Microsoft is set to deliver a downloadable beta release of Hyper-V, its virtualization product, on December 13, according to sources close to the company. The final release of Microsoft's hypervisor is still not likely until next summer, however.
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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).
Whether you think Opera Software is right in its attempt to convince the European Commission (EC) of the wisdom of forcing Microsoft to stop bundling exclusively Internet Explorer with Windows, there's another part of Opera's December 13 antitrust complaint that the court hopefully will ignore.
It's still early in the Windows 7 development process, but it sounds like new touch features already have made it onto the user-interface feature list. My question: Do Windows users want Microsoft to make the Windows experience more and more Mac-like?
The so-called Internet Explorer Automatic Component Activation (IE ACA) update for Internet Explorer 6 and 7 is now available to testers who want to check out Microsoft's IE refresh that will disable the "Click to Activate" control.
The Release Candidate of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 is live and available as a free download by anyone interested in checking out the near-final build.
Microsoft has begun making a near-final Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 available to anyone interested in trying out the new build -- the same way that it is doing with Vista SP1.
Microsoft has released the first service pack (SPs) for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 -- a calendar quarter ahead of schedule. So what's coming in the first Office System 2007 SP update and how is it being rolled out? Read on.
Microsoft has released the final version of a Windows Live Messenger instant-messaging service that works on "almost all" WAP phones.
Microsoft made available for download on December 9 a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of "Astoria," the technology now officially known as ADO.Net Data Services. Astoria is designed to put a REST interface on data. It's part of Microsoft's cloud-computing programming model.
Microsoft Office Live Workspace -- which Microsoft released to U.S. beta testers on December 10 -- is Microsoft's answer to Google Docs. That said, there are some pieces of Microsoft's newest Live service that are different from Google's and its other Web 2.0 rivals' offerings.