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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in April 2007
The company spotlights its cross-browser Silverlight technology, as well as improvements to Windows Live Spaces, Virtual Earth, and Live Search.
Flash competitor to support VB programming; may show up in cell phones and on Linux
You learn a lot about a company after being on its campus for two days. Microsoft's no different. The company's main campus in Redmond is huge, with tens of thousands working there daily. With so many people, my meetings cut across business and product lines, and I was able to get a bunch of good insight, as well as some bits and pieces that I find newsworthy and interesting, including some release dates and/or new details about Windows Live, security, management and developer tools. So, onto a
And most of them will run Windows if $3 software deal takes off in developing countries.
There are more than 200 new features in the new version of Visual Studio, most aimed at supporting the newest versions of Microsoft software, enhancing developer productivity, and driving team productivity.
I'm out here at Microsoft's massive Redmond campus this week interviewing Microsoft executives about everything from newly-announced Flash competitor Silverlight to what's on tap for Windows Server "Longhorn." And also my lead feature from this week, "Microsoft's Internet Do or Die," which was greeted by a general "eh, harumph" from one of the Microsoft executives I quoted.
Upcoming beta release of Silverlight technology will be a test for Microsoft's push into rich media on the Web.
Microsoft is promising a bunch of news at its annual MIX web developer conference at the end of this month, from a "still-secret 'Technology X'" to help Web developers create new experiences to a keynote from the recently reclusive Ray Ozzie, a peek at the future of Internet Explorer and new ways to build applications on top of Microsoft's Live (online) platform. But what's the blockbuster news? A source I spoke with today, who recently spoke with Microsoft abo