Microsoft is big on inviting not just its customers and partners, but non-believers, too, to visit the Microsoft campus and discover for themselves that Softies are people, too. This past week, about 50 "non-fanboys" (and a couple non-fangirls) participated in what's become an annual event: The Microsoft Technology Summit. Here are some observations from the blogs of the invited guests.
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Microsoft watcher Mary Jo Foley's blog covers the products, people and strategies that make Microsoft tick.
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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).
Microsoft has made no bones about the fact that it wants to field tools that appeal to the wide spectrum of current and future developers. But sometimes, it's not obvious which Microsoft tool is best for a particular coding job.
On March 28, Apple released a new version of Boot Camp, 1.2, that is compatible with 32-bit Vista. Boot Camp is Apple-developed software that allows Windows to run on top of the Mac OS without requiring emulation.
Microsoft is about to begin testing a new collaboration service, code-named "Tahiti," according to private beta testers.
Until a couple of years ago, Microsoft's systems-management line-up consisted of two main products: Systems Management Server and Microsoft Operations Manager. Now there's a whole pile of System Center offerings on the books, all of which are considered part of Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) deliverables.
The April Wired Magazine cover story on "Radical Transparency," with its case study on Microsoft's Channel 9 and blogging initiatives, is making some waves, but for the wrong reasons. The real and most important question is whether Microsoft employees will be encouraged to continue being transparent.
Microsoft's command-line scripting shell, originally code-named "Monad," and known now as Windows PowerShell, is going to be part of Longhorn Server, after all.
During a Merrill Lynch-hosted conference call for Wall Street analysts, Microsoft Corporate Vice President of Windows Client Marketing Mike Sievert spent an hour answering follow-up questions and sharing additional data points regarding Vista sales trends. Here are some of the highs and lows from Sievert's remarks.
Microsoft has published to its MSDN Web site an updated roadmap for a number of new developer products it is planning to release over the next few months. In a nutshell, here's what's on the books.
The Windows-Live watchers over on LiveSide.Net started drawing up the roster of who's on the Windows Live Core team. It looks like Microsoft is putting a lot of its All Stars on the Live Core team.