As part of its April update to its Microsoft Support Lifecycle Web site, Microsoft made a couple of adjustments to its security and overall product-support policies.
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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).
On the heels of Microsoft's acknowledgement that it has no plans to continue development of its Visual FoxPro data-centric programming language, two Spanish Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) have launched a campaign to try to convince Microsoft to reconsider its decision.
Microsoft is expanding the avaialble pool of Windows Vista licensing options yet again, by offering new diskless and server-based virtual licensing options.
Users who didn't already update their PCs and devices for the earlier-than-usual Daylight Saving Time (DST) change-over could encounter time glitches on April 1, the "normally scheduled" DST start date.
Microsoft is big on inviting not just its customers and partners, but non-believers, too, to visit the Microsoft campus and discover for themselves that Softies are people, too. This past week, about 50 "non-fanboys" (and a couple non-fangirls) participated in what's become an annual event: The Microsoft Technology Summit. Here are some observations from the blogs of the invited guests.
Microsoft has made no bones about the fact that it wants to field tools that appeal to the wide spectrum of current and future developers. But sometimes, it's not obvious which Microsoft tool is best for a particular coding job.
On March 28, Apple released a new version of Boot Camp, 1.2, that is compatible with 32-bit Vista. Boot Camp is Apple-developed software that allows Windows to run on top of the Mac OS without requiring emulation.
Microsoft is about to begin testing a new collaboration service, code-named "Tahiti," according to private beta testers.
Until a couple of years ago, Microsoft's systems-management line-up consisted of two main products: Systems Management Server and Microsoft Operations Manager. Now there's a whole pile of System Center offerings on the books, all of which are considered part of Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) deliverables.
The April Wired Magazine cover story on "Radical Transparency," with its case study on Microsoft's Channel 9 and blogging initiatives, is making some waves, but for the wrong reasons. The real and most important question is whether Microsoft employees will be encouraged to continue being transparent.