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.
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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).
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?
On June 26, an anonymous blogger posted a first entry on a new "Just Say No to Google" blog. The subject of the inagural post: "Life at Google - The Microsoftie Perspective." The post raises not only some interesting cultural comparisons between the two rivals, but also some questions about who and what you can believe on the Web.
Microsoft has pushed out a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Windows Server 2008, the first new build it has provided since early June when it delivered Beta 3 of the product formerly known as Longhorn Server.
On the Windows Live side of the house, Microsoft's Software plus Services (S+S) story hasn't been very clear. But with its public acknowledgement of two new Windows Live services -- Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Live Folders -- Microsoft is a start toward remedying this lack of information.
The rumors of Apple's indifference to Exchange were wrong, I hear. My sources say Apple will announce this week -- possibly as soon as June 27 -- that it has licensed the Exchange ActiveSync licensing protocol that will allow iPhone-Exchange compatibility.
During a June 26 Microsoft antitrust-compliance hearing, a U.S. Districut Court judge said she'll look to the U.S. Department of Justice and state attorneys general for guidance, re: Google's latest antitrust-related complaints against Microsoft.
That didn't take long. A week after Microsoft announced it would amend Windows Vista so that its integrated Instant Search functionality won't hamper the performance of third-party desktop-search programs, Google has complained to the government again.
Speculation is continuing as to why Microsoft did a 180 last week and decided not to relax the virtualization licensing wording in its Windows Vista EULA. Here's the exact text of the change that Microsoft planned to make. See any clues as to why the company decided to nix at the last minute its virtualization rules?
This is one for all of you readers who've had trouble installing Windows Vista. Don't feel bad. Even some Microsoft developers -- who have the Vista team on premise -- can't manage to upgrade to Vista.