Stories by Joris Evers

Microsoft simplifies licensing lingo

Aiming to make the licensing terms for its products less complex, Microsoft plans to publish a shortened and simplified version of its "Product Use Rights" document in July.

MS: "Longhorn will fix Windows annoyances"

Microsoft has badmouthed its own work on networking and hardware support in Windows XP in order to sell hardware makers on new technologies it has planned for Longhorn, the next version of Windows due late next year.

Microsoft to hire 7,000 people, looks to sell Slate

Microsoft says it plans to hire as many as 7,000 people in its current fiscal year and increase spending on research and development. The software maker also said it is talking to potential buyers for Slate, its online magazine. The new hires will fill both newly created positions and jobs vacated by others, Microsoft said in a statement. About 3,000 people are expected to be hired in the Puget Sound area of Washington state, the location of the company's headquarters, and slightly less than 3,000 internationally, Microsoft said.

Red Hat CFO steps down

Red Hat Inc. announced Monday that its chief financial officer (CFO), Kevin Thompson, will soon be leaving the company. The news came a few days before the Linux vendor is due to announce it quarterly financial results.

Microsoft readies new corporate IM server

Just over six months after releasing the first version of its Office Live Communications Server, Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it is ready to start picking candidates to trial the next version of its enterprise instant messaging (IM) product.

MS can buy off Sun legal threats

AS part of their landmark agreement, Microsoft has the option to pay Sun Microsystems millions of dollars each year to shield itself from patent infringement lawsuits by its former nemesis, Sun's vice president for legal affairs says.