Microsoft took the wraps off earlier this week a new (presumably) Windows Live service, Feed Sync. A couple of weeks ago, the company unveiled another sync-related platform, known as the Microsoft Sync Framework. Will the two ever meet? Surprisingly, they already have.
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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 has made available for download a service-pack blocker tool for Windows users who don't want Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 pushed to users' desktops without their IT administrator's official OK.
Is Microsoft's "cloud programming" toolset Volta -- which Microsoft released in early preview form this week -- a "me-too" response to Google's Google Web Toolkit (GWT)? Here's Volta Architect Erik Meijer's response.
Miguel de Icaza, Vice President of Developer Platforms at Novell, said this week the first release of "Moonlight" -- Novell's port of Microsoft's Flash-competitor Silverlight to Linux -- should be done in another six months.
In January, I posted the question: "Where are the killer Vista apps?" One year after the Vista launch, I am wondering again: Where are they? What is taking developers, like Yahoo, so long to deliver a mere pre-beta of a Vista-optimized product?
Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference (PDC) -- which was "postponed" this year -- is on for 2008, according to the company.
You're not alone if you've been confused as to whether the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) low-cost XO PCs will be able to run Windows or not. On December 5, Microsoft finally issued an official statement acknowledging that it is working with OEMs to get Windows XP on OLPC systems by late next year.
The Internet Explorer team has posted a new nugget of info about the next version of Microsoft's browser. The next release of IE will be called -- wait for it -- "Internet Explorer 8." That's it. And no, I am not kidding.
As you heard here last week, Microsoft is making the Release Candidate (RC) test build of Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 available to a private group of testers this week and to the general public the week of December 10. Microsoft started its week-plus rollout of the RC 1 bits today, December 5.
Microsoft is making available a first, publicly available test build of a developer toolset that allows programmers to write Web applications using existing .Net-based tools and languages. That toolset, code-named Volta, is all about "democratizing the cloud," and making distributed Web programming easier, according to Microsoft officials.