Like it has done with its Open XML specification, Microsoft is pushing its XML Paper Specification (XPS) alternative to PDF through the standards bodies. And just like the case with Open XML, Microsoft's competitors are lining up to diss Redmond's standards moves.
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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).
As Engadget reported over the weekend, the iPhone is incompatible with the 64-bit flavors of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Some blame Microsoft; some blame Apple.
Microsoft has made no secret about the fact it has designs on being a healthcare-IT contender. But what the company has kept under wraps, at least until now, was what it planned to do on the consumer side of the healthcare space.
Microsoft rolled out on June 28 the third rollup of fixes for Exchange Server 2007, a product introduced in December 2006. Is an IMAP fix that could affect iPhone syncrhonization among those fixes?
Since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella the head of its combined Live Search/adCenter business in March, the company had been searching for a new head of its Dynamics ERP/CRM business. On June 30, officials announced the search was over.
Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide "downgrade" rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers.
Apple still isn't talking publicly about whether the company has licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync. All I can say is if Fake Steve Jobs says it's true, it must be, right?
On June 26, an anonymous blogger posted a first entry on a new "Just Say No to Google" blog. The subject of the inagural post: "Life at Google - The Microsoftie Perspective." The post raises not only some interesting cultural comparisons between the two rivals, but also some questions about who and what you can believe on the Web.
Microsoft has pushed out a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Windows Server 2008, the first new build it has provided since early June when it delivered Beta 3 of the product formerly known as Longhorn Server.
On the Windows Live side of the house, Microsoft's Software plus Services (S+S) story hasn't been very clear. But with its public acknowledgement of two new Windows Live services -- Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Folders -- Microsoft is a start toward remedying this lack of information.