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Also up are architectural guidelines on how to use Microsoft's .Net Framework 3.0 and SQL Server 2005 to build apps.
Microsoft is pitching its UC gear -- currently Live Communications Server and its soon-to-come successor, Office Communications Server 2007 -- as a platform.
Reports surfaced Thursday that Oracle has set its acquisitive eye on ERP rival SAP.
MySQL on Tuesday launched an all-you-can-eat enterprise support option for its database for $40,000 a year.
After the big consumer Vista launch, Bill Gates will share the fake news desk with Comedy Central's Jon Stewart.
Could IBM be launching yet another proxy war vs. Microsoft Office? Perhaps. IBM's Lotus Software group is embedding updated spreadsheet, word processing and presentation editors in the upcoming Notes 8 client.
Microsoft launched its habitual pre-emptive strike at Lotusphere with updated tools it says will ease migration from Domino/Notes to Exchange Server/SharePoint.
Microsoft's Jim Allchin thought about approaching Apple's Steve Jobs about making Windows more iPod-friendly. (Or vice versa.)
At Lotusphere 2007 next week, IBM plans to unveil an array of IT-friendly "social networking" tools being developed under projects code-named Dogear, Ventura and Geneva.
The goal is to make it easier for solution providers to "rent" ERP software from Microsoft and host it for customers without paying fully up front.
Strange bedfellows: Novell, Microsoft to team on Linux-Windows interop, Linux sales/support. Huh?
Paul Flessner will hand over day-to-day responsibilities to Ted Kummert, who has worked on MSN, e-business efforts, and security.
Microsoft said Tuesday that its Office Live hosted SharePoint infrastructure is set to go live Nov. 15.
At Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Executive Vice President John Wookey laid out a busy road map for application upgrades.
Details emerge on E-Biz Suite 12, Siebel 8, and the company's flagship database.
Better security is on tap, Oracle's CEO promises. More details about the next generation of Oracle's database are expected at this week's OpenWorld company conference.
The two products will launch the last week in November at an event focused on business users, sources say. The new versions of Vista and Office are due by the end of the year for business customers, and early 2007 for consumers.
Nineteen-year Microsoft veteran Rick Devenuti will leave at the end of the year. His replacement will be named in a few weeks.
The new Notes client can be loaded on a USB memory stick or other portable device.
Developers can download and try out Scalix's messaging services, installer, Mobile Web Client, and localization kit. Other components will be made available also.
Seibel will run on Linux as part of its upcoming Siebel 8 release. Oracle plans to use Siebel on Linux internally.
The company has traditionally targeted its ERP and CRM applications to smaller firms, but a Microsoft manager says the push is on to attract enterprise users that might want tighter integration with personal productivity tools.
The new Notes client for the Mac will feature Mac dialogue boxes and scroll bars.
The Office client-side suites may mimic Vista in that all bits may ship on one DVD. Customers can "turn on" higher-level and pricier versions with a key.
Code-named Cheetah, the new release is due to beta this spring and will feature record-level locking and federal security certifications, including Evaluation Assurance Levels 3 and 4.
Macromedia Breeze gets rechristened as Acrobat Connect, with a new user interface and shared review privileges so that workgroup members can read comments at the same time.
USinternetworking hosts and manages on-demand services and applications from vendors including Oracle, PeopleSoft, Microsoft, and IBM.
This move puts the new Office software on track for general availability release early next year.
New functionality includes support for AMD's virtualization, Active Directory integration, and offline virtual hard disk mounting.
Google is making a collection of tools—e-mail, instant messaging, and web page creation tools--to businesses. Google Apps For Your Domain to take on Microsoft's proposed services bundle.
Alternatives to Microsoft business software are available, including operating systems, CRM, e-mail, and even word processors. Google's new Web-based business software provides even more options.
The state's OpenDocument Format adoption was recently thrown into question when naysayers questioned whether the standard provides adequate PC accessibility to disabled people.
The software provides content and document management as well as collaborative tools for small and medium-sized businesses.
In the applications arena, big changes in terms of platforms, software delivery and packaging, and the market's key players are under way. Take a look at these five hot-button issues in the software space.
