Stories by Peter Sayer

ISO adopts OOXML format as international standard

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has adopted an international standard based on Microsoft's Office Open XML document format, according to documents circulated by a member of a Dutch national standards committee.

EU approves Google-DoubleClick deal

Google's acquisition of DoubleClick does not pose a significant threat to competition in the European online advertising market, the European Commission said this week. However, it reminded the companies that they also have an obligation to respect European Union legislation on the privacy of personal data, one of the grounds on which opponents lobbied to block the merger.

IT is entering another period of revolution

IT is about to undergo another revolution, this time allowing us to interact with it in more natural ways, Steve Ballmer predicted at the opening ceremony of the Cebit trade show in Germany.

Green computing finds its place at show

Cebit is taking on a green tinge this year, with the Climate Savers Computing Initiative playing a central role at the trade show, which opens March 4 in Hanover, Germany.

OOXML debate continues behind closed doors

With 6,000 pages of text subject to 1,100 modifications, all to be approved by 120 delegates from 37 countries in just five days, the task facing the standards committee discussing Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) document format in Geneva this week is mammoth.

Google's Android comes to life in Barcelona

Google's Android software platform for mobile phones is coming to life in Barcelona, with a number of chip manufacturers showing it running on prototype or proof-of-concept phones at the Mobile World Congress.

ISO rejects Microsoft's OOXML as standard

Microsoft failed in its attempt to have its Office Open XML document format fast-tracked straight to the status of an international standard by the International Organisation for Standardisation.

Ingres launches Icebreaker BI Appliance

Ingres has released Icebreaker BI Appliance, a package of software integrating JasperSoft's open-source business-intelligence suite with the Ingres 2006 database running on Rpath Linux.

Skype's 'perfect storm' outage

The situation that prevented millions of people from accessing Skype's internet telephony service late last week was a "perfect storm" and should not reoccur, the company said on Tuesday.

IBM sets sights on Watchfire

IBM liked Watchfire's web application security software so much it plans to buy the company for an undisclosed sum, it said yesterday.

Adobe upgrades Acrobat 3D Version 8

Adobe Systems has boosted its Adobe Acrobat 3D software for incorporating 3D CAD models in PDF files, adding the ability to mark up the images with product manufacturing information such as dimensions and tolerances. The update also allows the exporting of such data from the PDF file into formats, such as STEP and IGES, used by manufacturing tools.