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February 9, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, February 9, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 10:38 PM ET.

Some Microsoft news items from this week that did not find a post of their own.

Microsoft’s Ben Fathi says Vista’s “no public codename” successor (until recently called Vienna) is coming in 2 to 2.5 years and will have some “fundamental piece of enabling technology” although Microsoft isn’t exactly sure what it is. There’s always WinFS! Update: Microsoft backpedals on 2/13 in a statement from Kevin Kutz, Director, Windows Client:

We are not giving official guidance to the public yet about the next version of Windows, other than we’re working on it.

If you’re collecting Vista compatibility glitches there were some doozies reported this week including Apple’s iTunes (and more), Nvidia graphics drivers, and MIT tech staff warning professors and administrators at the school “not to upgrade desktops or laptops to Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system because the software isn’t yet ready for ‘productive and safe computing,’” due to incompatibilities with their standard commercial and internal applications.

Aside from Nvidia who should have been better prepared for the launch, these are actually pretty much par for the course despite the adverse press. Commercial application owners like Apple have bigger fish to fry than tracking the exact ship schedule of a Microsoft operating system, but will generally catch up within 90 days of shipment. Internal institutional applications like those at MIT and elsewhere are unfortunately often treated as merely expense items and developers are forced to take a even more leisurely approach.

Microsoft Says They Like DRM in response to Steve Job’s open letter. Meanwhile, big four music publisher EMI appears to be testing the DRM free download waters.

Paddles, CLEAR! ……………THUMP! MSFTextrememakeover waxes indignant over the recent decline in Microsoft’s share price.

EC rebuffs Microsoft over open-source report:

The European Commission has resisted efforts by Microsoft to make it abandon its report into open-source software, it was revealed this week. But the Commission was swayed into allowing a 10-day period for feedback before completing the report.

Previously mentioned here.

Microsoft Speaks Out on Russian Piracy Prosecution and frankly they need to work on their story. So far Microsoft had avoided the headlines like “RIAA sues grandma” but that can’t last forever.

Microsoft to Share Ad Revenue With Casual Game Developers. Good idea.

Windows Live OneCare fails VB100 test.

Microsoft bumps support prices for Windows, Office.

Filed under Apple, Argo, Coopetition, DRM, Digital Media, Financial, General Business, Governmental Relations, Investor Relations, Legal, Media Player, Microsoft, OS - Client, Office, Office 2003, Office 2007, Open Source, Piracy, Public Relations, Technologies, Windows 7, Windows Live, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Xbox, Zune

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3 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, February 9, 2007”

  1. Microsoft announces PlayReady mobile DRM technology -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] I guess Microsoft isn’t joining Steve Jobs’ “no DRM” bandwagon any time soon, but that’s no surprise although the “interoperability program” mentioned seems to give due homage to the European governments that have Jobs so vexed. [...]

  2. EMI drops DRM for music catalog, Apple has first dibs -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As had been rumored in February, Big Four Music publisher EMI announced plans to offer its entire music catalog online without copy protection: EMI Group CEO Eric Nicoli today hosted a press conference at EMI’s headquarters in London where he announced that EMI Music is launching DRM-free superior quality downloads across its entire digital repertoire and that Apple’s iTunes Store will be the first online music store to sell EMI’s new downloads. Nicoli was joined by Apple CEO Steve Jobs. [...]

  3. Vista previews, fixes, and gripes -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Finally, back in February I mentioned in passing the problem that Nvidia was having shipping working Vista graphics drivers despite supposedly having certified drivers. Now there’s a new group contemplating a class action lawsuit against Nvidia. Filed under OS – Client, Windows Vista, Beta and CTP, Microsoft [...]

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