Stories by Bob Trott

Sounding Privacy Alarms

A nonprofit Web privacy trade organization received wide industry support Tuesday for a program that aims to educate online consumers about their privacy rights and options.

Microsoft Bakes Cookie Management

Answering its critics of privacy policies, Microsoft Corp. said Thursday it would offer an update to its Web browser that would let users reject third-party cookies.

Microsoft Revenues Exceed Expectations

Microsoft Corp. beat Wall Street expectations Tuesday in posting revenues of $5.8 billion, or 44 cents per share, for the last quarter of its fiscal year, which ended June 30.

Digital Marketplaces Enhanced

Microsoft Corp. and KPMG Consulting LLC teamed up Monday to form Dot.Ramp, an offering that combines software and services to help enterprises connect to business-to-business digital marketplaces.

Microsoft Woos Developers with .NET

Microsoft Corp. continued its "software as a service" blitz on software developers Wednesday, with Chairman and Chief Software Architect Bill Gates describing a new "client/server/services" infrastructure model that will be spawned by the .NET platform.

Microsoft Pushes Its Smart-Card Vision

Emphasizing the mobile aspects of its new Microsoft.NET strategy, Microsoft Corp. has released an update to Windows for Smart Cards that includes support for the GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) standard.

Microsoft Aims at Web Site Creation

Looking to make good on its vow to boost its e-commerce offerings, Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday will announce the release of the beta of Commerce Server 2000 at PC Expo in New York.

Get Smart

Microsoft Corp. will release an update to Windows for Smart Cards later this week that will include support for the GSM (Global Systems for Mobile Communications) standard, according to a company official.

Credit card duo thwarts smart card technology

The tight relationship between Visa and MasterCard - currently under scrutiny on antitrust charges - has prevented smart card technology from taking hold, according to experts, rivals, and former employees.

Microsoft Adds Oomph to Software-as-Service Idea

Although the notion of buying software as a network service is hardly new, Microsoft Corp.'s sweeping Microsoft.Net initiative, launched this week, will accelerate the development and adoption of this emerging computing model, competitors and analysts said.

Supreme Court May Hear Antitrust Case

The legal proceeding surrounding the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft Corp. appeared to take on a clearer course last week as the federal judge overseeing the case sent it directly to the U.S. Supreme Court, relying on a little-used law to bypass an appeals court.

Microsoft: The Next Generation

After months of promises and false starts, Microsoft moved to make Windows relevant in the post-PC-centric computing era yesterday with the unveiling of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS).

Microsoft -- The Next Generation

After months of promises and false starts, Microsoft Corp. moved to make Windows relevant in the post-PC centric computing era on Thursday with the unveiling of Next Generation Windows Services (NGWS).

Credit card duopoly attracts antitrust fire

The tight relationship between Visa USA and MasterCard International -- currently under scrutiny on antitrust charges -- has prevented smart card technology from taking hold in the United States, according to experts, rivals, and former employees.