I had a chance to ask Tom Robertson, General Manager of Interoperability and Standards for Microsoft -- someone who has a lot invested in the ODF vs. OOXML contest -- a few questions regarding why folks should care about the never-ending file-format wars.
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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).
To disclose or not to disclose. That's the Microsoft question that's rearing its head again this week.
If you need to patch for Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes older Microsoft products that already have moved from "Mainstream" to "Extended" support phase, Microsoft will give you a chance to buy the hotfixes you need -- for $4,000.
As typical, following a major product release, Microsoft is reorging. This time, following Windows Vista's launch, it's Windows client business unit doing the shuffle.
Microsoft silent Chief Software Architect has spoken. But he didn't say much in his first public appearance in ages. Nonetheless, I still found a few of his between-the-lines hints worth noting.
Microsoft treats healthcare like any of its other big vertical markets which it targets, with one major difference: The company also wants to be a player in this space itself.
While waiting for an official Microsoft response to VMware's new whitepaper attacking Microsoft's virtualization licensing and distribution policies, I stumbled across a couple of Microsoft virtualization whitepapers and tools that might be of interest to customers evaluating products in this space.
Microsoft is "trying to restrict customers' flexibility and freedom to choose virtualization software by limiting who can run their software and how they can run it." Those are the charges levied by Microsoft virtualization competitor VMware, which over the past few days, has come out swinging against Microsoft.
Microsoft's Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack (SP) 1 now has an official due date: Same time as Longhorn Server in the latter half of 2007.
It hasn't been such a great Friday for the Live teams over at Microsoft.