If new news reports are right and Microsoft is caving to a Google claim regarding antitrust concerns over the desktop search integrated into Vista, I'll be interested to see how the Redmondians will alter a feature that's already shipped with the more than 40 million copies of the latest version of Windows.
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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).
To Microsoft's Office team, Web 2.0 does not mean a Web-centric version of Microsoft Office, a la Google Apps. It does mean add-ons to SharePoint Server, Microsoft's back-end bundle of server applications (Or Microsoft's "social computing platform," as Microsoft also seemingly is referring to SharePoint these days.)
Because Microsoft won't comment officially on "Fiji," the expected, standalone update to Windows Media Center, it's tough to confirm a date slip. But one Most Valuable Professional who's in a good position to know is now predicting Fiji won't ship until the latter half of 2008, instead of year-end 2007.
It's only been six months since Microsoft launched Office 2007 at retail. But as of July 1, Microsoft won't be making the OEM version of Office 2003 to its PC partners, a k a "OEMs."
During the past couple of weeks, Microsoft officials have started touting publicly the handful of hosted managed services that Microsoft is selling directly to customers. But what does Microsoft's managed-services plan mean to companies that have built businesses around selling hosted Exchange, SharePoint, SQL Server and other wares for the past few years?
Microsoft made available for shipping on June 18 two new ERP releases: Dynamics GP 10.0 and Dynamics SL 7.0. The products sport an overhauled user interface that look and feel more like Office.
First there was Fake Steve Jobs. Then the Fake Fake Steve Jobs. And in case you haven't seen it, there's the Fake Steve Ballmer blog.
Microsoft announced in early May that it would make available within a few weeks a beta of a connector for Outlook 2003/2007 users who want to manage their Windows Live Hotmail accounts from inside Outlook. The beta of that connector is now available for download.
There's new discontent in Vista power-user land. Those who purchased the high-end Vista Ultimate SKU want to know when they're going to get more of the promised value-added features that were supposedly part of the Ultimate package.
Beyond giving Microsoft more fuel for its claim that Linux and open-source software violates 235 of Microsoft's patents (which these Linux customers need patent-infringement protection against in order to maintain peace of mind), Linspire's newly inked patent-deal with Microsoft also furthers a number of other Microsoft goals.