I had a chance to meet one of the true Windows veterans, Iain McDonald, Director of Project Management for Windows Server, earlier this year. We didn't talk a whole lot about Windows Server 2008. Instead, we touched on everything from his hobbies (motorcycles and guitars), to the "worst project ever run," -- which, in McDonald's opinion, was Windows 2000. Here's Part 1 of the Q&A.
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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).
Just before its fiscal 2007 came to a close last week, Microsoft snapped up two datacenters from Savvis, an infrastructure provider.
Windows users who shelled out extra to get the top-of-the-line Vista Ultimate SKU, your requests for an update have been answered. Microsoft hasn't abandoned its promise to get more of the expected downloadable add-ons to Ultimat to you, after all.
Like it has done with its Open XML specification, Microsoft is pushing its XML Paper Specification (XPS) alternative to PDF through the standards bodies. And just like the case with Open XML, Microsoft's competitors are lining up to diss Redmond's standards moves.
As Engadget reported over the weekend, the iPhone is incompatible with the 64-bit flavors of Windows XP and Windows Vista. Some blame Microsoft; some blame Apple.
Microsoft has made no secret about the fact it has designs on being a healthcare-IT contender. But what the company has kept under wraps, at least until now, was what it planned to do on the consumer side of the healthcare space.
Microsoft rolled out on June 28 the third rollup of fixes for Exchange Server 2007, a product introduced in December 2006. Is an IMAP fix that could affect iPhone syncrhonization among those fixes?
Since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella the head of its combined Live Search/adCenter business in March, the company had been searching for a new head of its Dynamics ERP/CRM business. On June 30, officials announced the search was over.
Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide "downgrade" rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers.
Apple still isn't talking publicly about whether the company has licensed Microsoft's ActiveSync. All I can say is if Fake Steve Jobs says it's true, it must be, right?