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Articles by Paul McDougall
posted in April 2008
At Interop, Oracle execs pitched the company's efforts to bring social computing to the enterprise. They might be on to something.
The company announced at Interop that it will follow the money by emphasizing line-of-business applications embedded with Web 2.0 features.
Senior VP Bob Muglia says Microsoft products will feature "open connections" that will allow outside developers to more easily write programs that interact with its own.
Sure, open source software is free -- as in beer. It can also get you sued if you're not cautious.
The business guru told an Interop audience that technology lets companies achieve greater flexibility and customization while lowering unit costs.
The appliance is designed to help users more easily make modifications to their IT environments without disrupting critical operations.
Business travel hasn't waned much, if at all, despite the emergence of globe-shrinking technologies like Web conferencing and virtual worlds. Will the green movement finally kill it?
Microsoft plans to work more closely with independent software developers to help them build applications that don't draw CPU cycles unnecessarily.
Microsoft posted revenue from all desktop versions of Windows of $4 billion for the three months ended March 31, compared with $5.3 billion during the same period a year earlier.
Hewlett-Packard will also provide Windows XP to business customers that want to downgrade from Windows Vista after June 30.
Windows Vista Service Pack 1 has been released in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese versions, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the company could extend the shelf life for Windows XP based on customer input.
There's been much speculation in the blogosphere about the legitimacy of Mac clone-maker Psystar, and whether it really exists. Now there appears to be proof.
The nation's second-largest PC maker plans to let business customers skip Vista and go directly to Windows 7.
Traffic is up about 75% since the launch and the NHL Network Online drew 7 million page views for the week of April 13 alone.
Microsoft's decision effectively places an expiration date of about three to five years on song libraries that MSN Music customers thought they had purchased for life.
The nation's leading business technology event, Interop, gains added breadth this year as it is co-located with Software 2008, an event aimed at software developers, users, and industry executives.
The company also announced plans to give its Mac clones built-in wireless capabilities.
A Microsoft official would only say that Service Pack 3 for the Embedded version of Windows XP will come "at a later date."
Psystar says its Mac clones cost about one-quarter of the price of Apple-branded systems.
The service pack includes all updates issued since Windows XP Service Pack 2 was released in 2004, and some new elements.
The companies say they are trying to convert more users to supported SUSE Linux Enterprise.
The problem is caused by a conflict between Audition and the way Vista SP1 implements a Windows security feature known as Data Execution Prevention.
The latest version of the Software Update tool for Windows, version 188.8.131.52, now clearly lists software that can be downloaded via the service and groups the updates together.
The service is meant to bolster the company's presence in the booming Web services market while protecting its multibillion-dollar packaged software franchise.
Sales were sparked by the recent launch of the hit game Super Smash Bros. Brawl -- a Wii exclusive.
The company said it would honor existing orders from customers who've already paid for their systems.
Linux commands only about 1.2% of the desktop market in the United States, according to research group Gartner.
A Miami-based system integrator that's selling an unauthorized Mac clone also is offering the open source Ubuntu Linux desktop as an option on the system, as well as Windows XP and Windows Vista.
The unit posted about $50 million in revenues in the 12 months prior to the end of March 2008, according to ACS.
The Miami-based system integrator blames the closure on an apparent failure of Psystar's e-commerce system.
Bigreds.com accuses the search engine of participating in one of the multi-billion dollar search marketing industry's dark secrets.
OEMs and Microsoft's friends will get the pack first followed by the rest of Windows XP users through Microsoft's online Windows Update service a week later.
Priced at $804.99 and now dubbed Open Computer, a similar, Apple-branded Macintosh would cost more than $2,000.
A Miami-based vendor that has ported Apple's Leopard operating system to generic PC hardware says Apple's restrictive licensing terms run counter to antitrust laws -- and it's vowing to fight.
The MiLeap H Series will run Windows XP Home and will sell for 17,000 Indian rupees, or about $425.
The OpenMac vendor believes Apple's EULA, which forbids installation of the Leopard OS on third-party hardware, violates monopoly laws.
The service could pose a formidable challenge to Microsoft's efforts to establish itself in the SMB applications market, which remains widely fragmented.
The 2008 Spring distribution includes Elisa multimedia center with drag-and-drop tools for storing and managing digital content such as photos, music, and videos.
FilesX's software provides continuous data protection for applications and servers as well as supporting business users in remote offices.
Possibly betting that Microsoft is ready to increase its offer for Yahoo, Capital World Investors disclosed that it now owns 10.1% of outstanding stock in the Internet portal.
Adobe believes it has an edge over rivals Windows Media Player, RealPlayer, and iTunes by not constraining users by platform or proprietary software.
Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 can also be used by academics and commercial developers to create robots for industrial or scientific uses.
NHL Network Online is expected to feature channels that include archived game highlights from the Stanley Cup playoffs, as well as podcasts, live coverage of league events.
MTV's Web site first reported Microsoft's supposed plans, including pictures, to develop a Wii-style controller.
Microsoft recently said it would seek to replace Yahoo's board through a hostile proxy contest if the deal isn't accepted within three weeks.
The expected release date contradicts earlier statements by Bill Gates that his company might ship a new version of its Windows operating system as soon as 2009.
The Office Open XML file format derived from Microsoft Office 2007 was ratified as an ISO standard by 61 countries, including the U.S., the UK, Germany, and Japan.
Microsoft said Saturday that Yahoo must accept its buyout offer within three weeks or face a hostile proxy battle. The company also said it would lower its offer for the Internet giant if it's forced to go the proxy route.
It was generally believed that the OS would ship in the 2010 time frame.
IBM said it has reached an agreement with the EPA to terminate a suspension order that would have made it ineligible to bid on government contracts.
Trying to avoid an exodus to Linux on ultra low-cost PCs, Microsoft will allow discount computer makers to sell XP for an extended time.
Brazil, India, and China, which together count for more than a third of the world's population, all voted against Office Open XML last week.
The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack 2008 includes tools designed to make it easier for IT managers to manage large, corporate PC environments.
ISO's approval of OOXML as an open standard comes amid widespread allegations that Microsoft improperly tried to influence voting.
Nick White, Microsoft's in-house blogger who wrote about Windows Vista, is leaving to join the blog-centric marketing and public relations firm BuzzCorps.
In beefing up the mobile version of Explorer, Microsoft is looking to fend off Apple and Symbian in the lucrative mobile device and software markets.
The chairman of a Norwegian technology committee says there were "serious irregularities" behind Norway's main standards body's decision to approve the Microsoft Office Open XML format as a standard.