Stories by Carol Sliwa

MS, IBM, VeriSign propose Web services standards

Microsoft Corp., IBM Corp. and VeriSign Inc. Thursday announced a joint effort to craft new standards for addressing security concerns that many corporate users have raised about Web services.

INTERVIEW: Gosling on Java tools, his move to Mac

Java creator James Gosling, a vice president and fellow at Sun Microsystems, talked about the state of Java tools and his personal preferences in computers, including his shift to a Macintosh laptop, during an interview last week with Computerworld. This interview was conducted at Sun's JavaOne conference.

Vendors to push Web service tools

Although few corporate users have rushed to build Web services, that won't stop scores of vendors at next week's JavaOne conference from trying to convince them that their platforms are better for developing services than Microsoft's rival .Net environment.

Agile programming techniques spark interest

More than two-thirds of all corporate IT organizations will use some form of "agile" software development process within 18 months, Giga Information Group Inc. predicted this week at its application development conference here.

Transaction tool ties sales channels

Through in-store kiosks, Staples had already given shoppers the option of ordering merchandise from its Staples.com Web site and paying for it with their credit cards. The in-store access-point project involved making system changes to let those customers consolidate their Staples.com and in-store purchases into one transaction and pay with cash, check or credit card at the cash register.

Microsoft delays release of .Net Server OS

Microsoft this week announced that the release of its new Windows .Net Server operating system is being delayed until the second half of the year -- the same timeframe when the first service pack of updates and fixes for Microsoft's Windows XP desktop operating system is set to be released.

Microsoft explores new software areas

Microsoft will find some receptive corporate users as it explores partnerships and potential technology developments in the storage and security software markets.

Microsoft explores new software areas

Microsoft Corp. will find some receptive corporate users as it explores partnerships and potential technology developments in the storage and security software markets.

Users weigh options with new MS environment

Migration tools are available to help developers port their existing applications to the new Visual Studio .Net environment that Microsoft launched here yesterday. But legions of corporate users may not be looking to try them.

Traditional retailers debate pulling plug on e-commerce

Some traditional US retailers could start to pull the plug on their e-commerce sites during the coming year -- or at the very least, re-evaluate and scale back investments in their online operations, according to some electronic retailing executives and experts who spoke at yesterday's eTail 2002 event here.

Microsoft to launch development tool next week

Microsoft next Wednesday will launch its long-awaited Visual Studio .Net development tool, which aims to make it easier for developers to build Web services and Web-based applications.

Microsoft releases BizTalk Server 2002

Microsoft this week released the second version of its BizTalk Server software, which is aimed at helping companies exchange data between applications inside and outside their corporate firewalls and manage business processes.

Ballmer: Microsoft committed to security

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer last week offered a preview of the coming year for his company, with corporate IT professionals in mind, via an e-mail interview with Computerworld . In today's third and final installment, he takes on the subjects of security, software licensing and upgrades, Linux and Java.

Ballmer: Future is Web services

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer this week offered a preview of the coming year for his company, with corporate IT managers in mind, via an e-mail interview with Computerworld's Carol Sliwa.