microsoft's near-80,000 employees about the move?
In what I consider surprising timing, Microsoft announced on January 10 that one of its three corporate presidents, Jeff Raikes, is retiring in September 2008. Raikes will be succeeded by Stephen Elop, who until today was chief operating officer at Juniper Networks.
While the the Microsoft depature upon which most company watchers focused this week was that of Bruce Jaffe -- the former Mergers & Acquisitions Chief -- another Microsoft veteran is moving on, as well. Charles Fitzgerald, Microsoft's General Manager of Platform Strategy, is leaving the company to join a startup.
Microsoft has started what is expected to be a four- to six-week rollout of new features and functionality for its Office Live Small Business service.
Microsoft is continuing to test its Microsoft-hosted CRM product, Dynamics CRM Live, and delivered on January 9 an updated "early access" version of the service, which it is offering to more customers and partners.