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With a Q2 earnings report due on the 22nd of January 2009, Microsoft is rumored to be contemplating ringing in the new year with massive job cuts. A posting by Lars-Göran Nilsson on the Fudzilla technology blog and rumor site claims that 15,000 or so of Microsoft's global workforce of 90,000 "are expected to be giving marching orders come January 15th." Rumors of a round of rare but substantial job cuts have been swirling for weeks now, with Electronista for example reporting before Christmas that substantial reductions "are believed to hint at significant financial difficulty at Microsoft, which had near-flat growth even in the summer, when the economic downturn had yet to fully materialize." The San Francisco-based correspondent of the London-based Times corroborates the rumor today, saying: "Microsoft is preparing to announce the first widescale layoffs in its 32-y... (more)

Avalon: Still a Big Deal

Scott Hanselman's coverage of Microsoft's Professional Developers Conference 2003, "Avalon: Yes, the Picture's Changing," generated a debate over whether Avalon is "revolutionary" or "evolutionary." To read the entire discussion, go to www.sys-con.com/dotnet/article.cfm?id=446. Evolutionary, not Revolutionary The movement of the declarative "InitializeComponents()" code to another more suitable "language" is nothing new, nor is it earth-shattering. Now comes the controversial part. Take a look at Borland Delphi... "Oh, I've heard of that." No, it is not just that "database" tool. ... (more)

No Point to Mono, dotGNU? de Icaza and Weatherley beg to differ

Neil Davidson's commentary, "Mono and dotGNU: what's the point?," posted on The Register's Web site (www.theregister.co.uk/content/4/35481.html), questioned the value of these open source projects and argued that they in fact strengthen Microsoft's position. .NETDJ Editor-in-Chief Derek Ferguson invited Miguel de Icaza and Rhys Weatherley, the forces behind Mono and Portable .NET, to respond to Davidson's comments. Miguel de Icaza: We read with interest the piece from Mr. Davidson regarding the purpose of Mono. I want to clarify a few things, because Mr. Davidson does not seem to ... (more)

iWay Adapters Available by Microsoft in 2006

Eight .NET-based application adapters acquired by Microsoft from iWay Software will be made available by Microsoft in early 2006. This acquisition reflects Microsoft’s commitment to BizTalk Server by providing customers with a single architecture, customer support and licensing process, the company says. In addition to the adapters in Microsoft’s newly expanded portfolio, iWay and other industry partners will continue to deliver additional adapters that address the needs of enterprise customers. “We’re committed to making Microsoft BizTalk Server the most ... (more)

Ballmer Allegedly Throws Chair Over Google Hiring

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)