At the October 2 invitation-only Zune launch, Chairman Bill Gates and Corporate Vice President of Design and Development J Allard are expected to take the wraps Besides the new Zunes ("Scorpio" hard-drive and "Draco" flash-based units). Microsoft also is expected to unveil a new beta community site for Zunes, an enhanced method of discovering new music and a line of Microsoft-developed accessories. Sounds like midnight EST is when those who have been briefed can go live with their stories.
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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).
Microsoft has purchased Jellyfish.com, a comparitive shopping engine, for an undisclosed amount, Microsoft officials confirmed on October 1. Jellyfish and Microsoft seem to share some similar thoughts, in terms of where current Web-based advertising models break down.
Microsoft is expected to announce on October 2 that it has released to manufacturing (RTM'd) that its Response Point small-business phone-system software, according to sources close to the company. D-Link and Quanta are working on Response Point units, but Uniden seems to have decided against fielding a Response Point product, tipsters say.
Microsoft officials weren't kidding when they said they were working on a services complement to just about every one of the company's software products. The latest to get a Software+Services (S+S) makeover: System Center.
After months of speculation about what it would do to stave off potential encroachments on its Office turf by Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Microsoft has spelled out its strategy: Office Live Workspace.
A year ago, Microsoft's head of Office Live told me that Microsoft planned to extend the Office Live both up and down market. On October 1, Microsoft finally explained how it plans to do this.
How far along is Microsoft with the next version of Internet Explorer (IE) -- which might be IE 7.5 or IE 8.0, depending on what Microsoft decided to do since last time we heard anything truly tangible from the IE team (which was about a year ago)? Windows users and developers are getting restless.
Did Microsoft make XP Service Pack (SP) 2 too good for its own good? Or is Vista just an off release that Microsoft should hurry up and replace -- and definitely sooner than 2010, when it is slated to roll out Windows 7?
On September 27, Microsoft and a handful of partners took the official wraps off new Windows Center Media Extenders, which are priced at about $350 a piece and available this holiday season. But is that price point too high for consumers interested in streaming Media Center content to something other than an Xbox 360?
I missed the fine print when I first checked out the 51-page AEI-Brookings Joint Center for Regulatory Studies paper on the Google-DoubleClick deal: This is yet another piece of research funded by Microsoft (and, in this case, AT&T).