Speaking of Microsoft's unified-communications strategy, former Softie Alec Saunders has an interesting post on how to "avoid becoming (Microsoft) roadkill" in the converging VOIP/conferencing/phone market.
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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 Cisco's Partner Summit in Las Vegas this week, Chambers told the press corps in attendance that he believes Cisco has a three-year lead on Microsoft in the unified communications space. As Microsoft watchers know, however, promising you are going to bury Microsoft in a market is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.
On April 4, Microsoft delivered a new Longhorn Server release to testers. But it was yet another Community Technology Preview (CTP) interim test build, not the full-fledged Beta 3 that testers are awaiting.
Another day; another Windows Vista poll. The latest comes from the consumer-survey kingpins at Harris Interactive. Their findings? Vista awareness is up, but sales aren't following suit -- at least not yet.
Now that Microsoft's Office Open XML specification has entered into the official ISO five-month technical review/balloting period, company employees are encouraging Microsoft supporters to lend their support to Microsoft's standardization campaign by signing an online petition.
I feel Dianne Kelley's pain. But I think the idea of suing Microsoft for $5 million because the company's Windows Vista branding is confusing is over the top.
No doubt there will be other patches out on April 10, the regularly scheduled Microsoft Patch Tuesday. But Windows users shouldn't put off until then what they can (and should) patch today.
Microsoft has done an about-face. The company has decided to make its Expression Web tool available starting on April 3 as part of the company's MSDN Premium subscription and will add Expression Blend to the MSDN Premium check-list once that product becomes available (expected in a couple of weeks).
Last fall, Microsoft announced it planned to release an all-in-one collection of Vista management and reliability tools in the form of a Microsoft "Desktop Optimization Pack." One of my readers recently asked me for a status update on the MDOP. Given that Vista has been available to business users since the end of November 2006, it seems like the pack should be out by now, doesn't it?
As part of its April update to its Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site, Microsoft made a couple of adjustments to its security and overall product-support policies.