Office 2007 SP3, another Mango phone event and more Microsoft news of the week
Microsoft rolled out its latest Office 2007 service pack and System Center 2012 test builds; invited press to a Windows Phone event on November 7 and trotted out its latest "technology in the future" video this week.
Less and Corporate Vice President Joe Belfiore. While the team didn't share many details, the invitation featured a picture of three Windows Phones that looked like the HTC Radar, Titan and the Samsung Focus S, all bearing AT&T logos, making it seem that this will be the "launch"/general availability of these already-announced devices. The invitation also includes a mention of "a unique experience in the middle of Herald Square at 12 PM following this VIP event." (which may have something to do with this?)
Microsoft's biggest OEM partner isn't quitting the PC business after all. In the company's latest about-face, Hewlett-Packard officials have decided not to sell off the company's PC business, after all. HP is Microsoft's largest Windows PC OEM and is onboard with selling/support Windows 8 tablets. There's no word as to whether HP will retrofit the TouchPad to be a Windows 8 machine or not. Meanwhile, there's also no word as to whether HP will remain committed to webOS, going forward. I guess that is one reason the head of developer relations for webOS at HP just jumped to Nokia to head up developer relations....
Microsoft updates its view of the future of productivity: The Office Labs' "Envisioning" team has made available its latest version of its regularly produced "Future of Productivity" videos. The "2021" version doesn't look a whole lot different to me from the 2019 one that Microsoft has been showing off until now. Computing devices will be lighter, thinner and more flexible. Touch, voice and gestures will figure more, but keyboards and stylus/pens won't have entirely disappeared. And sensors/big data will allow users to interact more intelligently with their environments.