A new version of Microsoft's tool for creating, publishing and maintaining Web sites and Web apps adds tighter Windows Azure integration and more.
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Mary Jo Foley
Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for more than 25 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).
The first cumulative update for Microsoft's Exchange Server 2013, which includes both bug fixes and new features, is available for download.
Microsoft's biggest developer conference of 2013 may or may not be sold out already. The event is expected to include details on Windows Blue, among other topics.
Microsoft has revamped its Hotmail calendar and turned it into a Metro-ized Outlook.com one.
The Windows Blue operating system update is likely to be named "Windows 8.1" when it hits later this summer, according to sources.
A reminder for those using the desktop version of Windows Live Messenger: On April 8, Microsoft will begin moving the tens of millions of users of its consumer instant-messaging service to Skype.
Since rumors about Windows Blue first surfaced, there's been talk that the Windows 8 update would include more than just UI tweaks. Clues about some of these deeper level changes are emerging.
Small-footprint 'specialty' stores in malls and shopping centers are a new, key focus for Microsoft with its retail-store push.
The Windows team isn't the only one 'reimagining' how to build and deliver future versions of its core product. The Office unit is, too.
Microsoft officials are going public with positioning around Blue, as well as about the next Windows development conference, Build 2013.