Microsoft's "significant" announcement on February 21 turns out to be not so significant at all. Microsoft is promising -- for the umpteenth time -- that it will share all the protocols and programming interfaces needed to allow interoperability between its products and others.
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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).
Microsoft is set to make some kind of "significant" announcement on February 21. I'm betting it has to do with the European Commission. Here's what little we know so far....
Skinkers, a Microsoft OEM, is expanding the beta this week of LiveStation, a peer-to-peer (P2P) application that delivers live TV and radio to a user's PC. The LiveStation player is based on Silverlight.
Microsoft is sharing more details about its small- and mid-size servers due out later this year that will be built around Windows Server 2008. Here are some new tidbits about the pending "Cougar" and "Centro" releases.
Following reports by users of problems resulting from new Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 installation prerequisite update -- which Microsoft pushed out via Windows Update last week -- Microsoft has halted availability of those prerequisites.
Clues that Microsoft is ready to announce the final version of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 are starting to mount.
Microsoft is rolling out on February 19 a new "feature-complete" Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2008 to 100,000 testers.
While Silverlight -- a k a "Windows Presentation Foundation Everywhere" -- seems to be where all the Microsoft rich-media buzz is these days, the Redmondians haven't forgotten about plain-vanilla WPF, the presentation-layer piece of .Net.
Microsoft is trying a new tactic to get more college and high-school students interested in developing for the Windows platform: It's going to give them the development tools for free. Microsoft's move is as defensive -- if not more so -- than it is generous, however.
Following reports of installation problems by some users attempting to deploy the final version of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, Microsoft is still not saying much. It's not clear how many users are affected by either the endless-reboot-loop glitch or the Vista SP1 prerequisite-update issues that users are reporting. And there's still no word on how or when Microsoft plans to address these problems.