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.
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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).
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.
Microsoft isn't offering up any dates or final product names, but it is breaking with Windows Mobile tradition and is talking about future features for Windows Mobile 6.1, 7 and 8.
Financial-analyst-turned-Web-pundit Henry Blodget posted an explainer this weekend on what "disruption" really means and why Google and other Web-based office suites are on ther verge of disrupting Microsoft in a major way. But there's more than one way to disrupt a market, as Microsoft knows quite well ....
Even though all the Web 2.0 crowd seems to think matters are Web-based office suites/services, there's still a lot of life left in client-based productivity software from Microsoft and others.
Microsoft officials have been saying for a few months that the company would release to manufacturing its "Titan" Dynamics CRM 4.0 product before the end of calendar 2007. On December 14, Microsoft made good on the promise.
Not surprisingly, Opera Software took issue with my blog post yesterday on "Why Opera's antitrust complaint against Microsoft is a bad idea." Opera Chief Technology Officer Hakon Wium Lie asked for a chance to respond to my points. Here is why Opera believes the European Commission should get involved in the browser-standards issue.
Zumobi -- a startup formerly known as ZenZui, which is headed by of a number of former Microsoft employees -- released on December 14 a beta of its Zooming User Interface and mobile-widget platform.