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June 3, 2008  2:45 PM

Ballmer Bot debuts at TechEd

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, News

A dextrous-armed, Wi-fi-equipped "Ballmer bot" wheeled itself on stage to join Bill Gates at his TechEd 08 keynote today. A rotating torso capped with an LCD bearing Steve Ballmer's face, the robot re-enacted Ballmer's famous "developers, developers, developers!" rant. Ballmer Bot's dextrous arms...

June 3, 2008  11:16 AM

Some takeaways from Bill Gates’ finale

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Collaboration software, IBM, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Bill Gates just finished what Microsoft has billed as his last public speech as a company full timer. Gates is stepping down from day-to-day involvement as of July 1. At TechEd 2008 part one (for developers) Gates hit on some familiar themes and presided over demos of

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June 3, 2008  9:34 AM

Forrester: Windows 7 neat, not revolutionary

Posted by: Bcournoyer

Waiting for Windows 7 to swoop in and save your business from poor Windows Vista sales? Don't hold your breath, according to Forrester Research. In a blog post yesterday, analyst Benjamin Gray wrote...

June 2, 2008  9:49 AM

Dynamics AX 2009 debuts

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Microsoft, News, SMB

Microsoft's new Dynamics AX 2009, now available, targets multinational companies. This release lets companies combine multiple time zones and currencies in a single ERP instance. -- something that should suit mid-sized and even large companies with sites in multiple countries, according to Kees...

May 27, 2008  11:01 PM

A (teeny) bit of Windows 7 news

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky and Microsoft are talking, a wee bit, about Windows 7, aka the successor to Vista. In a post to the Windows Vista blog, Chris Flores tries to explain the...

May 27, 2008  9:34 PM

Google sets pricing for App Engine use

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Google, Microsoft, Software as a service (SaaS)

Google has said it wants developers to write apps to run in its "cloud." Now, on the eve of the Google I/O conference, it disclosed how it will charge developers for the use of its server- and storage-farms and related infrastructure. Developers can use

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May 27, 2008  2:55 PM

Google Web Toolkit grows up with Java 5 support

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Enterprise applications, Google, Microsoft

A new version of the Google Web Toolkit (Gwit to Google insiders), promises full support for the latest Java language as well as faster-running apps at the end of the process. GWT 1.5 will be formally introduced...

May 22, 2008  4:17 PM

Microsoft: Friend or bulldozer?

Posted by: badarrow
Application development, Barbara Darrow, Microsoft, Vendor partner business issues

Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) have always had a complicated relationship with Microsoft. They build on Microsoft's OS-and-tool platform. They also keep a wary eye as the software behemoth keeps adding to that platform. The "white space" at the top keeps getting higher and higher....

May 20, 2008  7:56 AM

Microsoft partners can now offer SharePoint consulting

Posted by: Bcournoyer
Channel partner programs, Collaboration software, Microsoft, News

Microsoft partners now have a new service they can offer to their SharePoint customers.

The company yesterday announced SharePoint Deployment Planning Services (SDPS)....

May 18, 2008  5:04 PM

Microsoft pitches new sort of deal to Yahoo

Posted by: badarrow
Barbara Darrow, Channel, Microsoft

The Microhoo saga continued Sunday when Microsoft said it was looking into "an alternative" transaction with Yahoo rather than an outright acquisition of the portal and search...

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