Microsoft is beginning work on the first of what it plans to make a family of customized Windows platforms designed for specific rooms around the home. The "Kitchen Client" software will extend the Windows operating system and integrate with current and future Windows Live services, according to sources close to the company.
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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).
Some time this fall, Microsoft plans to roll out the third version of its Office Live Meeting conferencing service, company officials announced at TechEd 2007 on June 5.
Did you know Microsoft has a bunch of communication and collaboration services that it is hosting itself on its price list already? Plus, there are some new managed services in the near-term pipeline about which Microsoft hasn't gone public.
Green computing is a hot topic these days. And "Big Green" (a k a Microsoft) wants to make sure its next-gen Windows Server products are among the greenest of them all.
Windows Server 2008, when it ships later this year, will include an installation option called "Server Core" that allows admins to set up a minimal environment to run a handful of roles. At TechEd 2007 here in Orlando, Microsoft announced that it will be adding yet another admin-selectable role option to Server Core: Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7), Microsoft's Web server.
It was a short but good run: Silverlight, Popfly, Surface. But it's over. At TechEd 2007, Microsoft officials announced the final names of "Katmai," the next version of its SQL Server database, and "Orcas," the forthcoming Visual Studio release. It's back to business....
Looks like there could be another Microsoft-Linux patent deal in the offing. Signs point to Linux vendor Xandros signing a "patent-protection" deal with Microsoft akin to the one Novell inked last November.
Windows and existing Microsoft programming languages work just fine with one- to four-processor PCs. But when 8- 16 and 64-core client machines become the norm -- in the not-so-distant future -- will Windows, C#, Visual Basic and other Microsoft applications be able to keep up?
At least for the foreseeable future, Microsoft will be building the software, services and the hardware that will make the first Surface coffee tables and kiosks tick. Does this signal that Microsoft is looking to be not just a software company, but a hardware one, as well?
New beta builds of Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger (8.5) and Windows Live Writer (a blog-authoring service/tool) are available to testers for download as of May 30, according to Microsoft.