If you are thinking that everything looks quite peaceful at the Microsoft front then you are quite wrong. Microsoft is all disturbed at being delayed in the launch of the new Vista version. The European Union Regulatory board has found some flaws in the security part of the Vista range of software and feel that the consumer’s are not given enough of advantage due to the security features in the software. Anyways the EU feel that they cannot be blamed for delaying the release, as they have provided a detailed list of ‘areas of concern’ to Microsoft in early July itself. Well Microsoft has already been bit by the anti monopoly campaign and was fined as much as €497 million. Well this time MS is not taking anychances and wants to do everything according to the ‘book’ even if it means delayed release of its new version of Vista. Well it is quite apt to say here that ‘Once Bitten, Twice Shy’
If you people out there are thinking, that there is no much news about alliances, then here is the news. Eric. E. Schmidt might be joining Apple Board. Apart from the similarity that both the companies are forerunners in Silicon Valley, Eric E. Schmidt and Steven P. Jobs, Co Founder of Apple have one more thing in common, that is their rival Microsoft. If sources are to be believed then, Schmidt is interested in developing ‘web based’ technology, which could prove to be a stiff competition to Microsoft. Apple Macintosh recent alliance with Intel goes to show that it is trying to build a better market than Microsoft. One has to see what the alliance between (if it happens) Apple and Google might spark…so people get ready for more fireworks from Google.
IBM has acquired Internet Security System Inc. by spending about $1.3bn. IBM is on a drive to spend about $3.6bn to acquire new services and infrastructure, which may revive its ongoing ‘slump’ in growth. ISS in other words may help IBM to had ‘security management’ as on of its various branches of services. By acquiring ISS, IBM has joined the competing array of Symantec Corp, CA Inc., and EMC Corp. Such an acquisition only goes on to show that IBM is trying to stabilise its growth by branching itself into various products and services. And Security Management is one of the critical area, where most of the large companies are at the movement concentrating. Security Management has become an area of concern and importance. Large players to create a niche in the market for themselves are absorbing many of the smaller players. Well one needs to wait and watch, as to how this new acquisition will help the growth graph of IBM?
Well Microsoft closed down its tender offer on Friday, after it had offered a buyback option to its shareholders, by pricing the share at $24.75. But the die hard Microsoft supporters refused to part with their shares, arguing that Microsoft would eventually do well and that the price then would be much higher than that offered by MS. True to their word, the share price of Microsoft was that of $ 25.79. Microsoft had opted for the buy back offer when its software business failed to provide the expected returns and after its heavy investments in online services. But shareholders are optimistic and vouch that MS would eventually reap what they had sowed in the form of online investments, well that is what is called as shareholders support. But with all these going on, Microsoft has started paying dividends to its shareholders (this is the first time they are doing so!). Well after Bill gates stepping down from the active day to day operation of MS, and heavy investments in advertisement and online services have led to a drop in the companies performance, but many are optimistic that MS would soon rise stronger than ever after their various investments pay off. Well I guess all the MS shareholders are keeping their fingers and toes crossed, and hope that the going goes good for MS. WE SURE HOPE SO TOO!
Well to most of you who are thinking about Microsoft’s corporate front here is some news. There has been a series of reshuffling happening in Microsoft, in keeping with Microsoft’s mantra about serving customers better, there has been some reshuffling inside the corporate and would come into effect once Vista is released. By the way the new version of windows is all set to release in early 2007. As far as reshuffling is concerned, Valentine Senior Vice President of the Core Operating System Division will be transferred to another area of the company, while Jon DeVaan would lead windows operating system. Gary Flake and his team who has been serving the Windows live labs would move up to the Platform division and would report to Ray Ozzie. Amitabh Srivastava corporate Vice President of COSD will directly work under Ray Ozzie.
Good luck everyone, we would have to wait till the release of Vista to find out how these changes help Microsoft to serve better, and what new strategies would come into play to make Microsoft as a company stronger and to boost the confidence level of the shareholders.
Women are being encouraged by Open source to join them, through their project Fedora. For a start the women can work in the project called ‘Fedora Women’ as coders. Open source has been inviting women to join them and to make Open source a platform for women to show their skills and talents. It is time that organisations start realising the potential of women and to encourage them as a community as a whole. Well this has bought about a debate in the Open source community. As in all debates some support the Fedora women and some feel that supporting only women wouldn’t help and equal importance to both men or women should be given. All said and done I am sure the fairer sex is the happier lot and this encouragement would go a long way in bringing about great confidence in them.
All one can hear in today’s news is Israel pounding Lebanon with bombs, fire in Bahrain. What wouldn’t the online news and cable news channel give to get real image videos of such occurrences? Yes there are hundreds of real time videos being uploaded by sites such as Youtube, Grouper, and Guba. One such channel, which has preceded the other TV channels in making use of such user-friendly site, is CNN news. In what is called as Citizen journalism, which is being practiced through various blog sites and real time, video uploads are providing the news channels stiff competition, it is only by sensible tie ups that news channels can provide the news that people require. CNN exchange is coming up with news that would provide such news and video clips uploaded by the users friendly sites like that of Youtube. So gear up for watching some of the most real occurrences in CNN exchange. And stay tune to this web log for more such tips.