Just when I thought Microsoft couldn't do worse than it's done, I see something like this ad:
It wouldn't be so bad if the person quoted actually still worked for his State (Illinois in this case). Nor would it be quite as bad if the person in question - Paul Campbell - weren't involved in a swirl of federal subpoenas, allegations of serious ethics violations, and general incompetence.
Campbell's so slick, I wouldn't be surprised to see him out hitting the campaign trail for Microsoft's OOXML efforts.… Read more
As part of this month's Patch Tuesday, coming next week, Microsoft plans to release seven patches, four rated "critical" and three "important." Affected software includes Windows (Windows 2000, XP, and Vista), Office (Word and SharePoint Server), Internet Explorer, Outlook Express and Windows Mail. One patch affects Microsoft Office 2004 for the Mac.
After having a day to reflect on Microsoft's latest Zune offering, I began to think that perhaps the iPod vs. Zune battle is a little too obvious. Whether the iPod's position at the top of the MP3 player food chain is deserved or not, history has shown us that it will likely stay there. The real question is, "As the holidays approach, which MP3 player will come in second place?"
When it comes to interface and killer features, the challenger that Microsoft should really keep an eye on is the yet-to-be-released Samsung YP-P2 I reported on back in August. Although Samsung hasn't released pricing information yet, things could really heat up if the YP-P2 can get close to the $149 and $199 price points of the iPod Nano and Flash-based Zunes. Not only does the YP-P2 offer a 3-inch touch screen and built in Bluetooth, but it also has the advantage of not being Microsoft. Honestly, after Apple's successful "I'm a Mac" smear campaign, it's tough to convince people that Microsoft makes cool gear (unless you've got Halo 3 as bait).
We've been able to dig up two videos on YouTube that demonstrate the interface for both the Zune and Samsung YP-P2.… Read more
The source code will be released under Microsoft's Reference License. This means that you can only use the source as a reference for debugging, maintaining or enhancing your applications. You cannot modify or distribute the code for any purpose. This happens to be the most restricted shared-source license that Microsoft has. This announcement confirms that .Net is going to be shared source, not to be confused with … Read more
Welcome to my first post on the newly relaunched MP3 Insider blog. I'll be updating this blog regularly with MP3 player-related rants and predictions. If you're a fan of the MP3 Insider podcast I co-host with Jasmine France, you'll probably enjoy this blog as well. I wanted to start with something classy, but instead, let's get the ball rolling with a juicy product smackdown.
After having a day to reflect on Microsoft's latest Zune offering, I began to think that perhaps the iPod vs. Zune battle is a little too obvious. Whether the iPod's … Read more
Microsoft is shooting to release its new Zunes on November 13.
When the company announced the launch of the second-generation Zunes on Tuesday, it said only that they would arrive in stores sometime in mid November. But gadget blog Gizmodo discovered that Amazon.com is taking preorders for the 4GB, 8GB and 80GB digital music players and listed November 13 as the release date.
This is what I found when I tried to preorder a new Zune: "Availability: This item will be released on November 13, 2007. Pre-order now! Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available." … Read more
If you believe some of the headlines, Microsoft just open sourced a bunch of software related to its .Net libraries. Don't be fooled. The definition of open source is very clear. This is not open source. Not even a little bit. In fact, this may actually be an insidious trap (more on that below).
In other words, it's not open source. But is it good for developers, anyway?… Read more
The Intertubes are all a-buzz today, especially the video game corner, about a rumor that Microsoft has made the decision to let Halo developer Bungie become an independent studio again.
This is interesting timing, given that Halo 3 was just released last week, to largely enthusiastic reviews and huge commercial success, and that there are still additional Halo properties to come, including a project being produced by Lord of the Rings impresario Peter Jackson.
Still, according to the rumors, first reported by 8bitJoystick, Microsoft would keep hold of the Halo property, and would simply allow Bungie--which was solo before being … Read more