Microsoft is continuing to investigate how and why some Windows Vista users saw their machines automatically patch and reboot last week, even though these users had opted out of Automatic Updates. Microsoft is now saying it was neither Automatic Update nor last week's batch of patches at fault.
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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).
After Patch Tuesday this week (October 9), some Windows Vista users noticed something strange: Windows Update had changed their Automatic Update settings and rebooted their machines automatically without their consent.
Now that the "first ever" suit for patent infringement has been lodged against two major Linux distributors, many Microsoft watchers are looking for the smoking gun that will somehow connect Microsoft to the case. So far, at least, that gun is nonexistent.
Microsoft is taking a page from Facebook with new updates to its Windows Live Spaces blogging/social-networking platform, which begin rolling out as of 8 p.m. (EST) on October 11. Microsoft also is adding a new Windows Live events service to the platform.
Given the complexity and murkiness of many Microsoft non-disclosure agreements, it's good (and somewhat amusing) to see a member of Microsoft's Dynamics CRM team attempt to spell out the NDA terms for "Titan," a k a Dynamics CRM 4.0
With archrival Google expected to field any time now a mobile operating system that will go head-to-head with Windows Mobile, Microsoft is getting its Mobile Communications side of the house in order.
Using its new qSearch 2.0 method of computation, ComScore has released its worldwide search-activity stats for August. Microsoft is No. 4 in the latest standings.
"Arrowhead" -- Microsoft's next release of the Common Language Runtime (CLR) and Base Class Library (BCL) elements of its .Net Framework -- will beef up support for "occasionally connected" applications, sources say.
Microsoft has made available for download patches to an Excel 2007 bug discovered late last month and is working on pushing the fix out over Microsoft Update.
A quick programming note: I'll be on BlogtalkRadio tonight at 8:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday (October 9) on "System Showdown" discussing all things Microsoft. (I hear I'll be on at 8:20, if you've only got ten minutes to spare).