The most meaty part of the November 2 cooperative-technology deal between Microsoft and Novell is also the hardest to understand: The patent portion.
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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).
There's no way anyone can tell me that this Microsoft-Novell deal isn't all about Oracle
Less than a month after the death of long-time Microsoft adversary and Novell founder Ray Noorda, might Microsoft and Novell find common ground? It sounds wild, but it's not impossible. I can think of a few areas where such a partnership would make sense.
Microsoft has launched three new (and unrelated) Web sites worth checking out.
Invites went out to press and analysts on November 1. Microsoft's business launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is on for November 30 in New York City.
Does Microsoft know something about app compatibility and Windows Vista that the rest of us don’t? Is there some compatibility bombshell the team is waiting to drop on or before the business launch of Vista and Office 2007 in New York City on November 30?
Microsoft traditionally has used its ten-year-old Windows CE platform as a testing ground for source-code code-licensing strategy. On November 1, the company took another step in this arena by making its Windows CE 6.0 kernel available under a new element of Microsoft's Shared Source licensing program.
"The Max Project has concluded." With that simple statement, Microsoft's Max team announced that it is done with beta testing Max, its photo-sharing application that was designed to showcase Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).
On November 15, when Microsoft makes available the final version of its three Office Live service offerings, there will be a few surprises.
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack (SP1), which Microsoft made available for download in April 2006, won't work on Windows Vista or Longhorn Server, Microsoft is warning users and partners.