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MSFT and Novell

The relationship between MSFT and Novell just took another incredible turn, the latest in a colorful joint history.

This seems to be very good for Microsoft, but I couldn’t help but come away with the impression that the adoption rate of Linux in the enterprise is going to increase, and that the Novell CEO, Ron Hovsepian, has just secured his place in Linux (and Novell) history. Novell SUSE Linux is going to be the shizzle on the kibizzle for data centers. See ya later Red Hat.

As part of the MSFT sales force, I wonder when I’ll be handing out my first certificate for a Linux OS license to a customer. 🙂

Here’s the Novell link to the press release and webcast, and here’s the Microsoft link to the press release.

Ron Hovsepian (Novell CEO) and Steve Ballmer

Office 2007 Delay? Actually, No.

There has been a lot of confusion over the announcement that Office 2007 would also reschedule its consumer launch date to January 2007 to match that of Vista.  This marketing launch is a different animal than the development and availability date of the Office 2007 product(s).

Microsoft clarifies this with a press release that reads as follows:


Microsoft Confirms Timeline for 2007 Microsoft Office System
Product on track for October RTM.

REDMOND, Wash. — March 24, 2006 — Yesterday, Microsoft Corp. confirmed the timeline for release and availability of its 2007 Microsoft® Office system. The company remains on track to complete work on the 2007 Microsoft Office system in October of this year and is planning to make the product available to the business customers through the volume licensing program in October 2006. Retail and OEM availability of the product are scheduled to coincide with the retail and OEM availability of the Windows Vista™ operating system in January 2007.


It has been stated that Beta 2 will be available in June, and the above press release specifies October as the RTM and bits available date.  Rock on!

Roger Sessions on the Nov 7 Coordinated Product Launch

Roger Session’s latest ObjectWatch newsletter addresses his view of the November 7 launch of three Microsoft products, Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005, and BizTalk Server 2006.  He suggests that the battle is not MSFT product vs. IBM product any longer, but comes down to MSFT’s vision for I.T. vs. IBM’s vision for I.T.  I think he’s got some good points.

TechEd 2005 Sessions and Slides

Even while sitting at Gnomedex, (on a Saturday), I have to keep up with my day job.  This looks like a great way to view the slides and watch the sessions from Tech-Ed 2005 a month ago.  http://microsoft.sitestream.com/teched2005/  

Tech-Ed Sweetness…  (Find the BizTalk Stuff in the “Connected Systems” track)…

Update: This site now requires a password – so it is now for attendees only.  (Which I wasn’t this year…  Shucks).

MSFT RSS-Enabled KB Announcements

Microsoft is now publishing RSS Feeds for recently published KB articles for each of its products.  See the complete list here.

Some of the more important and significant products that you might want to take note of…


The Open Source Heretic

Today’s open source class is opened with an article on Forbes.com based on an interview with Larry McVoy.  Read the required readings for today’s class, and then discuss amongst yourselves…

Here are a couple of quotes from the article to get discussion rolling…

  • “Open source software is like handing you a doctor’s bag and the architectural plans for a hospital and saying, ‘Hey dude, if you have a heart attack, here are all the tools you need–and it’s free,'” McVoy says. “I’d rather pay someone to take care of me.”


  • “One problem with the services model is that it is based on the idea that you are giving customers crap–because if you give them software that works, what is the point of service?” McVoy says. “The other problem is that the services model doesn’t generate enough revenue to support the creation of the next generation of innovative products. Red Hat has been around for a long time–for a decade now. Yet try to name one significant thing–one innovative product–that has come out of Red Hat.”

MS Interoperability Webcasts

Starting Jan 18 (2005), there will be 3-4 weeks of webcasts available for architects and developers and IT pros dealing with interoperability between MS .Net platforms and IBM, BEA, and MS-COM applications and systems.  Also included are architectural webcasts detailing how to plan for interoperability in your designs.  Check out the list of webcasts at http://www.interopmonth.com

One of the Webcasts is titled:  Microsoft and Interoperability.  Do They Really Get It?  With a title like that, you gotta at least watch the first 5-10 minutes, right?  (1/25/05 9AM PST)

Windows Antispyware (Beta)

Windows AntiSpyware (Beta) is a security technology that helps protect Windows users from spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Known spyware on your PC can be detected and removed. This helps reduce negative effects caused by spyware including slow PC performance, annoying pop-up ads, unwanted changes to Internet settings, and unauthorized use of your private information.

Puget Sound Business Journal mentions it here.

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