Anyone else remember when Microsoft used to talk about making Windows Vista (or Longhorn, as it was then known) a fast-booting operating system. Fast, as in cold boots that were 50 percent faster than those possible with Windows XP? Something obviously went awry.
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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).
Maxthon -- the Chinese browser vendor that introduced tabbed browsing to Internet Explorer before Microsoft itself did -- is poised to become a Google ally and partner, according to TechCrunch.com. What would a Google-Maxthon tie-up mean to Microsoft?
I've got to admit that I wouldn't be surprised to see Microsoft table Service Pack (SP) 3 for Windows XP, as Windows expert Paul Thurrott claims the Redmondians have done. So far, however, Microsoft is holding fast, at least officially, to a first-half 2008 target for the next XP SP.
Microsoft's announcement on April 9 that it will integrate Windows Live Messenger into the Xbox 360 got me thinking about what other Windows Live services might be a natural complement to Microsoft's gaming console/service.
Forget programmer Paul Graham's "Microsoft is dead" headline. It got the desired effect: He's gotten links on TechMeme, Slashdot and a lots of other news-starved sites this weekend. But don't dismiss Graham's question as to who (if anyone) is afraid of Microsoft any more.
Microsoft is adding a new hotfix option for its SQL Server customers similar to the one it began phasing in for Exchange Server users earlier this year.
If you're champing at the bit to build applications that will be able to take advantage of Microsoft's forthcoming Windows Home Server (WHS) product, you might want to download the newly released beta version of the WHS software development kit (SDK).
Speaking of Microsoft's unified-communications strategy, former Softie Alec Saunders has an interesting post on how to "avoid becoming (Microsoft) roadkill" in the converging VOIP/conferencing/phone market.
At Cisco's Partner Summit in Las Vegas this week, Chambers told the press corps in attendance that he believes Cisco has a three-year lead on Microsoft in the unified communications space. As Microsoft watchers know, however, promising you are going to bury Microsoft in a market is like waving a red flag in front of a bull.
On April 4, Microsoft delivered a new Longhorn Server release to testers. But it was yet another Community Technology Preview (CTP) interim test build, not the full-fledged Beta 3 that testers are awaiting.