It was a short but good run: Silverlight, Popfly, Surface. But it's over. At TechEd 2007, Microsoft officials announced the final names of "Katmai," the next version of its SQL Server database, and "Orcas," the forthcoming Visual Studio release. It's back to business....
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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).
Looks like there could be another Microsoft-Linux patent deal in the offing. Signs point to Linux vendor Xandros signing a "patent-protection" deal with Microsoft akin to the one Novell inked last November.
Windows and existing Microsoft programming languages work just fine with one- to four-processor PCs. But when 8- 16 and 64-core client machines become the norm -- in the not-so-distant future -- will Windows, C#, Visual Basic and other Microsoft applications be able to keep up?
At least for the foreseeable future, Microsoft will be building the software, services and the hardware that will make the first Surface coffee tables and kiosks tick. Does this signal that Microsoft is looking to be not just a software company, but a hardware one, as well?
New beta builds of Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger (8.5) and Windows Live Writer (a blog-authoring service/tool) are available to testers for download as of May 30, according to Microsoft.
I'm curious. Am I the only one out there who sees Microsoft's newly-unveiled "Milan" Surface computer being as about as cuddly as a point-of-sale terminal? Do you want one?
Microsoft unveils another glitzy Live Search map today. How about some info on something more useful, say, one of the many expected Windows Live storage and synchronization services? Luckily, the LiveSide.Net guys are on the case.
Users running Windows Vista PCs and WIindows Mobile 6.0 devices who have been attempting to sync their files using Vista's Windows Mobile Device Center have been running into problems. Microsoft says to expect a fix for the problem by mid-June.
It's show time for Microsoft's "Milan" multi-touch and gestural interface technology. And I wouldn't be surprised if Microsoft decides to make this week's Wall Street Journal tech conference the debutante ball.
The folks over at Joejoe.org aren't the only ones with "Longhorn" nostalgia. Enthusiasts over at the AeroXperience.org site also are looking to bring back Longhorn, a k a, the precursor to the Windows Vista release that Microsoft launched in January 2007.