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.
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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).
What struck me at the June 11 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference keynote wasn't the glitzy demos, the rockstar-like worship of Apple CEO Steve Jobs or the "I'm Steve Jobs" parody video by the "I'm a PC" guy. Instead, it was the excitement by the 5,000 WWDC attendees about many technologies in the forthcoming Mac OS X "Leopard" release that already exist in Windows Vista.
Back in January, the Mozilla folks hinted that they expected Apple to deliver a version of its Safari Web browser for Windows. They were dead-on. Now the question is whether Windows users will give Safari a whirl....
On Saturday, June 9, at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, Microsoft let the public see, touch and test-drive the Surface interactive tabletop system that the company unveiled at the end of May. Check out some of my shots of users giving the Surface a whirl.
On the eve of Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, Microsoft Mac Business Unit Roz Ho is moving to another job, and former DirectX dev manager Craig Eisler is taking over.
Windows Server 2008, a k a Longhorn Server, isn't expected to be released to manufacturing till the end of this year. But that doesn't mean it's too early to start thinking about compatibility issues that might arise.
On June 12, this month's Patch Tuesday, Microsoft will be delivering more than its usual bundle of security fixes and patches for Windows, Office and other products. The company also will be starting to push Windows Server 2003 Service Pack (SP) 2 to customers via its Automatic Updates patching mechanism -- unless admins opt to block it.
Another Linux vendor has agreed to a cross-patent licensing patent deal with Microsoft. The latest is consumer-electronics vendor LG Electronics. Who will be the next Linux/open-source company to sign on the dotted line?
Is there a connection between the entity that is/was Microsoft codename "Ohana" and the forthcoming Microsoft kitchen-client add-on to Windows?
The more Microsoft tries to keep a lid on Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 information, the more testers and customers are going out of their way to find leaks.