Once Vista Starter is out in the field, what will Microsoft's Market Expansion team do next? Is there an Office Starter release in the works?
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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).
We interrupt the incessant blathering around the blogosphere over Google's purchase of YouTube to bring you something much more relevant.
While most Web 2.0 watchers are fixated on when/why/whether Google will buy YouTube -- and what else, beyond partnering with video-search vendor Blinkx, Microsoft will do about it -- Microsoft has been rolling out new betas and releasing final versions of some of its other Live services.
Microsoft was slated to hold three of its biggest conferences in 2007 in New Orleans. But now those plans are off.
Vista's looking better with every test build, as it should, according to many of those banging on the product. Is it ready to be released to manufacturing in a matter of "days"? Microsoft officials say yes; testers say ... mostly.
Microsoft's User Agent String 2 temporarily tricks IE 7 into behaving like IE 6, easing some site/application compatibility woes.
It's not just Windows Vista and Office 2007 that are closing in on their release-to-manufaturing (RTM) dates. Internet Explorer 7 is nearing the finish line, as well.
Microsoft posted for download on October 6, as expected, a new test build of Vista, No. 5744. The company also sent a note the same day to its Technology Adoption Program (TAP) partners who are testing Office 2007, notifying them that Office 2007 is just weeks away from release to manufacturing (RTM).
So what ever happened to the brave Mozilla delegation that accepted Microsoft’s invitation earlier this summer to travel to the belly of the Borg?
Microsoft and its PC partners ars preparing to launch Vista-upgrade coupons later this month. Meanwhile, Microsoft is prepping a new -- and potentially final -- Vista test build, No. 5744, for download any day now.