January 23, 2009 |
If the Obama campaign represented a sleek, new iPhone kind of future, the first day of the Obama administration looked more like the rotary-dial past. Two years after launching the most technologically savvy presidential campaign in history, Obama officials ran smack into the constraints of the federal bureaucracy Wednesday, encountering a jumble of disconnected phone lines, old computer software and security regulations forbidding outside e-mail accounts.
January 8, 2009 |
The improvements to Microsoft Corp.'s next version of Windows may be incremental, but they could go a long way toward improving the software giant's reputation. Microsoft on Wednesday released to programmers a trial version of Windows 7, the follow-up to the Windows Vista operating system, which bruised the company with bad reviews and disappointing sales. A version of Windows 7 for consumers to test on their personal computers is expected Friday.
December 25, 2008 |
Silicon Valley, the technology mecca once considered immune to fallout from the global financial meltdown, now faces its biggest cutbacks since the dot-com crash. "Lots of my friends have been laid off," said Peter Raulwing, a project manager for Microsoft Corp., during lunch at a Starbucks in Palo Alto. "I absolutely watch what I spend. I feel lucky I've survived, but you never really know." He has reason for concern. Spending on computers and software will slide 8% next year in the U.S.
October 29, 2008 |
The next version of Microsoft Windows, the software that defines the computing experience for most people, will nag users less than its much-maligned predecessor, Vista. PC users will be able to test the new edition early next year. The world's largest software maker also is making Word, Excel and other key elements of Office -- its flagship "productivity" programs -- able to run in a Web browser. The move is meant to help confront rivals such as Google Inc.
October 28, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. unveiled a program called Windows Azure that stores and runs customers' data and programs in its computer-server farms, stepping up competition with Amazon.com Inc. and Google Inc. in software that is delivered over the Internet. Windows Azure makes it easier and cheaper for clients to manage their programs, Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie said at a conference in Los Angeles.
September 2, 2008 |
Bidding to dominate not only what people do on the Web but how they get from site to site, Google Inc. plans to release a browser today to compete with the likes of Internet Explorer and Firefox. It's yet another salvo in the company's intensifying battle with Microsoft Corp., which last week released a beta, or test, version of Internet Explorer 8 that makes it easier to block ads from Google and others. "This is the first truly serious threat that Microsoft has faced from a well-funded platform," said technology analyst Rob Enderle, president of the Enderle Group.
June 17, 2008 |
Adobe Systems Inc. said second-quarter profit climbed 41% on sales of Creative Suite 3. Net income rose to $214.9 million, or 40 cents a share, from $152.5 million, or 25 cents, a year earlier, the San Jose company said. Sales advanced 19% to $886.9 million.
May 15, 2008 |
Verizon Wireless is backing a free operating system that competes with programs from Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Qualcomm Inc. and expects it to become the "preferred" software on its network. It's the first U.S. cellphone company to join the LiMo Foundation, which aims to unite handset makers, software companies and carriers on a software platform that will make it easier and cheaper to create a wide variety of phones. Verizon's endorsement is an important boost to the stature of LiMo, or Linux Mobile, in the U.S. LiMo already has the backing of large Asian and European carriers, as well as such handset makers as Motorola Inc., Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.
May 3, 2008 |
Research in Motion Ltd. is working with SAP to develop sales management software and other business programs for the BlackBerry, seeking to expand the device beyond an e-mail and phone service. The first programs are designed to help companies send sales leads to their staffs, then provide tools to let employees follow up, the two companies said. The software will be available within several weeks.
April 2, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. has won a battle to have a key document format adopted as a global standard, improving its chances of winning government contracts and dealing a blow to supporters of a rival format. The OpenDoc Society, which had argued that Microsoft's Office Open XML format was unripe for ratification by the International Organization for Standardization, published the results showing Microsoft's win on its website.