There's a new Windows Live buzzword in town: Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer mentioned publicly the elusive term during his remarks at Microsoft's Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) on July 26 in Redmond.
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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).
The Windows installed base will hit the 1 billion mark by the end of Microsoft's fiscal 2008 (which ends on June 30), according to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO. Ballmer made this prediction, and more, at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting on July 26.
Microsoft tool testers will have lots of new builds to play with this week. Microsoft plans to make new builds of a variety of its next-gen developer products available for download on July 26 and 27.
Microsoft plans to deliver the Beta 2 bits of Visual Studio 2008 ("Orcas") later this week, according to Scott Guthrie, General Manager of Microsoft's Developer Division. Meanwhile, the Redmondians have delivered a first pre-alpha of IronRuby, Microsoft's implementation of the Ruby dynamic language.
Now that Microsoft has provided an official ship target for Windows 7, the next major version of Windows client, it's time for some educated guess work. What's coming next on the Windows client, server and Office fronts? And when?
At Microsoft's Global Exchange (MGX) annual sales conference in Orlando this week, Microsoft shared a bit more -- albeit at a high level -- on Windows Seven, according to a copy of a slide deck I saw that was distributed to the field sales force during the conference. Among the information shared was that Microsoft is anticipating it will take at least three years from now to get the next version of Windows client out the door.
I've gotten a couple of reader queries asking about the status of the Apple-Microsoft deal via which Apple allegedly licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync protocol for the iphone. Still no official word. But Microsoft is talking about iPhone support for its Open XML file formats.
Will Microsoft's new era of "no comment" help usher in a Microsoft Reality-Distortion Field? Is an RDF something Microsoft should desire to emulate in the first place? (My vote: No.) What do you think?
There are lots of meaty bits buried in the Microsoft Q4 2007 and year-end fiscal 2007 balance sheets -- including the cost of rapidly growing headcount across various divisions, as well as the huge expense Microsoft is incurring to build out its datacenters to support its Live strategy.
If Microsoft officials don't want you to know about Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, you can be darn well sure they really don't want to talk about Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3. But customers definitely want to discuss it.