Microsoft has begun rolling out to testers a near-final Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3. Meanwhile, some testers are questioning whether Vista SP1 will remedy some of the performance problems they've been encountering with Vista.
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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 officials said earlier this month that they would release to manufacturing the final Visual Studio (VS) 2008 code before the end of November. Looks like they're on target.
Much is being made of Microsoft President of Platforms & Services Kevin Johnson's statement this week that Microsoft is planning to become No. 2 online advertising player within three to five years.
Microsoft's 2008 conference dance card is starting to fill in. Here's a list of what's on my Microsoft-conference radar screen so far. My question, going into 2008, is how, when and if Microsoft will share more about its Windows futures plans with developers, partners and customers.
Microsoft didn't release only a refreshed test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 this week. It also quietly posted an updated test build of Windows Server 2008.
There's a new book due out next week that should be of interest to anyone who is curious about what makes bloggers and blogging tick. It's called Blogging Heroes: Interviews with 30 of the World's Top Bloggers.
On November 14, Microsoft released the 2.0 release of its Windows Live OneCare PC security/health service, as well as the 2008 version of its Office Accounting suite for small businesses.
On November 14, Microsoft released a new test build of Windows Vista Service Pack 1 -- designated the SP1 Release Candiate (RC) Preview -- to a slightly expanded group of 15,000 pre-selected testers. Still no update on when Microsoft plans to make an SP1 test build available more broadly via MSDN or other channels.
Microsoft is expanding its Office 20007 "pay-as-you-go" program into five more countries before the end of the year. Under the plan, users will have the option of "renting" Office 2007 Professional for a three or six month period and paying a monthly subscription fee to do so.
Microsoft learned some hard lessons with Windows Vista that it already is applying to Windows 7. So says Mike Nash, Corporate Vice President of Windows Product Management, who is chatting this week with press and bloggers about the state of Vista, just about a year after the company released the product to manufacturing.