It's been a while since Microsoft signed up any more Linux distro vendors to participate as patent-protection partners. But on October 22, the Redmondians announced they've added TurboLinux to the fold.
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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).
It's time for the latest -- and possibly final -- installment of the seemingly never-ending saga of "Why is my copy of Windows automatically updating and rebooting itself?" Microsoft says users just don't realize that their machines are set to update, most likely due to an admin setting. So Microsoft considers this case closed. But is it? And should it be?
Microsoft has decided not to appeal the European Court of First Instance's decision to uphold the European Commission's antitrust decision against Microsoft. Now the company really and truly will provide the protocol documentation that it was ordered to back in 2004, Microsoft officials are saying. I wonder how much this matters any more....
I wasn't a big fan of the "Wow" campaign around Windows Vista. But its newest incarnation -- "100 Reasons Why Everyone's So Speechless" -- might be even worse.
According to sources, a new and as-still-officially-unannounced Microsoft managed service -- Forefront Online -- is under development. Forefront Online is going to be the business-focused equivalent of Microsoft's Live OneCare, Microsoft's all-in-one antivirus/antispyware/antiphishing/backup and restore service for consumers.
Microsoft's Live Labs -- the team that brought us PhotoSynth (photo manipulation/melding) and SeaDragon (smooth-browsing) technology previews -- has introduced another offering to its roster: Listas. Listas is a list-sharing collaboration tool.
Microsoft has now extended the beta of its Popfly mash-up tool to any and all interested parties.
Microsoft has created a stripped-down version of the Windows core, called MinWin, that will be at the heart of future Windows products, starting with Windows 7, the Windows client release due in 2010.
On October 17, Microsoft conceded and shared a few screen shots of its Google Docs competitor, Office Live Workspace, which is expected to go to a private group of testers next month.
Microsoft has launched a new recruitment site aimed at recent college and MBA grads, called "View My World." The most interesting thing about the site is the types of jobs Microsoft is highlighting there.