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November 14, 2006

More Microsoft server announcements from IT Forum

Posted by David Hunter at 9:54 PM ET.

I’ve already mentioned the Forefront announcements, but Microsoft had quite a bit more to reveal today at their Tech Ed IT Forum 2006 in Barcelona:

Last and perhaps least, Microsoft led a mixed bag of software vendors in forming the Interop Vendor Alliance:

Today at Microsoft Tech Ed: IT Forum 2006, Microsoft Corp. announced the formation of the Interop Vendor Alliance, a global, cross-industry group of software and hardware vendors that will work together to identify opportunities for enhancing interoperability with Microsoft systems on behalf of their customers.

Notable among the founding members are BEA, Novell, Sun and AMD, but not Intel, although why AMD signed up is a bit of mystery. Of course, the whole alliance is a bit of a mystery as the goals described are unusually fuzzy. However, Scott M. Fulton III may have won the prize with the observation:

In Europe, at the heart of the global controversy over whether Microsoft and interoperability are incompatible, the Redmond company announced it is funding a global consortium of software and hardware manufacturers in the name of interoperability itself.

Maybe it’s an extra credit assignment from Neelie Kroes?

Update Nov. 15: PowerShell won’t be compatible with Vista until January 31, 2007.

Update Nov 16: Peter Galli at eWeek elaborates on Longhorn Server:

The Redmond, Wash., software maker plans to release another Longhorn CTP (Community Technology Preview) later this year, followed by another CTP in early 2007 and then Longhorn Beta 3 by the middle of the year.

“The current plan is to ship Longhorn and Vista SP1 simultaneously, as it is one source code base. So, if you follow that model, you have to ship them both at roughly the same time,” Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s senior vice president for server and tools, told eWeek at the company’s TechEd IT Forum here.

The server code will be feature-complete in early 2007, said Muglia, who put to rest speculation that Longhorn would be officially renamed Vista Server, as it is referred to on some Microsoft staff blogs.

Update Nov 18: The Windows Server 2003 SP2 RC is now available for public review. Download and info is here.

Filed under BEA, Beta and CTP, Coopetition, General Business, Governmental Relations, Microsoft, Novell, OS - Client, OS - Server, Operations Manager, PowerShell, Servers, Sun, Technologies, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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August 11, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany – August 11, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 10:04 PM ET.

Some of the “smaller” Microsoft stories of the week that didn’t find a post of their own:

Microsoft Breaks Patch Records:

Microsoft has already put out as many critical alerts this year as it did in 2004 and 2005 combined–and the year isn’t anywhere near over.

And one of the bugs patched by Microsoft last Tuesday was a beaut:

It affects all currently supported versions of Windows, can be exploited without end users needing to do anything, and according to some security watchers, rivals the bug that led to 2003′s destructive MSBlast attack.

Wednesday, Department of Homeland Defense (DHS) called out a rare warning, and Microsoft acknowledged that the patch should be at the top of every computer user’s or administrator’s to-do list.

MSBlast is often better known as MSBlaster or Blaster and its advent was quite exciting. An exploit for this latest hole has already been published.

In U.K., online advertising overtakes magazines:

Online advertising in the United Kingdom raked in $2.48 billion last year and is now worth three times the U.K. radio-advertising market, Ofcom’s annual report into the communications market has revealed.

Now the fourth-largest display advertising medium in the U.K. behind newspapers, television and direct mail, online outstripped outdoor advertising in 2005, as well as the business and consumer magazine markets.

The situation was described Thursday as “almost unthinkable, going back two years” by the regulator’s chief operating officer, Ed Richards, who said the online-advertising market was now more than a third as big as the television market.

On the subject of online ads, Steve Rubel points out that some big name advertisers want tighter auditing controls to make sure they are getting their money’s worth. Also related, Google published a paper criticizing the methodology of some click fraud auditors and they returned fire. Finally Microsoft researchers described what they have been working on to improve search accuracy and relevance at the 2006 SIGIR conference.

