Stories by Tom Krazit

OpenOffice 1.0 available for free download

A free version of Sun Microsystems's StarOffice business productivity suite is now available for download from, an open-source developer community sponsored by Sun.

Study: Google challenges Yahoo as top search engine

Search-engine technologies were among the first services to appear on the Internet, and their popularity continues today. More searches continue to be performed through Yahoo's Web portal, but Google's site is quickly closing in on the leader.

Gates ends testimony at remedy hearing

Developers are gearing up for Web services and battening down the security hatches, according to the results of a survey released by Evans Data Corp. on Wednesday.

Oracle forges closer ties to life-science applications

Users of Oracle Corp.'s E-Business Suite will soon be able to consolidate data from some of their biotech applications into a single database using what Oracle calls its "information architecture for life sciences," the software maker said Tuesday.

Compaq releases PCI-X array controller

Faster data-exchange rates and more reliable server performance were promised Tuesday by Compaq Computer, which released the SmartArray 5312 Controller, an array controller that makes use of a new bus technology.

Dell upgrades low-cost desktops

Following the release of two low-cost notebooks earlier this week, Dell Computer has released two new low-end desktop systems, the Dimension 2200 and the SmartStep 150D.

StarOffice goes commercial, and stays open-source

Sun Microsystems's StarOffice 6.0 will come with enhanced features and added support, but at a price, as Sun aims to attract a wider audience, such as businesses, towards the office-productivity software suite. A less sophisticated version of the product will still be available for free download from, the open-source community sponsored by Sun, the company announced Tuesday.

SAS buys ABC to bolster software line

SAS Institute Wednesday announced the acquisition of ABC Technologies, a vendor of financial management software for businesses. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Oracle adds to contract management software

Oracle added two new applications to its Oracle Contracts package on Tuesday, further expanding the company's offerings outside of its database software with the Sales Contracts and Contracts Intelligence applications.

Survey: IT budgets to increase in 2002

Despite the current global economic climate, more companies plan to boost rather than cut IT spending this year, according to results of a survey by market researcher Gartner Inc. and investment banking firm Soundview Technology Group Inc.