Microsoft Drops A Few Data Center Strategy Hints
Ever wanted to know how Microsoft makes decisions about how to build its data centers, where they are and how big they are, and what the company intends to do with them all? A video interview the company has posted today with Michael Manos, the Microsoft's senior director of Data Center Services, gives a few hints.
Why Novell Might Need 'Plan B' For Linux Distribution
Novell says its alliance with Microsoft is a key part of its Linux sales strategy. It may need to rethink that. On Thursday, the Free Software Foundation took aim at the partnership with a deal-busting final draft of the new open source license.
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
Is Google Getting Serious About Business Software?
Here's to betting that a Salesforce.com and Google business partnership has been consummated. Salesforce informs me it will be making an announcement with a "leading Internet company based in the Bay Area" on June 5.
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
Ajax Versus Silverlight, JavaFX and Flash/Flex
I've noticed that spokespeople for Microsoft, Sun and Adobe tend to gingerly disparage Ajax… It doesn't fit their model: proprietary delivery methods (runtime clients, graphics engines), proprietary or semi-proprietary development tools-their own solutions for overcoming the deficiencies of HTTP Web applications… It pains them that Ajax is so popular. They have to deal with it, treat it with kid gloves, even support it; but they don't like it.
Customer Insight: Complete the Picture With Cross-Channel Analysis
Are you looking at store-, contact center- and Web-based transactions in isolation? Employing cross-channel analysis, Best Buy learned that best customers are typically multi-channel customers, and it's now personalizing marketing messages with a complete view of customer behavior. Here's a look at the cross-channel trend and its implications for technology choices and operational decisions.
Novell Tips Details Of Microsoft Linux Deal, Spotlighting FSF Opposition
The Free Software Foundation, that merry band of advocates of the GNU/Linux operating system (don't call it "Linux" -- FSF president Richard Stallman will get mad), is looking to throw a monkey wrench into the peace pact between Novell and Microsoft. Under that deal, signed last November, Novell insulated itself from Linux patent suits from Redmond and got millions of dollars in much-needed cash to boot. Now, Novell financial filings release
Linux On Your Mind
It's always informative to look at our most heavily trafficked stories to see what topics you're most interested in. No, it's not a scientific survey, but it certainly provides pretty powerful anecdotal evidence of what technologists are currently buzzing about. And judging from our numbers, you're rather obsessed with Linux--Ubuntu Linux, to be precise.
Dell Ubuntu PCs Are Best Friend Linux Ever Had
Is Linux its own worst enemy when it comes to gaining converts on the desktop? That's what I said in a recent post, in reference to Dell's impending release of systems equipped with Ubuntu Linux. And, boy, did I get an earful of reader comments. This time, I've got another beef: Now that Dell has formally announced the machines, the Dell page offering the Ubuntu boxes for sale (
Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at DEMO but didn't release a public version until yesterday.
Why People Still Use Microsoft Office: Saving Time And Peace Of Mind
Reader Alex Wieder writes to describe why people pay for Microsoft Office -- saving time and peace of mind. His letter suggests something I'm coming to suspect: That Microsoft's Office monopoly persists on inertia and could well disappear in a few years as OpenOffice.org and other alternatives become more attractive.
Will Google Be Eaten By The Niche Players?
Google is increasingly looking like a big, slow giant tech company and less like the nimble innovator that defined the beginning of Web 2.0. Yesterday Web video search engine Blinkx successfully went public, proving that there is plenty of room for small Web video companies, even when Google controls both YouTube and its own video platform.
Why Pay For Microsoft Office When OpenOffice.org Is Free?
I've given NeoOffice, the Mac port of OpenOffice.org, a workout recently, editing and annotating word-processing documents, printing them out, and sharing the files. It's got me wondering: Why do otherwise sane people pay for Microsoft Office?
Sun JavaFX: And Now We Have Three
Something about Sun JavaFX in a moment, but first a short preliminary expectoration: Rich Internet Applications (RIA) matter. They are not the be-all-end-all of applications, on the desktop or the Web, but they will be the élan vital (the vital force) that drives application development and the growth of the software industry for the next three to eight years… Intuitively, I think the "graphics engine" is what counts most in the competition to develop broadly useful RIA.
Appian Upgrade Makes BPM More Accessible
Appian Enterprise 5.6 adds Ajax-powered interfaces, real-time analytics, Microsoft Office plug-ins and RSS capabilities to make it easier to access and control business processes.
Who Owns Linux? Linus. . .And A Detergent Company In Switzerland
In case you were wondering--and I was, given the noises Microsoft has been making lately about the open-source operating system--Linus Torvalds does indeed own the trademark on Linux. Interestingly, so does Rosch, a detergent company based in Switzerland.
Microsoft Awarded For Hurricane Katrina Efforts
Before Hurricane Katrina even hit land, a small group of Microsoft Consulting Services employees began building, on their own and without prompting from some marketing group, a Web application to help those affected tell loved ones they were still alive after the storm. This week, the American Red Cross honored the company for its brief departure from the competitive hustle and bustle.
