Office 2010 64-Bit Version Not Ready

Here's a piece of bad news for 64-bit fans , and it actually comes straight from Microsoft. Bummer.

Posted by Lee Pender on March 16, 20100 comments

Developers MIX It Up in Vegas

Oh, the jokes we could make about Skittles and Mountain Dew, but we're going to give developers a break this week as they attend the Microsoft MIX10 conference in Las Vegas.

After all, there is a bunch of stuff going on at MIX, and some of it might even interest partners. Let's start with Silverlight, which is taking analytics to a new level, as Kathleen Richards explains at Going beyond simple Web analytics, Silverlight's new Analytics Framework tracks what users do with Silverlight both in a browser and outside of one. It's all part of Silverlight 4, which Microsoft will likely make available this week.


Posted by Lee Pender on March 15, 20100 comments

The .com Suffix Turns 25 Today

Fascinating story here (to us, anyway) about the first company to register a .com Internet domain. Some firm called Symbolics, one of those old Route 128 companies that made Greater Boston the hub of the technology industry until somebody wisely decided to move to the sunshine of California, tacked a .com onto the end of its name on March 15, 1985, and started a revolution. Of course, not many people noticed back in 1985, but that's history for you. As for Microsoft, the article says that it didn't register until 1991 -- when there still weren't that many people online. 

Posted by Lee Pender on March 15, 20100 comments

Microsoft To Patch IE 6 and 7

Seriously, folks, just get IE8. Or Firefox, or something. If you do insist, though, on running older versions of the browser, rest assured that Microsoft is hard at work tackling a flaw that affects both versions 6 and 7.

Posted by Lee Pender on March 15, 20100 comments

Microsoft Issues Zero-Day IE Warning

Why can't Patch Tuesday just be simple for once? This month's batch of patches also came with a warning of a zero-day bug for IE 6 and 7 (but if you're still using IE 6, really, what could you be thinking?).

Posted by Lee Pender on March 11, 20101 comments

IT Spending To Get Bump in 2010

Well, here's a piece of good news . The folks at Ovum say that 2010 should see a jump in IT spending. Not a big jump, but we'll take what we can get.

Posted by Lee Pender on March 11, 20100 comments

Windows 7 SP1 in Q4?

Another of those unusually accurate (most of the time) reports is out , this one suggesting that Windows 7 Service Pack 1 will be available by the fourth quarter of this year.

Posted by Lee Pender on March 10, 20100 comments

Google DocVerse and Microsoft Office: A Cross-Town Bridge?

Admit it, you remember the "Dancin' Homer" episode of the Simpsons from…well, some years ago. In the episode, Homer becomes a successful mascot for the Springfield Isotopes baseball team and gets a call from a major-league team in Capital City.

As always, calamity ensues. For our purpose here, try to recall one memorable scene from the episode in which the Simpson family drives into Capital City and marvels at the Cross-Town Bridge. Not to state the obvious, but a cross-town bridge is pretty useless; most bridges cross bodies of water or maybe large highways. A cross-town bridge, in theory, would only cross perfectly good streets and would be superfluous—although Oklahoma City, apparently, actually has one. Who knew? (People in OKC, we suppose.)


Posted by Lee Pender on March 10, 20102 comments

Microsoft Rallies Partners around Cloud

Allison Watson, head of Microsoft's partner group held a brief presentation this morning to partners about Microsoft's commitment to cloud computing. There's more info here.

Posted by Lee Pender on March 10, 20100 comments

Why Should We Suddenly Want Tablet Computers?

It's understandable that folks went a little nuts over the Apple iPad. Apple has, after all, brought us the iPod, the iPhone and the iPod Touch over the last decade or so, and those are mostly pretty cool (and very successful) gadgets.

But besides the fact that the iPad looks ridiculous, it has also started a flood of articles about how tablet computing is going to take over the world. We don't get why that would happen. But first, the hype. Apparently, the iPad has sparked a tablet "war" (beware: a video featuring an Australian accent plays in this link), with every big vendor under the sun, including Microsoft developing its weapon for battle.


Posted by Lee Pender on March 10, 20109 comments

Microsoft’s 2010 Starts on May 12

Partners, enjoy the next couple of months as much as you can because things are going to get a little crazy after that. May 12 will be the true first day of 2010 for Microsoft, with the company releasing a raft of products for availability to businesses that day.

Office 2010 will be the star, of course, but the other 2010-branded offerings that will take the stage on May 12 will include SharePoint (arguably a much bigger deal for the channel than Office), Project and Visio.


Posted by Lee Pender on March 08, 20100 comments

Ballmer: We’re Betting Our Business on the Cloud

All of the sudden, Microsoft is pretty into this cloud thing. Steve Ballmer said last week that Microsoft is “all in” with regard to the cloud. That’s a fairly big turnaround from a couple of years ago, when Microsoft was playing down the pure cloud and hyping its “Software Plus Services” hybrid strategy. S+S still lives, we’re sure, but we did notice that the phrase didn’t appear anywhere in the article about Ballmer’s cloud declaration. Is Redmond playing catch-up again? It sure seems that way, but fortunately for the Microsoft channel, nobody has anything close to an insurmountable lead in this cloud race.

Posted by Lee Pender on March 08, 20101 comments