Last week, Microsoft paid a visit to the cool, spacious, well-lit offices of
magazine to argue that the company now has open standards religion
to work more closely with open source
In particular, Microsoft pledges to support the OpenDoc file format more fully,
and won't try to hold back any standards work around the format.
It also plans to keep working on cross-licensing deals with open source players.
Microsoft may never be as open to open source as Red Hat, IBM or Novell, but
the company is becoming a lot more pragmatic and accommodating. As Microsoft
moves higher and higher up the stack, it needs to play nice with the major enterprise
Agree, disagree? Tell me where I'm right or wrong at email@example.com.
A Windows Surfin' Safari
Apple has been knocked for not doing enough to support its Safari browser and
letting Firefox do all the heavy lifting.
Now, in a stunning reversal, the company is building
a version of the browser for Windows! The new tool is now in beta, and has
already been tweaked to fix a few security problems (Apple Patch Tuesday, anyone?).
At first, I scratched my head over why Apple would want to enter the browser
wars. Then, I remembered how much it charges for iTunes songs and videos. Safari
on Windows, I'm sure, would offer every option known to man for buying Apple
content. I'm less excited already.
The company is also hoping that developers will build Safari Web apps, but
it'll need gobs of market share for that to happen.
Latest on Leopard
For the sake of delaying the inevitable, I convinced my 13-year-old to wait
to the fall release of Leopard before making me buy him a new Mac. To make sure
I make good on my promise (and maybe pick up a Mac lapper for myself), he sent
What do you think? Vista or Leopord? Answers welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turning Notes Into SOA
As the father of Notes and now Microsoft's chief software architect, Ray Ozzie
must have mixed feelings about tools like this.
Unify's new Microsoft
Edition of Composer for Lotus Notes helps shops turn custom Notes applications
into SOA services that work with various Microsoft tools such as SQL Server
This is a very different approach to Notes migration. Instead of just moving
the application logic to Exchange and Outlook (which ain't always easy), the
tool migrates Notes databases to SQL Server, and converts the applications themselves
to Web services written in C#. End users access the apps through ASP.NET apps
or SharePoint. Pretty slick.
A SaaS SOS
If your shop builds on top of SaaS platforms such as Saleforce.com, then DreamFactory
has a tool for you. The DreamFactory
Developer Portal is designed to help developers jumpstart Web apps that
tap into SaaS systems.
The free portal has training and tools. If the company can truly build a community,
then there will be plenty of peers to give you advice.
Mailbag: Microsoft Patch Problems, More
Last week, Doug asked readers what
they thought of Microsoft's patching strategy. Rodney is less than satisfied:
Until now, I was wondering if I was the only person with updates (three)
riding my system tray for the past two weeks, hoping I shut my system down
so they can play at installing. I'm running Vista Home Premium and this is
the second time that this has happened. Updates arrive one evening and fail
at installing for weeks at a time. When one batch installs, another batch
appears to repeat the process.
With WinXP, updates installed in the background and were less obvious.
What's going on with Vista?
And speaking of Vista, Nick has a bone to pick:
I have Vista Ultimate pre-loaded on a Dell Inspiron 9400. Mostly, it
is very impressive. Getting my Dell bluetooth keyboard and mouse to work with
the internal bluetooth card instead of the dongle was challenging. Sonic DLA
didn't work for the first month or so until a driver patch came out. I am
still waiting for F-Prot to issue a Vista-compatible version. So far, it's
as least as good as XP was in its first six months. UAC is a non-issue. The
UI changes take some getting used to, but if you ran IE7 on XP they aren't
so jarring. There is one bad thing. One being minor, 10 being intolerable,
this is 1.76038875096-E99.
I am talking about VERY slow file cut/copy/paste between networked machines.
Do a Google search for "Vista slow file copy" and you will see what
I mean. In a non-domain environment, cut/copy/paste operations between untrusted
machines using pass-through authentication take FOREVER (i.e., 100MB of files
on gigabit backbone taking 20-plus minutes to complete). That we are four
months past release and this still isn't fixed doesn't bode well. We have
absolutely no intention of creating a mixed XP-SBS2003-Vista environment until
it does get fixed. The silence from MS on this problem has been deafening.
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Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.