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.
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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 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.
Microsoft is delaying delivery of the first Surface shipments until spring 2008, officials told News.com this week. The delay has me wondering, yet again, whether Microsoft is spreading itself too thin these days.
In its ongoing quest to make sure that no potential Windows revenue source is left untapped, Microsoft is expanding its tentacles deeper into the refurbished PC marketplace.
There's a placeholder site up now for a new Microsoft Web site known as "TechNet Edge." It looks like it might be Channel 9 (Microsoft's developer forum/site) -- but for IT professionals.
Following its August settlement of a long-standing patent dispute with Eolas, Microsoft is readying a refresh of its Internet Explorer (IE) browser that will remove an interim "Click to Activate" control setting.
Microsoft made available for download a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of a toolkit for building applications and Web sites incorporating Windows Live services using Visual Studio, as well as a couple more beta of programming interfaces for Windows Live. But unlike Google, Microsoft is doing very little to toot its own developer horn on the Web services front.
The Novell-Microsoft technology partnership hit its one-year milestone. Here are some of the highlights from the past year that Microsoft decided not to tout in its press release marking the anniversary of the controversial deal.
Windows Server 2008 has yet to be released to manufacturing. But that's not stopping Microsoft execs from starting to reveal glimpses of what's in some the future server releases due out in the next year-plus. These include Windows 7 Server, the newly named Windows Essential Business Server and "Cougar" Small Business Server.
It has been more than two years since Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie first outlined officially Microsoft's "Live" strategy. But finally -- with the November 6 availability of the final version of a number of previously beta-only Windows Live services, Microsoft finally seems to be getting its Live house in order.