Scalix, Lotus Notes, Open-Xchange, and Zimbra have announcements or upgrades planned for this week's LinuxWorld expo.
Still to be worked out, according to Microsoft, is how to tailor, package, and deliver the product over the next 18 months.
Users can buy optional features to allow the software to work in heterogeneous environments.
The next Community Edition Open Source will consist of the mail server, a Web services API platform, an installer, an administration console, Scalix Web Access Mobile, and new search and indexing services, the company said.
A Notes client for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 will be available on July 24, with a version for Novell Suse Linux Desktop for Enterprise 10 due within 90 days after that, IBM said.
The most common functions will be bundled in a Business Essentials entry-level package for about $2,250 per user before volume discounts. Included will be general ledger, accounts receivable, accounts payable, fixed assets and consolidations, and other core functions.
Translation tools between OpenDocument Format and Microsoft's Open XML will be posted on SourceForge and freely available, the company says.
Microsoft already claims 7,000 CRM customer accounts and 180,000 CRM users worldwide. The big challenge will be enticing large customers to help the software move beyond its SMB roots.
Orlando Ayala moves over to the new emerging segments group; Reller, McCollum, and O'Brien move up.
The company says new gear from Siemens, Nortel, Motorola, and HP will support its unified communications effort.
As chief software architect, Ray Ozzie will share the research and development mantle with Craig Mundie, a fellow Data General alum.
Exchange Server 2007 will bring more perks for mobile users, including the ability for users to wipe data off a stolen or lost device remotely, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft also plans to talk up its new "people-ready business" spiel and application server upgrades at the TechEd conference this week.
IBM said its new DB2 9 database, aka Viper, will ship next month on Linux, Windows and Unix platforms.
Ballmer is seeking to replicate with Windows Vista the development scheduling success Microsoft has had with Office.
In this Q&A, Ballmer talks about the Vista challenge, how Microsoft has fared against Linux, the emerging software-as-a-service arena, and how Microsoft can become what he calls the software industry's first "N-trick pony."
Users trying to send and receive e-mail were prevented from doing so starting around 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday. The service was back up about 4 p.m., a spokesman said.
Two executives--Kurt DelBene and Antoine Leblond--will divide Steven Sinofsky's old job as head of the Office team.
The company has been working to converge the Live Meeting and Live Communications Server code bases over time, although company executives have said they plan to continue offering both hosted Web conferencing and an on-premises version.
The worldwide database market grew 8 percent last year to $13.8 billion, with Linux and Microsoft SQL Server seeing the strongest momentum, according to new Gartner research.
Microsoft is adding eBay, Equifax and PayPal to the roster of online partners for its next Small Business Accounting software release.
But after so many weeks, do people even care anymore?
Just two weeks ago, company spokespeople were calling it by the 2006 moniker.
At a press event to tout the company's SharePoint collaboration software, Bill Gates said getting the SharePoint metadirectory and Exchange Server "to be pure native SQL is a hot topic right now." Common workflow engines are a different matter, though.
That's because Intuit "really 'gets' the [small-business] segment," according to Sage's Ron Verni.
Eight new Snap modules will connect the upcoming Microsoft Office 2007 front end to Microsoft's ERP and CRM software packages.
The company appears to be gearing up to sacrifice some earnings growth to reinvest in other projects, according to analysts at this week's briefing with Microsoft executives, who talked about financial guidance over the next few quarters.
Scheduled to ship in a few weeks, Database Vault allows companies to put firewalls around financial data so DBAs and systems administrators can't see data they shouldn't.
At next week's MySQL users conference, the company will discuss its own storage engine, currently in development and code-named Falcon, as well as new deals it has recently inked to allow others to play nicely.
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP1 packs a few surprises along with the promised data mirroring and Express management perks.
MySQL users can now choose the SolidDB storage engine. The storage engine MySQL had been using, Innobase, has been acquired by Oracle, but still remains a MySQL option, at least for the time being.
Paul Flessner, Microsoft's senior VP of data and storage platforms, takes exception to the categorization of databases as "commodity items" and talks about the technology's future. This includes the need to support pictures and sounds as well as text and data.
