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Microsoft clarifies open-source certification plans

Microsoft clarified its plans to seek open-source certification for its shared-source licenses on Wednesday, saying it will submit for approval only the two licenses that allow source code to be used on any platform.

Microsoft not so 'open' after all?

The head of the open-source group that will decide whether to certify Microsoft's "shared source" software licenses as open-source licenses said that more than half of Redmond's licences appear to automatically fail the group's rules.

Windows Vista ships 60 million

Microsoft last week revealed more details about Windows Vista's financial performance, supporting its contention that the operating system is meeting and beating market expectations.

Microsoft trying to get code open-source certification

After months of antagonizing the open-source community, Microsoft now appears to be trying to engage it by seeking an official stamp of approval for the licences that the company uses to share its own software and source code.

Microsoft lashes back at Salesforce.com attack

The head of Microsoft's customer relationship management software business Thursday parried verbal attacks by executives from rival Salesforce.com over Microsoft's belated introduction of a hosted CRM offering last week.

Microsoft promises new software next February

Microsoft plans to release updated versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio at the same time early next year.

MS WPC - Microsoft to release Longhorn and updated software next February

Microsoft officials said Tuesday that the software vendor plans to release updated versions of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio at the same time early next year.

Microsoft hosting software partners dismiss threat

At this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, many attendees will searching for reassurance from Redmond now that Microsoft is finally revving up its hosted software business -- and threatening to steal away their partners' established efforts as a result.

Blog touts Microsoft work culture over Googleplex life

An anonymous blog post is generating heated discussion for its purported insider's view of the work culture at secretive Google -- and why life at the Googleplex may not be as glamorous as it is generally portrayed to be.

Analyst: Lotus Notes to keep spot in e-mail hierarchy

Despite an upsurge in open-source and hosted competitors, IBM's Lotus Notes corporate e-mail client software and Domino e-mail server is expected to maintain its second banana status behind Microsoft Outlook and Exchange through at least 2011.

Boeing hires Verizon Wireless CIO

The Boeing Co. announced Monday that John Hinshaw would be its new CIO, replacing Scott Griffin, who is retiring after 28 years with the aerospace manufacturer.

Gartner gives Oracle edge over IBM in database market

Propelled by the continued migration of databases to Linux, Oracle extended its lead over IBM in the global market for relational databases last year, according to Gartner.

HP: Improved multimedia is highlight of new blade PCs

HP on Monday announced its third generation of blade PCs, which it says solves the "Achilles' heel" of most thin-client infrastructures: performance.

Microsoft grants Linux patent amnesty to LG Electronics

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a cross-licensing deal with Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics. It is the fifth such deal in recent months that involves Redmond's controversial granting of Linux patent 'protection' -- in this case, to LG-made cell phones and other devices.

Bill seeks study of open document formats in New York

A bill introduced in the New York state legislature on Wednesday would require the state government's IT director to study the issue of using open document formats within agencies, although the proposal doesn't seek to mandate an immediate or long-term move to such formats.

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