Brian MacDonald, the former Microsoft manager in charge of the company's stealth Web-based productivity-suite project at the end of the 1990s, is coming back to help run the search group, according to sources close to the company.
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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).
Popfly, Microsoft's new tool for building mash-ups, has many of the same high-level goals as Yahoo Pipes. But unlike Pipes, Popfly is designed for mere mortals.
Microsoft is tweaking its internal reporting structure, yet again. This time, in what seems like a curious move to this Microsoft watcher, Microsoft is moving its Server and Tools business under its Office business.
You heard it right. Microsoft is shelling out $6 billion in cash to buy a digital-advertising company. It's the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's corporate history.
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.