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.
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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 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.
What, exactly, is Microsoft's Cloud OS? Is it an operating system (OS) at all? Or is more of a database (or two) in the Blue/CloudDB sky?
Microsoft is developing a tool that will allow non-programmers to customize and mash-up various Web 2.0 applications and services, say sources close to the company.
While Microsoft is attempting to distance itself from other software-as-a-service (SaaS) players, the Redmond software company is trying to help other software makers move to the SaaS distribution model.
Nearly everyone in the tech industry uses RIA as an acronym for "Rich Internet Applications." But not Microsoft. In Redmond's case, RIA stands for Rich Interactive Applications -- a term and topic the Softies are planning to make a focus during the Redmond software maker's appearance at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas this week.
Last summer, there were more than 40 Microsoft services and sites branded as "Windows Live." As of April 13, there are now ten fewer, and some of the existing ones are now known officially as "Live," minus the "Windows."
What if Microsoft bluffed? What if the Microsoft didn't really want DoubleClick and simply wanted to bid up the price that Google had to pay to make its latest acquisition? I know I might sound like a Microsoft apologist trying to explain the DoubleClick loss. But think this through: