Stories by Joris Evers

Oracle offers beta of Visual Studio plug-in

Oracle on Wednesday showed off a test version of a plug-in for Visual Studio .Net 2003 that allows developers using the Microsoft tools to build applications that can run on the Oracle 10g database.

Microsoft explores opening up to developers

Seeking to be more transparent to developers, Microsoft is weighing plans to make available more early versions of its software and share more source code, company representatives said Monday.

Microsoft promotes 'smart clients'

Three years after introducing Visual Studio .Net and the .Net Framework, Microsoft on Monday promoted the benefits of the developer tools and demonstrated some of the updates coming later this year in Visual Studio 2005.

Office pitched as a development platform

Reinforcing its positioning of Office as not just an applications suite, but a development platform, Microsoft on Wednesday kicked off its first Office System Developer Conference.

Microsoft posts record Q2 revenue

Citing strength across its business, Microsoft has reported record revenue for its second fiscal quarter that beat its own guidance as well as Wall Street's expectations.

Microsoft to require Windows piracy check

Microsoft in mid-2005 will put a piracy lock on two of its download Web sites, requiring all Windows XP and Windows 2000 users to validate their copy of Windows as genuine before downloading software, the company said Tuesday.

Time for Oracle to make good on PeopleSoft promises

Analysts and customers welcomed Oracle's announcement on Tuesday of a plan to integrate PeopleSoft with its Oracle applications suite but said they now want to see the company deliver concrete results based on these promises.

Microsoft readies BizTalk Server upgrades

Microsoft by mid-2006 plans to release a new version of its BizTalk Server business integration software, offering support for SQL Server 2005 and simplified management, among other features.

Microsoft's Longhorn may blend Tablet PC, Media Center

Microsoft plans to drop the Home and Pro tags with the next release of Windows, code-named Longhorn, and is looking at shipping a single product that includes the features found in today's Windows XP Media Center and Tablet PC editions.

Microsoft nixes Windows XP for Itanium

Microsoft Corp. has pulled the plug on a version of Windows XP for Intel Corp.'s Itanium 2 processor. The move marks the end for Itanium 2 in Windows-based workstations and comes after major hardware vendors abandoned the 64-bit chip for use in workstations.