One year ago today, on November 30, Microsoft held its business launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 in New York City. The past 365 days have gone quite differently from what many Microsoft insiders and outsiders expected.
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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 has decided the next version of its Silverlight Flash-competitor is more worthy of a 2.0 moniker than a 1.1 one. A beta of Silverlight is due out in the first quarter of 2008, Microsoft officials are saying.
Microsoft is making available as soon as this week an early preview build of what it's calling ParallelFX, the Parallel Extensions to the .Net Framework. The new extensions will aid developers writing software that will work on parallel-processing systems.
It's looking like there will be an update to Windows Mobile 6.0 -- call it WM 6.1 or what you will -- that will hit in early 2008. This is not Photon and/or Windows Mobile 7.0. It's a smaller point upgrade that will provide a few new features and an updated interface, according to Web reports.
The first service pack for Exchange Server 2007 -- which adds Windows Server 2008 compatibility, better integration with Office Communications Server 2007 and better mobile-device support -- will be available for download on November 29.
Microsoft is planning to provide as part of Office 2008 for Mac -- the final version of which is due January 2008 -- technology that will allow users to export PowerPoint 2008 presentations onto their iPods and/or iPhones.
With all the controversy as of late regarding the extent to which Service Pack (SP) 1 will improve Windows Vista's performance, what is Microsoft saying? Externally, not much. But internally, it's a different story.
Microsoft is looking to release the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 to selected testers the week of December 1, according to sources close to the company.
Ray Ozzie, Microsoft's Chief Software Architect, has become increasingly notorious for his invisibility on the Web 2.0 conference circuit. If the Microsoft Mix '08 Web site is any indication, Ozzie sightings are going to become even scarcer in the new year.
Are Mac users happier with Windows Vista than Windows users running Vista on other systems? That's the contention of one Microsoft blogger.