On Monday at Mix '07, Microsoft revealed yet another piece of its puzzling cloud-programming puzzle: "Astoria."
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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).
The biggest Mix '07 announcement made on opening day of this week's show was one that Microsoft didn't call out in any of its own press releases: Microsoft is making a version of its Common Language Runtime (CLR) available cross-platform.
Microsoft is adding to the set of application programming interfaces (APIs) underlying its evolving Live developer platform, company officials said at Microsoft's Mix '07 conference in Las Vegas.
Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie took the wraps off Microsoft's latest example of software plus service (S+S) -- a new video streaming offering called Silverlight Streaming -- during his opening keynote at Microsoft's Mix '07 conference on April 30.
Microsoft just reported a strong Q3 FY 2007, thanks to Vista and Office 2007 sales, according to the company. So is CEO Steve Ballmer out of the woods now? (Was he ever seriously in the woods is another question....)
If you want to understand how Microsoft is differentiating its Software+Services (S+S) strategy differs from Software As a Service (SaaS), look no further Microsoft's recently announced BizTalk Services.
Many pundits are equating Microsoft's reticence to roll out Web-based Word, Excel and PowerPoint as Microsoft conceding the Web-based Office space to Google, OpenOffice, ThinkFree, etc. Here's why they are wrong.
Microsoft just posted for download the first public beta of Longhorn Server. Anyone interested in trying out Longhorn Server can download the Beta 3 bits immediately.
The shake-ups in Microsoft's search organization aren't over yet. On April 24, Microsoft announced internally that Dane Glasgow, general manager for Live Search, is leaving the company to work for various nonprofits and spend more time with his family.
On April 24, Microsoft sent out a reminder to testers still running pre-release versions of Windows Vista that they need to update to final versions of the product (or regress to a legal copy of XP) or run afoul of Microsoft's licensing restrictions. If you fail to do so, your PC will start rebooting every two hours.