Miguel de Icaza, Vice President of Developer Platforms at Novell, said this week the first release of "Moonlight" -- Novell's port of Microsoft's Flash-competitor Silverlight to Linux -- should be done in another six months.
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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).
In January, I posted the question: "Where are the killer Vista apps?" One year after the Vista launch, I am wondering again: Where are they? What is taking developers, like Yahoo, so long to deliver a mere pre-beta of a Vista-optimized product?
Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) -- which was "postponed" this year -- is on for 2008, according to the company.
You're not alone if you've been confused as to whether the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) low-cost XO PCs will be able to run Windows or not. On December 5, Microsoft finally issued an official statement acknowledging that it is working with OEMs to get Windows XP on OLPC systems by late next year.
The Internet Explorer team has posted a new nugget of info about the next version of Microsoft's browser. The next release of IE will be called -- wait for it -- "Internet Explorer 8." That's it. And no, I am not kidding.
As you heard here last week, Microsoft is making the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 available to a private group of testers this week and to the general public the week of December 10. Microsoft started its week-plus rollout of the RC 1 bits today, December 5.
Microsoft is making available a first, publicly available test build of a developer toolset that allows programmers to write Web applications using existing .Net-based tools and languages. That toolset, code-named Volta, is all about "democratizing the cloud," and making distributed Web programming easier, according to Microsoft officials.
On December 5, Microsoft made available for download the Release Candidate (RC) 1 version of Windows Server 2008.
In late 2005, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie was championing a new technology called RSS Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE). Since then, there have been almost no public updates from Ozzie or anyone else at Microsoft on what was happening with SSE. Until this week, that is.
Over the next three months, Microsoft will be releasing new and updated translators designed to aid customers who want interoperability between Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) and other document formats, including Open Document Format (ODF).