Financial-analyst-turned-Web-pundit Henry Blodget posted an explainer this weekend on what "disruption" really means and why Google and other Web-based office suites are on ther verge of disrupting Microsoft in a major way. But there's more than one way to disrupt a market, as Microsoft knows quite well ....
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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).
Even though all the Web 2.0 crowd seems to think matters are Web-based office suites/services, there's still a lot of life left in client-based productivity software from Microsoft and others.
Microsoft officials have been saying for a few months that the company would release to manufacturing its "Titan" Dynamics CRM 4.0 product before the end of calendar 2007. On December 14, Microsoft made good on the promise.
Not surprisingly, Opera Software took issue with my blog post yesterday on "Why Opera's antitrust complaint against Microsoft is a bad idea." Opera Chief Technology Officer Hakon Wium Lie asked for a chance to respond to my points. Here is why Opera believes the European Commission should get involved in the browser-standards issue.
Zumobi -- a startup formerly known as ZenZui, which is headed by of a number of former Microsoft employees -- released on December 14 a beta of its Zooming User Interface and mobile-widget platform.
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.
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.