There's definitely a move underfoot at many -- might I dare say, "most" -- divisions at Microsoft to squelch the practice of providing to the public ship-date targets by which the company may be measured. Good idea or not?
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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).
Mac users: Don't feel singled out, re: Microsoft's failure to provide file-format compatibility between Office for Mac and Office 2007 for Windows documents until 2007.
"Cider" is a Microsoft code name with an interesting origin. It all goes back to Windows Presentation Foundation, code-named "Avalon," and an apple-producing region of medieval England ....
At this week's Lehman Brothers Technology Conference, keynoter Steve Berkowitz, Microsoft's Senior Vice President of Online Services, made the reasons behind Microsoft's renewed appreciation for MSN.com crystal clear.
Today's "All About Microsoft" code name of the day is "Magnesium." And it's the perfect time to mention it -- given yesterday's flap over Mac-Windows Office file-format compatibility.
Microsoft decided -- after a number of "alarmist news stories" (the Mac Business Unit teams' words, not mine) -- to share publicly the timetable for releasing the Office-file format converters needed by Office for Mac users to read the new Office 2007 default document formats.
Reports are cropping up all over that Office 2004 for Mac users cannot exchange documents created with the new Microsoft Office 2007 suite for Windows, due to file-format incompatibilities. Microsoft is continuing to decline to comment on when it plans to fix the problem.
If you're not a KPI (key-performance-indicator) jockey, you probably haven't paid much attention to Microsoft's PerformancePoint. But here's why it matters, in the grander Microsoft scheme of things.
It's day two of my "Code Name a Day" project here at "All About Microsoft." Today's entry: Sancastle.
It's that time of year: When Microsoft watchers' thoughts turn to year-end round-ups and year-ahead prediction columns.