Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

VMware Q2 revenue up 54 percent

VMware reported revenue that slightly missed analyst expectations for its 2008 second quarter, a crucial period during which the virtualisation leader ousted its cofounder from the CEO spot and lowered its revenue forecast for the year.

Microsoft feeds cash to Online Services Business

With the possibility of a Yahoo acquisition still uncertain, Microsoft is pouring hundreds of millions of additional investment dollars into its Online Services Business (OSB) in an aggressive effort to compete with Google in online advertising.

Microsoft sets hosted-services pricing, irks partners

Microsoft Tuesday revealed pricing for its forthcoming hosted business productivity services and unveiled its channel model for allowing partners to resell those services. However, while the company painted a rosy picture for the partner opportunity around its evolving software-plus-services business model, not all of its partners were thrilled with the idea of Microsoft competing with them in that market.

Vista woes could hurt Microsoft's revenue, analysts say

The negative perception of Windows Vista may be catching up to Microsoft in the bank. On Wednesday a financial analyst firm lowered its revenue estimate for Microsoft's 2008 and 2009 fiscal years, citing a negative perception about the OS that is affecting its adoption by businesses.