A day after Microsoft rolled out a refresh of Internet Explorer (IE) 7 that no longer requires Windows Genuine Validation (WGA) checks, industry watchers are speculating as to why the company did so. Why do you think the Softies made the move?
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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 4, Microsoft broadened the private XP SP3 beta to include Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 testers. It did not release the beta build broadly on MSDN and TechNet, however, as officials said they planned to do back at the end of August.
What's Microsoft new health-records software/service look like? Here are a few screen shots showing some of the HealthVault components and how Microsoft is positioning it.
Microsoft has issued an updated Internet Explorer (IE) 7 release that no longer requires Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) validation in order to download. The company has refreshed versions of IE 7 for Windows XP Service Pack (SP)2, Windows 64 client/server, and Windows Server 2003 SP1/SP2. It also posted an update to IE 7 for Windows XP that resolves a phishing-filter problem with the browser.
Microsoft has been signaling its intentions to enter the health-records-management space for more than a year. On October 4, the company finally provided an official gameplan of what it's readying on the healthcare software and services front.
When Microsoft finally rolled out the beta of its Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 at the end of September, a new element of mystery was introduced. Microsoft officials said they were going to test simultaneously five additional reliability fixes that were not part of the SP1 beta -- but that the team ultimately planned to add into SP1 before it shipped in early 2008. Now we know what those five are.
What does Microsoft need to do to show it's able to think like a consumer-electronics company, not just a computer-software one? Are you expecting Microsoft follow its usual pattern and finally get the Zune right by the time it ships Version 3?
Microsoft is making source code for the .Net Framework available to interested developers under its Shared Source license, the company announced on October 3. Developers can look, but not modify or redistribute under the license Microsoft has selected.
From the "funny timing" files: Anonymous Microsoft blogger Mini-Microsoft has been removed from Facebook. The same day, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer went on record proclaiming Facebook (the company in which Microsoft is said to be mulling investing hundreds of millions) is at risk of being a mere fad.
At the October 2 invitation-only Zune launch, Chairman Bill Gates and Corporate Vice President of Design and Development J Allard are expected to take the wraps Besides the new Zunes ("Scorpio" hard-drive and "Draco" flash-based units). Microsoft also is expected to unveil a new beta community site for Zunes, an enhanced method of discovering new music and a line of Microsoft-developed accessories. Sounds like midnight EST is when those who have been briefed can go live with their stories.