Feeds

Microsoft confirms another slip for Office

As evangelist reaches for Gospel according to Google

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

The wheels worked a little looser at Microsoft today as it revealed the next version of Office will be delayed and another exec flew the coop to Google.

And the company also announced it will slash 200 sales jobs at its North American operation – though that could be simply to free up more chairs for the inevitable furniture destruction fest CEO Steve Ballmer must be gearing up for.

Microsoft circulated a bulletin last night saying that “Based on internal testing and the beta 2 feedback around product performance, we are revising our development schedule to deliver the 2007 system release by the end of year 2006, with broad general availability in early 2007.”

However, the firm had previously said it was gunning for a January 2007 release.

Meanwhile, the company is cutting 200 sales and marketing jobs, from Redmond and its field offices, CNET reports. At the same time, it will create 66 new roles.

The company will encourage affected workers to chase other roles in the company.

And there is one slot definitely open. Vic Gundotra, formerly general manager for platform evangelism, slipped down the Microsoft to Google brain drain last week apparently. He will spend a year doing philanthropy, apparently, before taking up a role at Google.

Microsoft has lost a number of key brains to Google of late, and the latest defection is unlikely to sooth tensions in Redmond’s executive suite.®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Google Glassholes are UNDATEABLE – HP exec
You need an emotional connection, says touchy-feely MD... We can do that
Just don't blame Bono! Apple iTunes music sales PLUMMET
Cupertino revenue hit by cheapo downloads, says report
US court SHUTS DOWN 'scammers posing as Microsoft, Facebook support staff'
Netizens allegedly duped into paying for bogus tech advice
Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report
Hang on, Ed wasn't here when we compiled THIS document
Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories
No agenda here. Just don't ever mention Net neutrality or spying, ok?
NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA
Yes, the National Association of Theater Owners is quite upset
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.
Protecting against web application threats using SSL
SSL encryption can protect server‐to‐server communications, client devices, cloud resources, and other endpoints in order to help prevent the risk of data loss and losing customer trust.