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February 16, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, February 16, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 2:11 PM ET.

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

Michael Gartenberg leaves Jupiter Research to become a Microsoft “enthusiast evangelist.”

More episodes of the Odd Couple: Microsoft, Novell Detail Their Linux-Windows Roadmap (press release here) but Ballmer: Novell deal proves open source needs to ‘respect IP rights’ and Novell CEO: We’re Going to ‘Attack’ Vista. I always enjoy light comedy.

Russian Judge Dismisses Any Penalty in Piracy Case. I’m sure Microsoft is glad to dodge the public relations bullet, but the rationale sets an odd precedent:

A Russian judge convicted a provincial school headmaster on Thursday for using pirated Microsoft software in school computers, but declined to impose any penalty, saying that Microsoft’s loss was insignificant compared with its overall earnings.

Microsoft comes under fire from BBC’s Watchdog programme over Xbox 360 defects.

VirnetX files VPN patent suit against Microsoft.

Microsoft Announces Microsoft Dynamics CRM Analytics Foundation to Drive Business Intelligence.

MSN Soapbox, Microsoft’s YouTube clone, has shed it’s restricted beta for a public beta. I’m not kidding about the clone part – if you’ve seen YouTube, you’ve seen Soapbox except that the interface is slicker (i.e. more AJAX) and there are no ads.

A public release candidate of Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) was made available for download.

Filed under Beta and CTP, CRM, Coopetition, Dynamics, General Business, Legal, Linux, MBS, MSN, MSN Soapbox, Microsoft, Novell, Open Source, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Piracy, Public Relations, Servers, WSUS, Xbox

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One Response to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, February 16, 2007”

  1. Microsoft’s “Enthusiast Evangelists” dropping like flies -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] In the middle of February, analyst Michael Gartenberg left Jupiter Research to become a Microsoft Enthusiast Evangelist. Today, Gartenberg announced that he is leaving Microsoft and headed back to Jupiter Research. Moreover, a commenter on Dare Obsasnjo’s blog points to another goodbye from Microsoft Enthusiast Evangelist Stephanie Quilao who is leaving her post after 9 1/2 weeks to also go back to what she was doing before. [...]

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