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?
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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).
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.
A new Microsoft-commissioned study, entitled “ICT in European Schools: a value and cost analysis of Microsoft and Open Source Technology Solutions," is out. Guess whether the 73 schools surveyed favored Microsoft or OSS solutions.
Microsoft got its start by appealing to developers. Since its early days, the company has added more and more developer platforms to its line-up. And now it's building out another: An official developer platform for unified communications.
Let me try this again.Seeing that so many readers misunderstood my blog post from earlier this week about my take on Apple CEO Steve Jobs' keynote, I'd like to try to clarify what I was trying to say.
On June 12, Microsoft will make available for download the Release Candidate (RC) near-final test build of Windows Home Server. The final Home Server RC1 code will be available on the Connect site later today.