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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in May 2008
Multi-touch capabilities are expected to be part of the next Windows operating system when it is released in late 2009 or early 2010.
After a long silence, Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is talking, the Windows team is blogging publicly about Windows 7, and there are rumbles that Windows 7 might actually be demonstrated at a conference this week. But is Microsoft actually saying anything?
New all-in-one system for branch offices delivers applications, while minimizing complexity.
Despite its recent ISO approval, however, Microsoft will not support the standardized version of its own Open XML format until the release of Office 14.
Microsoft plans to entice advertisers and users of its search engine with savings on online purchases on a site called Live Search cashback.
Microsoft expects half of all Exchange e-mail customers to subscribe to a software-as-a-service version within five years.
The software is the latest in a recent push by vendors to simplify the increasingly complex IT infrastructure at many companies' branch offices with a do-it-all piece of hardware.
Johnson's e-mail and the ad conference come as Microsoft expressed renewed interest in Yahoo on Sunday with an "alternative" deal, likely involving advertising.
Microsoft as of late has been championing what it says is the cause of openness. But there's much, much more Microsoft needs to do to win over skeptics hardened by years of take-no-prisoners competition and one antitrust investigation after another.
The company is now looking to make "small, targeted acquisitions" in search and advertising, and potentially in regional markets or "key geographies."
Make no mistake, Microsoft's newest grab for a piece of Yahoo is all about Google, and little else. And it may be a coincidence, but its announcement seems perfectly timed with Microsoft's annual ad conference, advance08, this week.
Interviews with Sam Ramji and Tom Robertson reveal Microsoft is strong on building open source business models and community as well as interoperability and industry standards.
Microsoft's "intelligent whiteboard" could potentially show up in corporate meeting rooms, board rooms or classrooms if and when it ever gets productized.
The new Flash Player has several new features Adobe hopes will help maintain the plug-in's dominance in the face of growing competition.
Rates of pirated software ranged from a high of 93% in Armenia to a low of 20% in the United States, according to the 2007 BSA and IDC Global Software Piracy study.
Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 are available in public preview now with full versions expected by the end of the year.
Powerset launched a tool to search Wikipedia and open source database Freebase Monday, but the technology that powers the search startup could wind up at home in a corporate setting.
While at Microsoft, Jeff Raikes oversaw the company's business products, including Office and its Dynamics ERP and CRM suites.
BlackBerrys aren't just for business messaging anymore, and Microsoft isn't depending only on Windows Mobile for its mobile strategy.
Vista uptake is unquestionably on the rise, but a variety of factors need to be considered with looking at the numbers, says Gartner.
The software allows for drag and drop of documents, spreadsheets and presentations hosted on a SharePoint site from a sidebar into e-mails, calendar appointments and task lists.
"Yahoo would have been an accelerator, but we've moved on and now we're focused on how fast we can grow organically," Windows Live general manager Brian Hall said.
Microsoft will continue to improve search relevance, build out its own advertising platform, invest in engineering for the Web, and pursue partnerships around the world.