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Archive for the ‘Microsoft News’ Category

Could 7 be Microsoft’s Lucky Number

Monday, October 20th, 2008

So the next version of Windows will be known simply as “Windows 7.”

That’s according to a post by Mike Nash, Microsoft’s Corporate VP Windows Product Management.

Windows 7 is the planned successor operating system to Windows Vista and a product that Microsoft hopes will confound the Vista critics.


Microsoft Previews Visual Studio 2010

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

Microsoft has provided the first look at the next version of its developer tools and platform, which will be named Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0.

Microsoft said the next release will focus on the five following areas: riding the next-generation platform wave, inspiring developer delight, powering breakthrough departmental applications, enabling emerging trends such as cloud computing, and democratizing application life-cycle management (ALM).

The Microsoft announcement included an in-depth look at how Visual Studio Team Systems (VSTS) 2010 (code-named “Rosario”) will help democratize ALM with a unique solution that brings members of a development organization into the application development life cycle, and removes many of the previous barriers to integration. More details on the other focus areas will be released over the product development cycle.

“With Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0, we are focused on the core pillars of developer experience, support for the latest platforms spanning client, server, services and devices, targeted experiences for specific application types, and core architecture improvements,” said S. “Soma” Somasegar, senior vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft.

“These pillars are designed specifically to meet the needs of developers, the teams that drive the application life cycle from idea to delivery, and the customers that demand the highest quality applications across multiple platforms. You can expect to hear a lot more about Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0 in the coming months.”

Microsoft’s New OS Windows 7

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Microsoft offers new blog to help people understand what is in Windows 7, the successor to Vista, and starting some excellent community outreach. For windows fanboys this is a must read, for everyone else, well tread at your own risk. These are for windows fanboys, so if you go in talking about Linux and how much it rocks, well you know what is going to happen here.

This is one of the better ideas coming out of Microsoft lately, as anything that brings in the outside audience into the development of the new operating system is going to be a good thing. In reality, they need to do this since Channel 9 has pretty much fallen off the radar of many people since Robert Scoble left the show, it just has not been the same without a public on the radar personality to help drive attention to the site. The Engineering Windows 7 blog should go a long way in helping raise awareness, as long as they keep it up. There are a lot of abandoned blogs across the MSDN/TechNet spaces, which makes it harder to know what is happening with a technology.

The audience of enthusiasts, bloggers, and those that are the most passionate about Windows represent the folks we are dedicating this blog to. With this blog we’re opening up a two-way discussion about how we are making Windows 7. Windows has all the challenges of every large scale software project-picking features, designing them, developing them, and delivering them with high quality. Windows has an added challenge of doing so for an extraordinarily diverse set of customers. As a team and as individuals on the team we continue to be humbled by this responsibility. Source: E7 Blog


Look How Far Vista Has Come

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

I haven’t seen it yet, but ZDNet’s Ed Bott has – the teaser image below on Microsoft’s home page that, when you click on it, takes you to a section on the website called Windows Vista: Look how far we’ve come.


I’ve been using Vista in one edition or another since April 2007 and did some of the early beta testing. Largely, I’m pleased with it, even in the face of some pretty bad experiences last year, resolved thanks to Dell a few months ago.


Microsoft’s Number One Anti-Google Weapon

Monday, June 16th, 2008

Last week I was sitting in Brian Hall’s office when the Yahoo/Google news was breaking. Who’s he? The guy at Microsoft who runs most of the non-search Windows Live stuff. You know, Hotmail, Messenger, Spaces, and a bunch of other stuff.

We filmed a little fun cell phone video, but our longer interview will be up sometime over next few weeks.

In that he told me what Microsoft is going to do now that the Yahoo deal fell through. He admitted that he was one of the guys working on that deal.

His number one weapon to use against Google?

The 320 million active users of Hotmail and Messenger. That’s 320 million people who have signed into these services in the past 30 days (which, by the way, is WAY up from when I worked at Microsoft – when I worked at Microsoft they were saying 150 to 200 million). Keep in mind that Facebook looks like they just passed 100 million users, so you can see that these are still very popular services.


Microsoft Loses Anti-trust Appeal

Monday, September 17th, 2007

It’s been announced today that Microsoft has lost its appeal against a record 497 million euro (£343 million; $690 million) fine imposed by the European Commission in a long-running competition dispute.

Below is a section from the Court of First Instance Press Release: