After at least three years of sneak peeks, Microsoft is finally set to take the official wraps off its PlayTable multi-touch, gestural- and object-recognition interface technology. Sources say the unveilig of PlayTable -- which has gone by the codenames "Table" and, most recently, "Project Milan" -- could happen next week.
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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 announced late on Thursday May 24 that it has cancelled the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) that was slated for this October.
Seven months after announcing plans to take up where Microsoft left off with its Windows Longhorn client development, a group of members of the Joejoe.org site have built a working protype of what they're calling "Longhorn Reloaded."
Sorry, Windows XP fans. It looks like the "end of 2007" date for XP Service Pack (SP) 3 that was in a Microsoft press release issued this week was mistake. It's back to the "first half of 2008" target again.
After shelling out $6 billion for advertising powerhouse aQuantive, is Microsoft still interested in a possible Yahoo acquisition? Although Microsoft execs won't come right out and say it, it sounds like the answer is no.
Microsoft's party line for the past few months has been that it wasn't going to get Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 3 out the door until some time in the first half of 2008. But this week, Microsoft hinted that XP SP3 might actually ship in 2007, as many customers had been hoping and expecting.
If you want to evaluate the "evil" quotient of any company's strategy/behavior, consider how you'd feel about it if it were Microsoft in the driver seat. Then ask whether there is there a double standard when it comes to Google and Microsoft. Should there be?
Microsoft views its aQuantive purchase as more of a merger than an acquisition, according to Steve Berkowitz, the Microsoft Senior Vice President of Online Services. Berkowitz discussed Microsoft's $6 billion aQuantive buy, among other topics, during his May 22 presentation at the JP Morgan Technology conference. Here's what I gleaned from the Webcast of his talk.
Microsoft is expending an awful lot of time and energy to try to derail the General Public License. On May 22, the latest in a long line of Microsoft-funded open-source studies made its debut. The latest report found that open-source developers don't want the General Public License v3 to cover patent-protection deals like the one forged by Microsoft and Novell.
There are more similarities than differences in Microsoft's and Google's approaches to building out their partner ecosystems for their respective hosted productivity suites. But which of them will attract more software developers and integrators?