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.
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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).
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:
Like Microsoft did when it took folks off Windows Vista to work on Windows XP Service Pack (SP) 2, Apple is taking folks off Leopard to work on the iPhone.
Microsoft is delaying the public beta of its Windows Server virtualization hypervisor and first Virtual Server 2005 R2 service pack, company officials acknowledged on April 12.
Here are a few dates to keep in mind if you're a Windows customers contemplating when (and if) to upgrade to Windows Vista.