Microsoft wants you to be informed about the current state of the Windows Vista SP1 beta. (Not really, but they are pretending they do....) Here's the latest missive from Microsoft headquarters on what's going on with the awaited update for Vista.
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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).
PlayTable finally saw the light of day in the form of Microsoft's Surface multi-touch table. But there's a related technology that's been under development by Microsoft Research -- "PlayAnywhere" -- which still has yet to go commercial. PlayAnywhere sounds like a cheaper way to deliver some of the same promises of the Surface system.
Microsoft is running as fast as it can to patch up its patent agreements with Linux vendors to thwart any possible impact from the GPLv3. On the heels of repudiating any Novell Linux products covered by the GPLv3, Microsoft is taking a similar tack with Linspire.
Peter Moore, the Corporate Vice President of Microosft's Interactive Entertainment Business -- and the point guy on Xbox and Games for Windows -- is leaving Microsoft to become President of Electronic Arts' Sports label. What do you think: Was Moore pushed or did he jump?
Microsoft has expanded its Office rental trial in South Africa to include Office 2007. Microsoft will make Office 2007 available for 199 rand ($28.54) for a three-month subscription. Would you be interested in renting Office for a monthly fee?
It looks like Microsoft has more kitchen-related projects in the works than the Windows-based Kitchen Client that I wrote about recently.
Microsoft is still on track to make a beta available later this week of what it's referring to as "Vista Service Pack 1 Preview," according to sources close to the company. Already, the company has started posting (what appeared to be, at least) SP1-related content on its Connect site, according to testers with access to that material.
Both ComScore's and Compete's latest search data show Microsoft finally gaining noticeably in search share. Microsoft isn't satisfied, however. The company believes it is still has a way to go to increase searchers' engagement levels.
Microsoft officials have made public the six research areas for which the company has published new requests for proposal (RFPs) and the amount of funding the company is putting aside for each. High on the list: Cell phone-healthcare work; biomedical research; and green computing.
Microsoft announced on July 16 that it has finished development of its Windows Home Server (WHS) product and has released the code to manufacturing. Microsoft says a variety of WHS systems will be in the market in time for this year's holiday season.