Where does this stuff come from?
Quote: “If Microsoft really wants to make Vista a great desktop operating system, it should open-source it.”
Thank god Paul rips into the guy.
Details on the next Patch Tuesday
Why does Bill Gates look unhappy with his cell phone? Hilarity ensues…
I doubt it
Gates talks to Information Week about Office
Not great, not bad UMPC. Too close to a PDA design for me.
I’m still stuck on Web 1.0!
Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer unveiled Thursday a $500 million promoting Microsoft software for “people-ready business”. Ballmer stated that the primary target of the campaign is IBM, as Microsoft wants to show that IBM is no longer a technology company, but a services company.
Microsoft is planning to spend $500 million this year on the people-ready sales and marketing campaign, Ballmer said. Microsoft is using this week’s National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament week to kick off the campaign.
Microsoft has been using the slogan “helping people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” as the company’s mission statement for some time now. The new “people-ready” emphasis is an outgrowth of that vision statement, but is more specific to the Windows and Office family of products.
Ballmer’s message was that Microsoft is far more focused on innovation and software that helps people be productive than IBM is. Microsoft has long maintained that, despite the headlines, IBM is its most significant competitor, and this campaign is designed to educate that IBM doesn’t really do software anymore, or at least not as well as Microsoft does.
The campaign focuses on Microsoft’s next-gen software, namely Windows Vista and Office 2007. Ballmer also pointed out that Microsoft has spent $20 billion on R&D the last three years, and that this is the 20th anniversary of Microsoft’s IPO.
IBM doesn’t seem too happy with Ballmer’s statement. Todd Bishop quotes IBM Lotus VP Ken Bisconti as saying, “Obviously Steve Ballmer is ignoring a fact that he knows very well, that IBM is the No. 2 software products company in the world today, with $15.8 billion in software revenues.”
While IBM may still be pulling in a lot in sales, they have about as much buzz as a dead fly floating in a glass of water. They make Microsoft look more nimble and exciting than Google and Apple combined. Microsoft may be trying to use that to their advantage, pointing to a huge company more boring than themselves, in order to make themselves look a lot more exciting in comparison.
Not the worst idea in the world.
Two security updates, one for Windows, one for Office
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow.
Hilarious mock interview with Bill Gates about Windwos Live Toolbar.
Yay! Opera rules!
$171 computer. Add graphics card and RAM, and you have Windows Vista (with Aero Glass) capable PC.
Smart linking. Deserves a spot on Memeorandum.
Guy is baiting Live players with soundboards, trying to piss them off and getting them to curse. Then he shares the recordings.
For the first time, speculation on a Microsoft product (the Origami) has actually trumped that of Apple. And it is likely the Origami is a much bigger deal than some stupid iPod boombox.
Search.Live.com has changed their search behavior a little.
Quote: “Building software that people buy is a reasonable goal. Building software that people love to buy is a far loftier one.”
MSFT picks up mobile search provider to improve search offerings for phones and other mobile devices
Media Center plugin reported to be able to stream DivX and XviD to the Xbox 360
Microsoft expects 200 million PCs to come with Vista in first 24 months.
Scoble mentioned this comment tracking service. Looks cool.
I’ll trade an invite for a Windows Live Messenger invite. Got one! Just give your email on the front page, and they’ll send you one.
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