Microsoft has decided not to appeal the European Court of First Instance's decision to uphold the European Commission's antitrust decision against Microsoft. Now the company really and truly will provide the protocol documentation that it was ordered to back in 2004, Microsoft officials are saying. I wonder how much this matters any more....
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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).
I wasn't a big fan of the "Wow" campaign around Windows Vista. But its newest incarnation -- "100 Reasons Why Everyone's So Speechless" -- might be even worse.
According to sources, a new and as-still-officially-unannounced Microsoft managed service -- Forefront Online -- is under development. Forefront Online is going to be the business-focused equivalent of Microsoft's Live OneCare, Microsoft's all-in-one antivirus/antispyware/antiphishing/backup and restore service for consumers.
Microsoft's Live Labs -- the team that brought us PhotoSynth (photo manipulation/melding) and SeaDragon (smooth-browsing) technology previews -- has introduced another offering to its roster: Listas. Listas is a list-sharing collaboration tool.
Microsoft has now extended the beta of its Popfly mash-up tool to any and all interested parties.
Microsoft has created a stripped-down version of the Windows core, called MinWin, that will be at the heart of future Windows products, starting with Windows 7, the Windows client release due in 2010.
On October 17, Microsoft conceded and shared a few screen shots of its Google Docs competitor, Office Live Workspace, which is expected to go to a private group of testers next month.
Microsoft has launched a new recruitment site aimed at recent college and MBA grads, called "View My World." The most interesting thing about the site is the types of jobs Microsoft is highlighting there.
Microsoft was awarded an official Open Source Initiative (OSI) approval for the two Shared Source licenses it submitted for consideration in August -- but not without agreeing to some OSI-requested changes first.
There's been a lot of talk lately about various Web platform vendors opening up their programming interfaces in order to make their offerings more readily customizable and programmable. Yet Microsoft, which has opened up to developers, a bunch of its Windows Live APIs, is not part of these conversations. Why?