Windows Server 2008 has yet to be released to manufacturing. But that's not stopping Microsoft execs from starting to reveal glimpses of what's in some the future server releases due out in the next year-plus. These include Windows 7 Server, the newly named Windows Essential Business Server and "Cougar" Small Business Server.
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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).
It has been more than two years since Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie first outlined officially Microsoft's "Live" strategy. But finally -- with the November 6 availability of the final version of a number of previously beta-only Windows Live services, Microsoft finally seems to be getting its Live house in order.
There's a new (and unconfirmed) Windows 7 feature list that's appeared on the Web this week. While none of the elements on it is earth-shattering, there are a couple of new features to put on your Windows-watching radar screens: StrongBox and Component Delivery Platform.
Stuart Scott, who joined Microsoft in 2005 as Corporate Vice President and Chief Information Officer, was ousted from the company, as of November 5 for violating company policies, Microsoft officials said.
I bet some Softies are wishing Microsoft would take the low road and capitalize on Apple's buggy Leopard release. Not just via an occasional pot shot in a blog post, but in a holiday ad campaign or Superbowl commercial. Think of the potential ad slogans ...
As Microsoft forges ahead with its myriad cloud-computing projects, it is expanding its datacenter footprint just as quickly. Microsoft's latest datacenter location of choice: Northlake, Ill.
Microsoft is expanding its family of enterprise-search products with a new, free, entry-level product, Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express, which is due to ship in early 2008.
Microsoft is sharing a few more details about its plans for its newly hatched offline/online synchronization framework. Here's what I found intriguing, more than the availability of the CTP1 bits themselves.
A few months ago, Microsoft was hedging as to whether it would deliver the final "Orcas" Visual Studio 2008 code in 2007 or 2008. But as of November 5, it's official: VS 2008 and the accompanying .Net Framework 3.5 are going to be released to manufacturing in November 2007.
On November 5, Hewlett-Packard -- the biggest and best known of the Windows Home Server (WHS) OEMs -- began taking orders for its HP MediaSmart Servers. A handful of other OEMs and system builders also are shipping WHS units now.