Beta Bonanza: Vista, Office and Longhorn, All Tweaked
At the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC -- Microsoft even has
acronyms for its events!), Redmond released millions upon millions of lines
of beta code, including new betas of Vista, Longhorn and Office 2007. This is
all just the first phase, as next month's Tech-Ed will put even more meat
on these beta bones.
Are you testing any of these beauties? If so, shoot me some mail at email@example.com.
We're putting together some major coverage. According to an MSNBC
columnist (MS owns part of MSNBC), Vista Beta 2 is no picnic. This columnist
had a heckuva time even loading the beast.
Freedom of the Press? Not!
Last week I expressed an opinion that perhaps, just perhaps, the government
shouldn't invade the privacy of reporters to intimidate those who leak information
to the press. As expected, those who hate the press tore into me like bears
into salmon: the press is a bunch of irresponsible, left-wing, dirtbag dufuses
who only mean our government harm; somehow the more freedoms reporters have,
the less freedom we all have as Americans. I guess some folks still don't forgive
the press for Richard Nixon's resignation (who, by the way, did some rather
amazing things as president despite his many flaws). If you want some good reading,
click this link
and scroll down to the comments!
Redmond Working Conditions Boosted...
Some high-tech companies expect employees to work insane hours in exchange for
free soda and the occasional massage. But when times get tough, even these perks
come under fire, which is what happened to Microsoft two years ago. Now that
Microsoft has to compete for the best and brightest, it is giving
back some of the perks it slashed in 2004. Of course the biggest perk may
be impossible to restore -- stock options that turned pimply faced code monkeys
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...But Temp Workers Pay the Price
Reports that Microsoft's temp
workers were forced to take a week off without pay, when juxtaposed with
the new fulltime perks, implied that Microsoft was somehow not fair. Let's
face it, it is to some degree a privilege to work for Microsoft, and temp work
is temp work. And last time I checked, Microsoft is a business (with a stock
price more stagnant than Ben Affleck's career).
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.