Stories by John Fontana

IBM's free search software for SMEs

IBM and Yahoo released free search software aimed at small and midsize operations that want to search across their internal documents and content. IBM is using price to combat competitors who also are trying to aim entry-level search software at corporate and departmental users.

Pre-Xmas coupon campaign for Vista

Confirming what might have been this year's worst kept secret, Microsoft said people who buy a computer in the run up to Christmas will get coupons for free or discounted Vista upgrades.

Microsoft offers peek at future technologies

Microsoft Research showed off a small slice of its futuristic work Tuesday that included user input sensing technology, and graphics technology that morphs still pictures, video and audio into a single display.

Microsoft opens Office 2007 for online testing

On the heels of its unified communications blowout Monday, Microsoft ( is offering users a chance to take a free online test drive of Office 2007 applications and servers.

Microsoft mooves Groove

A year after buying Groove Networks and its peer-to-peer technology, Microsoft has begun laying out plans to develop the software into the offline client it has been missing in its document collaboration story.

Lotus lays out its future at Lotusphere

IBM/Lotus has aggressively galloped into its collaborative software future promising not to avoid any fights and laying out plans to expand its Notes/Domino platform with an emphasis on a services architecture model.

Plan B for Microsoft's business apps

Microsoft has taken another crack at evolving its business applications, and this means that corporations could have a more flexible upgrade path as the vendor tries to integrate its wares over the next three years and keep pace with rivals.

MS offers exchange programme to shift 64-bit OS

MICROSOFT will issue a revision next week to the latest beta of its Windows Server 2003 for 64-bit Extended Systems and offer a license exchange programme for users who buy 64-bit hardware before the final version of the operating system ships next year.

Analysis: Sun-Microsoft deal good for IT managers

SUN Microsystems and Microsoft’s icebreaking partnership finalised in the wee hours of Friday morning could provide years of relief from agonizing integration projects for corporate IT if the marriage turns out as solid in real life as it looks on paper.

IBM adds to Workplace lineup

FRAMINGHAM (11/07/2003) - IBM Corp. this week added two components to its Lotus Workplace platform and upgraded two others as it continues to remake its collaboration technology to run on WebSphere and provide an ...-la-carte approach to deploying and integrating software.