Pontifications on Microsoft and the Tech Industry

Twitter












Tag Cloud


May 2008 Entries

NYC Franchise for FiOS TV?

This is a big deal folks. Look what I just read in my inbox (it actually arrived yesterday): Tomorrow the New York City Franchise and Review Commission (FCRC) will hold a public hearing regarding Verizon’s entrance into the New York City Cable Television market. On April 29, 2008 Deputy Mayor Lieber and Commissioner Cosgrave of the Department of Information and Technologies (DoITT) announced an agreement with Verizon to offer cable service throughout the City of New York. Currently, an overwhelming ......

Vista vs. Windows Server 2008: Which (Long) Horn to Grab?

As the controversy over Vista’s performance, reliability and stability rages on, a surprising consensus is emerging from the community of die-hard .NET enthusiasts and professional software speakers/writers evangelists that I know: the “sweet” laptop install for Windows Post-XP is actually Windows Server 2008. Several people I know and respect are shunning Vista in favor of running the ultimate Windows sever OS on their ultimate client machines. What’s going on here? Well, first let’s filter out ......

Quo Vadis, MicroHoo?

Microsoft’s withdrawal of its Yahoo acquisition proposal may just be a negotiating tactic. Or it could in earnest. Time will tell. And many shall opine. But what is the significance of the move? I have heard a few people express relief that the deal won’t be happening. I can understand this, to a point. Almost exactly one year ago, I told Liz Montalbano of ComputerWorld that I thought Microsoft’s heart wasn’t in it when it came to acquiring a Web advertising firm. And when MS bought AQuantive for ......

MSFT = SOA?

Two big Microsoft announcements surfaced this week: Tibco is developing a TIBCO EMS transport channel for WCF. This will allow .NET WCF services to communicate over Tibco’s Enterprise Message Service bus. For high-perf, real-time messaging, Tibco is the gold standard. Now the Microsoft stack can play in that territory. Very nice. Oh, and for a nice added extra, Tibco will standardize on Silverlight for its RIA (Rich Internet Application) needs. Microsoft is acquiring Covast’s EDI technology for BizTalk ......