Microsoft has released the first service pack (SPs) for Office 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 -- a calendar quarter ahead of schedule. So what's coming in the first Office System 2007 SP update and how is it being rolled out? Read on.
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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).
Microsoft has released the final version of a Windows Live Messenger instant-messaging service that works on "almost all" WAP phones.
Microsoft made available for download on December 9 a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of "Astoria," the technology now officially known as ADO.Net Data Services. Astoria is designed to put a REST interface on data. It's part of Microsoft's cloud-computing programming model.
Microsoft Office Live Workspace -- which Microsoft released to U.S. beta testers on December 10 -- is Microsoft's answer to Google Docs. That said, there are some pieces of Microsoft's newest Live service that are different from Google's and its other Web 2.0 rivals' offerings.
Microsoft took the wraps off earlier this week a new (presumably) Windows Live service, Feed Sync. A couple of weeks ago, the company unveiled another sync-related platform, known as the Microsoft Sync Framework. Will the two ever meet? Surprisingly, they already have.
Microsoft has made available for download a service-pack blocker tool for Windows users who don't want Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 pushed to users' desktops without their IT administrator's official OK.
Is Microsoft's "cloud programming" toolset Volta -- which Microsoft released in early preview form this week -- a "me-too" response to Google's Google Web Toolkit (GWT)? Here's Volta Architect Erik Meijer's response.
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.
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.