Microsoft and Monopoly: This Time, Google/Yahoo Is the Culprit
Alanis Morrissette made the word "ironic" famous in her song "Isn't
It Ironic?" Well, Microsoft may be the black fly in Google and Yahoo's
chardonnay as Redmond is trying to get the U.S. Congress to put the kibosh on
the Google/Yahoo ad deal. According to Microsoft, the deal would create
a monopoly in Web ads
, as the duo would control some 90 percent of the market.
Here's the ironic(al) part. Microsoft has been trying to buy Yahoo and ultimately
wants to corner that same market. And what kind of share does Microsoft have
in desktop operating systems, productivity suites and browsers? Isn't that ironic,
don't you think?
What do you think? Shoot your thoughts, ironic or not, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Citrix Tool Promises Virtual Interoperability
Citrix this week announced "Project
Kensho" (which is a Zen term referring to one's initial enlightenment),
a set of tools that should make your choice of hypervisor, as Dr. Evil might
Kensho tools take advantage of Open Virtual Format (OVF), a standard that lets
IT and application makers build virtual machines that run independent of the
hypervisor. This way, a VM could be easily moved from VMware to Xen to Hyper-V.
Here's how Simon Crosby, Citrix CTO, described Kensho in a recent
"Kensho will allow application vendors and IT users to produce virtual
appliances once as 'golden application templates,' independent of the virtualization
platform used to deploy them -- and is a clear demonstration of how Citrix
will add value to Hyper-V."
Another advantage of Kensho? It will eventually let Microsoft System Center
VMM manage other hypervisors such as XenServer. Microsoft has got to love that.
With this kind of interop, does the hypervisor even matter? What do you think,
and what is your favorite virtual tool? Answers welcome at email@example.com.
Microsoft and the Cloud: The
Michael Desmond is Editor in Chief of Redmond
Developer News, our magazine for corporate development managers (we
also own Visual
Last week, Mr. Desmond tackled
an issue we've been talking about here: whether Microsoft can move from
a maker of packaged software to a services company. And like this here Redmond
Report, the real insight came from readers.
In Desmond's case, several developers made a strong case for why Microsoft
will have trouble adapting to cloud computing. They had me convinced -- until
a reader who goes by "smehaffie" argued that Microsoft can sit back
and watch this whole area evolve while it quietly crafts a killer cloud solution.
Desmond isn't buying smehaffie's argument, but I might be!
Mailbag: Uh-Oh-XML, Stability vs. Speed, More
On the topic of Microsoft's OOXML file format, Angus has an interesting question:
How is OOXML a standard when even Microsoft's own Office suite does not
yet fully support it?
In the wake of the WSUS glitch that Microsoft eventually fixed, Doug asked
readers whether they value a patch's stability more than its speed. Most of
you went with the former:
Stability, of course. Does it matter if a hacker brings down your server
or a Microsoft patch does it for them? If the data isn't available, it's useless.
With patches, as with medical interventions, the primary guidance lies
in the injunction: "First, do no harm."
I will take stability over speed.
The stability is more important. Their newest version of Explorer has
now locked me and others from accessing a file we need to do our job. I am
the administrator for the file but don't have access to the file.
They sent a fix to the problem a year ago, but it still hasn't fixed
the problem. To access any file I need, I have go to Explorer to retrieve
any of the my documents. If I try "save as" or change the drive
in the program, all the files I have in that program freeze and I lose data.
Which also means I can't repair my Access database as it means I have be able
to select a drive.
Here are some of your responses to our recent question about what you'd like
to see in the pages of Redmond magazine:
Since my world is centered around Dynamics GP, I would like to see more
about the Dynamics product line and Great Plains in particular and the blending
of that world with the Microsoft stack.
I find the most useful types of articles are overviews of new Microsoft
products, where an article of two to 10 pages describes a new product, explains
what hardware and software is required, walks you through a basic installation,
and mentions common configuration mistakes.
The second most useful article to me are those describing methods of
automating common network management tasks, whether this be through scripting
or a Microsoft or third-party management product. Finally, I would really
like to see a series of articles on how to secure various Microsoft products
-- how to secure an IIS installation, how to secure a SQL installation, etc.
I realise space is limited, so I'm just talking about a two-page article with
bullet points and an overview, rather than an in-depth "War and Peace"-type
Finally, Brad minces some of our words:
In your newsletter you state: "Say what you will about the folks
in Redmond, I've never seen them all erratic and unpredictable. In fact, every
time I've seen the company act erratic, it was part of a greater plan."
OK, you've never seen Microsoft be erratic and unpredictable, but every
time it was part of a greater plan? If you've never seen them be erratic,
there is no "every time"!
Tell us what you think! Leave a comment below or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Doug Barney is editor in chief of Redmond magazine and the VP, editorial director of Redmond Media Group.