How and when will Microsoft deliver "Monaco," its expected Apple GarageBand competitor? Tune into today's "Microsoft Code Name a Day" post to find out.
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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).
When Marc Lucovsky, one of Microsoft's top Windows architects, jumped ship and joined Google a couple of years ago, nobody (including Lucovsky) was willing to say what his new role would be inside Redmond's search rival. Now we know what Lucovsky is doing (thanks to former Microsoft chief blogger Robert Scoble).
Not all presence and contact data at Microsoft is created equal. The contact list created by Microsoft Communicator/Office Communications Server 2007 users is different from the ones being created and shared by Windows Live users across the various Live Mail, Live Messaging, Live Expo and Live Spaces properties.
Microsoft developers, start your engines. The 2007 Professional Developers Conference is now locked and loaded.
Microsoft "Edinburgh" seems to be some kind of small-business-focused communication product. Sources say Microsoft is aiming to release it in the first half of next year.
Microsoft and Novell are touting the results of a new, paid-for study on the customer impact of the November 2 interoperability deal forged by the companies. But there are other survey questions I feel the researchers could have and should have posed that would have been far more telling about how customers running both Windows and Linux really see the deal.
Is Vista's security really so much better than that provided by Windows XP Service Pack 2? The short answer to that question, according to the Associated Press, is not a whole heck of a lot.
If you were wondering when Microsoft plans to publish an official list of applications that don't work well with Windows Vista, the answer is never.
In Week 2 of my "Microsoft code name a day" series, I'll be looking at some of Redmond's "vista-themed" code names, starting with "Fiji."
It's definitely a balancing act for Microsoft. The company wants to encourage users to upgrade (preferably via new PC preloads), but doesn't want to scare off the ones who are interested in running Vista on older machines.