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July 14, 2006

Microsoft weekly miscellany round-up

Posted by David Hunter at 11:50 AM ET.

Some of the smaller stories that didn’t get a post of their own:

Vista application developers are complaining about the sidebar gadgets.

Microsoft Research has a new project which tracks down spam websites that pollute search engine results.

Microsoft COO Kevin Johnson doesn’t get out much, but he showed up at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference to talk a little trash about competitors, most particularly Google.

Microsoft’s Digital Home Efforts Fall Short according to resellers at Digital Convergence Expo (via Neowin).

Microsoft Business Solutions is to foot the bill for recruiting 400 new consultants for its UK partners, to combat a severe skills shortage in the channel.”

Microsoft does Semicon (via

One of the most frequent questions Microsoft is getting this week at Semicon West is: “What are you doing here?”

Former Philips executive Drew Gude, now high tech industry technology strategist at Microsoft, is leading Microsoft’s foray into the electronics market.

For example, Gude said that much of the equipment on manufacturing floors today – 80 percent – already runs the Windows operating system.

Microsoft, Vodafone, and Palm to create new Treo.

Filed under Coopetition, Executives, General Business, Google, Kevin Johnson, MBS, Marketing, Microsoft, Microsoft Research, OS - Client, Palm, Partner Program, Vodafone, Windows Mobile, Windows Vista, XP Media Center

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