Microsoft talks a lot about community and wanting to foster/tap into it. But there really is no single, cohesive "Microsoft community," akin to the Linux community. Sun has some new ideas (the crux of which seems to be something code-named 'Project Indiana") about how it can tap into the power of the Linux community. Could Microsoft apply those lessons to its own community-development work?
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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).
Early reports turned out to be true: Microsoft is planning to release the next version of its SQL Server database, which is codenamed "Katmai," in 2008, three years after Microsoft's most recently released database version.
On May 8, Microsoft shared new data on the Vista "ecosystem" to prove the company's contention that Vista is more market-ready than any previous version of Windows. Courtesy of Dave Wascha, director of partner platform marketing, here are Microsoft's latest compatibility statistics, based on the first 100 days of product availability.
At JavaOne today, Sun announced a new Java scripting environment and a new Java platform of tools and software that it plans to make consistent across everything from cell phones to desktops for "all of human kind." So is Sun's newly unveiled JavaFX really a Microsoft Silverlight killer?
At its JavaOne conference, which kicks off in San Francisco on May 8, Sun is promising a major technology unveiling, code-named "Project Indiana." It sounds like at least part of Sun's announcement could involve a deal with Adobe, via which Sun will be distributing the Java Virtual Machine (JVM) as part of Adobe Flash.
Microsoft launched Windows Live Hotmail on May 7. That much I'm sure of. Microsoft also seemed to announce that Windows Mail is now dead. Windows Mail is going to be superseded by Windows Live Mail -- which is not the same thing as Windows Live Hotmail. Windows Live Mail is (I think) a product formerly known as Windows Live Mail Desktop.
Intel is reported to be waiting for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 before rolling out Windows Vista on a broad scale inside the company. And it sounds like Dell also is planning on waiting for SP1 before doing an internal deployment. But another of Microsoft's primary Vista partners, AMD, isn't going to wait.
When it comes to building community -- and profiting from it -- Microsoft's Xbox team is helping write the playbook. That fact isn't lost on the rest of the company. Increasingly, other divisions at Microsoft are studying what the Xbox folks are doing right and trying to apply those lessons to their own products and services.
Next week, at Microsoft's eighth annual Strategic Account Summit, Yahoo Chairman and CEO Terry Semel will address the invitees on the state of the online advertising industry. Let the Microsoft-acquires-Yahoo rumors begin again!
Microsoft, first and foremost, is a software company. Or is it? Microsoft is making a growing number of strategic moves in online advertising and is making no bones about its ambitions to be an advertising-broker powerhouse.