Microsoft is now ready to talk turkey about the ad-funded version of its home/small-business productivity suite. "Microsoft is initiating a pilot program featuring an ad-funded version of Microsoft Works – Microsoft Works SE 9," officials said in the late afternoon on August 1.
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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 is still planning to offer a paid version of the next version of its consumer/home-office productivity suite. It will cost $39.95 at retail -- about $10 per copy less than Works 8.0. Still no word from the Softies on the free, ad-funded version of its consumer/home productivity suite that is allegedly in the pipeline.
On the last day of July, Microsoft made available to testers a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of its SQL Server 2008 database, code-named "Katmai." Here's what's new in the latest release.
It's been three months since Satya Nadella took over as Corporate Vice President in charge of Microsoft's Search & Advertising Platform Group. Nadella shared what's coming next from Microsoft, starting with the fall Live Search update.
Is streaming Office via SoftGrid Microsoft's answer for enterprise customers considering Google Docs & Spreadsheets? (With a hosted or at least ad-funded version of Microsoft Works being Microsoft's competitor to Google Docs & Spreadsheets for individuals and small businesses?)
Until fairly recently, many Microsoft watchers -- including Softies themselves -- would likely say that the Redmond software maker was far more focused on business users than consumers. But there's a noticeable shift happening in where Microsoft sees innovation taking place.
Microsoft has started thinking through what apps might look like in five-plus years. And Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, last week started articulating publicly -- albeit at a very high level -- some of the things Microsoft is mulling in the area of multicore applications.
I linked to an AeroXP post this morning listing hot fixes for Windows Vista provided in two new Knowledge Base postings. A number of those fixes seem like they are the same ones expected to be part of Vista SP1. The AeroXP post is gone now. Poof! So if you wanted the list of what's in there, here it is.
Microsoft's next version of its small-business/home productivity suite, due imminently, will be free and ad-funded. Microsoft Works 9.0 -- which will be the new product's name, if Microsoft opts to stick with its current nomenclature -- still isn't a subscription service. Yet....
Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. Here's what Microsoft told testers earlier this month to expect in Vista SP1. Compare that to what's in the new Vista fix packs. Very, very similar.