A preview is due this summer, and final shipment is slated by year-end. It’s unclear how the new software differs from the current Microsoft SQL Server Database Engine, which is the lightest existing database option from the company.
The newest version of the hosted ERP/CRM suite promises more flexibility and will let even nontechies customize implementations and business processes, the company promises.
Oracle makes a DB2 plug-in available for Enterprise Manager and pledges to work with IBM on JD Edwards sales and implementations.
Open-Xchange's Samba "OX-tender" lets companies consolidate user mail and files in one place, reducing the need to deploy Windows Server systems dedicated to such tasks.
Now called Exchange Hosted Services, the four will go on Microsoft's volume licensing plans on April 1 and be licensed on a per-user basis.
Steve Sinofsky is officially taking on Windows development as part of a major reshuffling of Microsoft's Platform & Services Division.
Steve Sinofsky has led the Office charge for the past few years. He has been characterized as a manager who makes the trains run on time.
The upcoming SharePoint Server 2007, due late this year, sports new connectivity services and will act as Microsoft's preferred foundation for collaborative apps, company executives said Tuesday.
The "technical refresh" will feature an updated build of the new GUI and bug fixes, according to Microsoft.
America Online is cracking open a bit of its instant messaging infrastructure so that ISVs and integrators can build on it.
The beta now features different types of replication, both of which promise 24 by 7 e-mail access even if a server fails.
Oracle 10g XE, available as a free 150-Mbyte download, is intended for developers, and there are hardware and memory constraints.
Microsoft has made broadly available the source code for software binding Axapta and CRM applications to Office.
The new version makes it easier to link with third-party applications for ERP and other functions, and it sports heavy-duty Web services features.
The software giant is considering an "onshore-only" support option for new products, including its upcoming Office 2007, sources said, perhaps for an additional fee.
Microsoft will make its promised Office Live betas available on Wednesday. Office Live is parsed into three offerings, a free base-level version supported by advertising, and two for-pay versions that add functionality.
At Lotusphere, both heavyweights and lesser-known lights were showing off their add-ins. Among them: Proposion Software, with its latest data driver to connect Notes and Domino to Microsoft .Net applications.
At Lotusphere next week, IBM's Software Group will announce updated Mac OS X support in the latest Notes client. Also coming, sources say, is support for the new Intel-based Macs due later this year.
Microsoft Customer Care Framework 2005 creates a portal into back office systems.
Salesforce.com on Tuesday went live with AppExchange, its online applications store.
The updated word processor, WordPerfect X3, sports two-way interoperability with PDF files; users can now pull PDF documents into WordPerfect documents.
Due later this quarter, the Application Analyzer 2006 will examine a customer's current Lotus application environment and suggest a framework for moving those applications to one or more comparable Microsoft applications.
As the two companies once again push each others' products to customers, they are renewing once-tight ties that haven't been much in evidence in recent years.
Systinet's technology lets users track, control, and ensure integrity of the various services that make up service-oriented architectures.
Frank Cary, who led IBM for more than a decade, died Sunday.
Mike Rhodin talks about Project Hannover--the next release of Lotus Notes/Domino--and game plans for Lotusphere, the annual user confab that in 2006 will serve as the launchpad for Workplace 2.6.
Progress, which specializes in software-development tools, paid about $68 million for Neon Systems, a mainframe systems integrator. For its part, IBM revealed the acquisition of Bowstreet early Tuesday and is scheduled to discuss the deal in more depth later in the day.
Gurdeep Singh Pall, the Microsoft corporate vice president in charge of real-time collaboration, talks about the company's new Office Communicator Web Access client and some related plans.
IBM said the next release of its Workplace Managed Client 2.6, due early next year, will support ODF version 1.0. ODF is an XML standard blessed by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS).
The $3.4 billion merger is expected to close on Saturday, with more details about plans expected in the firm's annual analyst briefing in January.
Fourteen-year Microsoft veteran Gordon Mangione says he's taking some time off and looking to get involved in a startup.
At a conference on Saturday, executives from Microsoft and other vendors mused about how customers, used to having on-premise software under their own control, will make the move to software-as-a-service--or if customers will move at all.
Google on Monday launched a free Web-analytics service -- and drops a bomb into a traditionally high-priced, high-end business software category.