The expected announcement on November 6 of release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Vista is a milestone on many fronts. For one, it’s the end of the Jim Allchin era (and the start of the Steven Sinofsky one), in terms of Windows leadership at Microsoft.
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Novell went public on November 7 with more specifics, including the financial terms, of the partnership it announced last week with Microsoft. In spite of the additional details, there are still a few things still remain mysterious.
When you hear tomorrow that Vista is finally cooked, remember that the oven is still on....
In yet another "Why isn't this a Windows Live service?" development, Microsoft has released a beta of a social-bookmarking tool, code-named "TagSpace."
According to a couple of Microsoft bloggers, Microsoft is taking IronPython to the next level by integrating it more tightly with Microsoft's own ASP.Net scripting language.
Microsoft hit another milestone on the road to Windows Vista on November 6: The .Net Framework 3.0 has gone to manufacturing.
For some reason, Microsoft isn't calling the hosted versions of its Microsoft Dynamics ERP products "ERP Live." But, in effect, that is what the hostable Dynamics GP, Dynamics NAV, Dynamics SL and Dynamics AX products, rolled out in Munich on November 6 by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates at the Convergence EMEA conference, really are.
On November 6, however, Microsoft broke the cone of silence around its plans for Vista-optimized versions of its own apps by announcing that it will roll out a new version of its Dyanmics CRM product "at the same time as the 2007 Office release.
The development work on Office 2007 is done, Microsoft confirmed on November 6.The team's work isn't done; now it's time for Microsoft to roll out new distribution, deployment and management tools to convince customers -- especially the usually recalcitrant business ones, for whom older versions of Office work just fine, thanks -- to upgrade.
Checking around the Web this weekend, there are a couple of reports -- unconfirmed by Microsoft officials, as far as I can tell -- that Office 2007 was released to manufacturing some time after Friday evening, and that Vista is set to RTM on November 8.