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February 25, 2007

Microsoft Miscellany, February 25, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 10:49 AM ET.

Some Microsoft news items from last week that did not get a post of their own.

Microsoft competitor VMware is profiled in the NY Times. Uh-oh! Someone just said “Microsoft” and ”bundling.”

Wii outsold PS2 which outsold Xbox 360 which outsold PS3 in January big box retail sales in the US. Think there might be a message from consumers there?

Windows Vista Express Upgrades could finally begin shipping next week:

If you purchased a PC before January 30 and took advantage of the Vista Express Upgrade program, you know by now that this program is everything else but “Express”.

Blu-ray disc sales finally passed HD DVD, but the question is why the attach rate is so low given that Blu-ray players outnumber HD DVD about 5 to 1. Could it be that most Blu-ray players are the Sony PS3?

Details of Exchange 2007 SP1 revealed. Beta coming in April with final release alongside Longhorn server.

Configuration Manager 2007 Beta 2 is now available for public download. It’s the rebranded old favorite, Systems Management Server (SMS). Also, RC1 of System Center Essentials is now publicly available.

Microsoft to launch new consortium aimed at Oracle users on Feb. 26. It’s all about interoperability, I’m sure.

The South African government plans to switch from Microsoft to Open Source. So does Cuba. Meanwhile in the USA, Dell users demand Linux and OpenOffice on PCs via the new Dell company blog.

Microsoft sued over “Office Live” trademark.

And last, but not least: Microsoft offers to take Iowa antitrust jurors to dinner. I wonder if they can pay with vouchers?

Filed under Antitrust, Beta and CTP, Blu-ray, Configuration Manager, Coopetition, Essentials, Exchange, General Business, Governmental Relations, HD DVD, Hardware, Legal, Linux, Marketing, Nintendo, OS - Client, Office Live, Open Source,, Oracle, Public Relations, Servers, Sony, VMware, Windows Vista, Xbox

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2 Responses to “Microsoft Miscellany, February 25, 2007”

  1. VMware drops the first shoe -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Over the weekend, I mentioned a NY Times profile of Microsoft virtualization software competitor, VMware, that seemed laden with “Microsoft is an unfair competitor” rhetoric. Today comes word that VMware has published a whitepaper on their website that could well be titled “J’accuse” which details Microsoft’s anti-competitive licensing and distribution practices related to virtualization. Most of what is mentioned is familiar to those who follow the industry, but having them lay out the 7 accusations so concisely makes one wonder when the next shoe will drop. As Mary Jo Foley remarks: My biggest question, after reading The Times story and the VMware white paper is when will VMware file a lawsuit? It sounds like VMWare — in spite of its 80 percent virtualization market share — is gearing up to lodge one heck of an antitrust complaint against Microsoft. (I wonder if VMWare parent EMC Corp. is really up for that kind of move. Maybe.) Presumably VMware isn’t marshalling their arguments for the exercise, so what will it be – lawsuits or complaints to the various antitrust watchdogs or both? Filed under Coopetition, Legal, Virtual Server, Virtualization, Virtual PC, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, EMC, VMware, Microsoft, Viridian [...]

  2. February game console sales rankings same as January -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. NPD released it’s February game console sales figures for US big box stores and the rankings are the same as for January. [...]

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