The current economic crisis in the U.S. may have a silver lining for IT companies that invest in cloud computing, as it will contribute to significant growth in that sector over the next five years, according to research firm IDC.
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Microsoft plans to add voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), collaboration and Web presence enhancements to the next version of its unified communications software, which is due out in early February 2009.
Mozilla has released an add-on to Firefox that enables the browser to automatically pinpoint a user's location by communicating with Wi-Fi signals so Web sites can provide customized content to users.
Microsoft plans to improve the much-maligned user account control (UAC) feature in the next version of its Windows client OS, acknowledging that the new security feature it built into Windows Vista has caused unnecessary problems for users.
Following a similar move by VMware in August, Microsoft Wednesday released a free, low-footprint version of its Hyper-V virtualization software as it continues to chase the virtualization leader.
Microsoft has given small and mid-sized business customers in the United States more ways to earn cash to buy its software through partners by adding new products and product groups to its Big Easy programme.
VMware, whose virtualisation software helps IT departments maximise use of their server hardware, said yesterday that its product will run reliably with software from Microsoft.
Apple is blaming a problem with overheating iPods in Japan on faulty batteries, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
Microsoft will begin alpha testing the next version of Office in November or December, according to a blog posting by a Microsoft employee that was later pulled from the Web.
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) have given the green light to publish the Microsoft-backed Office Open XML (OOXML) specification after organization leaders rejected appeals from four countries to protest the vote that approved OOXML as a standard.
Gartner has named cloud computing, green IT and social-computing platforms among technologies that are poised to reach broad enterprise adoption in the next two to five years.
Microsoft has released SQL Server 2008 database to manufacturing, including with the release a new Web edition of the product aimed at its hosting partners, the company said Wednesday.
Randy Pausch, a computer-science professor who became internationally known for his inspiring "Last Lecture," passed away in Chesapeake, Virginia, on Friday after losing a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47.
Microsoft continues its shopping spree to bolster its SQL Server database platform to make it more suitable for large-scale enterprise deployments. The company said it plans to buy DATAllegro, a privately held maker of data-warehouse appliances.
Juniper Networks confirmed Thursday that Microsoft's Kevin Johnson will become its new CEO in September, taking over for current Chairman and CEO Scott Kriens.