Michael Sievert, Corporate Vice President for Windows Product Marketing, is moving on, according to multiple sources of mine. Sievert is the three-year Microsoft veteran who oversaw Vista's worldwide launch.
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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).
Now that Microsoft has released to manufacturing Windows Server 2008, the next obvious question is which applications will run on it -- and when? Are we in for a Windows-Vista-like experience, where even some of Microsoft's own applications didn't work with its new operating system for weeks, if not months?
Customers who've been waiting for Microsoft to release the final Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits are going to have to wait another month or two to actually get their hands on them -- at least through legal channels.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer outlined Microsoft's top eight growth targets during his annual "Strategic Update" for Wall Street analysts in New York on February 4. There was a lot more on his list than online advertising.
Microsoft is done with Windows Server 2008 and released it to manufacturing, as of February 4.
That didn't take long. The lawyers already are issuing statements over the Microsoft bid for Yahoo and liberally throwing around the M ("monopolist") word.
After both public and private betas galore, Microsoft is set to make the final, gold Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits available, most likely next week, according to various reports.
Former Softie Robert Scoble thinks Microsoft's bid to buy Yahoo is the first "interesting" thing Microsoft has done in over a year. A poster on the Mini-Microsoft blog called the Microsoft play "assinine," and equated it to "John Edwards merging with Rudy (Guiliani)." I have to say I fall more into the "hate it" than "love it" camp on this one. You?
Does a Microsoft Yahoo buy make sense? Would Microsoft have been better served by sticking to its software knitting and continuing to chip away at online advertising as a side business, instead of trying to turn online advertising into its core franchise?
Does Microsoft have an open-source strategy -- beyond finding new ways to thwart Linux? Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Director of Platform Technology Strategy and the company's Open Source Software Lab, says it does, and that he can distill it down to one PowerPoint slide.