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.
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Windows Vista may yet prove to be an unstoppable juggernaut, but statistics released by a market research firm show that the new operating system hasn't even licked its nine-year old ancestor.
Microsoft last week released the final part of a free tool kit designed to help corporate users convert their existing Office files to Office 2007's new Open XML file format.
Microsoft has released the latest preview versions of two members of its System centre 2007 family of management software.
Microsoft has released a list of 800 applications it has officially verified so far to run bug-free on Windows Vista.
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.
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.
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.
Microsoft says its upcoming database development tool will help application developers and database administrators collaborate better.
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 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.
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.
HP's open source plan
Microsoft Tuesday said Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 will be available in August.
Microsoft announced on Monday that it has bought Softricity, a provider of software to virtualise applications or stream them on demand to client PCs.
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