Today's Microsoft codename of the day is Milan, a k a, the Microsoft Surface tabletop -- the first units of which are due to go to customers this fall.
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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).
If you dig into Microsoft's newly minted Windows Live Services deal between the Redmond software maker and "the world's largest mobile device manufacturer" Nokia, which the pair announced on August 22, it's basically a deal to preload the promised Windows Live suite on Nokia phones.
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and a Microsoft researcher applied for a patent in March 2006 for a advertising system that would use customer points to confirm transactions. Think of it as a frequent-flyer-reward style system involving advertisers and consumers.
I'm resuming my Microsoft Code Name a Day series that I started in December 2006. The goal: To provide the back story, each day in August, on one of Microsoft's myriad code names.
On August 21, Microsoft took the wraps off Tafiti, a new experimental search app that mashed up Live Search with a Silverlight front-end. But who developed this sample app?
Microsoft's newly released "Tafiti" (which is Swahili for "do research" or "to search" -- I've seen both explanations) is a mash-up of Live Search (including its subcategories, like books. blogs, news, images) and Silverlight. It's more of a proof-of-concept than an intended product.
Rather than continuing downplay the fact that Vista SP1 is in testing and won't really matter (to many corporate users, it does and will), why not tout SP1 as the rock-solid release that Vista could and should have been a year ago? That's one way Microsoft could polish up Vista's rapidly tarnishing image.
Microsoft finally has gone public with the planned launch dates for two of its Business Division server products. PerformancePoint Server 2007 gets the official launch treatment in September; Office Communications Server 2007, in October.
Microsoft plans to extend its contextual-advertising program, known as Content Ads, to all U.S. advertisers interested in testing the new service, starting on August 29.
The month of Microsoft codenames on "All About Microsoft" continues. Today's entry: Gatineau. Gatineau is a city in Western Quebec ... and the codename of Microsoft's Web-analytics offering for adCenter.