Stories by Eric Lai

Open XML on the ISO fast track

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) agreed to put Open XML, the document format created and championed by Microsoft, on a fast-track approval process that could see Open XML ratified as an international standard by August.

Microsoft kicks up the price for Vista support

Microsoft has significantly raised what it charges retail customers for technical support for its latest software, Windows Vista and Office 2007, while narrowing the help offered to users.

E-mail reveals Microsoft exec 'would buy a Mac'

Longtime Windows development chief James Allchin wrote in a January 2004 e-mail to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and company co-founder Bill Gates that the software vendor had "lost sight" of customers' needs and said he would buy a Mac if he wasn't working for Microsoft.

Linux users to MS: What 'balance sheet liability'?

While Microsoft may cast the Nov. 2 patent cooperation agreement it pushed on new partner Novell as a way to protect corporate users of the SUSE Linux operating system from potential lawsuits, CIOs Tuesday said they weren't worried in the first place.

Ballmer: Linux infringes Microsoft's IP

In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has now declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.

Open-source application stack hype?

Open-source application stacks -- and the scramble to build, support and sell them to enterprise IT customers -- have been one of the technology industry's hottest trends this year.

Cost issues with Vista upgrades

As Microsoft prepares to release Windows Vista to manufacturing next week and make it available to corporate users at the end of the month, the debate is ratcheting up over how much money -- if any -- companies could save by upgrading to the new operating system.

Microsoft buys into virtualisation

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has bought Softricity, a provider of software to virtualise applications or stream them on demand to client PCs.