You've heard of DLL hell. What about hot-fix hell -- the case where multiple Microsoft fixes and/or service packs don't play nicely together?
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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).
"Katmai" isn't just a SQL-Server-specific term. "Katmai" also is being used by Microsoft to refer to the next version of System Center Operations Manager, too.
Not all of the new PCs preloaded with Windows Vista are going to come from major PC makers like Dell and Hewlett-Packard. Microsoft is trying to make sure local system builders have something new to offer customers, too.
Microsoft isn't talking publicly (yet) about "Scout," an Office 2007 add-in that Istartedsomething blogger Long Zheng mentions (and posts a screen shot of) in a post today. But the company should be.
As a result of a change to its support policies, announced on January 24, Microsoft is now commiting to support consumer versions of XP through April 2009, and under extended support through April 2014.
Microsoft has relesed version 1.0 of its Ajax framework. So what's next?
What would have happened, on that fateful day of August 27, 2004, if Microsoft officials had said: "You know what? We messed up with Longhorn. And we're starting over."
Microsoft's press release trumpeting Wal-Mart's support of the Microsoft-Novell technology partnership announced last November omits some interesting details.
How much would you pay Microsoft for a port of its BitLocker drive encryption -- a technology slated to be available only to Vista Enterprise and Vista Ultimate users -- that could run on the Vista Business SKU? This might not be a purely hypothetical question.
The consumer launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 is next week. But business users, partners and developers have been able to get their hands on these products since late November 2006. A number of these folks are starting to weigh in with their two months' worth of advice.