Microsoft released yet more test builds of both Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 and Windows Vista SP1 this week.
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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 Financial Officer Chris Lidell summed it up: Microsoft's Q2 fiscal 2008 earnings were "outstanding."
Google is finally poised to launch its long-awaited Google Health service, which will be a head-to-head competitor with Microsoft's HealthVault software/service that Redmond released in beta in October 2007.
Is Microsoft filtering out from its Live Search results those it considers "undesirable" for the company? That's one one tipster has suggested with some interesting proof, involving a blog known as "Shipping Seven."
The "plus" in Microsoft's Software+Services strategy is going to get a lot more oomph in the not-too-distant future -- at least according to a planning memo for Windows Live Wave 3 that I had a chance to see recently.
Microsoft announced this week that it is committing $235.5 million to its Partners in Learning (PIL) initiative over the next five years, bringing its total PIL investment to nearly $500 million. What's not in Microsoft's press release is the fact that a a big reason the Redmondians are investing in PIL is because developing nations are making education and job-training programs a requirement for doing business.
Microsoft is planning to add a new, opt-in "super standards" mode to Internet Explorer (IE) 8 -- a move of which some developers are critical.
This week -- specifically on January 22 -- Microsoft will make its Adobe-Flash-alternative Silverlight 1.0 available to corporate users via Windows Software Update Services (WSUS), as well as via Microsoft Update (MU).
Microsoft has lifted its ban on enabling Windows Vista Home Basic and Home Premium in virtual machine environments.
In spite of their public opposition to Microsoft's attempt to get the ISO standardization nod for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format, IBM and Google quietly are supporting OOXML. That's according to two blog postings from the end of last week by Microsoft execs involved in the OOXML vs. Open Document Format (ODF) standards battle.