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At its Professional Developers Conference (PDC) Tuesday, Microsoft showed off the desktop Windows 7, the new, supposedly improved and less cluttered – but not that dramatically different – next-generation Windows operating system it’s building as penance for Vista. PDC-goers were polite, nothing more. At the PDC unveiling Microsoft handed around a pre-beta build and promised a broad, feature-complete beta early next year. It should hit market by January 2010 at the latest, earlier if the scuttlebutt is right. Senior VP Steven Sinofsky (pictured) responsible for Windows admits that after dicking around with Vista for years - passed the time most people cared - "We really weren't ready at launch." Windows 7 is supposed to be different and not require as much work from the ecosystem or be constricted by, say, poor application and device compatibility - the hard work ha... (more)

IBM's Got Its Head in the Clouds

Reminding people of how its backing was the making of Linux, IBM, to no one's surprise, has thrown its support behind cloud computing, that delicious nexus of every chi-chi buzzword technology currently in vogue: Web 2.0, rich Internet applications, software-as-a-service, SOA, grid computing, Web Services, virtualization and utility computing. IBM calls its initiative Blue Cloud - like it could have another name - and claims it's a "game-changing model for Internet-scale computing," providing customer with just the right size computer power while at one and the same time being "... (more)

Microsoft’s First Cloud Server Hits Public Beta

Microsoft Wednesday sent Exchange 2010 out into public beta. It’s its first server built from the ground up, according to Microsoft, to be deployed in the cloud as an online service as well as on-site. Microsoft expects to start selling the thing in the second half. It will be available as a cloud service from both Microsoft and third parties. Microsoft also conceives of it being available as a hybrid: a mix of both the cloud and on-site. What it will cost as an online service is still a mystery. Microsoft already has a hosted version of Exchange, Exchange Online, based on Exchan... (more)

OSDL Lands First Chinese Member

The Open Source Development Lab (OSDL) has picked up its very first Chinese member, Beijing Co-Create Open Source Software Company Ltd, whose name indicates why it must be joining. The outfit wants to focus of Linux kernel development and promote Linux-on-the-desktop in China. The company was founded by 10 Chinese software vendors in early '01 and supports the first open source community in China, Open Desktop.net. Chinese government figures say Linux sales in the country are growing at 40% a year and should be worth $38.7 million in 2007. Meanwhile, OSDL has also recruited NEC So... (more)

SCO Can't Sell "Linux Licenses" Worth a Damn

SCO's notorious SCOsource licensing program brought in all of $11,000 in the company's second quarter ended April 30, a fact that should warm of the cockles of all the Linux hearts out there that begrudge the company its Unix IP claims. SCO's critics would like nothing more than to see it bankrupt itself pursuing what they believe are its groundless claims that Linux is little more than ripped-off Unix code. SCO basically says "fat chance" and claims to have all the financial resources it needs to see its legal crusade through to the end. SCO CEO Darl McBride blames Novell for SCO... (more)