Stories by Eric Lai

Hedge fund offers $2B for Novell

A hedge fund that is already one of Novell Inc.'s largest shareholders offered on Tuesday to acquire the struggling, cash-rich <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9140456">enterprise</a> software maker for $2 billion.

Database wars: IBM, Oracle's Ellison trade zingers

Oracle Corp.'s <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9149400/Oracle_to_keep_investing_in_Sun_s_server_lines">media event</a> yesterday may have lacked the gadget-y pizzazz of <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9149338/Continuing_coverage_Apple_s_iPad_tablet">Apple Inc.'s iPad launch</a> , but it had CEO Larry Ellison, who was his usual merry, brazen self and had attendees guffawing.

Realigning Microsoft Azure unit may boost innovation, squabbling

Unifying Windows Azure with its on-premises counterpart Windows Server should hasten the rollout of new features in Microsoft Corp.'s enterprise cloud platform, but it also will pit Azure against Microsoft's other cloud services for the loyalty of a key customer base, says one independent Microsoft analyst.

Microsoft now hiring for its retail stores

Microsoft Corp. on Thursday began hiring employees for its coming retail stores in California and Arizona by posting a list on the Web of the six different positions available.