It’s a busy week for Microsoft scribes:
— Microsoft may be acquiring Tellme Networks, a Mountain View, Calif.-based company that provides voice-controlled mobile search services to companies such as AT&T. Rumors percolated last month and firmed up in CNET and the Wall Street Journal, which pegged the deal at $800 million. Then InformationWeek had Microsoft doing the usual “it’s just rumor and speculation” thing.
— F5 and Microsoft announced a cross-town partnership that will put Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager 2007 software onto F5’s network management appliances. F5 is the product’s first OEM licensee.
— Microsoft has given up on Project Green, an effort to merge its Dynamics mid-size business business systems acquired from Navision and Great Plains onto a single code base. But that news was sort of overshadowed by the waves of Dynamics announcements coming out of the Convergence conference, including news that Microsoft acquired an English software consultancy specializing in enterprise resource planning.
— The feds keep giving Microsoft grief, or at least bad PR. Not the antitrust regulators, but agencies that are putting the brakes on Vista deployments. First it was the Department of Transportation, now it’s the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The staffers at NIST ought to watch their backs — it’s part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Microsoft’s pretty tight with the Commerce Secretary.
At least the Army is gung-ho for Vista, according to this story. Maybe the others are just waiting for the service pack.
— A fix has been issued for the OneCare bug that zapped acrhived Outlook e-mail files.