Stories by John Fontana

Lotus simplifies client licensing; makes Designer free

IBM/Lotus Tuesday whittled its client licensing options from 11 to two and said its Domino Designer development tool would now be offered free of charge in hopes of increasing application development on the platform.

Microsoft's Ballmer finds wallet a little lighter

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer received a 5.5% decrease in his overall compensation last year as the company suffered through its first-ever drop in overall revenue, according to documents filed with the SEC Tuesday.

Top Microsoft execs outline 2010 challenges

Microsoft's server and tools business in the coming year will focus on gaining ground in the high-end database and server market, helping users transition to the cloud and extending its dominance over Linux, according to the division president.In addition, the leader of Microsoft's Business Division, Stephen Elop, said he would focus on software-plus-services, cloud computing and browser-based applications as he looks ahead to 2010.

Lotus goes after Microsoft's 'ridiculous and fabricated' figures

Lotus Software GM Bob Picciano has grown tired of the "hot wind" blowing out of Redmond carrying claims that Exchange is displacing Notes and is singling out CEO Steve Ballmer and COO Kevin Turner as the main culprits spreading "ridiculous and fabricated" information.

Win7 XP mode hits final beta

Microsoft Tuesday released the final beta of Windows 7 XP Mode, adding new USB and drive sharing support options along with a user tutorial for the operating system add-on aimed at the small and midsize business market.