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?
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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).
As usual, there's more to a Microsoft restructuring than meets the eye. Now that Microsoft's $6 billion purchase of ad powerhouse aQuantive has received the official nod from aQuantive's shareholders, Microsoft is beginning the long process of melding the two companies. A few old Softies are getting new job assignments as part of the process.
Microsoft spent an estimated $12 million back in 2003 to "protect" itself against potential violations to the Unix copyright, which SCO claimed it owned. Wonder if the Redmondians are going to try to get their money back, now that a judge has ruled that SCO's claims are invalid....
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.
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.