On February 20, Microsoft announced final availabilty of six Vista deployment tools. The company also went public with its plans to publish a list of applications that have been certified by independent testers as "Vista-compatible."
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for more than 25 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).
There's a story making the rounds today that Microsoft is poised to sign a new technology partnership with Red Hat that could be as sweeping as the one it signed with Novell. There's only one problem with the report: Red Hat is denying it.
About three weeks after launching Windows Vista, Microsoft is on a roll with new and updated versions of its own products that are compatible with Windows Vista. Microsoft made available on February 19 not only a Vista-compatible version of SQL Server 2005, but also the final version of Microsoft's Virtual PC 2007 product, which supports Windows Vista as both a host and guest operating system (OS).
As expected, Microsoft made available for download on February 19 the final version of SQL Server 2005, which makes Microsoft's latest database version compatible with Windows Vista.
It's not yet Beta 3, but the newest test build of Windows Server Longhorn was released to a select group on February 16.
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack (SP) 2, which is designed to work on Windows Vista and Longhorn Server test builds, is expected to go live any day now.
The same week that Microsoft issued a press release providing further details about some of the technological advances that will result from the November 2006 technology agreement between the two companies, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street what he really thinks the deal means to Microsoft.
A Global Equities research analyst said this week that he found "many Vista owners that once used Google's desktop search feature have switched to Microsoft's" desktop search which is built into Windows Vista.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has come up with a list of the nine "opportunities" where he believes Microsoft can sustain a half billion or more in new margin growth over the next three years.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told Wall Street analysts and shareholders that many of their projections for Windows Vista were "overly aggressive."