Microsoft subscription maintenance program for its volume licensees has never been overly popular. But according to a new report from Forrester Research, Software Assurance is looking like even less of a good deal to Microsoft customers than before.
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Mary Jo Foley
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).
It's official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft. Beta 1 of Vista Service Pack 1 is coming -- with shut-down, CPU performance and other fixes -- earlier than expected. And the final Vista SP1 is looking like November 2007.
On July 1, Microsoft's new fiscal year started with a new slate of Live executives -- or at least a bunch of existing execs with new titles and responsibilities. It seems like Microsoft is finally reining in the runaway "Windows Live" brand and relegating it to being a subset of the larger "Microsoft Live" services effort.
Are Microsoft's patent lawyers playing possum? Or are they really as clueless about what makes open-source software tick as they seem, based on Microsoft's July 5 statement regarding the GPLv3 and Novell?
After a rash of recent reports about Xbox 360 hardware problems, Microsoft has opted to extend Xbox 360 warranties to three years, at a cost of approximtely $1 billion.
Microsoft is preparing to field a private beta of the 2.0 version of its security-backup subscription service, Windows Live OneCare.
If at first you don't succeed, complain, complain again. On July 2, Google filed a second request to be considered a friend of the court in the Microsoft-Department of Justice antitrust case -- after being rebuffed the first time.
I had a chance to meet one of the true Windows veterans, Iain McDonald, Director of Project Management for Windows Server, earlier this year. We didn't talk a whole lot about Windows Server 2008. Instead, we touched on everything from his hobbies (motorcycles and guitars), to the "worst project ever run," -- which, in McDonald's opinion, was Windows 2000. Here's Part 1 of the Q&A.
Just before its fiscal 2007 came to a close last week, Microsoft snapped up two datacenters from Savvis, an infrastructure provider.
Windows users who shelled out extra to get the top-of-the-line Vista Ultimate SKU, your requests for an update have been answered. Microsoft hasn't abandoned its promise to get more of the expected downloadable add-ons to Ultimat to you, after all.