Stories by Tom Sullivan and Bob Trott

Microsoft plays up HailStorm's agnostic nature

Microsoft is touting HailStorm's reliance on open-standards XML as evidence that the delivery platform for Web services is, in the words of Chairman and Chief Architect Bill Gates, "not exclusively tied to any particular OS." But at the HailStorm launch last week, the software giant also acknowledged that although HailStorm will work with Linux, Unix, Mac, and Palm OSes its services will work most effectively with Windows platforms.

Microsoft Covets Seat at High-End Unix Table

In the continuing quest to move higher into the enterprise data center, Microsoft this week will launch its .NET family of enterprise servers, including Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, the company's most powerful server operating system yet.