A number of Microsoft enthusiasts this week received invitations to a "limited technical beta program" for Internet Explorer (IE) 8 Beta 1.
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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).
In an e-mail sent to Microsoft employees on February 22, Microsoft Platforms & Services President Kevin Johnson reiterated to Microsoft's employees why Microsoft is continuing to pursue its goal of buying Yahoo.The e-mail was not triggered by any new developments, a Microsoft spokeswoman said.
Amid reports by some users of endless-loop reboots and less-than-impressive performance gains with Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, now there's a new SP1 gotcha: Microsoft accidentally released SP1 to some users via Windows Update this week.
In his new job, as head of EMC's newly created Cloud Infrastructure and Services Division, former Microsoft exec Paul Maritz's new goal might be to cut off Microsoft's air supply.
Microsoft launched the final gold version of its Windows Live SkyDrive consumer storage service on February 21.
Microsoft's much-balleyhooed promise, unveiled February 21, not to sue open source developers solely applies to developers who are using Microsoft's patented protocols and interfaces in non-commercial ways. In other words, Microsoft isn't throwing in the towel in its quest to get Red Hat and other Linux vendors to sign patent-protection agreements.
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.
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.