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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).
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles this week, Microsoft officials outlined some of the "possibilities" the company sees for next-generation UMPCs that will be optimized to run Windows Vista. Here's a list of the hardware specs to which Microsoft is encouraging its partners to build the next generation of handhelds.
With all the Microsoft-created confusion out there around when -- and even whether -- the company plans to deliver the first service pack (SP) for Windows Vista, it's nice to see some concrete proof that Vista SP1 does exist. The proof: Check out the WinFuture.de Vista SP1 screen shot from WinHEC.
Microsoft issued a press release on May 18 trumpeting its vote "to support the addition of OpenDocument Format (ODF) 1.0 to the nonexclusive American National Standards list.
Microsoft is readying a new Windows-Vista based version of its FlexGo hardware-software-services bundle aimed at emerging markets for launch in early 2008. As part of FlexGo 'Next,' Microsoft plans to shift its emphasis from pay-as-you-go to subscription-based pilots.
The Windows client may have decided that it's done talking futures. But the Windows Server team isn't afraid to show off its planned roadmap.
Does Microsoft believe that there's a chance that its technology is infringing on open-source patents? Microsoft responds to this and other new questions surrounding its claims this week that free and open source software allegedly violates hundreds of its patents.
One of Microsoft's biggest pushes at this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) is around Rally, a connectivity platform that Microsoft debuted at last year's WinHEC. So far, there are only 20 devices on the market that use Rally. Microsoft wants to grow that number exponentially.
Usually, at the annual Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conferences (WinHECs), Microsoft provides its system partners with some information about what's coming next on the operating systems front. This year: The future has been ruled off limits, at least on the Windows client front.
As expected, Microsoft announced officially on May 15 that Longhorn Server will be named "Windows Server 2008."