You Can Be an Xbox Star

Faithful Redmond Report readers will question my sanity (maybe not for the first time, eh?) for writing about the Xbox in an IT newsletter, but by the end of this item, you'll see my point...Microsoft has a version of its Xbox development tools for amateur programmers and hardcore gamers. For $100 a year, you can write Xbox games and post them on Xbox Live.

Corporate developers would do well to take a peek at these tools. Not only are Xbox games more powerful graphically than XP programs, but they are far more stable -- and most importantly, have remarkably simple interfaces.

IBM Continues Open Source Push
One of our recent themes is IBM reigniting the fight with Microsoft. IBM first started nibbling around the edges, with instant messaging and other narrowly focused tools. More recently it decided to buy FileNet and go after SharePoint in content management. But IBM's massive Linux push always seemed to fall short of attacking Microsoft-dominated desktops.

A new open source push by Big Blue continues to poke at Redmond's flank, rather than attacking the core of the Microsoft product line. Look for new projects in Linux security and virtualization, as well as open source management, grid computing and development tools.

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Speaking of IBM...
Hoping to give Linux desktops a little boost (I'd rather see a big boost, but the Linux vendors are far too gun-shy by shipping an enterprise-class messaging tool that runs on Linux clients. The Sametime client joins the new Notes Linux client. This is all well and good, but it sure ain't a full-on assault! What would it take for you to adopt desktop Linux? Let me know at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Boffo Blogger in Beta
Microsoft is getting into the blog publishing market with Windows Live Writer, now in beta. The WYSIWYG tool works with any blog service provider, and it's aimed largely at non-technical users. The interface is a lot like Word -- hey, I thought this thing is supposed to be EASY to use!

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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.

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