July 2007 - Microsoft Competition: The Lay of the Land
In this issue: The July issue takes a look at the competitive landscape for Microsoft. Also included are features on how to get closer to Redmond and mind your manners in the process (don't say "Google"). There's more, with articles on disaster recovery support, Worldwide Parter Group reorganizations and SharePoint Server 2007.
Two Microsoft partners closed deals to join Microsoft or to sell their intellectual property to the software giant.
Sept. 17 the day Microsoft goes to court to challenge fines regulators imposed on company for anti-competitive business practices.
The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) plans to publish six security bulletins next Tuesday, according to Thursday's advance notification.
Massachusetts has decided that Microsoft's latest format may meet its standards.
On Feb. 27, 2008 Microsoft plans to release a host of major new products, including Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008.
Holders of the premium MCITP or MCPD titles will have to take refresh exam to maintain status; policy to go into effect in about two years.
Windows Vista is gaining market share and is poised to become the second-most popular OS, surpassing Apple's Mac OS X.
Windows Vista Service Pack (SP)1 is back on track.
Vista Ultimate has been out more than half a year now, and several prominent Windows bloggers have been asking when more Extras are coming.
Microsoft suddenly boosted its share of the search market last month by playing a shrewd game of chicken.
Look for improvements in the way policies are set up in SQL Server 2008 when Microsoft releases the next community test preview (CTP) of the database server by month's end.
CompTIA has launched a new Customer Service Excellence Program (CSEP) for companies with more than 100 IT service representatives.
Updates announced at the show included the names for the next versions of SQL Server and Visual Studio and new details about the next releases of Windows Server.
Windows Vista has barely been in the hands of consumers six months, but its successor already has a ship date.
Partners do their best to help customers survive the worst.
Next year, Prometric will be sole company to deliver exam services officially for Microsoft.
The Microsoft-Novell Linux alliance may have gotten shakier, with Microsoft saying it doesn't recognize the latest version of the standard license for open source software (OSS).
The Worldwide Partner Group reorganizes for fiscal year 2008.
Just this week, a security researcher alerted Internet Explorer users (and Microsoft itself) to a new input validation vulnerability in IE 7.0.
With this week's Patch Tuesday release, Microsoft kicked off its monthly patching exercise with three critical security bulletins.
Results of CDW's survey of 753 U.S. IT decision-makers.