Microsoft has made available to a select set of private beta testers new commerce functionality that it plans to add to its Office Live services. Office Live Store Manager seems to be a new set of features/functionality that Microsoft is planning to add to one or more of its existing Office Live Small Business SKUs.
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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 readying a toolkit that will add Windows Live development support to existing Microsoft tools, ranging from Visual Studio, to its Expression suite. The new toolkit, due out in November, is going to look and work a lot like the Facebook Developer Toolkit that Microsoft announced in May.
Word is out: Microsoft has lost its appeal of the European Commission's antitrust decision. Forget the spin from Microsoft, the EU and lobbyists. How will the Court's September 17 ruling affect customers in Europe and elsewhere?
November 4 is just around the corner. Now's the time to make sure any Microsoft products that store or use time are updated before Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. ends for the year, the Softies say.
The Office team hasn't been talking sales figures -- at least not until now. But according to information shared during a recent briefing with certain members of the French tech press, Microsoft allegedly has sold 70 million copies of Office 2007 to date. Vista has sold 60 million, last we heard.
Having reported on Microsoft since the early 1990s, I can say I've seen a lot of change, regarding Microsoft's business practices and behaviors. These changes aren't, for the most part, voluntary; many are happening because times have changed. But Microsoft also has altered some of its less-than-ethical ways as a result of court rulings in the U.S. and overseas.
Some time in the next few weeks, Microsoft is going to require all users of its Messenger instant-messaging service to upgrade to Windows Live Messenger 8.1, in the name of security.
Microsoft published to its Web site over the past few days documentation that details changes the company is making to its built-in Vista search functionality that will be introduced with Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1.
Microsoft will support Solaris as a guest with its virtualization products, and Sun will do the same with Windows as a guest in Sun's virtualization offerings, the pair announced on September 12.
Office 2007 is selling like hotcakes, according to the market researchers at NPD. And one big reason is the try-before-you-buy program that Microsoft put in place when it launched the product. But promotions and steep discounts also could be another reason behind Microsoft's success with Office 2007.