SQL Everywhere Is Nowhere

The name SQL Everywhere is dead. Fortunately, the product isn't. SQL Server Mobile Edition was supposed to get the Everywhere moniker. Now it'll just be called SQL Server Compact Edition.

Apparently, the Everywhere name was too close to Sybase's SQL Anywhere. Heck, Microsoft got its SQL Server code from Sybase -- why shouldn't it snag the name, as well?

Look for the tool to ship later this year.

Making Apps Vista-Ready
Microsoft has a pretty good track record for making old apps work on new OSes. In fact, Redmond has been so concerned over the years with backward compatibility that it didn't push as aggressively as it could to new technologies. And all the code to support 8- and 16-bit apps made Windows 95, 98 and XP less stable and less modern than they could have been.

Vista, as I understand, dispenses with some of that legacy code, so compatibility might be an issue (you mean MultiPlan, WordPerfect 1 and dBASE 2 might not run?).

To help figure out what will work and what won't, and make broken apps whole again, Microsoft has launched the Application Compatibility Factory, where large systems integrators will help ensure enterprise apps are ready for Vista.

Dotster Digs Dots
Hey, good lookin'! Domain registrar Dotster wants you! The company is searching high and low for spokesmodels, and is holding its latest auditions tonight in Los Angeles. I wonder how many of the contestants will know who Dotster is, or what a domain registrar does.

Kiley Marie Out of Beta
I got a little bundle of gold code last week as my new daughter Kiley Marie was released to manufacturing. While only a few days old now, she already has a razor-sharp wit and well-defined political views. No word yet on whether she'll standardize on the Mac or Vista. As for desktop Linux, she maintains it's "too immature."

About the Author

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

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