Gates Going, Going, Going
Unless you've been living in a ball of water like David Blaine, I'm sure you
know that Bill
Gates plans to back away from Microsoft
over the next two years. This makes
official what was already happening, as Gates first gave up business power to
old buddy Steve Ballmer, and more recently ceded much of his authority to Chief
Technology Officer Ray Ozzie. Ozzie now has the title that Gates invented for
himself, chief software architect. In moving from CTO to CSA, Ozzie now has
the freedom to set the direction his way -- in fact, in five years Microsoft
software could have a whole new soul. That's quite a challenge -- and opportunity.
Microsoft Asks for Interop Earful
When it comes to interoperability, Microsoft wants customers to tell
it like it is. It might not like what it hears from the new Interoperability
Customer Executive Council, but it pledges to act on the members'
complaints and work on their needs. My guess is that Microsoft will continue
to push interoperability, but with Windows as the master of Linux, Unix and
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Visual Studio Making Friends and Influencing Developers
Last week third parties came out in force to
support relatively new development powerhouse Visual Studio 2005. Now you
can connect MOM to Visual Studio, more easily resolve coding errors and program
together more easily.
I've been asking a lot of corporate developers what they use and am finding
that Redmond has some serious momentum, as they should -- they've been building
development tools for over 30 years (you can't trust a development company over
What do you think? Java or .NET? And what issues do you face as a corporate
developer? You know where to write: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.