It's never a good thing when Microsoft's Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) enterprise-patch mechanism malfunctions. It's even worse when WSUS breaks down right before the company plans to start pushing out its regularly scheduled Patch Tuesday fixes.
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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).
Animated wallpapers have been one of the "Extras" that Microsoft has touted as a selling point for customers of its priciest Windows Vista SKU. But now Stardock is bringing animated wallpapers to the Vista masses.
Don't get too excited about the list of Windows 7 feedback that select community members provided to Microsoft -- a ranked list of which ran on Neowin.net this past weekend.
What learnings can the rest of the Redmondians take away from Microsoft's digital-media player team? A while back, I listed ten lessons that the Xbox team could teach the rest of Microsoft. Now I'm wondering the same about the Zune side fof the house. Here's what's on my short list.
Microsoft will roll out later in November a third Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of SQL Server 2008, the next-to-last CTP before finalizing the product in time for shipment in the second calendar quarter of next year.
Microsoft is readying eight SKUs of Windows Server 2008, only some of which will include Hyper-V (the new name for Microsoft's hypervisor that was code-named "Viridian"). And, according to early reports from Microsoft's TechEd IT Forum, the hypervisor-inclusive SKUs might not ship until the latter half of 2008.
That new beta build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 that almost went live a week ago still has yet to surface. But it may be waiting in the wings, as a few resourceful Vista tinkerers discovered this past weekend.
Microsoft promised to deliver Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 in the fourth quarter of 2007. It looks like the company is going to make good on its word, with the first SP looking like it will hit this week.
A number of Web pontificators beliee Microsoft is interested in building a head-to-head competitor with Flickr. But I think Microsoft has its sites set on developing something much grander -- more like an Apple iLife competitor. Here's why.
In the latest of what seems like a series of never-ending reorgsof its Search unit, Microsoft has appointed Harry Shum to take over management of the Core Search engineering team. Microsoft announced internally its latest moves to the troops on November 9.