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May 11, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, May 11, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 2:11 PM ET.

Sun’s JavaFX to take on AJAX, Silverlight in the Rich Internet Application (RIA) competition. I thought the days of slow, cheesy looking Java client apps were thankfully past, but I guess not. Hearing that “JavaFX Script leverages 2D graphics APIs in the Swing GUI toolkit” merely reminds me how awful Swing applications actually were. We’ll see if Sun can find a pony here with a scripting variant of Java, but I doubt it. While they were at it, Sun mostly open sourced Java.

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar v1 released. I’ve long used something similar with FireFox, but one was really needed for IE.

SQL Server ‘Katmai’ Lacks Anticipated WinFS Features. Why spoil a perfect record? Related: David Boschmann explains Microsoft database projects Jasper and Astoria.

Microsoft publicly betas Tahiti, renamed SharedView. It’s a screen sharing program which up to 15 people can use for collaboration. There’s still no hint as to where it fits in the Microsoft galaxy of products although the original rumor was as part of Office Live.

Symantec attacks Microsoft’s Forefront Client Security. The fact that Forefront Client Security (for businesses) is using the same engine as the troubled OneCare consumer product leads to predictable snarking.

Microsoft signs Web video deals:

While it’s tempting to label the shows advertorials and leave it at that, Ben Silverman, Reveille’s chief executive, said he’s tried to find more elegant ways to incorporate products and entertainment.

I think Ron Popeil beat them to it.

Microsoft must answer racketeering claims over Best Buy deal.

Xbox Spring update released including Windows Live Messenger.

PS3 to ‘Win’ Console War Because of Blu-ray according to Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst.

Mac share of US Web surfers doubles in 8 months – it’s up to 6%

Filed under Apple, Best Buy, Blu-ray, Coopetition, Forefront, HD DVD, Hardware, Internet Explorer, Legal, MSN, MSN Content, MSN Video, Microsoft, Office Live, SQL Server, Servers, Silverlight, Sony, Sun, Technologies, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live OneCare, Xbox

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3 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, May 11, 2007”

  1. Microsoft » Blog Archives » Roanoke Valley SQL Server Users Group : Roanoke, VA - Home Says:

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  2. Microsoft loses China, MSN execs -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Previously, I made minor fun of the Reveille deal where the “branded entertainment” has a distinct infomercial flavor (let’s just say that Cat Cora’s cooking is Kraft-intensive). However, the real question is who watches any of this stuff? In fact, who has ever heard of it or can find it on the MSN Web site without knowing the name ahead of time to pop into site search (and even then Nanny Connie seems to be AWOL)? I guess the broadcast crowd thinks somebody is pining for such fare since Mr. Death’s apparent objective is providing more branded online entertainment in his new job.   Filed under MSN, MSN Content, General Business, Employee Retention, Microsoft   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

  3. Supremes won’t help Microsoft and Best Buy with RICO lawsuit -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Back in May, the US Ninth District Court of Appeals ruled that Microsoft and Best Buy could be sued under US racketeering law over a marketing program where customers who bought PCs at Best Buy were allegedly signed up for the MSN ISP service without their knowledge. Microsoft and Best Buy contended that this use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was incorrect, but today the US Supreme Court refused to review the lower court decision. [...]

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