Microsoft Shifts Server And Developer Tools Business
Microsoft announced today that it is moving senior VP Bob Muglia and his server and tools group from Microsoft's platform products and services division to the business division. The move makes some sense, but it's partially a head scratcher.
Google Unified Search Is Only The Beginning
Something is happening in online search and we don't really know where it's headed. That's my conclusion, two days into the buzz surrounding the debut of Google's new "universal" search. The feature beefs up the results returned when you do search on Google's home page, adding news, videos, images, and maps to the search results you used to get.
What's Hot From WinHEC? Windows Home Server
LOS ANGELES -- Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference is winding down, and I'm trying to figure out what I've seen that's important. I mean really important. Not data, but real information. I'd say three things. One is the Rally technology I wrote about on Tuesday. Another is the speed that
Microsoft's Windows Home Server Takes Interesting Storage Twist
Longhorn, Centro, Cougar, and the ever-humble "Home." What's with all the names? Well, now that Vista is well on its way -- sales reputed to be 40 million and climbing -- Microsoft appears to be shifting its attention to a dizzying array of variations on its Windows Server operating system.
Will Mobile Advertising Really Work?
Get ready for advertising on your cell phone. According to AOL CEO Randy Falco the mobile advertising market could be worth $5 billion in the next five years. Is this just a move to defend AOL's decision to buy Third Screen Media? And does mobile advertising really have a chance?
OK, So I Was Wrong About Origami
LOS ANGELES -- A year ago Microsoft tried to manipulate the launch of its Origami ultra-mobile PC (UMPC). The reaction wasn't quite what Microsoft anticipated: Origami was basically laughed back into the laboratory. Even I piled on with a blog entry that sniped, "Origami is proof of that old ada
Searchology: Google Unveils Universal Search
Google today is releasing new search infrastructure to combine its video, local, book, and images search systems with its text search. Marissa Mayer is describing the new system as I type, but basically it will lead to much more relevant search results.
As an example, searching for the "I Have a Dream" speech will return a Google Video clip of the speech itself, just below the text of the speech.
Google is also adding contextual navigation links (like Ask.com) to let users drill down to a par
The entire Bay Area tech press corps seems to be here at Google this morning for an event the company is calling "Searchology." No less than five professional video cameras, plus the odd consumer camcorder, have been trained on the front of the room, where two video screens display "Search ] ology" above a bar of the blue, red, yellow, and green that most everyone now associates with Google.
Elliot Schrage, VP of global communications and public affairs is scheduled to speak shortly, follow
Windows Rally Technology at 1: Walking, And Ready To Run
The Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, WinHEC 2007, going on this week in Los Angeles, marks the first birthday of Microsoft's Windows Rally technology. Rally is a package of software technologies built into Vista that make it supremely easy to set up a wireless network and add devices to it. That may thrill you, or it may not. I've struggled to get wireless networking going in enough situations that it thrilled me, I can tell you.
Enterprise Search Is This Year's Hot Topic For Business Intelligence
This morning I soaked in the latest updates from the world of enterprise Web technology at the packed-out Enterprise Search Summit in New York City. Based on what I heard, no one seems to know for sure what enterprise search will look like in the next few years. But everyone agrees on one thing: It's hot.
Microsoft Preps Storage As A Service
The rumors have been out since at least last April, if not earlier, that Microsoft was readying a hosted storage service under the Windows Live banner. Here and there little snippets leaked. Now, apparently, it's a soon-to-be reality. Microsoft is readying the rumored Live Drive service, now called Windows Live Folders, as a hosted, collaborative storage service delivered over the Web.
Reading The WinHEC Tea Leaves
Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, known to its friends as WinHEC, is this week in Los Angeles. It will be a week of Deep Geek -- and it won't be all Vista all the time, either. You can download the program as a very colorful Excel spreadsheet. The six session tracks and more than 100 hours of sessions reveal a lot about what's on Microsoft's mind wh
Why Doesn't Microsoft Have A Cult Religion?
Apple has one. So does the Java community, Oracle, IBM, and Google. Lord knows anyone who uses Linux or free and open source software is dedicated to spreading the gospel of St. Linus Torvalds and St. Richard Stallman. But does anyone really worship the Gods of Redmond?
Will The CIA Censor Google Earth?
Controversy surrounding satellite mapping services like Google Earth continues to grow. This week Vice Admiral Robert Murrett, the head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, told AP that commercial satellite services may need to be edited or censored to protect
Microsoft's Virtualization Problems Keep Coming
Two months ago, Microsoft denied reports that the next generation of its Windows Server virtualization software, code-named Viridian, was behind schedule. Last month, Microsoft pushed back the first beta for Viridian from the first half of this year to the second half. Now, it's cutting out some features altogether. Not a great stor