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posted in October 2008
Microsoft lays out concrete plans for cloud computing, but this vision doesn't come with a delivery date.
For Microsoft, which announced its cloud computing platform this week, it seems like service level agreements don't just mean uptime. That thinking could shake up the industry.
Today, Microsoft unveils Windows 7 and talks about the future of Office and Live Mesh. I'm watching the keynote, and will blog about it here. Will Windows 7 be better than Vista? Does Live Mesh matter? Read it here.
On top of Windows Azure, Microsoft will additionally build a series of its own applications and services developers and customers will be able to take advantage of.
Every few years, Microsoft hosts a big conference, the Professional Developers Conference, to announce the next versions of Windows and .Net, among other things. This year should be called the cloud PDC, and I'll be blogging about it in this post.
For all its dominance, the company needs to find a way to prove to the public that it is indeed a masterful game-changer and part of that may come from shifting the way it invents itself.
PDC is Microsoft's foremost conference, occurring only semiannually whenever Microsoft has a series of big announcements to make, like the next version of Windows or the birth of .Net.
By combining both a software element and a service, IBM is taking another page from Microsoft's "software plus services" strategy.
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 works with Microsoft's other management tools and costs about one-third what VMware's VirtualCenter does.
When I signed up for Sprint's new Xohm WiMax service two weeks ago, I thought it might just end up being a short-term test. Now, however, I'm debating dropping Comcast as my ISP, and I want your help.
The software giant is hoping the Silverlight upgrade will push adoption of the plug-in close to rates enjoyed by its ubiquitous competitor, Adobe Flash.
Oslo will be available as an add-on to Microsoft's Visual Studio development suite. It includes a new programming language, a visual modeling tool, and a repository for storing models in a database.
You know things have got to be bad when your CEO and CFO/COO suddenly quit, two-thirds of your employees are laid off, and then those same execs are arrested. That's exactly what happened at CRM company Entellium over the last few weeks.
The company has already raised $3.2 billion from investors to build the network, though it will cost an estimated total of $5 billion.
In addition to a new user interface, Ask also is focusing on improving searches in specific content areas like entertainment, health, and reference.
As I mentioned yesterday, I'm one of Sprint's early Xohm WiMax customers in Baltimore. Today, I took WiMax out for a test drive across town. Literally. The verdict: Fast, but spotty.
Until 3Tera came along, EC2 customers could only choose among Unix-based operating systems, but couldn't run Windows or SQL Server applications.
The new server technology first will be made available as a downloadable add-on to Windows Server and later built into the operating system itself.