I've been thinking about Microsoft's quiet reorg, via which the company unified the IPTV, Media Center and HD DVD initiatives into a single organization, known as the Microsoft Connected TV business group. It would seem that this is the group now in charge of the elusive "Fiji" Media Center update -- a release I'm expecting we'll hear more about soon. Maybe even as soon as the Consumer Electronics Show....
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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).
What kinds of products will Microsoft be pushing when it launches its new $200 million to $300 million consumer-product ad campaign in early 2008?
It seems every time I do a Windows Home Server (WHS) post, the comments end up evolving/devolving into a debate over whether Linux or Windows is a better home-server platform. I decided to ask a Linux aficionado, Jason Perlow, to provide his take on WHS.
After years of public disagreement over ensuring interoperability between their respective software, Microsoft and Samba have come to terms. And not surprisingly, each vendor is offering quite a different spin on the licensing agreement they unveiled on December 20.
Earlier this week, I weighed in with my 10 Microsoft predictions for 2008. A few other Microsoft watchers have done the same. Here are some of the other interesting prognostications out there.
Although Microsoft and other Google rivals tried, they were unsuccessful in their lobbying to derail the $3.1 billion Google-Doubleclick merger -- at least in the U.S.
Now that Microsoft has passed the Acid2 Browser test, is Opera Software satisfied? If dropping its antitrust complaint filed last week with the European Commission is the measure, the answer is no.
A week after Opera Software filed an antitrust suit against Microsoft that focused, in part, on Microsoft's falure to make Internet Explorer (IE) standards-compliant, Microsoft has gone on record stating IE 8 will include support for key Web standards.Microsoft verified last week that an internal test build of IE 8 passed the Acid2 Browser Test, according to Dean Hachamovitch, General Manager of IE Development.
Even though Microsoft began pushing out a public test build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 the week of December 10, it wasn't until December 18 that the company would acknowledge officially the existence of that build. The public XP SP3 Release Candidate build is now available directly from the Microsoft Download site.
It's the end of the year, which means it's pundit prognostication time again. Here are 10 predictions about what I think we'll see in Microsoft land in 2008.