Microsoft finally has thrown down the gauntlet and is claiming publicly that free and open-source software (FOSS) violates 235 Microsoft patents. Why has Microsoft decided to go public now with these numbers?
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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).
For more than two years, there've been tips circulating that Microsoft was readying an online storage service, code-named LiveDrive. Finally, the service part of the offering -- which looks like it will be named Windows Live Folders -- is about to go to beta, according to the LiveSide.Net.
To next to no one's surprise, Microsoft is going to christen Longhorn Server "Windows Server 2008." And it might do so as early as next week to coincide with the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles. How can I be so sure?
How do Microsoft's Katmai, Astoria, Jasper and Volta database/data programmability projects fit together? Here's my best layperson's interpretation of Microsoft's near- and long-term vision of its database roadmap.
Microsoft has postponed a handful of its "Viridian" hypervisor features in order to maintain its goal of delivering the technology as an add-on to Longhorn Server within 180 days of Longhorn Server's shipment.
Microsoft quietly has made its small-group collaboration service, code-named "Tahiti," available for public download and has rechristened the offering "Shared View."
Microsoft launched a new community Web site on May 8, called OpenXMLCommunity.org, another venue for Microsoft to back its claim that developers and users just can't get enough of Open XML, the new file format that the company has baked into Office 2007.
Microsoft talks a lot about community and wanting to foster/tap into it. But there really is no single, cohesive "Microsoft community," akin to the Linux community. Sun has some new ideas (the crux of which seems to be something code-named 'Project Indiana") about how it can tap into the power of the Linux community. Could Microsoft apply those lessons to its own community-development work?
Early reports turned out to be true: Microsoft is planning to release the next version of its SQL Server database, which is codenamed "Katmai," in 2008, three years after Microsoft's most recently released database version.
On May 8, Microsoft shared new data on the Vista "ecosystem" to prove the company's contention that Vista is more market-ready than any previous version of Windows. Courtesy of Dave Wascha, director of partner platform marketing, here are Microsoft's latest compatibility statistics, based on the first 100 days of product availability.