A quick programming note: I'll be on BlogtalkRadio tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday (October 9) on "System Showdown" discussing all things Microsoft. (I hear I'll be on at 8:20, if you've only got ten minutes to spare).
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Mary Jo Foley
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 hired security expert Mark Curphey, the former Chief Technology Officer of SourceClear, who is bringing with him to Microsoft the "Oxygen" security platform and security-lifecycle applications he had been developing.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is back on the "Linux violates our patents" kick. But this time, he's calling out Red Hat, specifically, for allegedly infringing on Microsoft IP. And he's hinting there could be other patent challenges coming to open source from companies like Eolas.
The first version of Windows Home Server (WHS) is barely out the door, but Microsoft already is readying another set of fixes to launch in November, as well as the next "minor" release, which it is calling "UR1," for Update Release 1.
Danny Thorpe, one of the higher-profile hires Microsoft made to its Windows Live team, has decided to leave for greener pastures.Thorpe joined Microsoft from Borland (via a stint at Google).
Microsoft and a number of .Net developers trumpeted the Redmond software vendor's announcement this week that it would release the .Net source code under a Microsoft Shared Source license as a huge deal. As the dust is settling, other parties are beginning to weigh in. And some software experts are not quite as jazzed as the inner Microsoft circle.
On October 5, Microsoft officially announced its plans for Bungie: It is spinning out the company it acquired in 2000. Contrary to what some might believe, this is a good move on Microsoft's part. Why?
A day after Microsoft rolled out a refresh of Internet Explorer (IE) 7 that no longer requires Windows Genuine Validation (WGA) checks, industry watchers are speculating as to why the company did so. Why do you think the Softies made the move?
On October 4, Microsoft broadened the private XP SP3 beta to include Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 testers. It did not release the beta build broadly on MSDN and TechNet, however, as officials said they planned to do back at the end of August.
What's Microsoft new health-records software/service look like? Here are a few screen shots showing some of the HealthVault components and how Microsoft is positioning it.