Microsoft is done with Windows Server 2008 and released it to manufacturing, as of February 4.
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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).
That didn't take long. The lawyers already are issuing statements over the Microsoft bid for Yahoo and liberally throwing around the M ("monopolist") word.
After both public and private betas galore, Microsoft is set to make the final, gold Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 bits available, most likely next week, according to various reports.
Former Softie Robert Scoble thinks Microsoft's bid to buy Yahoo is the first "interesting" thing Microsoft has done in over a year. A poster on the Mini-Microsoft blog called the Microsoft play "assinine," and equated it to "John Edwards merging with Rudy (Guiliani)." I have to say I fall more into the "hate it" than "love it" camp on this one. You?
Does a Microsoft Yahoo buy make sense? Would Microsoft have been better served by sticking to its software knitting and continuing to chip away at online advertising as a side business, instead of trying to turn online advertising into its core franchise?
Does Microsoft have an open-source strategy -- beyond finding new ways to thwart Linux? Sam Ramji, Microsoft's Director of Platform Technology Strategy and the company's Open Source Software Lab, says it does, and that he can distill it down to one PowerPoint slide.
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie will be speaking at the Microsoft Mix '08 conference, after all.
Microsoft is in the midst of a quest for new testers for some kind of new Windows Media Center product, which may or may not be connected to "Fiji," the next version of Windows Media Center Edition (MCE).
Microsoft's premise is that the combination of Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 on the desktop and Windows Server 2008 on the back-end will be preferable to running either product by itself. Here are some of the reasons the company is encouraging businesses to deploy and use the pair in tandem.
Microsoft has made the Visual Studio 2008 tool suite available to volume licensees and retail customers as of January 29.