Profile of J. Nicholas HooverSenior Editor, InformationWeek Government
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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in June 2008
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
When Bill Gates steps out of his office today for the last time as a full time Microsoft employee, he'll leave behind a company in flux, but one that's been central to much of the business technology revolution in the last 30 years.
Among MobiComp's customers are Vodafone, clothing company Esprit, and a number of mobile carriers including ones from Portugal and Saudi Arabia.
By packaging Hyper-V with Windows Server, Microsoft hopes to reverse the head start competitors like VMware and Citrix have been able to gain.
Nokia's moves to make Symbian a free and open mobile operating system should put pressure on competitors to keep innovating and giving customers what they want.
Recently, I got the chance to visit one of Microsoft's mega data centers for a tour while it was under construction. I'll just say this: creating the infrastructure needed for cloud computing isn't child's play.
Though it's easy to make Yahoo's failure with Microsoft or the company's partnership with Google a scapegoat for these departures, there are some who are just moving on.
The former SoftGrid software streams an application from a server in an organization's data center to a local PC as pieces of the application are needed.
However, a lack of enterprise support won't stop employees from downloading and using the browser on their own, with or without the backing of IT.
The community outreach shouldn't be perceived as foreshadowing that Microsoft will soon open source much of its own software.
A tour of Microsoft's gargantuan, under-construction San Antonio data center reveals a state-of-the-art IT infrastructure on an immense scale.
The software vendor will add a number of features to Internet Explorer 8 for IT departments beyond those already offered in IE7.
Based on the Infinistructure virtualized utility platform, the company is billing the compute cycles and storage as a lump sum at the beginning of a multi-month contract.
BT will run P&G's VoIP, Internet services, remote access, audio and videoconferencing and some security services like firewall and anti-virus.
Microsoft estimates that enterprise-class Windows Server 2008 running with 20 active clients would save about $30 annually in power costs compared with the 2003 version.
Microsoft expects big growth in server virtualization, application virtualization, presentation virtualization, and desktop virtualization.
The heterogeneous SOA software for Visual Studio will have tools called Architecture Explorer and Architecture Layer Diagram for visualizing application logic in current code.
Companies like MySpace and Tyco are using elements of the developer studio's Concurrency and Coordination Runtime to manage business processes and intranet services.
"It's the first time I've really changed my career since I was 17 years old," Gates told a crowd of software developers at Microsoft's TechEd conference.
Bill Gates will also speak to software developers in one of his final public addresses before he moves next month to a part-time role with the company.
Adobe unveiled Acrobat 9, Acrobat Reader 9, a new suite of services called Acrobat.com, and extensions to PDF that support interactive Flash content.