Microsoft has launched two technologies online, which the company plans to make a big part of its web strategy going forward — internet-based search and Silverlight.
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Microsoft has appointed the former CEO of aQuantive to head up a new division devoted to serving advertisers and publishers, moves that are part of the company's close of its acquisition of the digital media and advertising services firm.
The first major deployment of Microsoft's Silverlight technology went live Tuesday, with the Web site for Major League Baseball using version 1.0 of the browser for interactive video content.
Microsoft released pre-beta code to two forthcoming Windows service packs to testers in the past week, but the company continues to remain vague about when the final code for Windows XP Service Pack 3 and Windows Vista SP1 will make it to end users.
In a deal that boosts Microsoft's plan to increase revenue from online advertising, the company will be the exclusive provider of display and contextual advertising on the popular Digg news site.
Microsoft could pull the trigger on putting out a beta of the first service pack for Windows Vista any day, with a final release by November, sources close to the company said.
Although Microsoft may not have the first service pack for Windows Vista ready at the end of this year as some expected, financial analysts say that a delay should not have a negative effect on enterprise adoption of the OS.
Microsoft's first server OS aimed at helping Windows users organise and share files on a home network is nearly ready for prime time. The company is releasing Windows Home Server Release Candidate 1 (RC1) to early adopters this week in anticipation of the product's final release later this year.
Adobe Systems has officially named its new Apollo runtime "Adobe Air" and will release a beta of the technology on Tuesday (NZ time) along with a beta of the next version of the company's Flex development environment.
Microsoft released tools to help companies deploy Windows Vista, acknowledging that there are deployment and application-compatibility pains enterprise IT managers face when updating business desktops to the new OS.
Microsoft continues to test updates to its Windows Live online services, including a service launched last year that allows users to submit blog posts simultaneously to more than one blogging platform.
Microsoft's aim to seek patent royalties from open-source distributors and users may be an attempt to use legal threats to deflect attention from larger questions surrounding its business, including lack of interest in new versions of core products and lackluster profit from new wares.
Open-source supporters are thumbing their noses at Microsoft's plan to seek royalties from users and distributors on 235 patents it holds for technologies in Linux and open-source software. They say there is little concern about being the target of litigation for patent infringement.
Microsoft is posting the final beta and first publicly available and feature-complete version of Windows Server "Longhorn," marking the final time the product will be available for testing and feedback before the long-awaited server update is available later this year.
Microsoft's plan to catch up to competitors in providing virtualisation has hit a snag. The company says it has pushed back the release of both a beta of virtualisation technology for Windows Server and a service pack to its existing virtualisation software.