On Thursday an official with Mozilla made a statement that raised many an eyebrow in the industry: He recommended users of Mozilla's Firefox browser change their search engine from Google to Microsoft's Bing.
A surprising recommendation, coming from Mozilla's director of community development Asa Dotzler, since Google and Mozilla are partners while Microsoft and Mozilla compete fiercely in the browser market. What sparked Dotzler's statement was a comment regarding privacy made by Google CEO Eric Schmidt during a recent interview with CNBC.
Microsoft's Bing search engine went down for half an hour on Thursday. The outage is no doubt embarrassing for Microsoft as it tries to build up its share of the search market. But will the incident be anything more than a mild, short-lived embarrassment?
Beginning at 3:30 p.m. ET on Thursday, users couldn't access Bing. The cause, according to a post on the Bing blog by Satya Nadella, SVP of Microsoft's online services division, "was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences."
Of all the gifts I'd like to find under the Christmas tree from Saks Fifth Avenue this year, Windows 7 is not one of them.
Yet it appears Microsoft wants Windows 7 on the minds of Saks' shoppers this holiday season, as the two companies have partnered to give the legendary display windows of its Manhattan store a Windows feel.
Salesforce.com wants you to know that it is much more than a source of SaaS customer relationship management tools. With the launch of Microsoft Azure looming, Salesforce is making a big pitch as a cloud computing heavyweight.
The announcements came at a rapid clip at the company's annual Dreamforce Conference this week in San Francisco. Salesforce boasted that its Force.com cloud development platform has been used by CIOs and IT departments to build more than 135,000 applications. It also pointed to a white paper from IDC that says companies can develop tools four- to five-times faster on Salesforce's cloud platform than creating them on-premise -- and at half the cost.
Simon Aldous, Microsoft's U.K. partner group manager, is in hot water for some ill-advised statements in an interview published yesterday by PCR. The gist? Microsoft's heralded Windows 7 operating system was more than a little inspired by the Mac OS.
Users call Apple's operating system "fantastic" and "easy to use," said Aldous. "What we've tried to do with Windows 7 -- whether it's traditional format or in a touch format -- is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics."
Microsoft's new operating system is off to a quick start, with first-week sales outpacing Vista's by 234 percent, according to research firm NPD Group. Unfortunately for PC makers, they haven't enjoyed similar success.
"Microsoft's program of early low-cost pre-sales, high-visibility marketing and aggressive deals helped make the Windows 7 software launch successful," said Stephen Baker, VP of industry analysis at NPD, in a statement. "In a slow environment for packaged software, Windows 7 brought a large number of customers into the software aisles."