Last June, my sources said that Apple licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol, enabling the iPhone to users connect to Exchange Server and make use of its wireless messaging and synchronization capabilities. But it took until today, March 5, for Apple -- and Microsoft -- to acknowledge this licensing arrangement.
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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 begun signing up testers for SQL Server Data Services (SSDS), a forthcoming service that will allow customers and developers to host their data in a Microsoft-hosted database. So what is (and isn't) SSDS, exactly?
Microsoft is making available as of March 5 the first beta for developers of Internet Explorer (IE) 8, as well as the first beta release of Silverlight 2.0. It also is readying a beta of a new back-end business service that it is calling SQL Server Data Services. Company officials made these announcements on March 5 at the kick-off of Microsoft's Mix '08 conference.
Microsoft's touch-sensitive tabletop is about to get a spherical makeover. Sources say the company is showing a spherical Surface prototype around campus lately. I haven't seen it myself and am having a hard time envisioning the kinds of applications that would make it more than just a curiosity item.
Internet Explorer (IE) 8, a first beta of which Microsoft is preparing to show off at its Mix '08 conference this week, includes a number of new features, including WebSlices and Activities.
Want to see what a non-Windows-based operating system developed by Microsoft looks like? If you are willing and able to sign a non-commercial, academic Shared Source license, look no further.
Microsoft has posted for public download a new test build of its synchronization framework that allows Web services, devices and applications to work offline.
Would some of the folks clamoring for Microsoft to release a completely Web-based version of its Office suite be just as happy if Microsoft released a stripped-down Office that was really cheap, or maybe even free and advertising-supported?
Microsoft already has said it will port its Silverlight competitor to Adobe Flash to Windows Mobile phones. But it also is working on a Silverlight port to phones from cellphone market leader Nokia.
After much outcry from developers and users, Microsoft is bowing to pressure and making its new, Acid-2-compliant standards mode the default in Internet Explorer 8.