Microsoft is readying a new software layer designed to allow dynamic languages to integrate more easily and tightly with its .Net Framework, according to sources. Microsoft is aiming to unveil the new technology -- tentatively named "Dynamic Language Runtime" (DLR) -- at its Mix '07 conference, which kicks off on April 30 in Las Vegas.
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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 is Microsoft's Live development platform? Microsoft is promising to tell all next week at Mix '07. But there are clues out there that lead to a new Microsoft project code-named "Volta," which is being developed by the "Tesla" team. In short, it's all about "democratizing the Cloud."
Both Fuji Xerox -- and now Samsung -- quietly have signed deals that "allow" them to sell their products without the threat of a Microsoft suit claiming patent infringement by Linux on Microsoft Windows and other products hanging over their heads.
Microsoft officials said earlier this week that they planned to deliver Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 for download some time in April. On April 19, they made good on their word.
How do you keep growing the market for Windows and Office desktop software when you already have cornered in excess of 90 percent of the market? One way is to grow the market. Microsoft is planning to do just that, via an expansion of a program designed to seed Windows, Office and other software among students in developing nations.
On April 18, Microsoft made available to testers another new Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of Windows Home Server.
Microsoft is expecting Web 2.0 and software-as-a-service (SaaS) to "have as profound an impact on the business market as on the consumer market," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, in an address to a group of 80 or so Microsoft-identified "IT Pro community leaders" on the Redmond campus on April 18.
Microsoft has made available for download Exchange Server 2007 Update Rollup 1, a list of performance and operational fixes for Exchange Server 2007. But don't be confused: Update Rollup 1 is not the same as Service Pack 1.
Microsoft announced on "The Green Button" forum on April 17 that it has begun accepting applications from individuals interested in beta testing the next version of Windows Media Center, code-named "Fiji."
Microsoft is back to hedging about when the company will deliver the final version of "Orcas," the next release of its Visual Studio tool suite. Beta 1 is still due in April, however.