Profile of Paul McDougallEditor At Large, InformationWeek
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Paul McDougall is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Paul McDougall
posted in March 2008
Windows Search 4.0 is designed to let users quickly find documents, e-mails, photos, and other files archived on their hard drives.
The lawyer in the case says he will proceed with efforts to depose Gates unless Microsoft settles for at least $25 million.
British Airways said it planned to operate 80% of scheduled flights, including all long-haul routes, from Terminal 5 on Friday, after canceling dozens of flights Thursday.
Microsoft reset cheaters' "gamerscore" accounts to zero and eliminated all past achievements. There is no appeal.
Security firm Secunia says it has found two "highly critical" vulnerabilities in Apple's Safari 3.1 For Windows browser.
Microsoft said it expects to roll out a final version of Windows XP SP3 in the first half of 2008.
Microsoft is teaming up with European systems integrator Sourcesense to develop a new version of a Java API for accessing and managing Office's binary formats.
The kit features tools that can automate much of the installation process of Vista SP1 and reduce the per-PC cost from $300 to $35.
The add-on maps let online players add new battle zones to the Xbox 360 title.
Microsoft is offering no-charge Vista SP1 help for all users via e-mail and online chat.
There were also reports that the latest version of Apple's Web browser doesn't function properly on Windows Vista.
Microsoft said it plans to add the software offerings to its Forefront line of enterprise security products, and to its Windows Live OneCare service for home users.
The Tampa, Fla., library recently restricted use of public Internet terminals at its branches to two-and-a-half hours per day and began asking patrons for ID before they could log on.
University of Pennsylvania tech staffers are advising faculty and students not to upgrade to the new service pack for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system.
The problem affects PCs from Hewlett-Packard, Gateway, Lenovo, and other major computer makers.
The error shows up if a patched version of Excel is linked to a real-time data source through macros built with Visual Basic for Applications.
The central data center will provide on-tap computing services to customers in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Troubles range from a simple inability to download the software from Microsoft's Windows Update site to sudden spikes in memory usage.
An IRS agent got the Microsoft Hotmail account records of a woman accused of involvement in a pricey escort service operating out of Denver.
Computer users with Vista already installed on their systems can now download Vista Service Pack 1 for free from Microsoft's Windows Update site.
Congressman Chris Smith called out Google, Yahoo, Cisco, and Microsoft for censoring politically sensitive content in China and other countries.
The Supreme Court's refusal to hear an appeal means the case will go trial unless the two companies reach a settlement.
It's expected that a number of retailers in addition to Amazon will start offering Vista SP1 this week.
Silverlight 1.0 for Windows Mobile 6 won't be available until the second quarter, Microsoft has said.
The issue centered on claims that a subcontractor used an open source program called BusyBox in Verizon's wireless routers.
BladeLogic offers software that automates the management, control, and enforcement of configuration changes to servers and other hardware typically found in corporate IT environments.
Want an early glimpse of Internet Explorer 8? Then have a look at these screenshots. They're a good sneak peak at some of the new features in Microsoft's latest Web browser.
Microsoft's support for Web standards in IE 8 could hurt apps built to work with the company's own protocols, the research firm says.
Rapt's products are designed to help online publishers improve the pricing and provisioning of online ads.
Bradford, chief media officer for the company's MSN Media Network, resigned to join advertising startup Spot Runner.
The Air Force is getting lots of ack-ack for its decision to award a $35 billion airborne tanker contract to Europe's Airbus instead of Chicago-based Boeing. National defense shouldn't be outsourced, the critics say. There's just one problem with that argument -- Boeing itself sends key military work offshore.
The wireless peripheral features a curved design and translucent borders that complement Vista's glassy Aero interface.
The bug can corrupt files, such as applications, music tracks, or digital photos, if they're transferred to a Windows Home Server unit equipped with two or more hard drives.
CEO Steve Ballmer said his company is working on Windows device driver support for the Blu-ray high definition movie format.
A defendant in the case also operates a business services firm called QAT Consulting Group that offers outsourced Web design and online marketing services.
The basic version of the Xbox 360, which includes a 20-GB hard drive and one wireless controller, will drop from about $500 to $400.
Internet retailer Harry & David claims IBM knowingly sold it e-commerce software that violated patents held by NCR and Charles Hill & Associates.
The so-called Technical Committee recently received a build of Windows 7 from Microsoft and is checking it for any features that might violate the federal antitrust agreement.
Microsoft found itself without a high-definition video partner last month after HD DVD developer Toshiba said it would drop the format.
To ensure Windows users aren't hit with a daylight time bug, Microsoft has launched an automated diagnostic and update service that installs patches on systems that need them.
The company is developing the OS for research and academic environments using a number of innovative coding techniques and practices.
IBM will work with VDEL of Austria and LX Polska of Poland to package and distribute a line of PCs called Open Referent throughout Eastern Europe and Russia.
Forbes blames Gates' decline on Microsoft's $41 billion bid for Yahoo.
The company's management wants time to pursue alternatives to Microsoft's $41 billion takeover offer.
More than 500,000 viewers attempted to watch the event, but most could only see the first few minutes because many of the servers powering the Webcast crashed.
Microsoft isn't considering spinning off any of its units or converting itself to a Berkshire Hathaway-style holding company.
Users can access an English-language beta version of Microsoft Office Live Workspace from the company's Web site at no charge.
The problem prevented administrators from installing the program, setting up new mailboxes in existing Exchange instances, or making other configuration changes.
SharePoint is a collection of server-side tools and applications that lets businesses make documents and other key data available through a single online portal.
Software pirates have reportedly hacked Windows Vista so that a stolen copy can run as though it were a fully licensed and activated version.