Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft to improve Vista's UAC in Windows 7

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.

ISO, IEC reject appeals, approve OOXML spec

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.

Microsoft to buy data-warehouse appliance vendor

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.