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January 23, 2007

Elusive Vista Service Pack 1 spotted

Posted by David Hunter at 12:19 PM ET.

Mary Jo Foley spots the elusive Vista SP1 which is now said to be arriving in 2H2007. We thereby have a rough date for all the big business users who are reputed to be awaiting the first service pack to consider introducing Vista into their production infrastructures. My personal belief is that most large enterprises have their own testing and adoption cycles that are independent of the service pack date, but which may well coincide serendipitously.

There is also a difference of opinion as to whether the Microsoft project codenamed Fiji is SP1 or a later “Vista R2″ release, but I’m saving it for the latter based mostly on the desire to not to call it R2.

Filed under Fiji, Microsoft, OS - Client, Windows Vista

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October 14, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 14, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 1:13 PM ET.

A variety of Microsoft news items that didn’t find a post of their own this week:

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that newly appointed Microsoft SVP Jon DeVaan is wasting no time reorganizing the Windows Core Operating System Division for building the successor to Vista (codenamed “Fiji”). The changes don’t take effect until Vista gets out the door though.

In other personnel news, Rick Devenuti, senior vice president of Microsoft Services and IT, is retiring. Devenuti oversaw Microsoft’s managed services effort. Also WSO2 hires mash-up master from Microsoft. The master is Jonathan Marsh and WSO2 is a startup founded by ex-IBMer Sanjiva Weerawarana that sells support and products for the Apache Axis Web services tools.

Steve Ballmer’s Business Week interview also produced the revelation that Microsoft is not losing money on each Zune sold although he would have liked it better if Apple had kept the price of the comparable iPod at $299.  This is directly contrary to previous Microsoft statements.

Microsoft’s Internet Protocol television (IPTV) efforts received a big boost from hardware vendors Tuesday, after Cisco, Motorola, Philips and Tatung all announced new set-top boxes that support Microsoft IPTV Edition software.

Some Belgian newspapers not only don’t want to be indexed by Google, they’re complaining to MSN too. I’m being facetious, of course. What they really want is a cut off the top. In other legal news, Microsoft is trying to get the lead opposition lawyer in the Iowa antitrust cased removed.

The Microsoft OpenDocument Format plugin for Microsoft Word will be released October 23. You’ll recall that this saves Microsoft’s bacon with some customers demanding open document formatting standards.

Microsoft continues to offer more assistance for businesses willing to build infrastructure with Microsoft Office as a front end:

With the release of Office Business Applications (OBA) Reference Application Pack (RAP) this week, Microsoft in essence is acknowledging that they are on to something big in the enterprise market.

Microsoft is calling this the second generation of OBA and is in response to wide acceptance of the first generation.

Like Duet, a product partnership with SAP that offers up the Office suite of products as a standard interface for SAP backend applications, OBA RAP will do the same, but this time not tied to any vendor’s backend system.

Josh Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, said that OBA is significant because Office is certainly one of the better interfaces around for knowledge workers.

The release of the OBA reference for building the front end to a supply chain management system will demonstrate that a company can build a procurement process with a combination of Outlook, Word, and Excel and do everything they want, said Greenbaum.

Windows CE is wide open to attack compared to desktop Windows according to a security researcher at Kaspersky Labs. Bound to happen.

Microsoft is looking for beta testers for Centro, its midsize company server package announced in September.

Microsoft celebrated the fact that 1 million copies of its crippled Windows XP Starter Edition have been sold. Sheesh.

Filed under Antitrust, Apache, Argo, Duet, Employee Retention, Executives, Fiji, General Business, IPTV, Jon DeVaan, Legal, Microsoft, Microsoft TV, ODF, OS - Client, Office, Office 2007, Open Source, Service Providers, Standards, Steve Ballmer, Technologies, Web Services, Windows Vista, XP Starter Edition, Zune

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April 12, 2006

A variety of Vista news

Posted by David Hunter at 12:53 PM ET.

Sony just announced new Vaio PC models ([1], [2]) complete with “Vista capable” stickers. There will shortly be many more from all the OEMs.

Mary Jo Foley speculates on what the Vista delay will mean for the nominally biennial follow-ons Fiji and Vienna as well as the Windows server operating systems.

Microsoft posted and then a pulled a massive 313 page Windows Vista Product Guide.

New Microsoft hire, Niall Kennedy, recently of Technorati, discloses that “ is the new default home page for users of the Internet Explorer 7 and the Windows Vista operating system.”

Microsoft’s UACBlog explains Vista Parental Controls.

Brandon LeBlanc explains the new Vista Windows PC Accelerators:

Windows SuperFetch™ is a memory management innovation in Windows Vista that helps make your PC consistently responsive by tracking what applications are used most on a given machine and intelligently preloading these applications into memory.

Windows ReadyBoost™ (formerly code-named “EMD”) makes PCs running genuine Windows Vista more responsive by using flash memory on a USB drive, SD Card, Compact Flash, or other memory form factor to boost system performance.

Windows ReadyDrive™ (formerly code-named “Piton”) enables Windows Vista PCs equipped with a hybrid hard drive to boot up faster, resume from hibernate in less time, and preserve battery power. Hybrid hard drives are a new type of hard disk that integrates non-volatile flash memory with a traditional hard drive.

Microsoft is working on a Vista only product for amateur musicians called Monaco that competes with Apple’s GarageBand.

And last but not least, the Gartner Group has some Vista adoption news for Microsoft, but it’s hard to tell whether it is good (Gartner: Half of Current PCs Will Show All of Vista):

Microsoft’s Windows Vista will run on just about any PC available today, but it will only show its true colors on about half of them, according to a new report from Gartner.

or bad (Half of Corporate PCs Can’t Handle Vista):

A new research report from the Gartner Group finds that about half of all corporate PC’s don’t have what it takes to run all the features in Microsoft’s forthcoming Windows Vista operating system when it becomes available, suggesting that companies will, to a great extent, have to roll out Vista as they acquire new computer systems, rather than installing the new operating system on existing PCs.

Frankly, Gartner seems obsessed with the unlikely idea of large numbers of folks upgrading existing hardware to Vista.

Filed under Apple, Coopetition, Fiji, Home Software, Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, Sony, Vienna Server, Windows 7, Windows Live, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista

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