A team inside the SQL Server database unit is building an end-to-end, P2P data synchronization platform, code-named "Harmonica," that will attempt to provide data synchronization across Windows and non-Windows services and devices -- much the way the WinFS team was hoping to do.
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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).
Although it's been a while since Windows-Server watchers have heard any new info on Microsoft's plans for a home-server product, it seems that "Quattro" is still alive and kicking.
"Rosario," the version of the Visual Studio Team System tool suite due to follow VSTS "Orcas" will include some beefed up testing support. Find out more about Rosario in today's installment of "A Microsoft Code Name a Day."
Will Microsoft's new update to Windows Vista that is aimed at thwarting downloaders who are circumventing Vista's build-in product activation actually achieve the desired goal? The jury is out.
Over the past couple of days, there's been much made of Gartner Group's prediction that Windows Vista will be "the last big release of Windows." That's a pretty sweeping and vague prediction. Me? I think Microsoft still has some big-bang OS releases in its bag of tricks.
"Hawaii" is part of the Microsoft developer division's family of island code names. But Hawaii isn't simply the next version of Visual Studio due to follow Visual Studio "Orcas." Find out more in today's "Microsoft Code Name a Day" installment.
A new plug-in providing Firefox support for Microsoft's CardSpace digital-identity framework.is now available for public download.
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.
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.