Exchange 12 Reporting for Testing, Sir!
(yeah, I'm supposed to be a dope like everyone else and call
it a CTP) of Exchange 12 (is it still called that?) is in wider distribution,
which means YOU have a decent shot at getting it, as long as you have a TechNet
or MSDN subscription (and I ain't talking about the magazines!).
How tied into Exchange are you? Do you use it for basic e-mail transport so
a switch to a better/cheaper/cooler product is no prob? Or is Exchange so tied
into everything your shop does that ripping it out is like tearing out a lung?
Give us the graphic details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minor Mac Attack
I was excited when I heard that Apple had a new dual-core
Mac Mini that started at six hundred smackers. I figured enough of us have
monitors, keyboards and mice that we could have a pretty rippin' unit
for six large. My next ill-conceived conclusion was that this could start a
wave of home computer buying, as so many IT vets would leap at a slick home
computer they don't have to regularly rebuild.
But $600 is for a single-core with a 60MB hard drive and read-only DVD? That
ain't exactly muscle. The dual-core model starts at $800 -- not quite
an impulse buy.
Still, at least Apple engineers are putting up a fight, while the marketing
and PR departments are asleep at the PC wheel. Maybe Apple will succeed in the
PC market without even trying. If they do, they can thank Microsoft for creating
the frustration that makes the Mac so enticing. Me? I'm saving my Benjamins
for a MacBook.
Microsoft can't let Apple hog all the hardware headlines, so it kinda
of let it slip that it's working on a cool, new, super-small device it
(Did I just fall for the trick of publicizing every new Microsoft code name?
I guess I'm part of the problem.)
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More Self-Made Leaks of Unbuilt Microsoft Products
On rare occasions Microsoft complains about product leaks. Even more so, it
holds customers and partners to some rigid NDAs while Redmond leaks like a quarter
horse. Some leaks are entirely bald-faced, like this week's TechFest, where
the company showed
off some of the cooler and less obscure projects from Microsoft Research.
This time around the star of the show was a foot-operated pointing device either
designed for percussionists or to keep us all from carpal tunnel.
Microsoft Searches for Glory
In recent reports Microsoft promises that in six to12 months it will absolutely
kick Google's search butt. In the meantime, Redmond is taking baby steps,
and this week announced some new
search tools such as an early rev of classified ads (I won't delete
my Craigslist bookmark just yet) and a new local feature that seems aimed at
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.