Microsoft customers are still in search of that elusive goal: a single, unified storage system to simplify the deployment and management of Microsoft's enteprrise wares. And Microsoft officials are still promising it will happen (as they have for years) but not offering any kind of delivery timetable.
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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).
After a year or two of sticking a toe in the managed-services waters, Microsoft has decided to take the full software-as-a-service plunge -- at least for some of its enterprise apps.
Microsoft has some big plans for the small-sized storage devices. Microsoft is working on turning USB-based flash drives into a "Windows companion" -- a new product known as "StartKey" -- that will allow users to carry their Windows and Windows Live settings with them.
While there's still a month left before the final votes are tallied, Microsoft's bid to gain ISO standards approval for its Office Open XML (OOXML) document format is anything but guaranteed. Based on reports from attendees of this week's ISO ballot-resolution meeting in Geneva, OOXML's ISO approval is not a slam-dunk, but any stretch.
Microsoft has quietly released an update to its Office Live Workspace service, which the company first rolled out in beta form in December 2007.
Microsoft announced price cuts for Windows Vista on February 28, but only for standalone boxed copies sold at retail.
After a full day of downtime for many Windows Live users on February 26 -- an outage the reasons for which Microsoft has declined to explain, but claimed was resolved on February 26 -- some users still seem to have been having ongoing service-access problems.
Although Google isn't positioning its Google Sites offering as an alternative to Microsoft's SharePoint, that is, in effect, what Google's new wiki-centric collaboration tool is.
One of Microsoft's mystery men behind the cloud, David Treadwell, has gone public with a number of updates coming to Microsoft's evolving Windows Live development platform.
On the virtualization front for Windows Server 2008, it's not just Microsoft's own Hyper-V that isn't quite ready for prime-time. Several other Windows-Server-2008-based virtualization products from Microsoft's competitors and partners still aren't 100-percent enterprise-ready at this point.