Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft buys startup to boost Web, mobile services

Microsoft has purchased Seattle startup WebFives, which provides a Web-based file-sharing service for Internet and mobile video, photos, audio, and blogs, according to a <a href="">message</a> posted on the startup's Web site.

Boost to anti-piracy check in Vista SP1

Microsoft will change the user experience of its automatic anti-piracy checks in Windows Vista and also make it harder for hackers to bypass the system in the first service pack for the OS due out early next year.

Cognos buy a defensive move for IBM

IBM's plan to purchase Cognos is a defensive move for the company, which was under pressure to keep up with competitors that were increasingly leveraging BI (business intelligence) for their database and data-management strategies, analysts said.

Red Hat, Amazon deliver Linux on demand

Red Hat made its Enterprise Linux OS available on demand by releasing it for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service that hosts business applications. The move is part of Red Hat's so-called "automation" strategy, which aims to deliver a Linux and open-source infrastructure for simplifying how applications run and are managed.

Final release of Windows Live

Microsoft's Windows Live services and applications officially emerge from beta on Tuesday, and the company is planning a marketing campaign for its online properties that it expects to reach an audience of 10 billion on the web over the next two months.

Strong server sales lift Sun to profitable Q1

Sun Microsystems reported net income of US$89 million on strong hardware sales for its first quarter of fiscal 2008, with the company posting its fourth consecutive profitable quarter after several years of financial loss and instability.

Van Wyk aims to transform Red Hat for future growth

Having established itself as the leading enterprise Linux vendor, Red Hat is in a pivotal phase of reinventing itself as a broader open-source software provider and a long-term technology leader a la Microsoft and Oracle. It's a tall order, and among other things it will take a business plan that lets the company move smoothly through this make-or-break stage.

Microsoft reports strongest Q1 in eight years

Strong sales of new and old products alike led Microsoft to its fastest first-quarter growth in eight years, with the company reporting growth in all five business segments and both revenue and earnings per share (EPS) that beat analyst expectations.