An alliance forged between Google and systems integrator CapGemini was the talk of the blogosphere on September 10. Many commentators are looking at the new partnership as proof that Google finally is ready to make business inroads with Google Apps Premier Edition -- mostly at Microsoft's expense. To me, there are some pieces that still don't quite add up.
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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).
Microsoft is forging ahead internally with its Green Datacenter Initiative, with teams across the company providing support, guidance and suggestions on how Microsoft can guide customers in reducing the environmental impact of Microsoft's technologies.
Microsoft is holding a three-hour "Searchification" event at its Silicon Valley campus on September 26 that seems like it will be the launch pad for the next version of Microsoft's Live Search service.
Microsoft is planning to field a first preview test build of its Windows hypervisor technology, codenamed "Viridian," simultaneously with Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0. Microsoft won't say when either/both of these new test builds will hit. My bet: Next week, right around the time VMWare holds its VMWorld 2007 conference.
Next week could mark the delivery of new test builds of both Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 and Windows Server 2008, if signs this week are any indication.
Taking a page out of Google's book, Microsoft is starting up free bus service for its employees between its Redmond, Wash., company headquarters and Seattle (among a handful of other local destinations). Could free lunches for all Softies be next?
Lost in the pre-Labor-Day shuffle in the news around Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 was Microsoft's plan to synchronize its Windows client and server fixes and updates, starting next year. What will this mean to users and admins? Read on.
Microsoft is making a number of tweaks to its volume-licensing policies and procedures in the name of cutting complexity and reducing environmental waste.
Microsoft is starting to share a few more details about the "Pika" Media Center Extenders being built by a number of its consumer-electronics partners. The official Pika launch (as well as the launch of new Internet TV functionality for Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate) will be September 27 in New York.
Microsoft is making refreshed betas of a handful of its Live services -- available as a single downloadable suite with a common installer -- later today, September 5.