On September 27, Microsoft and a handful of partners took the official wraps off new Windows Center Media Extenders, which are priced at about $350 a piece and available this holiday season. But is that price point too high for consumers interested in streaming Media Center content to something other than an Xbox 360?
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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 missed the fine print when I first checked out the 51-page AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies paper on the Google-DoubleClick deal: This is yet another piece of research funded by Microsoft (and, in this case, AT&T).
Until this week, Microsoft officials presented an unambiguous position on search: Microsoft is No. 3, but it would keep trying and trying until it unseated Google. But starting this week, various Microsoft brass began spreading some very different messages about Microsoft's search ambitions.
It's official: Microsoft has begun rolling out its fall Live Search release. Here are my five take-aways about what's new and what's coming next from Microsoft in the Live Search arena.
Microsoft is working to fix a bug in Excel 2007 and Excel Services 2007 that involves calculations numbers around 65,535. Microsoft is blaming the bug on the function in it that takes the value and formats it to be displayed on the screen, not on Excel's calculation engine itself.
I am writing a book about -- you guessed it -- Microsoft. It will be published in the Spring of 2008 by John Wiley & Sons. The title: Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post-Gates Era. And I'm still looking for more fodder, in case you have any insights to share (confidentially or not).
In all the coverage of Microsoft allegedly pushing for a five percent stake in Facebook, there has been next-to-no mentions of Microsoft's own social-networking platform, Windows Live Spaces. Why is Microsoft downplaying its own offering, which seemingly has a strong and loyal user base, at least outside of the U.S.?
Microsoft posted for download on September 25 the anticipated "Pika" extender updates to its Windows Vista Media Center code that will allow users to run music, pictures, live TV and video content on their digital TVs and networked DVD players.
SharePoint Server is Microsoft's document-management solution. But it sounds like the Softies are planning to add more offerings to their stable of document-management wares, starting later this year.
On September 25, Microsoft is releasing publicly to customers its first update for Windows Home Server (WHS). Microsoft already delivered the WHS update to Hewlett-Packard and its other OEM partners. Now it is pushing it out via WIndows Update to the relatively small number of customers who already have WHS systems.