Microsoft's practice of paying analysts to conduct studies showing Windows' superiority over Linux have never sat right with me. It looks like my hunch was right that Microsoft's "Get the Facts" campaign wasn't and isn't all it's cracked up to be
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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).
Microsoft Mobile PC Manager Dustin Hubbard and his team are moving to some new "secret" project, according to a post by Hubbard on the Origami team blog.
It's February 1: The first "official" day of the Steven Sinofsky Windows era. That means, among other things, that it's time to move beyond the vista-themed family of codenames and begin using the more boring and sanitized ones -- like Windows 7.
The first wave of Windows Vista users are hitting some licensing glitches that are making them none too happy.
Microsoft delivered two new Expression design tool betas. And it sounds like the company's got some new Expression-WPF/E/SoapBox tie-ups in the works, as well.
OK, so she's only a "contractor" and not a Red-Pill-popping full-timer. But standards maven Molly Holzschlag is now working on the Web Platform and Tools team (of which Internet Explorer is part).
Microsoft is preparing a new Knowledge Base (KB) article that will attempt to answer questions raised by critics of changes it made to the rendering engine in Outlook 2007 that they claim are killing backwards compatibility.
Microsoft has been testing quietly a new "pay-as-you-go" rental program for Office 2003 in South Africa, Mexico and Romania, and will decide in the next couple of months whether to extend the program to include Office 2007.
PC salesfolks far in a couple of New York retail outlets seemed far more up-to-speed about Vista than were their telephone counterparts four months ago. Now, all that needs to happen is for the customers to show up.
Dell Computer began taking orders for Windows Vista systems this weekend. The first reports are in.