Microsoft's next version of its small-business/home productivity suite, due imminently, will be free and ad-funded. Microsoft Works 9.0 -- which will be the new product's name, if Microsoft opts to stick with its current nomenclature -- still isn't a subscription service. Yet....
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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 has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. Here's what Microsoft told testers earlier this month to expect in Vista SP1. Compare that to what's in the new Vista fix packs. Very, very similar.
Last year at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie provided a very high-level (and tough-to-follow) outline of what Microsoft's Live platform was going to look like. This year, Ozzie abandoned the 50,000-foot view in favor of a, perhaps, 25,000-foot view.
Microsoft officials said at the O'Reilly Open Source conference this week that they are going to seek Open Source Initiative (OSI) approval for Microsoft's Shared Source licenses, but have not provided specifics. Why is Microsoft interested in doing this now?
Microsoft is readying multiple new search releases -- the first of which is coming this fall -- that it will launch over the next 12 months. It also is readying a "2.0" refresh of its core Windows Live suite for this fall, as well.
Microsoft will launch the latest versions of its unified communications products -- Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 client -- sometime this fall. The two products are set to be released to manufacturing tomorrow, July 27.
Between early May and the end of July, Microsoft sold another 20 million copies of Windows Vista, company officials revealed during the company's Financial Analyst Meeting on July 26. The new total number of copies sold (according to the Redmondians): 60 million.
There's a new Windows Live buzzword in town: Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned publicly the elusive term during his remarks at Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 26 in Redmond.
The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft's fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. Ballmer made this prediction, and more, at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting on July 26.
Microsoft tool testers will have lots of new builds to play with this week. Microsoft plans to make new builds of a variety of its next-gen developer products available for download on July 26 and 27.