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Microsoft names new international head

Microsoft named a new head for its international operations on Monday, in a move that underscores the software maker's increasing focus on global sales, and emerging markets in particular.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt21 June 05 07:09

Microsoft, HP partner on national ID systems

Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Microsoft are working together to offer governments national identity systems built on the .Net platform.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt30 May 05 09:00

Interview: Oracle's security head talks from the trenches

Although no longer in the U.S. Navy, Mary Ann Davidson has placed herself on the front lines of an escalating war. It's not a battle between nations, or over land or principle, but instead a fight for information -- perhaps yours.
As chief security officer (CSO) at software vendor Oracle Corp., Davidson is in charge of making sure that customers' data stays safe. Even if you're not one of Oracle's customers, who include critical infrastructure providers in the government, financial services and telecommunications sectors, it's possible that some of your data is being stored in Oracle software.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt24 May 05 22:00

Microsoft reveals more details on 'Office 12'

Microsoft is beginning to release more details of the next generation of its productivity software, code-named Office 12, emphasizing tools for greater collaboration, information discovery and content management.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt20 May 05 08:01

Hackers plot more phishing, mobile viruses

Mass-mailer viruses like Bagle, Netsky and MyDoom are so passe. Hackers in the know are now concentrating on mobile phone viruses, phishing scams and exploiting vulnerabilities, according to McAfee.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt27 April 05 09:55

MS ANTITRUST - EU rejects Microsoft protocol license terms

The European Commission has shot down Microsoft Corp.'s proposal for opening up its workgroup server software protocols after receiving complaints over the licensing terms.
The Commission sent a letter to the software maker Thursday night rejecting its plan to charge as much as US$600 per server to license protocols that would allow competitors to build server programs that work well with PCs running Windows, according to a source close to the case.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt18 March 05 22:00

UK gov't report cites merits of open source

Open source software proponents received a potential boost from the U.K. government on Thursday with a release of a report citing the well-documented advantages on the server side, but also growing maturity on the desktop front.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt01 Nov. 04 09:00

Microsoft targets midmarket with Navision update

Microsoft is building on its 2002 buy of Danish business application developer, Navision A/S, with the release of its first major product built on the Navision software suite.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt19 Oct. 04 10:14

Study: Poor infrastructure hinders e-gov't in new EU

While new European Union (E.U.) member countries must meet key requirements on e-government initiatives to fit in with the union's goal of creating an advanced information society, many of the countries are being hindered by poor communications and IT infrastructure, a new report claims.
A survey of the 10 new Central and Eastern European member states and candidate country Turkey, released by the Economist Intelligence Unit Ltd. (EIU) this week, found that a lack of government commitment on e-government implementation, combined with a dearth of broadband and fixed-line telephone networks was slowing progress in the region.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt03 Oct. 04 21:00

Small security firm puts spotlight on big vendor bugs

News earlier last week that Oracle was sitting on patches for 34 undisclosed vulnerabilities in its database software may have come as a surprise to some, but not to David Litchfield, the researcher who discovered the holes.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt09 Aug. 04 08:08

HP lifts lid on its grid work

When it comes to leading the grid computing charge, Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) may not be the first vendor to spring to mind, but the company hopes that will change this week when it unveils new project wins and technologies at the International Supercomputing Conference in Heidelberg, Germany.

Written by Scarlet Pruitt23 June 04 10:14