Stories by John Fontana and Deni Connor

What to ask Gates, Jobs when they share the stage

The last time the general public saw Microsoft chief Bill Gates and Apple head honcho Steve Jobs together was the 1999 docu-drama The Pirates of Silicon Valley starring Noah Wyle (Jobs) and Anthony Michael Hall (Gates). While those imposters can be had on DVD for $US7.95 at, the real guys will have a rare 75-minute sit-down together this week at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference in Carlsbad.

Microsoft's virtual server ruffles feathers

Microsoft next week is scheduled to take its first step into server virtualization with the release of Virtual Server 2005, but the company will face a rash of technological, licensing and support challenges before it can claim success.