Stories by Matt Berger

Gates pitches Visual Studio.Net as tool of choice

One of Microsoft Corp.'s first developer tools met one of its latest in a demonstration Tuesday at the TechEd 2001 developers conference here, when Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect, showed how a primitive computer game he wrote long ago on a prototype IBM Corp. PC could be modified by Visual Basic.net.

Microsoft unveils newest server software

Microsoft Corp. is expected to unveil its newest server software in its line of .NET enterprise products Monday during a keynote presentation at its annual TechEd developers conference here.

HP taps CollabNet for development project

Hewlett-Packard is supplying more arms to the open source development community, announcing on Monday that it has built an internal developers network based on an open source software platform from CollabNet Inc., a software and consulting company launched by Apache software co-creator Brian Behlendorf.

Jxta gets wings with new applications

The network is still the computer if you ask Sun Microsystems Inc. Soon the user, not the server, will be at the center of that network, said Bill Joy, chief scientist at Sun, who delivered a keynote presentation Wednesday during the third day of the JavaOne Developers' Conference here.

Zanders: Java gets better with age

Java developers want respect, and the company that brought the universal language to the fray five years ago says it now has the partners, the applications and the developer community to demand esteem.

Web services unites tech giants ... somewhat

Companies that for the most part have agreed to disagree appear to be making an exception when it comes to Web services, an emerging computing model that seems to be changing its definition as fast as it gathers new support.

Office 97 users must pay for support

Users of Microsoft's Office 97 products can no longer take advantage of the company's free customer support service as of Friday, a result of a policy shift that analysts say was implemented to tap customers for more revenue and encourage upgrades to newly released versions of its software.

Office XP launch will lack fanfare, analysts say

The latest buzz surrounding Microsoft Corp.'s planned debut of Office XP this week has had little to do with new features in the desktop software suite. Instead, analysts and users have been embroiled in debate over the way the software maker plans to sell upgrades and licenses for its products.

Stallman to defend free software at NYU

New York University will host another round in the fight over the best way to market, distribute, develop and sell software when free-software advocate Richard Stallman delivers a speech there Tuesday.

ISPs fight spam from the front line

There is little doubt that you have a grueling job when your business card reads "senior abuse administrator." Scores of computer programmers and techies -- many of whom hold similar job titles -- gathered in San Francisco Thursday at SpamCon 2001 to vouch for the difficulties of their labors.

Users slow to adopt ASP model

The hosted software industry is alive and well despite the financial pain felt by companies delivering that model, a group of industry experts said Tuesday. But the slow adoption by business customers cautious about choosing the right partner in this precarious industry has made its success difficult.

Happy anniversary! Three years and counting

Three years of legal maneuvering, two attorneys general and one bruised computer industry later, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and 19 states remain pitted against software behemoth Microsoft in a high-stakes antitrust battle.

Microsoft Office users get more Web help


The deluge of announcements about new Web services from Microsoft continued Monday, when the software giant announced it would offer help tools and other Internet services to users of its Office XP desktop software from within an application.