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Paul McDougall is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Paul McDougall
posted in February 2008
The technology uses photons of light, instead of electrons, to transmit information at 8 trillion bits per second.
Overall consumer spending in January increased 0.4% compared with December, but a widely used measure of inflation increased by about the same amount in that period.
Price cuts for standalone packages of Windows Vista range from 20% to 50%, depending on the country and version of the software, Microsoft said.
A Microsoft exec says in an e-mail that the company lowered the standards for what qualified as "Vista Capable" to help Intel sell graphics chips.
Yahoo says the Microsoft takeover bid may harm its ability to hire and retain employees.
The bug affected Hotmail, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Windows Messenger, and other Web sites and services that rely on users' Windows Live IDs for logins.
Open source developers who want to use Microsoft's documentation still require a patent license from Redmond if the work is for commercial distribution.
The European Commission imposed the fine after determining that Microsoft isn't living up to the terms of a 2004 antitrust settlement.
Microsoft says enhancements planned for IE 8 include improved support for Ajax programming and better security.
As a result of the buyback, IBM said it expects to post earnings per share in 2008 of between $8.25 and $8.30.
Hockey fans might be getting less work done today than usual, thanks to a combination of Tuesday's NHL trade deadline and the Web.
Microsoft's Metro Early Adoption program helped provide more than 1,000 independent software vendors access to training, documentation and technical resources for the new OS.
A federal judge expanded a lawsuit filed by two consumers to potentially include all customers who purchased a Windows XP PC advertised as "Vista Capable."
Microsoft said it will discontinue selling an external Xbox 360 drive that supports the HD DVD high-definition movie format.
Windows Live SkyDrive offers users up to 5 GB of free storage in password-protected servers.
Understanding the amount of energy required to move an atom is crucial if scientists are to continue to make advances in atomic scale computing and other nanotechnology applications.
At the Game Developers Conference, Microsoft said it hopes the effort will lead to an explosion in the number of titles available for its game console.
The list of security products includes Zone Alarm Security Suite 7.1, Trend Micro Internet Security 2008, and BitDefender 10.
The European Committee for Interoperable Systems said it will take a wait-and-see approach in determining whether the changes will alleviate its concerns.
The company is trying to bridge the gap between its commercial products and those built by open source developers and other third parties.
Yahoo employees axed within two years of "a change in control" will be entitled to enhanced benefits, such as more severance pay, outplacement services, and extended medical benefits.
Microsoft warned investors that it's prepared to wrest control of Internet rival Yahoo through a proxy fight if necessary.
Windows Vista users report that the files cause their computers to crash or enter an endless cycle of boots and reboots.
Alpine already offers a number of products, including global positioning systems, that run atop a version of Microsoft's Windows operating system designed for vehicular use.
Microsoft said it doesn't know whether it will continue to support the HD DVD format on its Xbox 360 video game console, even though the format is all but dead.
Gates thinks Microsoft can make progress in the online market "with or without Yahoo."
The SEC had charged that Alan Goldsworthy masterminded two schemes to falsely inflate software maker Applix's revenue in 2001 and 2002.
To replace McBride, the board of the reorganized SCO will seek "an outside executive with suitable industry experience," according to court documents.
The Wall Street Journal on Saturday reported that Yahoo's board will formally reject Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid to buy the company. The report says the board feels the offer "massively undervalues" Yahoo. So where does that leave the prospect of a Microhoo?
The company's 3-D imaging technology is expected to be used to bolster Microsoft's Virtual Earth project.
NEC's FlexLoad lets you downgrade from the Business edition of Windows Vista to Windows XP Professional and later restore Vista.
Big Blue introduces business intelligence products and services for banking, retail, health care, and other industries.
Microsoft's price cut suggests the company is unlikely to ever introduce a version of the Xbox with an integrated HD DVD player.
Numerous peer-to-peer sites now boast that the update is available for immediate download.
IBM rolls out 10 integrated Cognos-IBM business intelligence packages specifically configured for industries like banking, retail, healthcare, life sciences and others.
Microsoft has yet to finish ensuring that Windows Vista SP1 will work properly with keyboards, printers, mice, and other peripheral devices.
A version of the program called Open License allows companies with as few as five computers to participate.
Mass-market interest prompts about-face from original plan to keep touch-screen, tabletop computer commercial.
Microsoft had previously said it would use a mix of stock and cash to purchase Yahoo.
The operating system update includes more than 300 hot fixes for everything from data protection to video performance.
House Judiciary chairman says proposed deal raises 'competitive' issues.
Windows Vista celebrated its first birthday last week. In lieu of cake and candles, I've put together a list of some of the more memorable stories from the Microsoft OS's rather bumpy first year on the market.
IBM will work to integrate its Websphere middleware stack, DB2 database, and Cognos' business intelligence products.
A combined Microsoft and Yahoo would be a company truly capable of challenging Google in search and online advertising. At least that's what Microsoft believes. Not so fast.