As my colleague Bridget Botelho reported, Microsoft sent a letter to the folks at Spoon requesting that IE be removed from its list of virtualized apps. Essentially, Microsoft does not support the virtualization of IE because it’s a part of the Windows operating system. By providing virtualized IE on its site, the company claimed that Spoon was violating Microsoft’s “intellectual property rights”.
Spoon complied and removed IE from its list of options (though somewhat begrudgingly). Users and developers, however, haven’t gone so quietly. “There was an explosion of rage on Twitter from developers,” Spoon CEO Kenji Obata said in the story cited above. “I have never seen such a virulent response to something before. I have learned curse words in multiple languages.”
He wasn’t joking. Here ‘s an expanded list of some of the more telling (and entertaining) quotes from those in the Twitter-verse – at least the ones we could print:
So, anything sensible to say about you guys forcing Spoon.net to remove IE? You don’t need our web apps in IE?
Thanks Microsoft for demanding Spoon.net remove IE versions from their browser sandbox. #sarcasm
@microsoft can go to hell for making @spoonapps remove the IE apps from spoon.net
I can no longer use spoon for IE testing due to Microsoft being typically malicious and asking for it to be removed….why oh why
What. Microsoft asked http://spoon.net/ to take IE support down. Way to go, as if web development for IE wasn’t bad enough already.
#spoon #microsoft Today i am disapointed, no IE testing for me…
How stupid does Microsoft have to be? Bring back IE on spoon.net!
Hey #Microsoft thx 4 forcing spoon.net 2 remove all IE versions from their browser sandbox. God forbid we have a test tool 2 support ur crap
Microsoft requested the removal of IE from http://www.spoon.net/browsers ?! Nooooooo!
@spoonapps why? MS ruined my day, please let us spoon IE again, even against it’s parents will!
how should developers react to msft amazing decision of removing IE from spoon.net’s virtual browsers? stop support for IE all together?
Testing website’s in IE using spoon.net? Well not any more thanks to Micro$oft!
Grrrrr! @microsoft return #IE support to @spoonapps how else can we code support for your crap? http://spoon.net/browsers/ #SpoonIE
I’ll be completely dropping support for IE<9 on my site if MS keeps IE removed from spoon.net. Not worth supporting anymore.
What the hell MS!? Why did u have http://spoon.net remove IE browsers? Was so easy testing multiple IE instances
OH NO! Microsoft made @spoonapps remove ie from their toolbox! This is horrible. I’m at a total loss. http://spoon.net/browsers/
Wow, I hate Microsoft. Now I can’t use Spoon to test a website in other IE versions?
OMG, how can M$ remove IE from #Spoon? Do they NOT WANT developers to debug for IE? I MEAN, SERIOUSLY!! FINE, I WON’T.
IE IS REMOVED FROM SPOON?! Come on M$, the _ONLY_ useful tool to debug multiple IE vers, and you shut it down?? WTFH?!?!!!!
@microsoft – you’ve just removed the only reason why we were still supporting your crippled browsers:
Why has Microsoft demanded removal of their browsers from http://spoon.net/browsers/ ? They were used by devs to improve IE user experiance.
@Microsoft Could you for once NOT p— developers off? What’s the point of removing IE off Spoon.net? We NEED it to test!
And just think, we didn’t even post the REALLY ugly ones. Gartner’s Neil MacDonald called for Microsoft to reconsider its stance on IE virtualization back in September. As of this week, it’s clear he has a lot more company.
For more information on this story and application virtualization in general, visit SearchVirtualDesktop.com.]]>
The company announced the next version of SQL Server at PASS Summit 2010 this week, codenamed “Denali”. The moniker follows Yukon (SQL Server 2005) and Kilimanjaro (SQL Server 2008) as the latest Microsoft database server to be named after mountainous terrain. (Fun fact: Kilimanjaro stands at an elevation of 19,341 feet, while Denali – aka Mount McKinley – clocks in at just over 20,300 feet. Wouldn’t it have been funny if the next version of SQL Server was actually “shorter” than the last?)
Denali was the highlight of a keynote address that also featured the release of SQL Server 2008 R2 Parallel Data Warehouse edition, a super-scalable (and super-pricey) warehousing appliance that wasn’t ready when R2 officially dropped back in May. The first community technical preview (CTP) for Denali is now available at the Microsoft site.
Whereas business intelligence highlighted the R2 release, high availability looks to be one of the major themes with Denali. One new feature is called SQL Server AlwaysOn, which according to Microsoft will “provide a set of capabilities to help businesses maximize uptime of their mission critical applications, simplify high availability deployments and provide better returns on hardware investments.” SQL Server Magazine reports that Denali is based on an infrastructure designed to deliver the characteristics of traditional HA options like database mirroring, clustering and log shipping.
But that’s not all Microsoft unveiled about the release, as other reported codenamed features include:
Though not a Denali feature, Microsoft senior vice president Ted Kummert also talked about a new cloud-centric service currently dubbed “Atlanta”. Information Week’s Doug Henschen describes it as a service designed “to oversee SQL Server configurations, suggesting best practices and proactively avoiding configuration problems with step-by-step guidance.”
My colleague Barney Beal writes that Denali got the biggest reaction from the crowd during the keynote, which is no surprise. Even though SQL Server 2008 R2 was released in May, it’s clear that Microsoft intends to continue cranking out new versions of its database server. Whereas SQL Server 2005 was over five years in the making, SQL Server 2008 dropped only three years later, with R2 following less than 24 months after that. Now it looks like the next version is further along than some might have thought. As I wrote on Twitter earlier, maybe Microsoft should slow down – they’re running out of mountains.
For more on Denali and the latest news on Microsoft SQL Server, visit SearchSQLServer.com.]]>