Stories by Robert McMillan

Novell deal costs Microsoft US$440 million

Microsoft will spend more than US$440 million in licensing fees and sales and marketing costs over the next five years to keep up its end of the historic Linux agreement it made with Novell, according to US Securities and Exchange Commission documents filed by Novell this week.

Firewall for storage drives

A Mountain View, California, startup company has developed what it calls a storage "firewall" to prevent computer viruses from wrecking the data on desktop computers.

Microsofts bows to EU pressure on Vista security

Microsoft has taken the first step toward addressing complaints made by security vendors Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc., which had feared that the software giant's upcoming Vista operating system would harm their customers.

Symantec struggling for growth in latest quarter

Nearly a year after its acquisition of Veritas Software, Symantec continues to struggle to find a way to boost profits. On Tuesday the company reported quarterly profits of US$279 million for the first three months of 2006, a drop from the US$314 million reported during the same period last year.

Oracle's profits up on license sales

Led by growth in its sales of software license updates and product support, Oracle's quarterly profit rose more than 40 percent year-over-year, during its most recent financial period, the company reported Monday.

AMD turns profit following jump in chip sales

Intel's poor performance in the last three months of 2005 turned out to be good news for rival chipmaker Advanced Micro Devices Inc., (AMD) which on Wednesday reported better-than-expected financial results for the period. With sales of AMD's microprocessor division increasing nearly 80 percent from the previous year, the company reported revenue of US$1.84 billion.