Guess Microsoft really wants to make sure the next version of Windows doesn't take another five years. The day after releasing the final Windows Vista bits to volume-licensing business customers. Microsoft issued a call to testers asking for input on the next version of Windows.
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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).
Developers and testers have been clamoring for Microsoft to provide a way for them to run Internet Explorer (IE) 6.0 and 7.0 side-by-side on the same machine. On November 30, Microsoft released a solution for doing so.
According to early data coming in from Australia and Germany, it seems customers are going to be charged quite a bit more for Window sVista than XP. Microsoft is blaming the channel for the mark-up.
I thought I understood Microsoft's plan of record for Windows Vista Service Pack (SP) 1 ... until I heard CEO Steve Ballmer's Vista business-launch keynote on November 30, that is.
Were there any surprises left for Microsoft's business launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 on November 30? Surprisingly, there were a few.
Unless you're a student of Microsoft buzzwords, you might have a little trouble cutting through the Microsoft rhetoric expected as part of the November 30 launch of Windows Vista, Office 2007 and Exchange 2007.
There's a skunk-works project inside Microsoft under Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie that is dedicated to turning Windows into an Internet service. But what does that mean, exactly? Microsoft Senior VP of online services Steve Berkowitz helped me start piecing together Microsoft's vision for the future of Windows.
Microsoft has been struggling for the past year to provide a succinct and understandable definition of Windows Live. Steve Berkowitz, the senior vice president of Microsoft's online services group, finally may have come up with one.
Many folks have ideas as to how Microsoft can fix the myriad management and technical setbacks that resulted in Windows Vista looking little like the product based on initial "Longhorn" expectations. And they're offering freely their two cents about what ails Windows and how to remedy the problems to Steven Sinofsky (Senior Vice President of Windows and Windows Live engineering) and his band of merry Windows developers.
What might Windows look like if it were available in Internet-service form? It seems Microsoft itself is considering seriously such a possibility.