Stories by Eric Lai

New Microsoft Office price list: Winners and losers

When Microsoft Corp. announced earlier this month that it would eliminate upgrade versions of Office 2010, the early reaction was: uh oh, the application suite just got a lot more expensive.

Stay away from OpenOffice.org until Oracle shows commitment, analyst says

A European IT consulting firm is warning large enterprises and government entities not to deploy OpenOffice.org until Oracle Corp. shows proof that it will invest as heavily in the development of open-source productivity suite as project champion Sun Microsystems Inc. did.

GoToMyPC belatedly adds Mac capabilities

The Citrix Online subsidiary of Citrix Systems Inc. has upgraded its market-leading GoToMyPC remote access software, which now allows users to connect from or to their Macs over a distant network.

What renting Microsoft Windows, Office means to you

Microsoft Corp.'s announcement that it would begin renting Windows and Office 2007 left many initially euphoric on the notion that they wouldn't have to shell out several hundred dollars for Office anymore, and then disappointed when it became clear that for most of us that wouldn't be the case.

Microsoft site crash leaves business customers in limbo

Ongoing problems with a Microsoft Web site handling software licenses have left some business customers unable to activate and use their Microsoft apps for more than a month.

CES: See-through screens - gimmick or instant gadget love?

Forget 3D TVs. The next big wave to rush down the display tech pipeline are laptops and handheld gadgets with transparent OLED screens.

CES: Marvell sees fleet of Plug Computer-based products coming

Marvell Technology Group showed off a new version of its tiny, green Plug Computer that boasts a much faster CPU.

CES: Firm to show more powerful wireless power technology

The concept of powering devices without wires may sound still sound awesomely sci-fi to many users. Today's near-field devices remain hampered by their short range and inefficiency.

CES: DisplayLink says USB 3.0 video coming soon

DisplayLink Inc. has disclosed plans to ship a chip that enables video to run in "SuperSpeed" USB 3.0 standard devices in the second half of 2010, which would allow its use in consumer products as early as next Christmas.

Realigning Microsoft Azure unit may boost innovation, squabbling

Unifying Windows Azure with its on-premises counterpart Windows Server should hasten the rollout of new features in Microsoft Corp.'s enterprise cloud platform, but it also will pit Azure against Microsoft's other cloud services for the loyalty of a key customer base, says one independent Microsoft analyst.

Spacebook laptop to launch screen space race

With its first laptop, gScreen Computer will deliver 4.6 million pixels of desktop real estate with the Spacebook's dual 17-inch LED screens, for under US$3,000.

No application compatibility woes for Windows 7 -- yet

Microsoft's attempts to ensure better application compatibility for Windows 7 than its immediate predecessor, Windows Vista, had at launch appear to have borne fruit.

Novell vows first identity management for cloud, virtualized apps

Virtualization and cloud computing has taken off, despite strong concerns lingering over how companies can secure and manage those apps and data.

iSuppli now ranks Acer ahead of Dell in PC market

Lifted by fast-growing notebook shipments, Taiwan's Acer grabbed the No. 2 spot in the global PC market for the first time over Dell, according to iSuppli.

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Jolicloud aims to steal Chrome OS's netbook thunder

Jolicloud, an upcoming Web-centric operating system for netbooks, will be prettier and more flexible than Google's Web-only Chrome OS, the company's CEO says.

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