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Microsoft delivers Windows Vista beta

After four long years of talking the talk, Microsoft on Wednesday gave the outside world its first official look at its next generation operating system, shipping Beta 1 Release of the recently renamed Windows Vista.

Office 12 to include XML file formats

In a move that could bring a chorus of both cheers and jeers, Microsoft has announced its commitment to adopt XML technology as the default file format in the next version of Office, code-named Office 12, due to enter beta later this year.

IBM rolls out security apps for SMBs

Hoping to address the two most pressing concerns among SMBs, namely security and compliance, IBM on Tuesday is rolling out a series of bundled applications and managed services offerings to be part of its Express line of offerings.

IBM debuts light laptop

IBM on Tuesday announced what company officials said is its lightest portable notebook that features the company's built-in fingerprint reader, along with new software that carries out a complete hardware check to ensure the system is working at peak...

Astaro rolls out new spyware

Astaro on Tuesday released an improved version of its Linux-based security package that now includes gateway-based spyware protection against malware and the ability to block and removed infected software already on a system.

IBM's Ultra-small PC

IBM's new space-saving ThinkCentre S50 business PC is the size of a cereal box and weighs about 6kg. Inside its steel chassis, the S50 houses an internal power supply and "caddy" around its 40-80GB 3.5in hard disk, used to lock the drive in place wit...

Office by the (financial) numbers

Continuing its push to grab larger chunks of the SMB (small and midsize business) markets, Microsoft on Friday confirmed it will ship a low-end accounting package -- code-named Magellan -- with a new version of Office, and the two will work in concer...

Ballmer: Windows TCO the way to go

In the face of growing competition from Linux, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a four-page memo to customers on Wednesday outlining the economic and security advantages Windows has over Linux, the potential dangers of open source involving inde...

Microsoft rolls out embedded Windows XP

Hoping to whet the appetite of developers specializing in mobile and embedded devices, Microsoft on Monday made available a free technology preview of Windows XP Embedded containing Service Pack 2 (SP2) that it expects to deliver by year's end.

IBM intros ThinkPad with fingerprint reader

Hoping to drive biometric devices into the mainstream, IBM on Monday unveiled its first ThinkPad that features an integrated fingerprint reader that will work in tandem with an embedded security system.

Linux standards base Version 2.0 has C++ support

The Free Standards Group (FSG) on Tuesday will release Version 2.0 of its Linux Standard Base (LSB), a key standard that enables developers to rally around a common programming framework and keeps Linux from fragmenting into competing camps.

Spruced up 64-bit Windows beta ready

Microsoft on Wednesday made available the latest builds of its 64-bit version of Windows XP Professional and Windows Server 2003 Enterprise, that each features a handful of new improvements including the Luna user interface, Windows Messenger, Window...

IBM gets small in a big way

IBM's PC desktop division continues to think small in a big way announcing a desktop system that is 35 per cent smaller than its predecessor with a footprint that takes up less space than some of its laptop machines.

Microsoft kicks off ISV road show

Microsoft will lug out the marketing drum for its next generation of products later this month when it kicks off its Worldwide ISV Road Show that will travel to 11 cities in nine countries.

Weighing an interim release to Windows

Under the project name Windows XP Reloaded, Microsoft is considering how to add functionality to Windows. The discussions could result in an interim release of Windows before Longhorn. Greg Sullivan, lead product manager for Windows XP, spoke with Ed...

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