On August 9, Microsoft made good on its promise to submit its Shared Source licenses to the Open Source Initiative for consideration as certified open-source licenses. Again, I am wondering why is Microsoft seeking OSI approval now.
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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).
Build No. 6001.16549 of Vista Service Pack 1 -- which Microsoft now is confirming as one of the "early, pre-beta test builds that were made available to a select group of testers" -- has made its way onto torrents all over the Web over the past few days. The first reviews are starting to come in.
The Microsoft Code Name of the Day series continues with "Greenland," yet another of Microsoft's growing family of place-name-themed codenames.
A few years back, there was much to-do over Microsoft developing what was described as a "BitTorrent killer." That technology, code-named "Avalanche," is finally out in pre-beta form. You can read more about Avalanche in today's "Microsoft Code Name of the Day" post.
A couple of Microsoft's "middleware" product teams -- Commerce Server and BizTalk Server -- have shared their roadmaps, as of late.
Microsoft has, indeed, decided to dump the "Windows Live Folders" branding and go with Windows Live SkyDrive for its cloud-storage service that is in beta test. Microsoft also has refreshed the beta of SkyDrive and added a couple of new features to the offering.
The Microsoft Code Name of the Day is Cosmos. Cosmos, according to sources experienced in the ways of the orderly, systematic universe, is a forthcoming data storage/processing framework for Live Search.
Windows Live branding has been nothing to write home about. It turns out even the Live codenames have been a source of confusion. Case in point: Windows Live Folder Share and Windows Live Folders.
Microsoft is now confirming the rumored XP SP3 pre-beta build that went to select testers this week -- and may aggregate as many as 991 security and hot fix updates -- is real. Officials still won't provide more detailed info on when the final SP3 will hit. Microsoft's decision as to when to release XP SP3 is probably being driven as much by "politics" as by code readiness, at this point.
Today's Microsoft Code Name of the Day: Volta. Volta, named for the father of the "volt" unit of power, is a Microsoft research project dedicated to "stretching the .Net programming model to cover the Cloud."