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.
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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).
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.
One month after a team of Windows enthusiasts hit Milestone 1 of "Longhorn Reloaded," Microsoft has put the kibosh on the project.
For a while, it was looking like Microsoft threats (and money) would convince a substantial number of Linux distribution providers to sign "interoperability and IP protection" pacts with Redmond. But as of today, the "deal/no deal" count is even.
I feel for the folks hawking Vista right now. There are too many conflicting pieces of information coming out of Redmond to figure out what to tell customers -- especially business customers -- who are wondering when/whether to upgrade. Consider the evidence.
My blogging colleague Ryan Naraine offers up some interesting food for thought regarding Microsoft's philosophy behind disclosing (or not disclosing) all of the vulnerabilities it is fixing via its patches. What do you think of Redmond's practice of silently fixing certain security breaches?