Stories by Eric Lai

Gates says goodbye at Microsoft annual meeting

By Eric Lai | 11 September, 2007 16:23

One last chance to hear Bill Gates speak before he leaves the company he co-founded to head up his humanitarian efforts drew tens of thousands of Microsoft employees to the company's annual meeting at Safeco Field in Seattle late last week.

Second testing tool for Windows Server 2008

By Eric Lai | 09 September, 2007 22:00

Microsoft has added another component to its toolbox of free testing software designed to make it easier for developers to create software compatible with the upcoming Windows Server 2008.

IBM, Siemens unify on communication

IBM is set to announce that it plans to embed unified communications features from the upcoming version of the OpenScape software from Siemens Communications into its Sametime instant messaging software.

Microsoft sets Unified Communications launch date

Microsoft said Tuesday it will release Office Communicator 2007 and Office Live Meeting via a public webcast Oct. 16 co-hosted by Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft Business Division President Jeff Raikes.

Windows Vista ships 60 million

Microsoft last week revealed more details about Windows Vista's financial performance, supporting its contention that the operating system is meeting and beating market expectations.

Open XML doc spec rejected

An esoteric but key U.S. technical standards committee decided last week not to endorse Microsoft's Office Open XML document specification, increasing the odds that the U.S. will vote against approving Open XML as an open standard next month at an ISO standards body meeting.

Microsoft hosting software partners dismiss threat

At this week's Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, many attendees will searching for reassurance from Redmond now that Microsoft is finally revving up its hosted software business -- and threatening to steal away their partners' established efforts as a result.

IDC: Oracle tops IBM in database market

Despite fast growth by Microsoft's SQL Server, Oracle kept building on its dominance of the database market last year, according to preliminary figures released on Wednesday by IDC.

Second front on Adobe

Silverlight, the rich media technology that Microsoft trotted out last week, isn't the company's only attack on Adobe Systems's multimedia dominance. In addition to Silverlight, touted as a potential Flash-killer, Microsoft is quietly putting the moves on Adobe's other popular consumer technology, the Portable Document Format (PDF).

Vista nibbles some Apple in OS wars

Windows Vista more than doubled its market share in March from the prior month, while the share of computers running Mac OS X fell for the first time in nine months, according to statistics released last week by market research firm Net Applications.

Blog divulges OS details of 'Windows 7'

For the second time in five weeks, information about a key upcoming Microsoft product has come to light because of a presentation placed on the company's Web site by an employee in Denmark.