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.
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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).
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.
Google has announced that it plans to spend "tens of millions" of dollars in R&D to help discover new renewable energy sources. Will Microsoft follow suit? I hope not.
Microsoft is going to grow its headcount in China by 1,000, bringing the total of Microsoft China employees to 6,000, according to a new Reuters report. Microsoft currently employs 79,000-plus worldwide, 5,000 of whom are based in China.
Add Russia to the list of locales for future Microsoft datacenters powering the company's growing family of Live services and supporting back-end infrastructure.
Microsoft sent out invites for its next version of its consumer instant-messaging service, Windows Live Messenger 9.0. Here's what's on tap for the next version, expected to be released in final form in late 2008 or early 2009.
Microsoft is readying its second update to Windows Home Server (WHS) for delivery to customers on Tuesday, November 27. The new update will allow users to obtain a trusted SSL certificate for their home server systems.
Microsoft made available for download on November 18 the promised November Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of SQL Server 2008.
Microsoft has begun rolling out to testers a near-final Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3. Meanwhile, some testers are questioning whether Vista SP1 will remedy some of the performance problems they've been encountering with Vista.