With archrival Google expected to field any time now a mobile operating system that will go head-to-head with Windows Mobile, Microsoft is getting its Mobile Communications side of the house in order.
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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).
Using its new qSearch 2.0 method of computation, ComScore has released its worldwide search-activity stats for August. Microsoft is No. 4 in the latest standings.
"Arrowhead" -- Microsoft's next release of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and Base Class Library (BCL) elements of its .Net Framework -- will beef up support for "occasionally connected" applications, sources say.
Microsoft has made available for download patches to an Excel 2007 bug discovered late last month and is working on pushing the fix out over Microsoft Update.
A quick programming note: I'll be on BlogtalkRadio tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday (October 9) on "System Showdown" discussing all things Microsoft. (I hear I'll be on at 8:20, if you've only got ten minutes to spare).
Microsoft has hired security expert Mark Curphey, the former Chief Technology Officer of SourceClear, who is bringing with him to Microsoft the "Oxygen" security platform and security-lifecycle applications he had been developing.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is back on the "Linux violates our patents" kick. But this time, he's calling out Red Hat, specifically, for allegedly infringing on Microsoft IP. And he's hinting there could be other patent challenges coming to open source from companies like Eolas.
The first version of Windows Home Server (WHS) is barely out the door, but Microsoft already is readying another set of fixes to launch in November, as well as the next "minor" release, which it is calling "UR1," for Update Release 1.
Danny Thorpe, one of the higher-profile hires Microsoft made to its Windows Live team, has decided to leave for greener pastures.Thorpe joined Microsoft from Borland (via a stint at Google).
Microsoft and a number of .Net developers trumpeted the Redmond software vendor's announcement this week that it would release the .Net source code under a Microsoft Shared Source license as a huge deal. As the dust is settling, other parties are beginning to weigh in. And some software experts are not quite as jazzed as the inner Microsoft circle.