Things over the past week that landed on my "hmm..." radar:
Vista / Office:
- 500 Hour Test of Tomorrow's Windows Vista Tom's Hardware - the gracious ending of this forty-web page Vista overview is interesting, especially calling out that Vista is best appreciated after an extended amount of usage.
- Visual Tour 20 Things You Won't Like About Windows Vista - not too gracious at all with-respect-to a first impression, extended amount of time aside. It early on rings the bell of my concern over Windows and Office features being determined by corporate IT departments, guardians of the upgrade deployment, than actual consumer-focused features.
- » What do you think of Office 2007 Ed Bott's Microsoft Report ZDNet.com - might put my IT department vs. the enthused users complaint to the test.
Mr. Brian Jones put up two posts describing the feature removal of PDF generation support within Office 2007. All I can say to this feature pull-out: Machiavelli claps. Well done. That's the kind of Microsoft aikido moves I can appreciate.
- Brian Jones Open XML Formats Legal issues around PDF support
- Brian Jones Open XML Formats Follow-up on PDF legal issues
The Microsoft Code:
I don't know where Mr. Adam Barr is going with his serialized story placing The DaVinci Code within a Microsoft setting, but I like it, I like it! Mr. Barr, any chance (sheepishly tracing an arc with my toes in the dirt) I could have a cameo? 8-) Perhaps one where Scoble finally ensures he's packing heat and not a banana:
- Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters The Microsoft Code Chapter 1
- Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters The Microsoft Code Chapter 2
- Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters The Microsoft Code Chapter 3
- Proudly Serving My Corporate Masters The Microsoft Code Chapter 4
Mini-Microsoft Mr. Ballmer on the Defense - Links : in general, folks aren't too happy with Mr. Ballmer's presentation. Especially that part where Ballmer states that the stock price doesn't fit into the morale and motivation of Microsofties.