Microsoft on Tuesday released near final versions of Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions and Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Oracle is working on an alternative pricing model for its newly acquired PeopleSoft products, which could mean lower prices for PeopleSoft users.
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 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 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 is expanding its hosted Exchange product for service providers to include instant messaging and Web sites that serve as collaborative online workspaces, the company announced on Monday.
In his ninth keynote speech at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Bill Gates did not unveil any new Microsoft Corp. products, opting instead to promote the company's existing products and highlight partner offerings.
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.
If purchasing software were as straightforward as buying a car, users would not have to think twice about the risk of intellectual property lawsuits.