Microsoft Co-President of Platforms and Services Jim Allchin shares his thoughts on Windows Live (which, along with Windows and developer tools also falls under his organization); competition with Google and Apple; and why a client-based version of Windows won’t ever completely disappear, regardless of how successful Web services become.
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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).
Here's Part 1 of my Q&A with Windows chief Jim Allchin, where the outgoing Microsoft veteran talks about what Microsoft learned in developing Windows Vista, and how the company intends to apply some of those lessons with Windows, going forward.
The most interesting piece of information from Microsoft's Q1 FY 2007 earnings, in my mind, was the loss posted by the company's Online Services Business unit.
A handful of members of the Joejoe.Org Windows enthusiast site have begun building a Longhorn-client-based, community-developed product they currently are calling “Longhorn Reloaded.
With IE 7 finally out the door, Microsoft has begun sharing some hints about IE 8.0, also known as IE Next. Chris Wilson, the newly minted platform architect for IE, addressed the Ajax Experience crowd this week and presented some of his thinking on what matters for the Web, going forward.
In the next couple of weeks, it seems like a lot of long-awaited Microsoft products will finally go live.
Microsoft, a handful of big-name PC partners and various system builders announced on October 24 their long-awaited plans for making holiday coupons available for both Windows Vista and Office 2007.
Microsoft is readying a new tool, called the Windows Easy Transfer Companion, designed to transfer actual applications from Windows XP PCs to Vista PCs using a cable or a network connection.
How has Microsoft fared, in terms of living up to the "Microsoft Live" goals it set for itself a year ago? I’d give the company an A- for delivery, but a D- for presentation. Microsoft is actually making some real headway in the way it is developing and distributing services, but almost no one knows it, thanks to the abysmal job the company has done in defining Live and updating the various Microsoft constituencies on its progress.
Microsoft officials obviously believe Windows Vista is ready, given that it is set to release it to manufacturing within weeks. But what do some of its toughest testers think?