Stories by John Fontana

Ballmer on Yahoo, Google, Gates and life

"I like good challenges and we have one," Steve Ballmer said during a freewheeling, jovial interview with former Apple evangelist turned venture capitalist Guy Kawasaki.

Vista SP1 release moved to mid-March

Microsoft Monday said Vista SP1 will not be available until mid-March because the company is working out issues with some device drivers that lose functionality when the service pack is installed.

IBM puts forms in its Web 2.0 stable

<a href="">IBM</a> Tuesday added another chapter to its Web 2.0 story by releasing the latest version of its electronic forms technology as a server-based component that works with its portal technology and Notes.

IBM piles on Microsoft's open document defeat

IBM Monday seized on last week's rejection by the ISO of the Microsoft and Ecma International Office Open XML format and said it would throw its development weight behind, the most prominent set of open source applications based on the Open Document Format.

Microsoft study: Vista improves networking

Companies that deploy Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista in tandem could see more than a threefold increase in networking performance for file transfers, downloading roaming profiles for mobile users and accessing files on a portal, according to a Microsoft-commissioned study conducted by the Tolly Group.

Microsoft, partners need work on management technology

Despite touting technology this week designed to let users integrate management platforms using modeling technology, Microsoft and its partners are missing key specifications that will take months to complete and years to roll into products.

Microsoft's annual jab at Lotus

Microsoft, taking its annual dig at rival IBM/Lotus, announced a set of free tools it plans to ship in February to help customers migrate from Notes/Domino.