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.
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Mary Jo Foley
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 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.
Windows Vista users' ongoing frustrations with graphics-card maker Nvidia have boiled over. A new Web site, NvidiaClassAction.info, created by IT consultant Dan Goldman, is gauging whether there is sufficient user interest to launch a class-action suit against Nvidia over the vendor's allegedly spotty Windows Vista support.
Microsoft is readying a new software layer designed to allow dynamic languages to integrate more easily and tightly with its .Net Framework, according to sources. Microsoft is aiming to unveil the new technology -- tentatively named "Dynamic Language Runtime" (DLR) -- at its Mix '07 conference, which kicks off on April 30 in Las Vegas.
What is Microsoft's Live development platform? Microsoft is promising to tell all next week at Mix '07. But there are clues out there that lead to a new Microsoft project code-named "Volta," which is being developed by the "Tesla" team. In short, it's all about "democratizing the Cloud."
Both Fuji Xerox -- and now Samsung -- quietly have signed deals that "allow" them to sell their products without the threat of a Microsoft suit claiming patent infringement by Linux on Microsoft Windows and other products hanging over their heads.
Microsoft officials said earlier this week that they planned to deliver Visual Studio "Orcas" Beta 1 for download some time in April. On April 19, they made good on their word.
How do you keep growing the market for Windows and Office desktop software when you already have cornered in excess of 90 percent of the market? One way is to grow the market. Microsoft is planning to do just that, via an expansion of a program designed to seed Windows, Office and other software among students in developing nations.
On April 18, Microsoft made available to testers another new Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of Windows Home Server.