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posted in May 2007
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.
Microsoft's tabletop display computer may set us on the path to where we no longer need keyboards and mice to work with computers.
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 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.
Microsoft is trying to grab a larger piece of the online advertising market, which represents a $40 billion opportunity that will grow 20% per year until 2010.
The Microsoft-sponsored report from IDC estimates that for every $1 of revenue coming in to Microsoft, around $18 will be available for "as many as 200,000" other companies to divvy up.
Microsoft is now on a public relations offensive about open source and patent law, with the company's general counsel claiming in a Fortune article that open source softwar
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.
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
Microsoft's been coy about when version 1.1 of its Silverlight Web technology, which has been labeled an Adobe Flash-killer, will come out. But Microsoft architect evangelist Alexander Strauss may have leaked a bit of news in his blog.
The company shows off Katmai, the next version of its data platform, at its first business intelligence conference.
Better-than-expected sales of Windows Vista and Office 2007 are pushing the software faster into the mainstream than their predecessors, Microsoft managers suggest.
"My guys are big advocates of Linux," says Martin High, director of IT at Valeo Behavioral Healthcare in Topeka, Kan. "We're taking a hard look at it on the desktop." Wait. On the desktop? For a business?
Microsoft touts its Silverlight multimedia Web technology
What if your e-mail program was more intelligent, was able to let you know only when you got important e-mails, but not unimportant ones? And I'm not talking a spam filter. The unlikely company spurring this blog: AOL.
Announcement of Project Astoria hints at an eventual 'SQL Server Live.'