Oracle has announced that it is contributing the OpenOffice.org code, the source for the free productivity suite that competes with Microsoft Office, to the Apache Software Foundation’s Incubator:
Incubation is the first step for a project to be considered among the diverse Open Source initiatives overseen by the ASF. A submitted project and its community
…continue reading OpenOffice moving to Apache; next step reunification with LibreOffice
Microsoft has released its results for the quarter ending March 31 2011. The figures are pretty good; but despite much talk about the cloud there is little sign that Microsoft is reinventing its business – unless you count Xbox, which has had another excellent quarter and is delivering meaningful operating income for the company.
…continue reading Decent Microsoft results, but where is the cloud? where is mobile?
I discovered an Outlook 2010 annoyance over this long weekend. A user I’m in touch with uses Outlook 2007 as a simple CRM system. He creates tasks that are linked to contacts, using the Contacts button at the bottom of the New Task window, things like “Call John” with some notes. If he then looks
…continue reading Microsoft Outlook 2010 annoyance: tasks do not show in contact activities
I’ve been reviewing Microsoft’s Small Business Server 2011 – mainly the standard edition as that is the one that is finished. The more interesting cloud-oriented Essentials version is not coming until sometime next year.
In its marketing [pdf] for SBS 2011 Microsoft says:
Get things done from virtually wherever and whenever. With Office Web Apps
…continue reading Microsoft’s muddled licensing for Office Web Apps
Here is my quick summary of Microsoft’s just-announced quarterly results:
Quarter ending June 30th 2010 vs quarter ending June 30th 2009, $millions
Segment Revenue Change Profit Change Client (Windows + Live) 4548 +1379 3063 +1134 Server and Tools inc. Azure 4012 +84 1546 +340 Online 565 +64 -696 -111 Business (Office) 5250 +683 3284 +578
…continue reading Microsoft cash cows alive and well, lame ducks still lame
Microsoft has suffered an embarrassing technical problem at the launch of SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. The pre-launch publicity made a big deal of how this launch was both web-based, with the keynote streamed globally, and built on SharePoint 2010.
Microsoft’s global launch website http://www.the2010event.com for the 2010 suite of products was built on
…continue reading SharePoint 2010 web launch delivers blank web page
With Office 2010 about to launch, it’s fun to look back at earlier Office launches, especially some of the features which were hyped as breakthroughs at the time, only to be dropped or hidden a couple of versions later. Here are six which come to mind.
Smart Tags were the big new feature
…continue reading Six abandoned features from the history of Microsoft Office
I’m in the habit of drawing up a simple table to summarise Microsoft’s quarterly results. Quarter ending March 31st 2010 vs quarter ending March 31st 2009, $millions
…continue reading Keeping track of Microsoft financials
Microsoft’s Doug Mahugh has replied to accusations from ISO expert Alex Brown that the company is doing little to implement its own Open XML standard. The issue is that the XML document formats in Office 2007 are, from the ISO perspective, meant to be “Transitional” – a compromised format designed to interoperate with existing binary
…continue reading Dancing on a pin: Microsoft belatedly answers Open XML critics
XML specialist Alex Brown, who was involved in the ISO standardisation of Microsoft’s Open XML – still perhaps best known as OOXML – says Microsoft has failed to honour the commitments it made when the standard was approved. In particular, it seems little progress has been made between Office 2007 and Office 2010. The key
…continue reading Microsoft accused of failure to observe Open XML standards process