"Ray and his team are true innovators," said Bill Gates yesterday as
Microsoft announced that it's acquiring Ray Ozzie's company, Groove Networks,
Inc. "Microsoft and its customers will greatly benefit from their
experience," Gates continued. "After working with Ray for years as a close
partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team."
Ozzie's Groove Networks is a leading provider of collaboration software for
the "virtual office," so the deal unites two top innovators of technology
that help geographically distributed workgroups be as productive as those
that work in a single physical location.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
"The acquisition of Groove complements Microsoft's collaboration offerings to
include real-time, server-based and peer-to-peer solutions that address the
ever-changing and more-complex work environment,"... (more)
Steve Ballmer presented a lengthy keynote and partner session at the
Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis. Below is the complete
transcript of the session.
It is my honor, privilege, excitement, to be here with you today. For all the
things I do -- and many of you have had a chance to hear this many times as I
travel the world -- but everything I get to do working for Microsoft, there's
one thing that's most energizing for me -- one thing, one thing -- meeting
with our partners. And you say, this guy gives this line to every audience he
meets with... (more)
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw a chair across the room when Microsoft
Distinguished Engineer Mark Lucovsky told Ballmer that he was leaving to join
Google. This is according to an article by Verne Kopytoff of the San
Francisco Chronicle, reporting on court documents containing statements by
Lucovsky in the Microsoft-Google contretemps over the hiring by Google of
former Microsoft researcher Kai-Fu Lee.
Ballmer has stated that Lucovsky's version of what transpired is a "gross
exaggeration." Kopytoff reported that "Lucovsky recounts that Ballmer erupted
violently after Lucovsy ... (more)
SYS-CON Events announced today that Microsoft joined AJAXWorld Conference &
Expo as "Gold Sponsor." Microsoft technologies enable designers and
developers to create next generation web experiences. With frameworks like
ASP.NET AJAX, developers can quickly create pages with sophisticated,
responsive user interfaces and more efficient client-server communication by
simply adding a few server controls to your pages. Founded in 1975, Microsoft
(Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions
that help people and businesses realize their full potential. More... (more)
XML will be the file-save default in next year’s Microsoft Office 12,
the company has announced. The move is being made to allow Office to be more
open to developers and other applications.
File compression should improve as well, and developers will be able to strip
out metadata more easily than they can today, and thus integrate it with
other applications. The move will also allow competing products, such as
Sun’s OpenOffice, to achieve better replication of Microsoft’s
Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s senior vice-president for Office, said,