Microsoft is planning to deliver on October 1 to third-party software developers a set of technologies that will allow them to add code protection and activation mechanisms to their own software.
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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).
While rumors swirl that Microsoft might be considering buying FaceBook, the company is continuing to build out its own family of blogs, wikis, video and other community-outreach tools to connect with current and potential users -- including a new "Channel 8" site.
Microsoft has integrated fully into its MSN portal the Medstory search-engine technology. Medstory is expected to be a cornerstone of Microsoft's forthcoming healthcare platform and Live healthcare services.
In December 2006, Microsoft requested feedback from a select group of invitees regarding what they would like to see fixed, changed and/or added to future Windows builds. The Windows team got an earful: Nearly 800 new feature requests, another 560-plus change requests and almost 400 defects. What were the most popular requests?
Even though Microsoft is launching SQL Server 2008, code-named "Katmai," in February 2008, the SQL Server 2008 code won't be released to manufacturing until Q2 2008.
At the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft plans to reposition its current family of Office Live products as "Office Live Small Business." It is doing this to make way for "more personal Office Live services," in Ballmer's words. So what will be part of this new personal Office Live line-up?
Microsoft used to talk about "Titan" as the codename for its Dynamics CRM 4.0 release. But it's now clear that Microsoft's Titan is more than just Microsoft's next-gen CRM offering in its various guises (on-premise, hosted and Live). It's also the codename for Microsoft's planned knock-off of Salesforce.com's Apex platform.
If you were Microsoft's CEO, what would you do, at this point, to make sure not to cannibalize your existing software business while moving to more of a services-focused one?
Microsoft is stepping up its campaign to get more independent software vendors to integrate Office (and SharePoint) front-ends with their own business applications.
At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver this week, Microsoft officials are trying to walk the tightrope when it comes to explaining Microsoft's plan to get into the managed services business in a major way. It's hard to sugar-coat the company's bottom line message, however, which is partners need to adapt or get out of the way.