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October 14, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 14, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 1:13 PM ET.

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

Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet reports that newly appointed Microsoft SVP Jon DeVaan is wasting no time reorganizing the Windows Core Operating System Division for building the successor to Vista (codenamed “Fiji”). The changes don’t take effect until Vista gets out the door though.

In other personnel news, Rick Devenuti, senior vice president of Microsoft Services and IT, is retiring. Devenuti oversaw Microsoft’s managed services effort. Also WSO2 hires mash-up master from Microsoft. The master is Jonathan Marsh and WSO2 is a startup founded by ex-IBMer Sanjiva Weerawarana that sells support and products for the Apache Axis Web services tools.

Steve Ballmer’s Business Week interview also produced the revelation that Microsoft is not losing money on each Zune sold although he would have liked it better if Apple had kept the price of the comparable iPod at $299.  This is directly contrary to previous Microsoft statements.

Microsoft’s Internet Protocol television (IPTV) efforts received a big boost from hardware vendors Tuesday, after Cisco, Motorola, Philips and Tatung all announced new set-top boxes that support Microsoft IPTV Edition software.

Some Belgian newspapers not only don’t want to be indexed by Google, they’re complaining to MSN too. I’m being facetious, of course. What they really want is a cut off the top. In other legal news, Microsoft is trying to get the lead opposition lawyer in the Iowa antitrust cased removed.

The Microsoft OpenDocument Format plugin for Microsoft Word will be released October 23. You’ll recall that this saves Microsoft’s bacon with some customers demanding open document formatting standards.

Microsoft continues to offer more assistance for businesses willing to build infrastructure with Microsoft Office as a front end:

With the release of Office Business Applications (OBA) Reference Application Pack (RAP) this week, Microsoft in essence is acknowledging that they are on to something big in the enterprise market.

Microsoft is calling this the second generation of OBA and is in response to wide acceptance of the first generation.

Like Duet, a product partnership with SAP that offers up the Office suite of products as a standard interface for SAP backend applications, OBA RAP will do the same, but this time not tied to any vendor’s backend system.

Josh Greenbaum, principal at Enterprise Applications Consulting, said that OBA is significant because Office is certainly one of the better interfaces around for knowledge workers.

The release of the OBA reference for building the front end to a supply chain management system will demonstrate that a company can build a procurement process with a combination of Outlook, Word, and Excel and do everything they want, said Greenbaum.

Windows CE is wide open to attack compared to desktop Windows according to a security researcher at Kaspersky Labs. Bound to happen.

Microsoft is looking for beta testers for Centro, its midsize company server package announced in September.

Microsoft celebrated the fact that 1 million copies of its crippled Windows XP Starter Edition have been sold. Sheesh.



Filed under Antitrust, Apache, Argo, Duet, Employee Retention, Executives, Fiji, General Business, IPTV, Jon DeVaan, Legal, Microsoft, Microsoft TV, ODF, OS - Client, Office, Office 2007, Open Source, Service Providers, Standards, Steve Ballmer, Technologies, Web Services, Windows Vista, XP Starter Edition, Zune

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3 Responses to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 14, 2006”

  1. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, October 21, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] In a follow-up to last week’s miscellany, Microsoft says they’ll avoid being sued by not indexing whining Belgian newspapers anymore. In other legal news Microsoft and the State of Wisconsin have agreed on a out-of-court settlement of their antitrust case. More vouchers. [...]

  2. Microsoft’s Conlin takedown fails in Iowa antitrust case -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Last week I mentioned in passing that Microsoft was trying to disqualify the lead opposition lawyer, Roxanne Conlin, in the Iowa state antitrust case because: … Conlin had improperly persuaded Tom Howery, a Hewlett-Packard technician hired to find and restore missing computer tapes in a previous Microsoft case, to give her internal documents from that case, and how Conlin had kept that information from the court and Microsoft for months. [...]

  3. Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 2, 2006 -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] Microsoft names Maria Martinez as the new CVP of Worldwide Services. She replaces Rick Devenuti who announced his retirement in October. Filed under Executives, Coopetition, Legal, Patents, MSN, Governmental Relations, General Business, Antitrust, adCenter, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Search, Windows Live Mobile, Microsoft, Patent Lawsuits, Belkin [...]

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