At Mix '07, Microsoft promised it would add dynamic-language support to Silverlight. As of this year's Mix '08 conference, it has done so. The way Microsoft is delivering support for Ruby, Python and other dynamic languages with its Adobe-Flash competitor is via a Silverlight add-on called Dynamic Silverlight (DSL).
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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 Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie may profess that the company's top priorities are transparency, standards and interoperability. But regardless of these kinds of pronouncements, the Softies seem to believe that insisting their actions are altruistic and customer-motivated -- even when they are really motivated by lawsuit threats and other, less-palatable reasons -- will fool its constituencies.
"Mesh" was Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie's word of the day last week at Microsoft's Mix '08 conference. Ozzie waxed prolific on "social mesh," "device mesh," "seamless mesh" and more. But what are the technological underpinnings that will allow users and developers to bring everything together?
Microsoft is trying to put the kibosh on more of its internal (and embarassing) e-mail messages around its Vista marketing plans going public.
Microsoft has caught hell -- as it deserved to -- for failing to deliver in a timely manner the Ultimate Extras it promised purchasers of its high-end Vista Ultimate Extra SKU. Last week, the company launched a new Web site, UltimatePC.com, promising to deliver new "Ultimate Exclusives." Extras and Exclusives are not the same thing, though....
Microsoft is continuing to roll out more Software+Service (S+S) combinations, the latest being the DeepZoom-PhotoZoom combination.
Daylight Saving Time (DST) starts a couple of weeks earlier this year than usual -- on Sunday March 9 for U.S. and Canada. Microsoft users and administrators should know the drill by now: Double-check to make sure your Microsoft-based systems are ready.
Plain old developers are so passe. Now it's all about "Web developers, Web developers, Web developers!
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie outlined during his Mix '08 keynote this week a very high-level vision about how Microsoft is moving to be more of a utility-computing/cloud-computing vendor. Ozzie offered no concrete details. But Windows Live Platforms Corporate VP David Treadwell did share this week a few more details on what's Microsoft is attempting to do on the infrastructure side of the house.
Last June, my sources said that Apple licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol, enabling the iPhone to users connect to Exchange Server and make use of its wireless messaging and synchronization capabilities. But it took until today, March 5, for Apple -- and Microsoft -- to acknowledge this licensing arrangement.