Microsoft will roll out later in November a third Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2008, the next-to-last CTP before finalizing the product in time for shipment in the second calendar quarter of next year.
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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 eight SKUs of Windows Server 2008, only some of which will include Hyper-V (the new name for Microsoft's hypervisor that was code-named "Viridian"). And, according to early reports from Microsoft's TechEd IT Forum, the hypervisor-inclusive SKUs might not ship until the latter half of 2008.
That new beta build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 that almost went live a week ago still has yet to surface. But it may be waiting in the wings, as a few resourceful Vista tinkerers discovered this past weekend.
Microsoft promised to deliver Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 in the fourth quarter of 2007. It looks like the company is going to make good on its word, with the first SP looking like it will hit this week.
A number of Web pontificators beliee Microsoft is interested in building a head-to-head competitor with Flickr. But I think Microsoft has its sites set on developing something much grander -- more like an Apple iLife competitor. Here's why.
In the latest of what seems like a series of never-ending reorgsof its Search unit, Microsoft has appointed Harry Shum to take over management of the Core Search engineering team. Microsoft announced internally its latest moves to the troops on November 9.
Microsoft is delaying delivery of the first Surface shipments until spring 2008, officials told News.com this week. The delay has me wondering, yet again, whether Microsoft is spreading itself too thin these days.
In its ongoing quest to make sure that no potential Windows revenue source is left untapped, Microsoft is expanding its tentacles deeper into the refurbished PC marketplace.
There's a placeholder site up now for a new Microsoft Web site known as "TechNet Edge." It looks like it might be Channel 9 (Microsoft's developer forum/site) -- but for IT professionals.
Following its August settlement of a long-standing patent dispute with Eolas, Microsoft is readying a refresh of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser that will remove an interim "Click to Activate" control setting.