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.
March 28, 2008 |
After criticism for allegedly blocking a popular software program for watching video online, Comcast Corp. pledged Thursday not to discriminate against specific technology as it tries to keep increasing amounts of data flowing through its cable networks. But the move may not be enough to keep Comcast, the country's largest cable company, from being disciplined by federal regulators or to resolve a complicated debate about how Internet providers can manage their online traffic.
March 4, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. said Monday it would begin selling Web-based programs to smaller customers, countering a challenge from Google Inc. The company would begin testing online editions of its Exchange and SharePoint Server programs for companies with fewer than 5,000 employees, Senior Vice President Chris Capossela said. Blockbuster Inc. and Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc. are already customers for a service designed for larger companies, he said.
February 27, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp. said it fixed a glitch with its Windows Live program that shut users out of e-mail accounts and other online services. The problem, which prevented most customers worldwide from signing on, was resolved, the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant said. Windows Live ID, originally called Passport, gives users access to services such as Hotmail e-mail, the MSN Internet portal and Xbox Live video games with a single user name and password.