Nicholas Negroponte, head of the OLPC initiative, was quoted by Computerworld as saying Microsoft is working with the OLPC team on a dual-boot Windows XP/Linux XO laptop. Microsoft hasn't (yet) acknowledged whether this is the case. If it is, you've got to wonder why a dual-boot XO would make sense.
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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).
Beyond supplementing Microsoft's SharePoint technology, what will Fast Search & Transfer, Microsoft's latest acquisition target, contribute to Microsoft's search products and strategy? Microsoft and Fast shared a few more tidbits about potential areas of cooperation during a conference call with press and analysts on January 8.
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) last year, Microsoft officials shared their vision for what users might expect from hardware vendors via their next-generation ultra-mobile PCs (UMPCs). At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Microsoft showed its planned advances for some of its own next-gen UMPC technologies via the 2.0 release of the Origami Experience Pack.
But at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Microsoft is discussing and demonstrating some different Surface application prototypes that seem somewhat more compelling -- customizable retail, education -- and dropped hints about gaming and office-productivity Surface apps that might be in the pipeline.
Microsoft is bolstering its enterprise-search product line-up via the acquisition of Norway-based Fast Search and Transfer for $1.23 billion, the Redmond software vendor announced January 8.
Whether you think the recently proposed class action lawsuit over Xbox Live service holiday outages is crazy or justified, there are undeniable problems with Microsoft's back-end Live infrastructure that Microsoft needs to address.
Microsoft is privately testing the next release of its Windows Home Server (WHS) operating system -- an update called "Power Pack 1" -- that it plans to ship to its device/PC partners and customers some time this spring.
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show keynote -- which will be Chairman Bill Gates' last (at least for the foreseeable future) -- there were not many hints about Microsoft's view of the coming digital decade. Should we read anything into that fact?
Microsoft has announced a new sales milestone for Windows Vista: 100 million retail copies sold. That's 12 million additional copies the company has sold into the channel since late October 2007.
Nathan Weinberg, over on his InsideMicrosoft blog, has posted some interesting information from an alleged internal Microsoft document on future user interface directions for the Windows Mobile platform. What's your take? How much of this new input technology will debut in Windows Mobile 7? And how much of it, if any, will also show up in Windows 7?