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February 27, 2008

Microsoft launches 2008 server products

Posted by David Hunter at 1:25 PM ET.

Today Microsoft is cranking up the hoopla for the 2008 refresh of their mainline server and tools products: Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and SQL Server 2008. Visual Studio 2008 is already generally available and SQL Server 2008 won’t ship until 3Q, but some there is some claim to relevancy for the launch event beyond the marketing hype since Windows Server 2008 became generally available today.


Filed under Beta and CTP, Compute Cluster, Essential Business Server, General Business, HPC Server, Hyper-V, Marketing, Microsoft, OS - Server, Public Relations, SQL Server, Servers, Storage Server, Tools, Virtualization, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008

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March 18, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, March 18, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 10:34 PM ET.

Some Microsoft news items that didn’t find a post of their own last week.

Microsoft tells SEC advertising is not “a separate product or service,” but will nonetheless report more financial details in the future. So what is it then? Office?

Zune fire sale at OfficeMax and Office Depot? Maybe, but not in the online stores that I can find. Also, a use finally found for Zune’s wireless feature.

Microsoft Office Open XML gets fast-tracked to ISO standard.

Microsoft scores more points in third round of Alcatel-Lucent patent bout.

Microsoft Compute Cluster Pack Service Pack 1 (SP1) released.

Windows Vista EULA Modified for Windows Anytime Upgrades. You can now move your upgraded retail copy of Vista unlimited times.

The winners in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Add-on Contest for IE7 were announced. The good news is that they are plenty useful. The bad news is that they are mostly the same add-ons that were most useful for IE6. Couldn’t IE7 at least have added inline search?

In-Fusio lawsuit settled, terms not divulged. Filed in December, it concerned development of a mobile phone version of Halo.

And in competitive news:

Viacom Sues Google for $1 Billion. Big Whoop. and Viacom vs. Google: Who’s The Daddy? No one negotiates better than the studios, but their style will be hampered by the sparse audience actually watching their stuff on YouTube.

Oracle mimics Microsoft’s per socket pricing. They used to price per core on multicore processor chips.

Filed under Advertising, Alcatel-Lucent, Argo, Compute Cluster, Coopetition, Financial, General Business, Google, IE7, Internet Explorer, Licensing, OOXML, OS - Client, OS - Server, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Standards, Windows Vista, Xbox, Zune

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March 13, 2007

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2003 SP2

Posted by David Hunter at 9:16 PM ET.

The Windows Server Division Weblog has the news:

Today Microsoft released Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which as many know by now is a cumulative service pack that provides the latest updates, security and stability enhancements, and newest features for the Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP Professional x64 operating systems.

In particular, it covers Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 R2 in all the various editions for the x86, x64 and IA64 platforms.

Windows Server 2003 SP2 is also the foundation operating system for the upcoming service pack of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, which will be available for download and CD orders within the next 30 days.

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 page has links to all the various downloads and tools and the SP2 Technical Overview explains the installation paths for the various versions as well as explaining what’s new and improved besides the roll-up of fixes. Although SP2 was expected in 1Q and there isn’t much of that left, it arrived without warning and that has some system administrators a little grumpy.

Filed under Compute Cluster, Microsoft, OS - Client, OS - Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, XP x64

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January 15, 2007

Microsoft announces alliances with Teradata and SGI

Posted by David Hunter at 10:15 AM ET.

Microsoft has announced new alliances in some far flung areas of the empire:

Microsoft and Teradata Collaborate to Offer Business Intelligence Solutions for Mutual Customers:

Jan. 15, 2007 — Microsoft Corp. and Teradata, a division of NCR Corp., today announced they are working together to optimize interoperability between Microsoft® business intelligence solutions and the Teradata® Enterprise Data Warehouse to help information workers gain access to, analyze and report on critical data more quickly, and help streamline the delivery of business intelligence applications.

As part of this effort, Microsoft and Teradata are collaborating to enhance interoperability between the Teradata Enterprise Data Warehouse and Microsoft SQL Server™ Analysis Services, targeting availability of the technologies for the end of the first quarter of 2007. In addition, interoperability collaboration efforts with Teradata will include SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services; SQL Server 2005 Integration Services; and the 2007 Microsoft Office system including Microsoft Office Excel® 2007, Windows® SharePoint® Services and Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007. The worldwide relationship includes plans for joint sales and marketing activities across multiple industries, beginning with the retail sector.

I hadn’t thought of Teradata in years until I recently saw that NCR is trying to spin them off:

Teradata was the sixth-largest vendor of data warehousing tools in 2005, holding 4.4 percent of the market, according to a research report from IDC released in August. Teradata held a 10.3 percent market share in the data warehousing management segment, where the business generates most of its software revenue, IDC said.

SGI and Microsoft Join Forces to Expand High-Performance Computing:

Jan. 11, 2007 — Leveraging SGI’s expertise in high-performance computing and Microsoft Corp.’s strategy of making HPC more accessible to a broader marketplace, SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) and Microsoft today announced that SGI will offer Microsoft® Windows® Compute Cluster Server 2003 on SGI® Altix® XE cluster systems based on quad-core and dual-core Intel® Xeon® processors. SGI Altix XE cluster systems with Windows Compute Cluster Server will be available beginning in March 2007.

SGI is another company I haven’t paid attention to recently except for nostalgia.

Filed under Alliances, Compute Cluster, Coopetition, Microsoft, NCR, OS - Server, SGI, Teradata

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