Here’s the Microsoft news we’ve been seeing around the Web….
The big headliners this week were release dates for two Windows OSs from Microsoft, both betas. The first, Vista SP2, came out yesterday; even before it came out, sites were writing about Vista SP2 beta’s new features. The release is expected to go RTM in April 2009.
Separately, the first beta release for Windows 7, the operating system’s major release, was rumored to be set for January 13. That came from a blog comment by Microsoft employee Keith Combs.
But those two news items came with a damper: market share for Windows dropped below 90% for the first time, and Internet Explorer’s market share dropped below 70% as Firefox grabbed a record high of over 20%, according to Net Applications.
What timing. On Monday, Microsoft released a year-old case study about open source software that highlighted a company saving money by migrating away from OSS and toward a Microsoft stack. Blogger Mary Jo Foley commented that this may belie Microsoft’s overtures toward open source (gasp!), and commenters on her blog noted that the savings were part of an overall IT consolidation and may not necessarily be related to Microsoft.
And in the latest step toward Microsoft’s non-aquisition of Yahoo, the company named Qi Lu, a former Yahoo executive, the new president of Microsoft’s online services group.