Microsoft has done an about-face. The company has decided to make its Expression Web tool available starting on April 3 as part of the company's MSDN Premium subscription and will add Expression Blend to the MSDN Premium check-list once that product becomes available (expected in a couple of weeks).
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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).
Last fall, Microsoft announced it planned to release an all-in-one collection of Vista management and reliability tools in the form of a Microsoft "Desktop Optimization Pack." One of my readers recently asked me for a status update on the MDOP. Given that Vista has been available to business users since the end of November 2006, it seems like the pack should be out by now, doesn't it?
As part of its April update to its Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site, Microsoft made a couple of adjustments to its security and overall product-support policies.
On the heels of Microsoft's acknowledgement that it has no plans to continue development of its Visual FoxPro data-centric programming language, two Spanish Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) have launched a campaign to try to convince Microsoft to reconsider its decision.
Microsoft is expanding the avaialble pool of Windows Vista licensing options yet again, by offering new diskless and server-based virtual licensing options.
Users who didn't already update their PCs and devices for the earlier-than-usual Daylight Saving Time (DST) change-over could encounter time glitches on April 1, the "normally scheduled" DST start date.
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.
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.