Today's "All About Microsoft" code name of the day is "Magnesium." And it's the perfect time to mention it -- given yesterday's flap over Mac-Windows Office file-format compatibility.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for more than 25 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 decided -- after a number of "alarmist news stories" (the Mac Business Unit teams' words, not mine) -- to share publicly the timetable for releasing the Office-file format converters needed by Office for Mac users to read the new Office 2007 default document formats.
Reports are cropping up all over that Office 2004 for Mac users cannot exchange documents created with the new Microsoft Office 2007 suite for Windows, due to file-format incompatibilities. Microsoft is continuing to decline to comment on when it plans to fix the problem.
If you're not a KPI (key-performance-indicator) jockey, you probably haven't paid much attention to Microsoft's PerformancePoint. But here's why it matters, in the grander Microsoft scheme of things.
It's day two of my "Code Name a Day" project here at "All About Microsoft." Today's entry: Sancastle.
It's that time of year: When Microsoft watchers' thoughts turn to year-end round-ups and year-ahead prediction columns.
Microsoft is sending out some mixed posturing and positioning messages regarding its Expression Studio and Windows Presentation Foundation/Everywhere (WPF/e) technologies.
In honor of Microsoft code-name junkies everywhere, I'm going to feature one, random Microsoft code name per work day for the rest of this month. Today's entry: "Ohana."
Guess Microsoft really wants to make sure the next version of Windows doesn't take another five years. The day after releasing the final Windows Vista bits to volume-licensing business customers. Microsoft issued a call to testers asking for input on the next version of Windows.
Developers and testers have been clamoring for Microsoft to provide a way for them to run Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 and 7.0 side-by-side on the same machine. On November 30, Microsoft released a solution for doing so.