Is streaming Office via SoftGrid Microsoft's answer for enterprise customers considering Google Docs & Spreadsheets? (With a hosted or at least ad-funded version of Microsoft Works being Microsoft's competitor to Google Docs & Spreadsheets for individuals and small businesses?)
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Mary Jo Foley
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).
Until fairly recently, many Microsoft watchers -- including Softies themselves -- would likely say that the Redmond software maker was far more focused on business users than consumers. But there's a noticeable shift happening in where Microsoft sees innovation taking place.
Microsoft has started thinking through what apps might look like in five-plus years. And Craig Mundie, Chief Research and Strategy Officer, last week started articulating publicly -- albeit at a very high level -- some of the things Microsoft is mulling in the area of multicore applications.
I linked to an AeroXP post this morning listing hot fixes for Windows Vista provided in two new Knowledge Base postings. A number of those fixes seem like they are the same ones expected to be part of Vista SP1. The AeroXP post is gone now. Poof! So if you wanted the list of what's in there, here it is.
Microsoft's next version of its small-business/home productivity suite, due imminently, will be free and ad-funded. Microsoft Works 9.0 -- which will be the new product's name, if Microsoft opts to stick with its current nomenclature -- still isn't a subscription service. Yet....
Microsoft has rolled out to select testers two new Windows Vista fix packs that deliver many of the same updates expected to be provided by Vista Service Pack (SP) 1. Here's what Microsoft told testers earlier this month to expect in Vista SP1. Compare that to what's in the new Vista fix packs. Very, very similar.
Last year at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM) Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie provided a very high-level (and tough-to-follow) outline of what Microsoft's Live platform was going to look like. This year, Ozzie abandoned the 50,000-foot view in favor of a, perhaps, 25,000-foot view.
Microsoft officials said at the O'Reilly Open Source conference this week that they are going to seek Open Source Initiative (OSI) approval for Microsoft's Shared Source licenses, but have not provided specifics. Why is Microsoft interested in doing this now?
Microsoft is readying multiple new search releases -- the first of which is coming this fall -- that it will launch over the next 12 months. It also is readying a "2.0" refresh of its core Windows Live suite for this fall, as well.
Microsoft will launch the latest versions of its unified communications products -- Office Communications Server (OCS) 2007 and Office Communicator 2007 client -- sometime this fall. The two products are set to be released to manufacturing tomorrow, July 27.