In the midst of its acquisition bid for Yahoo, Microsoft is set to announce -- most likely on February 14 -- its latest company-wide reorg. According to sources, the unprofitable Online Services Business will be where the greatest number of changes happen, setting the stage for Yahoos to be absorbed into the Redmond software giant.
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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 is continuing to accelerate its timetable for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 availability.
Like RSS pioneer Dave Winer, I wonder what Microsoft thinks of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang's choice of layoffs? He sure picked some high-profile, strategic folks who Microsoft would, no doubt, love to have added to its ranks as part of its planned Yahoo acquisition.
Microsoft won't be turning Office 14 into a completely Web-ified productivity suite, a la Google Docs. But it's practically a given that Microsoft will add more online collaboration/sharing capabilities to the individual point products that will comprise the client-based Office 14.
"It's gonna be a disaster." That's how Silicon Alley Insider founder and Web pundit Henry Blodget characterized the outcome of the Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo, if and when it goes through.
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).
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.