Dave Rosenberg has a great take on Microsoft's new "Open Value Subscription" for small to medium-sized businesses. The premise is that SMBs can plug into the Microsoft mothership for lower prices and less worry. His take? OVS is NOTA (none of the above):There is nothing open about the code or the contract as you have to use the software for a set period of time The value isn't really there as there is no cost-benefit It's not really a subscription as "lease-like" means it's a perpetual license--you just absorb the cost … Read more
But that was precisely the atmosphere in Las Vegas tonight as he both opened this year's CES conference and closed a final chapter of his career.
Thousands of journalists and technologists queued for some four hours in snake-like lines that wound around several floors of the Venetian Hotel and Casino to hear him give his tenth and final CES keynote.
In just under six months, Gates … Read more
Aiming to boost the appeal of its Windows Home Server software, Microsoft is offering an update to the operating system that will add both fixes to the existing product as well as add-ons and new features.
Dubbed Power Pack 1, the software makes it easier to choose which files can be accessed remotely, and by whom, and also makes it possible to watch recorded TV programming remotely, essentially letting the Home Server act like a Slingbox of sorts. It also allows the Home Server's contents to be backed up to an external drive.
It's the first significant update … Read more
Back in June of 2006 I wrote a post about Microsoft's attempts to insidiously subvert and usurp the open-source community. In that post, I opined that Microsoft was using clever marketing to make nice with the open-source community with the launch of a developer site called Codeplex.
This week Microsoft launched a SMB program that contains the words "open," "value," and "subscription," none of which are common to Microsoft products, culture, or marketing.
Digging in a bit, I found myself confused not only by what the program portends to be but why it would be called it "Open Value Subscription," unless they were hoping to leverage buzzwords and concepts related to open source and SaaS (software as a service). It's such lame and dishonest branding, the marketing group should be ashamed. … Read more
Microsoft sent out a cryptically worded media alert on Sunday, indicating the software maker planned to have a teleconference bright and early Monday morning.
Even more strangely, the company quickly killed the media alert, offering no details on what it was that it had planned--but no longer planned--to announce.
A source familiar with the first-news, now-not-news, said that Business Division head Jeff Raikes has been busy on the mergers and acquisitions front, not planning his own departure or some secret reorganization.
Does anyone know who is the apple of Raikes' eye?
LAS VEGAS-- Tonight, Bill Gates gave the big kickoff keynote for the Consumer Electronics Show. There's exhaustive coverage of this talk elsewhere, so I thought it'd be interesting to focus on what Gates had to say about the future of the Web and Web applications. (For the more well-rounded look at this talk, see Ina Fried's News.com story, Gates: Curtain call for crystal ball; for all CES news, see ces.cnet.com.)
Social networking: Gates said the "second digital decade" will be more about connecting people, and that applications will use services in the … Read more
Ford made a splash at CES last year with its new Sync system, developed on Microsoft's automotive software. This year, Ford continues its push into CES with an announcement about the next generation of Sync, along with demonstrations of its new navigation system. The new Sync sports two key features: 911 Assist and Vehicle Health Reports. With 911 Assist, Sync can detect when airbags are deployed, in which case it will use a Bluetooth-connected cell phone to automatically place a 911 call. When it makes the call, it plays a brief, prerecorded message, after which the occupants can give … Read more
Microsoft has been investing in interactive TV for more than a decade, but as of this month, the company can finally say it has a million customers.
Right now, there about 1 million set-top boxes running Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV software. In the coming weeks, Microsoft said it expects to also have more than 1 million homes using its software. (The difference between homes and set-top boxes stems from the fact that some customers have more than one set-top box).
There are a lot of reasons why unit CTO Peter Barrett expects the IPTV effort to start paying off even … Read more
Microsoft has been trying to work its way into the living room for some time. Now the company is trying to target the most easily wooed addresses: those belonging to its employees.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has an interesting write-up on how Microsoft is letting some of its workers try out elaborate digital living room set-ups to get a better sense of how its technology plays inside actual homes.
It's a start. But, of course, how Microsoft workers enjoy their own technology is often vastly different than how ordinary consumers do.
Microsoft also does plenty of field testing of its … Read more