If you can't beat 'em, surround 'em. That's Microsoft's search motto, according to Steve Berkowitz, Senior Vice President of Microsoft's Online Services Group, who keynoted the Search Engine Strategies (SES) conference in New York on April 11.
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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 begun rolling out the first beta of Service Pack (SP) 1 for Exchange Server 2007, according to a blog posting on Microsoft's TechNet site. Exchange Server 2007 shipped just over four months ago, in December 2006.
During the Microsoft antitrust trial, Corporate PR spokesman Mark Murray used to start each press gathering with the words, "This has been another great day for Microsoft." But even an eternal optimist like Murray might have a tough time putting a shine on the Microsoft news of the day on April 10.
Google continues to poach from Microsoft -- that's not really news. But it's relatively rare to see Microsoft employees using their Microsoft-sponsored TechNet blog space to diss Microsoft on the way out the door.
Microsoft has begun its internal nominating process for signing up testers via its Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for the next major major SQL Server release, code-named "Katmai."
Anyone else remember when Microsoft used to talk about making Windows Vista (or Longhorn, as it was then known) a fast-booting operating system. Fast, as in cold boots that were 50 percent faster than those possible with Windows XP? Something obviously went awry.
Maxthon -- the Chinese browser vendor that introduced tabbed browsing to Internet Explorer before Microsoft itself did -- is poised to become a Google ally and partner, according to TechCrunch.com. What would a Google-Maxthon tie-up mean to Microsoft?
I've got to admit that I wouldn't be surprised to see Microsoft table Service Pack (SP) 3 for Windows XP, as Windows expert Paul Thurrott claims the Redmondians have done. So far, however, Microsoft is holding fast, at least officially, to a first-half 2008 target for the next XP SP.
Microsoft's announcement on April 9 that it will integrate Windows Live Messenger into the Xbox 360 got me thinking about what other Windows Live services might be a natural complement to Microsoft's gaming console/service.
Forget programmer Paul Graham's "Microsoft is dead" headline. It got the desired effect: He's gotten links on TechMeme, Slashdot and a lots of other news-starved sites this weekend. But don't dismiss Graham's question as to who (if anyone) is afraid of Microsoft any more.