Microsoft is stepping up its campaign to get more independent software vendors to integrate Office (and SharePoint) front-ends with their own business applications.
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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).
At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver this week, Microsoft officials are trying to walk the tightrope when it comes to explaining Microsoft's plan to get into the managed services business in a major way. It's hard to sugar-coat the company's bottom line message, however, which is partners need to adapt or get out of the way.
Microsoft announced at its partner conference on July 10 that it will launch Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 together in a single launch on February 27, 2008, in Los Angeles.
Microsoft is expected to try to use cut-rate pricing to compete with Salesforce.com and other software-as-a-service (SaaS) players when it finally launches its Dynamics CRM Live service in 2008. Microsoft unveiled pricing and packaging for its CRM service at the Worldwide Partner Conference on July 10.
I ran a short list on July 8 of some of the fixes and enhanced functionality that my sources are telling me will be part of Vista Service Pack (SP) 1, a first beta of which is due to go to selected testers the week of July 16. But there are other fixes likely to make it into SP1.
Microsoft subscription maintenance program for its volume licensees has never been overly popular. But according to a new report from Forrester Research, Software Assurance is looking like even less of a good deal to Microsoft customers than before.
It's official: We are now in the under-promise and over-deliver era at Microsoft. Beta 1 of Vista Service Pack 1 is coming -- with shut-down, CPU performance and other fixes -- earlier than expected. And the final Vista SP1 is looking like November 2007.
On July 1, Microsoft's new fiscal year started with a new slate of Live executives -- or at least a bunch of existing execs with new titles and responsibilities. It seems like Microsoft is finally reining in the runaway "Windows Live" brand and relegating it to being a subset of the larger "Microsoft Live" services effort.
Are Microsoft's patent lawyers playing possum? Or are they really as clueless about what makes open-source software tick as they seem, based on Microsoft's July 5 statement regarding the GPLv3 and Novell?
After a rash of recent reports about Xbox 360 hardware problems, Microsoft has opted to extend Xbox 360 warranties to three years, at a cost of approximtely $1 billion.