TechCrunch is trumpeting as "confirmed" scoop" the fact that Microsoft is building a Google Apps competitor that has as an anchor "Excel Services." I say hooey.
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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).
Here's another piece of the "Why is Microsoft so interested in healthcare?" puzzle: Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense are teaming to build a massive medical data warehouse.
Now that Chris Payne, Microsoft's Corporate VP in charge of Windows Live Search, is on his way out, it's time to start wagering on who will be the winner in the Windows Live/MSN power grab.
Thousands of Microsoft customers are running into problems understanding and applying the myriad Microsoft Daylight Saving Time (DST) patches required in order to keep their Windows, Exchange Server and other systems up-to-date when DST takes effect on March 11.
Michael Gartenberg, after less than a month on the Microsoft payroll, has decided to quit Microsoft and go back to being an analyst at Jupiter Research.
On the heels of the retirement of Blake Irving, the former Vice President in charge of the Windows Live Platforms group, more reorg changes affecting Microsoft's Windows Live unit are in the works.
Office Communications Server 2007 will hit public beta some time later this month. Meanwhile, Microsoft has decided to make the protocols behind OCS 2007 available to any and all interested parties.
Another Microsoft app gets the "works with Vista" nod. The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack (SP) 1 refresh for Windows Vista is out, as of March 6.
New Microsoft Research (MSR) search techniques and technologies under development were a hot topic at the March 6 kick-off of Microsoft's TechFest 2007 research showcase. On the short list: "Mix", a new search-based authoring tool, machine-learning technologies and new analysis tools desiged to improve search relevance.
The Department of Transportation has put an indefinite ban on upgrades to Windows Vista, Internet Explorer 7 and Office 2007. Microsoft has issued a response to some of the charges outlined in the DOT moratorium memo.