As you heard here last week, Microsoft is making the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 available to a private group of testers this week and to the general public the week of December 10. Microsoft started its week-plus rollout of the RC 1 bits today, December 5.
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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).
Microsoft is making available a first, publicly available test build of a developer toolset that allows programmers to write Web applications using existing .Net-based tools and languages. That toolset, code-named Volta, is all about "democratizing the cloud," and making distributed Web programming easier, according to Microsoft officials.
On December 5, Microsoft made available for download the Release Candidate (RC) 1 version of Windows Server 2008.
In late 2005, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was championing a new technology called RSS Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE). Since then, there have been almost no public updates from Ozzie or anyone else at Microsoft on what was happening with SSE. Until this week, that is.
Over the next three months, Microsoft will be releasing new and updated translators designed to aid customers who want interoperability between Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) and other document formats, including Open Document Format (ODF).
Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Office 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 and is hoping to roll it out the week of December 10, according to sources claiming familiarity with Microsoft's schedule.
Microsoft is making changes to its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) anti-piracy strategy via a coupleof modifications it will implement in Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 and Windows Server 2008 next year.
Microsoft made available on December 3 for download the near-final Release Candidate (RC) of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3.
Veteran Softies are dropping like flies lately. The latest Microsoft exec to leave is Jawad Khaki, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Hardware Ecosystem. Khaki, whose job is being eliminated, is taking a 'well-earned vacation' until at least January, according to a company statement.
System builders -- "white box" PC vendors who build customized systems -- are offering new holiday bundles designed to entice consumers to take the Windows Vista plunge.