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Ballmer: Microsoft to offer hosted CRM to midmarket

Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer has outlined some of the products and services Microsoft has come up with to solve the problems of midmarket customers, including a hosted CRM (customer relationship management) service that the company will unveil within the next year.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano08 Sept. 05 09:01

Microsoft releases accounting software

Microsoft Corp. Wednesday will make available new accounting software aimed at small businesses at its Microsoft Business Summit in Redmond, Washington.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano06 Sept. 05 17:09

Microsoft unveils focus for Longhorn Itanium

Microsoft on Friday dribbled out new details of its next Windows Server operating system (OS) release, revealing that the Itanium version would be optimized for three specific workloads -- database, custom applications and line-of-business applications such as ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management).

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano05 Sept. 05 08:10

US state plans to abandon Microsoft Office

Massachusetts unveiled plans to phase out Microsoft's Office in favor of office productivity suites that support an open-document format from the OASIS standards body, according to a statement on the commonwealth's Web site.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano02 Sept. 05 08:18

First ISV ready to deliver application on Sun Grid

An independent software vendor (ISV) in the U.K. will be the first Sun Microsystems Inc. partner to deliver a commercial application using the pay-per-use Sun Grid Compute Utility.
CDO2 Ltd., a London-based financial services application provider, has finished a trial deployment of its application on Sun Grid and is ready to go to market with a hosted application, said Gary Kendall, director and founder of CDO2.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano23 Aug. 05 22:00

Microsoft to reissue Windows 2000 SP4 update

Microsoft plans to re-release Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 due to several problems users are having with the current version, a company executive confirmed Monday.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano09 Aug. 05 07:34

Microsoft plans new enterprise offerings

Microsoft plans to increase its investment in enterprise-class products with new high-end -- and higher-priced -- versions of Windows and Office that will be released in the next several years, the company's chief executive officer (CEO) said Thursday.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano29 July 05 07:30

Microsoft releases BizTalk Server 2006 beta

As anticipated, Microsoft will release the first public beta of BizTalk Server 2006, code that includes the entire feature set of the finished product.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano22 July 05 07:56

Microsoft tweaks certification programs

Microsoft is readying changes to its certification programs that are expected to take effect with the release of SQL Server 2005 and Visual Studio 2005 in November.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano20 July 05 08:07

Microsoft aims to poach IBM Lotus partners

If you're a partner in IBM Corp.'s Lotus business, Microsoft Corp. may soon knock on your door.
At its Worldwide Partner Conference 2005 on Friday, a Microsoft executive said the vendor sees an opportunity to lure partners away from IBM to Microsoft's collaboration software because of the technology migration from the Lotus/Domino platform to Workplace, IBM's next-generation collaboration suite.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano11 July 05 22:00

Sun's SeeBeyond buy is seen as a sensible deal

Sun Microsystems has finally made a logical software acquisition with its purchase of SeeBeyond Technology, after years of missed opportunities to buy technology to bolster what has never been a truly successful Java software business, industry observers said Tuesday at the vendor's annual JavaOne show in San Francisco.

Written by Elizabeth Montalbano29 June 05 08:00