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January 5, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, January 5, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 8:22 PM ET.

A Tale of Two Keynotes (from Michael Gartenberg):

Forget for a moment what’s going to be announced next week. It’s interesting to note that while there’s lots of speculation about what Mr. Jobs will announce on Tuesday, there’s almost no chatter that I see about what Mr. Gates will speak about on Sunday evening.

In case this is too obtuse, he’s talking Macworld and CES.

Google wins eyeball auction for China’s largest mobile phone provider, China Mobile. Reportedly 300 million subscribers. Google also announced a partnership with a Chinese peer-to-peer file downloading service, Xunlei Networking Technologies. The Xunlei website does 50 million downloads a day.

Microsoft’s Achilles Heel: Office

Microsoft patched a total of 41 critical vulnerabilities in its various Office products last year, accounting for more than one third of the 104 “critical” flaws the company patched in all of 2006.

Office also plays a prominent role in so-called “targeted” attacks.

Gartner says Vista isn’t done. Heck, who cares about drivers and application compatibility? However, the drive makers say there will actually be hybrid hard drives using Vista’s ReadyDrive feature in the first quarter.

Speaking of Gartner, Microsoft wants you to know that ”Microsoft Corp. is positioned in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the SSL VPN Magic Quadrant, published recently by Gartner Inc.” I guess that means Microsoft’s acquisition of Whale Communications was a good idea.

Xbox 360 refresh named Zephyr on the way? Maybe, but don’t hold your breath because it’s supposed to use the 65nm CPU that was reported last week to be delayed to mid 2007.

OpenAjax Woos Microsoft:

As the OpenAjax Alliance nears its one-year anniversary, the software developer and vendor consortium is making headway toward its goal of standardizing AJAX technologies — and it may even lure into the fold the industry’s most notorious standards scofflaw, Microsoft.

“They look at this point like they’ll probably join,” said David Boloker, IBM’s CTO for emerging technologies and the chair of OpenAjax’s steering committee. “They’re going through the legal documents.”

Live testimony has started in Microsoft’s Iowa antitrust trial with Ronald Alepin, an expert witness for the plaintiffs. Microsoft’s legal team was able to get the judge to limit his testimony.

Last but not least, Microsoft has put out a tongue-in-cheek web comic book to promote Office 2007. Not bad actually, but most things are better than the dinosaur heads and everything is better than Microsoft’s recent viral advertising efforts. Still, my favorite current Microsoft ad is from the “The Difference is Obvious” campaign for Visual Studio. Talk about appealing to primal urges – the coder who uses Visual Studio gets a better laptop, a BMW to replace his bicycle, and quite likely the girl. (It looks even more appealing in the full page print ads.)



Filed under Acquisitions, Antitrust, Apple, CES07, Conferences, Coopetition, General Business, Google, Legal, Marketing, Microsoft, OS - Client, Office, OpenAjax, Security, Servers, Standards, Whale Communications, Windows Vista, Xbox

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