Now that the Court of First Instance has overturned Microsoft's appeal of the European Union's antitrust case, Microsoft is finally going to have to deliver all required protocols and documentation for a price deemed reasonable. But who will care, at this point? Samba and ... Samba.
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Mary Jo Foley
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 officials announced on September 19 that they have no plans to increase the price of SQL Server 2008 beyond what the company already charges for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft execs also announced that, starting today, customers who migrate from Oracle to SQL Server will get up to a 50 percent discount. Of course, there's a catch: You also need to be signed up for Software Assurance to get the reduced rate.
A report last week that Microsoft had sold 70 million copies of Office 2007 since the product was released to manufacturing turned out to be wrong. Microsoft says it sold 70 million copies of all versions of Office during its past fiscal year. What percentage of those were Office 2007? Microsoft still won't comment.
Do you see IBM's new Microsoft Office alternative, Lotus Symphony, as offering things other ODF suites don't? Will IBM's Office competitor will make more inroads than the existing crowd of ODF productivity products?
Microsoft has made available to a select set of private beta testers new commerce functionality that it plans to add to its Office Live services. Office Live Store Manager seems to be a new set of features/functionality that Microsoft is planning to add to one or more of its existing Office Live Small Business SKUs.
Microsoft is readying a toolkit that will add Windows Live development support to existing Microsoft tools, ranging from Visual Studio, to its Expression suite. The new toolkit, due out in November, is going to look and work a lot like the Facebook Developer Toolkit that Microsoft announced in May.
Word is out: Microsoft has lost its appeal of the European Commission's antitrust decision. Forget the spin from Microsoft, the EU and lobbyists. How will the Court's September 17 ruling affect customers in Europe and elsewhere?
November 4 is just around the corner. Now's the time to make sure any Microsoft products that store or use time are updated before Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. ends for the year, the Softies say.
The Office team hasn't been talking sales figures -- at least not until now. But according to information shared during a recent briefing with certain members of the French tech press, Microsoft allegedly has sold 70 million copies of Office 2007 to date. Vista has sold 60 million, last we heard.
Having reported on Microsoft since the early 1990s, I can say I've seen a lot of change, regarding Microsoft's business practices and behaviors. These changes aren't, for the most part, voluntary; many are happening because times have changed. But Microsoft also has altered some of its less-than-ethical ways as a result of court rulings in the U.S. and overseas.