Microsoft made available on December 3 for download the near-final Release Candidate (RC) of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3.
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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).
Veteran Softies are dropping like flies lately. The latest Microsoft exec to leave is Jawad Khaki, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Hardware Ecosystem. Khaki, whose job is being eliminated, is taking a 'well-earned vacation' until at least January, according to a company statement.
System builders -- "white box" PC vendors who build customized systems -- are offering new holiday bundles designed to entice consumers to take the Windows Vista plunge.
The Microsoft OEM Chief chair has been vacated yet again. Scott Di Valerio quietly left Microsoft at the very end of October and is slated to start at as President of the Americas Group at Lenovo on December 3.
On the one-year anniversary of the launch Internet Explorer (IE) 7, the IE team posted yet another "stay tuned" message to the IE team blog, regarding an informational update on IE 8. And users are none too happy about the continued silence of the IE team.
Microsoft is stepping up its efforts to get more developers to build products on top of its unified-communications technology, and has launched a new developer portal to provide a single spot for API, SDK and related documentation. Still no word on new unified-communications-spefici dev tools, however.
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.
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.