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Product Review: Novell bridges the OS gap

Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things to do, but Novell has finally faced up to the truth that its flagship NetWare operating system has fallen by the wayside. Although what was undoubtedly the best OS of the file-and-print days had been substantially improved throughout the seven years I covered and reviewed it, it became clear that NetWare was never going to be a serious first choice for an application platform. That's a fatal flaw today, when applications and services are how IT delivers.

Written by P.J. Connolly10 July 05 22:00

Gartner: Collaboration software market to grow

The growing demand within organizations for real-time and team-based collaboration technologies will drive the worldwide Web conferencing and team collaboration software market to US$681.7 million in 2005, a 16 percent increase over 2004, according to Gartner. By 2008, the market is expected to reach $1.1 billion.
"The markets for Web conferencing and team-based collaboration, while still in an early phase of adoption, are converging and transitioning," says Tom Eid, vice-president and research director for Gartner.

Written by Computing SA staff03 July 05 22:00

Notebooks gaining ground, but desktops not dead -- yet

Notebook PC shipments are set to exceed desktop PC shipments in upcoming months in the US, but vendors continue to make the desktops a major part of their product lineups heading into one of the prime seasons for PC purchases, a market researcher is predicting.

Written by Tom Krazit01 July 05 08:54

ABN Amro to outsource 2,300 IT jobs

ABN Amro Bank plans to outsource 2,300 IT jobs later this year in a continuing effort to cut costs, according to insiders familiar with the bank's plans.

Written by Linda Rosencrance01 July 05 08:06

Telcos wary of network-based VPNs and VOIP

Corporate telecom executives are still leery of network-based VPNs and VOIP, according to a report released by investment firm Sanford C. Bernstein & Co.
Holding them back are concerns about reliability, security and the ability of the technologies to pay for themselves over time, the study says.

Written by Tim Greene29 June 05 22:00

Ballmer lobbies Abbott and Costello

More leaks have emerged from the tight cocoon of self-imposed silence surrounding Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's activities in Australia, with three Cabinet ministers including Treasurer Peter Costello now confirmed to have met Ballmer for discussions in Sydney.
While the Treasurer's office is keeping quiet about what was discussed between the two heavyweight deputies, The Australian Taxation Office (part of Treasury) recently endured trenchant criticism after electing to remain on Windows for its desktop front end of choice as part of a major technology program called the Change Program.

Written by Julian Bajkowski29 June 05 22:00

Customers shortchanged by corporate Web sites

Only six of the largest 100 companies in the U.S. achieved "excellent" ratings for online customer service, according to the 2005 Online Customer Respect Study from The Customer Respect Group.
Those companies, in order, are Hewlett-Packard Co., Medco Health Solutions Inc., Sprint Corp., Intel Corp., American Express Co. and United Parcel Service Inc. Another 29 companies received "good" ratings, while 65 companies got failing grades, according to the survey.

Written by Linda Rosencrance29 June 05 22:00

Branching out beyond Linux

The open source support center at Fidelity Investments is humming. The organization, formed two years ago within the Fidelity Center for Applied Technology, is responsible for determining where -- and how -- open source software fits in the financial services giant's broad IT infrastructure.
Fidelity has been using Linux for years, so long that Charlie Brenner, senior vice president of FCAT in Boston, says the operating system is "part of the DNA here." What's of interest now, he says, is moving up the stack. "We would love to run fewer proprietary" applications.

Written by Jennifer Mears and Ann Bednarz29 June 05 22:00

Oracle revenue jumps 26 percent in Q4

Oracle has reported a big jump in revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter, driven by its merger with PeopleSoft and strong sales from all product categories.
Revenue for the period, which ended May 31, came in at US$3.88 billion, up 26 percent from a year ago. Sales of new applications licenses were especially strong, growing 52 percent to $350 million, the company said.

Written by James Niccolai29 June 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

Sun outlines open source, tools plans, IBM truce

Sun Microsystems President/COO, Jonathan Schwartz, led off the JavaOne conference this week by heralding open source technologies and planned improvements to the company's development tools.

Written by Paul Krill29 June 05 07:15

Microsoft, Toshiba may tie Windows CE and HD-DVD

Microsoft and Toshiba have reached an agreement under which they will explore ways to use Microsoft Windows CE technology in new high-definition optical disc players, according to top executives of both companies.

Written by Martyn Williams28 June 05 09:58

Microsoft's Gates: I still believe in Tablet PC

After failing to break into the mainstream of computing, the Tablet PC might have been written-off by many, but it still has at least one strong supporter. Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft, said Monday he still believes in the form-factor and repeated a prediction that, with better hardware and software, it could still dominate over traditional laptop PCs.

Written by Martyn Williams28 June 05 08:22

Group creates fuel-cell guidelines for mobile PCs

An industry standards group that includes chip makers, Intel and STMicroelectronics, has published a document detailing the requirements a fuel cell technology would need to power a mobile PC.

Written by Dan Nystedt27 June 05 08:25

Microsoft to ship Longhorn with RSS

Microsoft has announced its intention to fully support the RSS Web publishing standard in its next generation version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, along with plans to help application developers more easily create RSS-enabled applications for Windows.

Written by Ed Scannell27 June 05 08:01

Survey: Consumers growing wary of buying online

Consumers are buying less online because of concerns about identity theft and security, according to a report released last week by The Conference Board in New York.

Written by Linda Rosencrance27 June 05 08:00

Java, 10 years later

Java's first decade has proven it to be remarkably adaptable. Originally conceived as an embedded language for consumer devices, Java emerged from Sun Microsystems in 1995 as the programming language for Web browsers. It then morphed into the leading tool for business computing and serious application development -- in many ways the successor to both Cobol and C++.

Written by Andrew Binstock26 June 05 22:00

Interview: What's next for Windows

Paul Flessner, former in-the-trenches IT guy and now senior vice president for server applications at Microsoft, wants to run the data center. His opening punch comes in November with the release of SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and the beta for BizTalk 2006. Flessner recently sat down with Network World Senior Editor John Fontana to talk about what lies ahead for Microsoft.
What impact will Visual Studio, SQL Server and BizTalk have on the enterprise?

Written by John Fontana23 June 05 22:00

Interview: 3-D chips ready for prime time, Matrix says

Founded in 1998, Matrix Semiconductor Inc. pioneered the design and development of three-dimensional (3-D) memory chips, which it claims can cost less to produce than flash memory chips.
The secret is in the company's 3-D design technology. Memory chips consist of a layer of cells sitting atop a wafer, with several layers of interconnects above to carry the signals around. Matrix's latest chips stack four layers of the memory cells on the chip, saving space and reducing per-chip manufacturing costs.

Written by Paul Kallender23 June 05 22:00