Microsoft sent out invites for its next version of its consumer instant-messaging service, Windows Live Messenger 9.0. Here's what's on tap for the next version, expected to be released in final form in late 2008 or early 2009.
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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 readying its second update to Windows Home Server (WHS) for delivery to customers on Tuesday, November 27. The new update will allow users to obtain a trusted SSL certificate for their home server systems.
Microsoft made available for download on November 18 the promised November Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of SQL Server 2008.
Microsoft has begun rolling out to testers a near-final Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3. Meanwhile, some testers are questioning whether Vista SP1 will remedy some of the performance problems they've been encountering with Vista.
Microsoft officials said earlier this month that they would release to manufacturing the final Visual Studio (VS) 2008 code before the end of November. Looks like they're on target.
Much is being made of Microsoft President of Platforms & Services Kevin Johnson's statement this week that Microsoft is planning to become No. 2 online advertising player within three to five years.
Microsoft's 2008 conference dance card is starting to fill in. Here's a list of what's on my Microsoft-conference radar screen so far. My question, going into 2008, is how, when and if Microsoft will share more about its Windows futures plans with developers, partners and customers.
Microsoft didn't release only a refreshed test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 this week. It also quietly posted an updated test build of Windows Server 2008.
There's a new book due out next week that should be of interest to anyone who is curious about what makes bloggers and blogging tick. It's called Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers.
On November 14, Microsoft released the 2.0 release of its Windows Live OneCare PC security/health service, as well as the 2008 version of its Office Accounting suite for small businesses.