It looks like Microsoft has more kitchen-related projects in the works than the Windows-based Kitchen Client that I wrote about recently.
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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.
Microsoft expects to deliver the near-final test release of verion 1.0 of its Silverlight alternative to Flash before July is over, according to a blog posting from a Microsoft technical evangelist. The final Silverlight 1.0 releae is due out later this summer.
Microsoft is planning to deliver on October 1 to third-party software developers a set of technologies that will allow them to add code protection and activation mechanisms to their own software.
While rumors swirl that Microsoft might be considering buying FaceBook, the company is continuing to build out its own family of blogs, wikis, video and other community-outreach tools to connect with current and potential users -- including a new "Channel 8" site.
Microsoft has integrated fully into its MSN portal the Medstory search-engine technology. Medstory is expected to be a cornerstone of Microsoft's forthcoming healthcare platform and Live healthcare services.
In December 2006, Microsoft requested feedback from a select group of invitees regarding what they would like to see fixed, changed and/or added to future Windows builds. The Windows team got an earful: Nearly 800 new feature requests, another 560-plus change requests and almost 400 defects. What were the most popular requests?