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posted in July 2007
Company leaders outline progress, promise more resources, in software-plus-services push.
The code includes betas for .Net Framework 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and the Ajax Control Toolkit; a release candidate for Silverlight 1.0; and a pre-alpha of the IronRuby dynamic programming language.
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that by the end of this fiscal year, which began July 1, there will be more than a billion Windows PCs worldwide. "There will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which is, at least to me, a mind-numbing concept," Ballmer said. That hasn't been the only number thrown out so far.
Microsoft's been criticized repeatedly for arriving late to the game in some technologies, and the Web is no exception. Today, company chairman Bill Gates announced a new group called the Internet Services Research Center to help close the gap between research and productization for services Microsoft is investing in, especially advertising and search.
At Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting this morning, chairman Bill Gates said he wants to "make programming easy for information workers and professionals." It's possible Gates is talking about intentional programming, a method that allows subject matter experts like insurance adjusters or doctors to describe what they want programs to do as part of the development process.
Be on the lookout for a free upgrade to Office 2003 in the form of another service pack.
Microsoft is beginning to discuss Windows 7, the internal code name for the next version of the Windows client, with select customers and partners.
Ad-supported software, a new Windows taskbar, and "Web 3.0" are on the drawing board.
Financial results show the largest vendors growing at double-digit rates.
Parakey is a stealth startup co-founded by Firefox co-creators Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt that aims to sync content on a Web site with content on a PC.
Microsoft credited growth to "solid customer acceptance" of Windows Vista and Office 2007 and increasing sales of SQL Server, Windows Server and Visual Studio.
As the young users of social networking sites enter the workforce, they're going to want to use them at work whether the IT department likes it or not.
Microsoft is lagging far behind Google and Yahoo, but it's trying to close the gap.
One patent application details advertising software that uses applications and data on a computer to provide context for and trigger advertising.
Lagging Salesforce and others in the hosted CRM market, Microsoft will try to win customers with lower pricing.
Earlier this week, Microsoft COO Kevin Turner announced SQL Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 would all be launched on February 27, 2008. "It's the biggest single launch we've got in Microsoft on one day," he said to loud cheers. Not so fast.
Thousands of companies have employee networks on Facebook, including Citigroup, Shell Oil, Procter & Gamble, and General Electric.
The Enterprise Edition of CRM Live will be available for $59 per user per month, about half the industry average, while the Professional Edition will list for $44 per user per month.
Techrigy's SM2 offering will scour the blogosphere and a company's internal networks to find out who's saying what about the company and when someone is saying something he shouldn't.
Facebook members view and edit Zoho Writer documents, Zoho Sheet spreadsheets, and Zoho Show presentations via a widget that becomes part of their Facebook profile pages.
Where are all the Microsoft fanatics? Oh, they're around, and one of them has just named his daughter "Vista." If she had been a boy, she was going to have the initials DOS. No kidding.
Microsoft last week bought two Santa Clara, Calif., data centers from Savvis for a staggering $200 million, more than Microsoft often pays to acquire another company.