Here's a quick round-up of some of the new test releases and final versions of various Microsoft wares rolled out in the past week.
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Today's Microsoft code name of the day: Harmonica Best guess on what it is: A P2P data synchronization service that could be key to Microsoft's cloud-computing vision
On August 15, Microsoft released to a select set of testers a first beta drop of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Office 2007. What's in it? When's the final release due? Microsoft won't say.
Montauk: The very tip of Long Island. And also the codename of a new commercial-simulation program under development by Microsoft, that will build on the Flight Simulator and Train Simulator gaming technologies.
Two Microsoft partners, Citrix and XenSource, have tied the knot. Microsoft should be ecstatic...or should it? Some say the Redmondians are not rejoicing over the new tie-up.
Microsoft and Linux vendor Xandros announced on August 15 an extension of their interoperability partnership. Normally, I'd just write such an announcement off as more of the same -- mostly fluff with little real stuff. But then I remembered the findings of a recent Yankee Group study on Exchange vs. the open-source competition....
Although everyone and his brother predicted that Microsoft would make the performance and reliability hotfix packs for Windows Vista available via Windows Update on this Patch Tuesday, that didn't turn out to be the case.
Microsoft seems to have quite the island theme going with some of its recent codenames. There's Fiji, Hawaii, Greenland and -- today's Microsoft Code Name of the Day entry -- Tahiti.
New test builds of Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 and PerformancePoint Server 2007 are both going to be available to testers for download this week.
Sun is expected to offer more details on Wednesday, August 15, on its deal with Google to distribute StarOffice as part of the Google Pack. Meanwhile, could Microsoft rival Adobe be readying an Office competitor of its own?