Windows 7 and Microsoft's cloud - The Reg takes a MicroBite
PDC preview: Gates' trainers and Ozzie's head
Radio Reg Microsoft's massive Professional Developers' Conference (PDC) hits Los Angeles, California, next week. It's the event for anyone interested in the direction and details of where Microsoft's software is headed.
To put PDC in perspective, previous years saw Bill Gates unveil .NET and Windows Vista. And we all know how they went.
This year Microsoft will talk up its cloud-computing platform rival to Amazon and eBay, cough up eagerly awaited details on Windows Vista's successor, and chief software architect Ray Ozzie will use his PDC speaking debut to try and fill the geeky trainers vacated by Bill Gates.
The Reg is previewing PDC in MicroBite, our inaugural Microsoft podcast with career Microsoft journalist, blogger and author Mary-Jo Foley and veteran Microsoft watcher and Reg software editor Gavin Clarke.
Each show Mary-Jo and Gavin will get inside Microsoft's head to tell you what's going on, picking the brains of special guests and putting your questions to those who matter. This week: LiveSide.net Kip Kniskern and Linux Foundation executive director Jim Zemlin share what they know on Live Mesh and Windows versus Linux in high-performance and netbook computing.
If you like it sharp and to the point, then MicroBite's for you.
Among this-week's bite-sized chunks:
- Microsoft's cloud and Live Mesh - separated at birth?
- More codenames than an MI16 reunion
- Windows 7 - just like Windows Vista, except it's not
- The Ray Ozzie and Bob Muglia: beauty and the beast
- Silverlight 2 and you
- What mood is Steve Ballmer in?
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BBC has the iPlayer
I think the Register's player need's a snappy name too. Since it's the Register's player, how about "The R's Player"?
.NET != Vista
Vista, yes I can understand the sarcasm over that one, MS flat out failed. But .NET is a steady, widely-used programming platform that has not failed.
The introduction of .NET into the programming world has seen Java take on new features to compete and vice versa. Like any language framework it has it's flaws but to keep putting it up along side Vista is just wrong.
Perhaps people fear that which they do not understand since 90% of windows users will never know when a program they are running is actually using .NET.
Thing is weve all buggered off to run linux for free on our old 486s and so on or got Apple macs and found that you dont need Microsoft Orifice to open a word document.
& even if it really was as good as they think it is and rid the world of all diseases, prevented economic meltdown & global nuclear war, we probably wouldnt risk it after the gigantic vista cock up, would we?
However, I guess there will still be a few lemmings, yet to jump off the cliff!
@MS What about the fish tank screen saver, that you could select your fish & change the weed & gravel which interfered with Novell 3.11 like a poltergeist, I bet Microsoft 'borrowed' the code for Vista!