Stories by John Fontana

Microsoft exceeds goal of 5,000 layoffs

Microsoft has more than made good on its plan from a year ago to eliminate 5,000 positions by the middle of June 2010, the company reported as part of its quarterly 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Lotus bets the house on open collaboration plan

ORLANDO – <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/012010-ibm-lotus-upgrades.html?fsrc=netflash-rss">IBM/Lotus</a> is juicing its <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/011510-lotus-productivity-suite.html?hpg1=bn">collaboration tools</a> with a dose of analytics and cloud-based integration with the belief it can redefine the technology, meet the needs of a sophisticated new user generation, and put the screws to an expanding field of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2010/011910-lotus-blackberry-apps-aim-to.html?hpg1=bn">competitors</a>.

SharePoint 2010 features Groove client

LA VEGAS -- Four years after buying Ray Ozzie's <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/free-sharepoint-tools">Groove,</a> Microsoft is making its most significant dive into the technology using the client software to create an offline data store and workplace for <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/101909-windows7.html?hpg1=bn">SharePoint</a> users.

Microsoft ships SP2 for Exchange 2007

<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/">Microsoft</a> Tuesday made available for download Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2007, which includes new auditing, backup and directory tools.

IBM adds voice, IM to Lotus Foundations

IBM/Lotus later this month will add a real-time communication version to its Lotus Foundations lineup, which is targeted at small and midsize businesses looking for a single appliance to support unified communications and collaboration.

Google's speed push more best practice than revolution

Google's attempt at rallying developers, ISPs and others to increase the speed at which the Internet operates focuses less on rip-and-replace and more on a set of best practices that includes compression techniques, optimized JavaScript code and Web graphics, and reductions in HTML file sizes.

Google unveils plug-in to marry Outlook, Gmail

Google Tuesday unveiled synchronization technology that supports Microsoft Outlook as the front end to Gmail, giving users an option to scrap Exchange on the back end while allowing users to keep their familiar desktop client.

Red Hat offers customisable app servers

Red Hat on Monday introduced an open source application server strategy called JBoss Open Choice and a trio of upgraded middleware platforms that adhere to an architecture that is customised using components.

BizTalk Server 2009 ready for the public

<a href="http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/microsoft/">Microsoft</a> Monday said the 2009 version of BizTalk server is now available to its MSDN and TechNet subscribers and will be publicly available on Friday.