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Articles by Paula Rooney
posted in July 2006
The new version of Red Hat's desktop Linux offers better graphics; supports Open Office 2.0 and the OASIS file format, in addition to a new Access-like database application; and improves compatibility with Microsoft Office, the vendor says.
Strong multiyear licensing renewals suggest strong demand for the new software, Microsoft says.
Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith introduced 12 tenets to guide future developments of Windows.
The company also launched the Novell Customer Center, an online resource that allows business customers to view the status of their products, subscriptions, and services, plus download critical updates.
The focus this time is on fixing some device driver incompatibilities and performance issues.
Microsoft won't allow Google to win in the enterprise and is also targeting Novell, Linux, Red Hat, and IBM, said Microsoft COO Kevin Turner, speaking at a partners conference.
Customers that acquire Vista Enterprise through Software Assurance can run four copies of Windows on one device for a single user at no additional charge. Microsoft also unveiled new, more flexible licensing for Windows Server 2003.
The new beta will be less of a resource hog than the existing software, which is now nine weeks old, Microsoft says.
But partners say limited or restricted SBS functionality may turn off SMB shops.
One IP attorney says the suit, which relates to JBoss' Hibernate 3.0 object mapping technology, could have serious ramifications for the Linux company and other software developers.