On August 27, Microsoft shared a bit more information on the worldwide outage that affected Windows XP and Vista users attempting to prove they were running non-pirated versions of Windows using Microsoft's Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) system. But there's still no word on how and why WGA failed -- and what Microsoft plans to do to insure a similar outage doesn't reoccur.
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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).
Today's Microsoft Codename of the day: Blue. If you guessed "Blue" might have something to do with "cloud," you're seemingly on the right track.
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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.
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.