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Articles by Paul McDougall
posted in October 2007
Attorneys in 17 states are trying to extend the antitrust settlement out to 2012, citing the continuing ubiquity of Microsoft products.
The USPTO says the rules are intended to speed reviews, but critics say they would limit patent protection.
The independent dealers are accused of selling bootleg CDs containing Microsoft software or shipping computers with illegitimate copies of Windows installed.
The company's revised Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool is designed for businesses with less than 50 servers.
Leopard's sprint out of the gate could slow if Apple is unable to solve some major installation problems encountered by early adopters.
By using reclaimed silicon, solar cell manufacturers can save between 30% and 90% of the energy they would have expended using new silicon materials, IBM said.
The glitch occurred when Microsoft updated the Windows Desktop Search tool for Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 SP 1+.
The business software maker's board still resists Oracle's $17-per-share offer, despite pressure from a major shareholder to sell.
GCS offers several health-care IT products that run on Windows, including software that automates patient record keeping, billing, regulatory compliance, and clinical workflows.
Apple says software on users' machines that may not be Leopard-compatible is to blame for the computers freezing up.
Apple is confident that the slick new interface that Leopard brings to its desktops and laptops will help it cut into Microsoft's dominance of the PC operating system market.
But Microsoft's cost of revenue for its gaming division increased 99%, or $584 million, in part because of a jump in warranty-related expenses.
Think building an eco-friendly data center is just for tree huggers? Think again -- for IBM and other pinstriped redoubts, it's all about boosting the bottom line.
Wikis are a great source of constantly updated, widely accessible information for consumers. But enterprise use is limited. So here's five simple steps to encourage wiki adoption in your company, courtesy of an Interop speaker.
Touring the exhibit hall at OutsourceWorld New York this morning, I was struck by the number of booths touting services from vendors in countries beyond the usual suspects. Outsourcing, and IT jobs, are truly going global.
Next to labor, energy represents the biggest expense associated with running a data center. On Wednesday, Interop attendees learned ways to reduce those costs and save thousands of dollars.
The deal, worth about $550 million, broadens an existing relationship between the two companies.
The collaboration agreement protects users of Turbolinux's open source server software.
The move is seen as an effort to smooth relations with European regulatory authorities.
A former IBM sales rep's class-action suit is invalid, said a federal court judge, because of a previous pledge not to take legal action against the company.
Dubbed mmWave, the computer component will use so-called millimeter wave radio technology to transmit the data.
European businesses that have thus far shied away from Linux might not be more inclined to go open source as a result of the restrictions imposed by the commission.
IDC research, paid for by Microsoft, also found that the company's partners earn $7.79 for every dollar earned by Microsoft.
Microsoft will use a bare-bones version of the Windows kernel, called MinWin, as the starting point for the development of future products, including Windows 7 and Windows Server.
Beyond its Unix credentials, Leopard comes with a preinstalled version of Bootcamp -- software that allows users to run Windows applications on a Macintosh.
The line-up of speakers will offer looks at Google's enterprise strategy, virtualization in data centers, document file formats, and interoperable disk storage technologies.
Apple hopes new productivity enhancements and security tools will push Mac OS X deeper into the business computing world, where it's largely been shut out by Microsoft.
IBM reported increased sales for outsourcing services and software, but a decline in the sale of hardware.
The IRS is investigating whether Oracle used some accounting tricks to manufacture a quarter billion dollar loss and claim a $78 million refund. So far, Oracle won't talk--is it too busy trying to buy BEA?
Document supports IRS claim that the software maker may have improperly written off quarter-billion in losses.
The combined voice and Web offering lets users locate local businesses or other points of interest through the telephone, PC, or mobile Web browser.
The group said the iPhone contains chlorinated plastic polyvinyl chloride and "brominated flame retardants" that can be harmful to the environment.
The products are designed to help companies add voice, video, and instant messaging to their communications networks with minimal disruption.
The A380 was designed using state-of-the-art computer design systems. Still, development of the aircraft hit numerous snags, causing production delays of more than a year
The IRS is looking into whether Oracle actually sold shares in three companies and lost money on the transactions.
The service lets users add graphical templates and maps to slickly formatted event invitations they can e-mail to friends and associates.
Acacia Research, whose subsidiary filed the suit, recently hired Brad Brunell, who previously was Microsoft's general manager for intellectual-property licensing.
The companies will work together to develop standards that would allow online Web users to move their digital personas seamlessly across virtual environments like Second Life and other 3-D worlds.
Linux 2.6.23 includes a number of technical enhancements that will be of most interest to developers, including better support for Sun Microsystems' 64-bit Sparc chips and Analog Devices' embedded Blackfin processors.
Microsoft officials say they have fixed a problem that causes the latest version of the company's Excel spreadsheet program to produce multiplication errors.
The Jaiku acquisition is part of Google's campaign to become a one-stop shop for so-called digital lifestyle products and services and present a serious market challenge to Microsoft.
In addition to playing games, soldiers also will be able to chat with loved ones back home using headsets linked to the Xbox Live online service.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said his company expects payment from computer users who run Red Hat Linux because the open source operating system violates Microsoft's intellectual property rights.
Enhancements include a network access protection module that borrows from technology used in Windows Vista and improved support for cryptographic algorithms.
One analyst said that the list of independent business software vendors that might now be considered acquisition targets includes BEA, Cognos, and Informatica.
Microsoft's IE 7 developers said they dropped the security feature to promote the browser to a wider audience.
The company said it plans to jettison its Bungie Studios group, but keep an equity stake, in response to senior Bungie staffers' request that the group become a standalone entity.
IBM launches its Rational Build Forge Express Edition as a software development tool companies that lack a large programming staff.
Advanced Interactivity Consortium will focus on enhancing interactivity and interoperability in a broad range of online and offline home products and services.
With more than $300 million in sales in its first week on the market, "Halo 3 is truly a cultural phenomenon," says Microsoft chairman Bill Gates.
To qualify, users of illegitimate versions of Windows XP Pro must pledge to use only genuine Microsoft software going forward and agree to have their software infrastructure audited.
Response Point is designed to let companies of up to 50 employees easily set up and maintain a digital telephone network without the cost or complexity of a PBX system.
As part of the deal, about 235 employees will transfer to IBM to work on next-generation voice and multimedia services, mobile Internet products, and VoIP products.
Microsoft's launch Sunday of new online software is being widely seen as a desperate, defensive measure against Google, IBM, OpenOffice and other Web 2.0 challengers to its Office franchise. But the numbers show Office is stronger than ever -- what's really going on?