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.
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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).
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?
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.
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