On September 25, Microsoft is releasing publicly to customers its first update for Windows Home Server (WHS). Microsoft already delivered the WHS update to Hewlett-Packard and its other OEM partners. Now it is pushing it out via WIndows Update to the relatively small number of customers who already have WHS systems.
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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 announced on September 24 that it is ready to release to testers both Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0 and Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 beta. Vista SP1 is going out to 12,000 pre-selected testers. Windows Server 2008 RC0 is going to be broadly available for download within the next 24 hours.
During a panel on "The Changing Landscape" at the MiXX 2007 Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) conference in New York on September 24, Yahoo and WPP Plc representatives joined a Microsoft official in voicing their worries about the $3 billion proposed Google-DoubleClick deal.
The thing that most surprised me about the recent news coverage regarding Microsoft lobbying to thwart Google's DoubleClick acquisition is that anyone is surprised.
Master data management will be part of Office 14, a first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of which is due in the first quarter of 2008. Microsoft already is prepping a first MDM release, code-named "Bulldog," and is specing out the next, codenamed "Greenwich."
Where is the Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 beta and the Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC) 0 test builds that many testers expected to have in hand by now? Microsoft won't comment. But here's what testers are saying....
Hewlett Packard now has its hands on the Windows Home Server (WHS) update for which it decided to delay its MediaSmart Home Server, according to HardwareGeeks.com. Watch for more information from Microsoft next week on the post-RTM WHS update.
Now that the Court of First Instance has overturned Microsoft's appeal of the European Union's antitrust case, Microsoft is finally going to have to deliver all required protocols and documentation for a price deemed reasonable. But who will care, at this point? Samba and ... Samba.
Microsoft officials announced on September 19 that they have no plans to increase the price of SQL Server 2008 beyond what the company already charges for SQL Server 2005. Microsoft execs also announced that, starting today, customers who migrate from Oracle to SQL Server will get up to a 50 percent discount. Of course, there's a catch: You also need to be signed up for Software Assurance to get the reduced rate.
A report last week that Microsoft had sold 70 million copies of Office 2007 since the product was released to manufacturing turned out to be wrong. Microsoft says it sold 70 million copies of all versions of Office during its past fiscal year. What percentage of those were Office 2007? Microsoft still won't comment.