Stories by Gillian Law

MSN portal, Hotmail for European mobile users

Microsoft Corp. has launched a version of its MSN Internet portal for European mobile device users, and is offering access to its Hotmail Web-based e-mail service over cell phones, it said Wednesday.

AOLTW widens losses in Q4; expects flat Q1

IBM and French car maker Peugeot SA are working together to develop an Internet-based vehicle diagnostic system, the companies announced in a joint statement Tuesday.

IDC: Palm regains European PDA market lead

Palm Inc. has regained its position as the leading supplier of PDAs (personal digital assistants) in Europe, but is still losing market share to PDAs running Microsoft Corp.'s Pocket PC and Windows CE operating systems, International Data Corp. (IDC) said Wednesday.

UK insurer in 10-year outsourcing deal with IBM

U.K. insurance company Royal and SunAlliance Insurance Group PLC (R&SA) has signed a 10-year agreement to outsource its IT management to IBM Corp., the companies announced Thursday. The two companies will also establish a joint research center.

How to survive the recruitment drought

Are you out of work, rapidly spending your last pay check and wondering what the heck to do next? Well, now might be the time to consider that Tibetan retreat you've been mulling over, because the international job market is not looking good.

IDC: Support hope for network product makers

Network equipment vendors will start offering extended service and support contracts as sales of networking products drop and companies try to maintain their current infrastructures, according to a report from research company International Data Corp. (IDC).

Study: Western European server market continues fall

Nervous businesses in Western Europe are upgrading old servers or buying low-end systems rather than the high-end products they would have bought a year ago, according to a report released by Dataquest, a unit of Gartner, on Friday.

Closure of Napster halves file sharing in Europe

Enthusiasm for file sharing over the Internet seems to have waned since the closure of the Napster Inc. music-sharing service in July, with a 50 percent drop in usage since then, said a Jupiter MMXI Europe BV report on Monday.