Microsoft is apologizing to "rival" Corel for libeling its file formats as a security risk. Did Corel's customer complain? I suppose the last remaining Word Perfect user is going to complain next?
Just what is an satellite open-source network lab? And why have it in the Philippines? Whatever it means, and whatever the reason, it's apparently coming soon to a Manilla near you.
It sounds like a small-scale edition of Bill Hilf's Linux interoperability lab in Redmond. It is designed to provide a place to test interoperability of Microsoft's products with open-source projects. (Hint: There is another lab for this. It's called the web. It "employs" open-source developers who do this all...for free!)
But maybe this satellite will be different. Perhaps native Filipinos will take turns imitating Bill? I'll move to the Philippines if I can get a job doing that. :-)
If I moved there, though, would I have to drink Microsoft's Kool-Aid like the Microsoft Philippines country manager has? He says:… Read more
Bottom line: Office for Mac 2008 may be the best pick for business users, but most people can get by with less costly alternatives.
After a series of delays, Microsoft plans to release Office for Mac 2008 to brick-and-mortar and online stores on January 15, making this the first update in nearly four years.
Office for Mac includes Word, Excel for spreadsheets, PowerPoint for presentations and Entourage for e-mail and time management. There's no Microsoft Access database application for the Mac, although Filemaker's upcoming release of Bento offers Mac users a new choice.
Dave Rosenberg has a great take on Microsoft's new "Open Value Subscription" for small to medium-sized businesses. The premise is that SMBs can plug into the Microsoft mothership for lower prices and less worry. His take? OVS is NOTA (none of the above):There is nothing open about the code or the contract as you have to use the software for a set period of time The value isn't really there as there is no cost-benefit It's not really a subscription as "lease-like" means it's a perpetual license--you just absorb the cost … Read more
But that was precisely the atmosphere in Las Vegas tonight as he both opened this year's CES conference and closed a final chapter of his career.
Thousands of journalists and technologists queued for some four hours in snake-like lines that wound around several floors of the Venetian Hotel and Casino to hear him give his tenth and final CES keynote.
In just under six months, Gates … Read more
Aiming to boost the appeal of its Windows Home Server software, Microsoft is offering an update to the operating system that will add both fixes to the existing product as well as add-ons and new features.
Dubbed Power Pack 1, the software makes it easier to choose which files can be accessed remotely, and by whom, and also makes it possible to watch recorded TV programming remotely, essentially letting the Home Server act like a Slingbox of sorts. It also allows the Home Server's contents to be backed up to an external drive.
It's the first significant update … Read more
Back in June of 2006 I wrote a post about Microsoft's attempts to insidiously subvert and usurp the open-source community. In that post, I opined that Microsoft was using clever marketing to make nice with the open-source community with the launch of a developer site called Codeplex.
This week Microsoft launched a SMB program that contains the words "open," "value," and "subscription," none of which are common to Microsoft products, culture, or marketing.
Digging in a bit, I found myself confused not only by what the program portends to be but why it would be called it "Open Value Subscription," unless they were hoping to leverage buzzwords and concepts related to open source and SaaS (software as a service). It's such lame and dishonest branding, the marketing group should be ashamed. … Read more
Microsoft sent out a cryptically worded media alert on Sunday, indicating the software maker planned to have a teleconference bright and early Monday morning.
Even more strangely, the company quickly killed the media alert, offering no details on what it was that it had planned--but no longer planned--to announce.
A source familiar with the first-news, now-not-news, said that Business Division head Jeff Raikes has been busy on the mergers and acquisitions front, not planning his own departure or some secret reorganization.
Does anyone know who is the apple of Raikes' eye?
LAS VEGAS-- Tonight, Bill Gates gave the big kickoff keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show. There's exhaustive coverage of this talk elsewhere, so I thought it'd be interesting to focus on what Gates had to say about the future of the Web and Web applications. (For the more well-rounded look at this talk, see Ina Fried's News.com story, Gates: Curtain call for crystal ball; for all CES news, see ces.cnet.com.)
Social networking: Gates said the "second digital decade" will be more about connecting people, and that applications will use services in the … Read more