If you really want to understand the extent to which the Softies are studying open-source methods for clues that might be used in shaping their own business practices, it's worth checking out a couple of recent posts from John D'Addamio, a software design engineer in test in Microsoft's Developer Aftermarket Solutions unit.
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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).
Office 14, the follow-on to Office 2007, is due out in the first half of calendar year 2009, according to a slide deck allegedly from Microsoft, posted on the AeroXperience blog.
The Windows 7 genie is out of the bottle. Trying to stuff it back in will do nothing but create more customer confusion.
As Microsoft promised late last year, the company has ported some of its volume-activation technology to Windows Server 2003. One Microsoft corporate customer is none too happy about a virtualization change introduced as part of the new KMS port.
Microsoft watchers know Anoop Gupta has been a fixture in Microsoft's Business Division, and specifically, on the Unified Communications Group (UCG) side of the house, for some time now. But Gupta's gone. Not gone from Microsoft all together, but gone from the Business Division and now working for Microsoft Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie. What gives?
Microsoft is soliciting testers interested in trying out the newly minted Windows Home Server Beta 2.
A Microsoft Fortune 500 customer recently asked me to explain Windows Live. Since Microsoft is doing such a lousy job at it, why not take a crack at demystifying Live myself, I mused. So here's a gallery of 30 screen shots designed to help answer the thorny question: What is (and isn't) Windows Live?
The countdown clock officially is ticking. The goal is Windows 7 in 2009.
There was considerable outcry earlier this week over a blog entry that highlighted Microsoft's restrictions on virtualization of Windows Vista by Parallels users running Mac OS X. So far, however, there's been little publicity of the fact that Apple isn't any too keen on seeing Mac OS X virtualized indiscriminantly, either.
Microsoft has yet to post a beta build of Visual Studio "Orcas." But the product is still slated to ship in 2007, according to Scott Guthrie, General Manager of Microsoft's Developer Division.