I believe that the world is big enough for multiple file-format specifications. I don't think the Open Document Format (ODF) deserves to be the only format sanctioned as an "open standard." That said, I also believe Microsoft deserved to lose the ISO standard fast-track vote that was tallied this weekend. Here's why.
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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).
At the very end of August, Microsoft delivered Community Technology Preview (CTP) 3 of its next CRM release, codenamed "Titan," to those enrolled in its partner beta program. The customer test version is expected later in the third quarter.
Microsoft officials said in June they would make a common installer and updater available for a handful of its Windows Live services. It looks like the launch of that suite of services is on tap for this week.
In July, Microsoft announced its intentions to deliver a number of licensing technologies to ISVs interesting in deploying Microsoft-like activation and licensing in their products. One of those components, the Software Licensing and Protection Server (SLP), is likely to be released to manufacturing (RTM) on August 31.
The last Microsoft Codename a Day for August is Scorpio, a k a the 80 GB Zune 2 many are expecting Microsoft to release this holiday season.
As the Redmond litigation world turns: Updates on the Eolas vs. Microsoft patent infringement case and the ongoing oversight of Microsoft's compliance with the Consent Decree in the Department of Justice suit against Microsoft.
A little over a month since it released to manufacturing the final Windows Home Server (WHS) bits, Microsoft is working on an update to the code that it will push out to its OEM and system builder partners in about two weeks. Microsoft's showcase WHS partner, Hewlett-Packard, has decided to wait for that update before shipping its MediaSmart Server, Microsoft officials confirmed on August 30.
Today's Microsoft codename of the day is "Nautilus." Yes, as in shell. The Visual Studio shell, to be exact.
Are there any real reasons -- other than psychological ones -- to wait for a first service pack (SP) of Windows Vista before deploying? Some say there are, in spite of Microsoft's advice to the contrary.
Falcon and Zephyr are both Fords. And also both codenames for Xbox 360 components, as noted in today's Microsoft Codename of the Day entry.