Stories by James Niccolai

Rivals Sun, Microsoft Invest in Same Startup

Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp., well-known as fierce rivals in both the marketplace and the courtroom, separately announced today that they have each made an equity investment of US$25 million in the same startup company.

PSINet to Create US$1B Internet Venture Fund

ISP (Internet service provider) PSINet Inc. today announced the formation of a US$1 billion corporate venture program that will provide early funding for Internet startups around the world that complement PSINet's business.

UPDATE: Via Enters PC Market with Cyrix III

Taiwan's Via Technologies Inc. emerged as a new player in the PC processor business today with the launch of a new chip called the Cyrix III, formerly code named Joshua.

HP posts 14% Q1 revenue gain

Hewlett-Packard reported a first quarter profit on Wednesday of 80 cents per share, slightly ahead of Wall Street expectations. Revenue for the quarter, which ended January 31, was $11.7 billion, up from $10.2 billion a year ago, HP said.

Gates Calls New OS Most Ambitious Project Ever

Ending years of hype and anticipation, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates took the wraps off the software maker's long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system here this morning. Calling it "the most ambitious software project ever," he promised that the new OS will bring improved reliability, security and performance to a spectrum of computers from notebooks to powerful servers.

UPDATE: Gates Calls New OS Most Ambitious Ever

Ending years of hype and anticipation, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates took the wraps off the software maker's long-awaited Windows 2000 operating system here this morning. Calling it "the most ambitious software project ever," he promised that the new OS will bring improved reliability, security and performance to a spectrum of computers from notebooks to powerful servers.

New OS Yields Flurry of Product Upgrades

Whenever Microsoft Corp. releases a new operating system, the rest of the IT industry uses the occasion to grab some publicity and in some cases release new or upgraded products. So it was this week at the Windows 2000 Conference and Expo, where Microsoft will officially launch the new OS tomorrow.

Intel, Symbol aim to speed up wireless networks

Intel and Symbol Technologies have forged a multiyear pact to codevelop products for use in high-speed wireless networks, the companies said on Monday. In addition, Intel said it plans to invest $US100 million in the smaller firm.

UPDATE: HP Sees Q1 Revenue Jump 14 Percent

Hewlett-Packard Co. reported a first-quarter profit today of 80 cents per share, slightly ahead of Wall Street expectations. Revenue for the quarter, which ended Jan. 31, was $11.7 billion, up from $10.2 billion a year ago, HP said.

HP Sees Q1 Revenue Jump 14 Percent

Hewlett-Packard Co. reported a first-quarter profit today of 80 U.S. cents per share, slightly ahead of Wall Street expectations. Revenue for the quarter, which ended Jan. 31, was $11.7 billion, up from $10.2 billion a year ago, HP said.

Windows 2000 Speaks 24 Languages

As if developing one version of Windows 2000 wasn't enough hassle, Microsoft Corp. and its partners have spent the past six months scrambling to localize the operating system in as many languages as possible in time for this week's launch party.

Compaq Aims High with Windows 2000

Michael Capellas, Compaq Computer Corp.'s president and chief executive officer, tonight outlined an ambitious plan to deliver powerful servers based on Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 2000 operating system that he said will compete on price and performance with some of the best of what the Unix world has to offer.

Dell Says Windows 2000 is Ready to Roll

Michael Dell is running it on his laptop. Dell Computer Corp. is running it on its Web site. And if you care about stability, reliability and manageability, you should run it across your enterprise. That is the message the Dell chairman and chief executive officer delivered here this morning about Microsoft Corp.'s new Windows 2000 operating system.

NetObjects Helps Small Firms Get on the Web

In a move to attract small businesses with little or no technical skills, NetObjects Inc. launched a Web site today that offers software development tools and advice to help small firms build a presence on the Internet.