Stories by Matt Berger

Study: MSN Messenger, Hotmail top charts

Microsoft's free e-mail service MSN Hotmail surpassed the 100 million user mark, while its instant messenger service maintained its top spot against competitors such as Yahoo Inc. and AOL Time Warner Inc., the software maker said on Monday.

India developers show support for HailStorm

Six software development firms in India unveiled today Internet applications based on Microsoft Corp.'s anticipated Hailstorm Web services platform, one of the first signs of major support for the initiative outside the U.S.

Microsoft, NZ Telecom to merge portals down under

Microsoft said Friday it will merge its MSN Internet portal in New Zealand with a local portal and Internet service provider, Xtra Internet, and invest NZ$300 million (US$127 million) in the Web site's owner Telecom of New Zealand Ltd.

Borland plans to open two Chinese facilities

Borland Software Corp., which makes development tools including its latest toolset for building Linux-based applications, said Wednesday it plans to open two new facilities in Beijing and Shanghai in an effort to tap into the growing Linux culture in China.

Cisco tops revised estimates, income plunges

Cisco Systems edged past Wall Street's revised estimates when it reported third-quarter earnings on Tuesday, but noted that its net income plunged 77 percent and sales fell 4 percent from the same quarter a year ago in the face of a slowing market for networking hardware.

Microsoft to outline latest on Windows XP

Microsoft said on Tuesday it will host a conference call on Wednesday to outline the latest news regarding Windows XP, the desktop operating system that has been the subject of a number of rumors in the past week.

Office XP to sell as subscription Down Under

Microsoft Corp. said Monday it will make Office XP available through subscription in Australia and New Zealand when the product is released in those countries, a company spokeswoman said.

Microsoft releases Server Appliance Kit 2.0

Microsoft Corp. released to manufacturers Monday its Server Appliance Kit 2.0, allowing original equipment manufacturers to build server and network attached storage (NAS) appliances based on the Windows 2000 operating system.

Gartner sees bumpy road towards .Net

Pouring some water on the coals of Microsoft's ambitious .Net initiative, research firm Gartner Group Inc. offered only fleeting hope this week for a swift evolution to Web-based computing as the software giant sees it.

New Windows server software gets a name

The next version of Microsoft's Windows operating system for enterprise servers dropped its code name on Monday in exchange for a more marketable one. The software maker said its server software code-named "Whistler" would sell under the moniker Windows 2002.

AMD pushes back Hammer release

Advanced Micro Devices Inc. said Friday that it would delay the release of microprocessors based on its 64-bit "Hammer" core until the second half of 2002.

Office XP cracks down on casual copying

Microsoft Corp. has enlisted some technical firepower to combat customers who fail to make good on software license agreements, which limit users from sharing copies of a program.

Microsoft targets online exchanges in software deal

Microsoft Corp. and business-to-business software maker Commerce One Inc. announced Tuesday they will forge ahead in a partnership to build and connect electronic marketplaces based on Microsoft server software and other products that are being co-developed by the companies.