Microsoft has fixed whatever caused a massive worldwide outage of its Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) system that seemed to last just under 24 hours. So far, however, company officials aren't commenting publicly on what happened.
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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).
ArsTechnica and a few other sites are pointing to Microsoft forums where complaints are pouring in regarding problems that Windows XP and Windows Vista users are encountering when trying to validate their software as "genuine" using Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) system. Some are reporting the problem has been resolved, as of 5 p.m. EST on August 25.
Microsoft codename "Springfield": Is it just another of Microsoft's ever-expanding family of city codenames? Or is Homer Simpson involved, somehow?
On August 23, Microsoft pulled plug on the "Get the Facts" site, replacing it with a new Windows Server "Compare" site. Why did Microsoft make this move now? And is Compare anything more than "Get the Facts" in sheep's clothing?
The Burton Group's new 55-page study concludes that Google Apps Premier Edition (GAPE) shouldn't be seen as a quick and obvious replacement for Microsoft Office -- or any other Office online and/or offline competitors.
There are several Microsoft Research projects focusing on various aspects of the many-core challenge. The newest and seemingly most far-reaching of these is MS-ManiC.
Today's Microsoft codename of the day is Milan, a k a, the Microsoft Surface tabletop -- the first units of which are due to go to customers this fall.
If you dig into Microsoft's newly minted Windows Live Services deal between the Redmond software maker and "the world's largest mobile device manufacturer" Nokia, which the pair announced on August 22, it's basically a deal to preload the promised Windows Live suite on Nokia phones.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and a Microsoft researcher applied for a patent in March 2006 for a advertising system that would use customer points to confirm transactions. Think of it as a frequent-flyer-reward style system involving advertisers and consumers.
I'm resuming my Microsoft Code Name a Day series that I started in December 2006. The goal: To provide the back story, each day in August, on one of Microsoft's myriad code names.