‘Open SOA’ launched — no surprise, no Microsoft:

Other heavyweights, such as BEA, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Sun, Tibco, Progress, and Software AG, have signed on to the advocacy group, which is spearheading two proposed SOA specifications—Service Component Architecture (SCA) and Service Data Objects (SDO)—and make the specs available to others in the industry on a “royalty free” licensing basis. SCA and SDO promise to provide a language-independent programming model for SOA.

MSFTextrememakeover analyzes the Microsoft stock buyback

Modified Xbox 360 Spreads Game Piracy and other bad news for the Xbox in Korea.

Rights Group Blasts Internet Companies Over China Policies. Human Rights Watch dings Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. The latest is that they want the USA and EU to pass laws prohibiting companies within their purview from storing personal information on servers in China.

Microsoft appoints John Fikany as Vice President of Manufacturing Industry vertical

E-Pass patent claim against Microsoft, HP dismissed

Microsoft Unveils The Director For Halo Movie – Neill Blomkamp

Microsoft Hosts Project to Run PHP on .NET. Looks like support for more dynamic languages is coming.

Microsoft considered bundling an edition of Visual Studio Express with Vista but there were “too many snags,” among which legal problems were foremost.

Filed under .NET 3.0, Advertising, BEA, Coopetition, Financial, General Business, Google, Governmental Relations, IBM, Investor Relations, Manufacturing, Microsoft, Microsoft Research, OS - Client, OS - Server, Open SOA, Oracle, Patch Tuesday, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Public Relations, SAP, Security, Standards, Sun, Technologies, Tools, VS 2005, Verticals, Viruses and Worms, Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP, Xbox, Yahoo

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July 31, 2006

Industry bigs unite on Service Modeling Language standard

Posted by David Hunter at 2:13 PM ET.

Martin LaMonica at CNET:

Computing industry heavyweights on Monday announced a plan to create a standardized way for computing resources to “talk” to each other, a move they say will lower the cost of running corporate data centers.

The initiative calls for the creation of an XML-based standard, called Service Modeling Language (SML), and its adoption in commercial products, including systems management software, hardware, and application development tools.

The companies involved–BEA Systems, BMC Software, Cisco Systems, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems–published a draft SML specification on Monday and pledged to support it in the future.

The goal of SML is to establish a lingua franca for computing resources–servers, networking gear, applications and the like–to exchange operating information, such as security requirements or performance problems.

The basis for SML is Microsoft’s own XML specification, called Systems Definition Model. The company has already built support for SDM in Visual Studio 2005; all future management software and future operating systems will use SML starting in 2007, Tatarinov said.

Kirill Tatarinov is Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Windows Enterprise Management Division. The formal press release has more details.

Filed under Alliances, BEA, Cisco, Dell, EMC, Executives, HP, Hardware, IBM, Intel, Kirill Tatarinov, Microsoft, Standards, Sun, Tools, VS 2005

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February 1, 2006

IBM leads Open AJAX coalition

Posted by David Hunter at 1:01 PM ET.

Darryl K. Taft at eWeek:

IBM and a group of industry leaders on Feb. 1 announced an open-source initiative to promote the adoption of AJAX technology.

The new initiative, known as Open AJAX, includes such prominent supporters as BEA Systems, Borland, the Dojo Foundation, the Eclipse Foundation, Google, IBM, Laszlo Systems, Mozilla, Novell, Openwave Systems, Oracle, Red Hat, Yahoo, Zend and Zimbra. The group plans to promote the use of Asynchronous JavaScript and XML and its use on various devices, applications, desktops or operating systems.

AJAX is a (web) client technology that enriches the user experience for shopping, working, planning, corresponding and navigating online. AJAX makes updated information available automatically without refreshing the browser, among other benefits.

Notice the presence of Google and Yahoo on the list and not surprisingly, given the open source basis, the absence of Microsoft. SYS-CON Belgium has much more including an interview with IBM’s CTO for Emerging Internet Technologies, David Boloker.

Microsoft announced it own AJAX tooling, codenamed Atlas, at PDC05 and will be featuring it at the March Mix06 conference.

Filed under AJAX, ASP.NET AJAX, BEA, Conferences, Coopetition, Eclipse, Google, IBM, MIX06, Mozilla Foundation, Novell, Open AJAX, Open Source, Oracle, Technologies, Tools, Yahoo

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