I'm sure I'll be adding more to this as the year rolls along, but here's my list of must-attend Microsoft events.
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Microsoft confirmed on its Channel 9 Web site that there are, indeed, early builds of IE 8.0 circulating inside the company.
Will Apple release a version of its Safari browser for Windows? The Mozilla Foundation seems to believe such a move is a distinct possibility.
Microsoft and the Mozilla Foundation are pushing ahead with their respective next versions of their Web browsers. Their methods are different, but many of their priorities are -- at least in theory -- quite similar.
Things are about to get even more murky on the Live branding front. At this week's CES, Microsoft showed off some demonstrations of Live Anywhere. But officials didn't use that terminology. Instead, Live Anywhere is now known as "Live." Plain old Live.
Just when Valleywag has proclaimed that use of the Web 2.0 cliche is on the downswing, Microsoft publishes a whitepaper explaining how Office 2007 really is a Web 2.0 suite at heart.
Microsoft officials announced on January 9 that the next version of Office for the Mac will be dubbed "Office 2008 for Mac," and will ship in the latter half of this year. Converters needed to exchange documents between Windows- and Mac-based Office systems won't ship in final form until six to eight weeks after Office 2008, however.
I spent most of the first day at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on January 8 doing what you'd expect from a full-time Microsoft watcher: Meeting with Microsoft execs under the Microsoft press tent; touring the Vista hardware showcase; and wading through the crowds in the giant Microsoft booth on the show floor.
Over at the Microsoft press tent at the Consumer Electronics (CES) Show, Microsoft is showing off a few protypes of its just-announced Windows Home Server product.
The Windows Home Server cat is finally out of the bag. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates officially announced the existence of the Windows Home Server at his January 7 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) kick-off keynote. But the real details on the new systems didn't come from Gates, Microsoft or HP.