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Novell's suit points to Office dominance

Novell's antitrust lawsuit alleging that Microsoft illegally tried to eliminate competition in the desktop applications market in the mid-1990s highlights the continuing problems that alternatives to Microsoft Office have in winning users.

Interview: Sun's Green says ruling will boost Java

Sun Microsystems's top Java executive contends that the federal court's impending "must carry" decision will aid corporate developers by assuring Java's ubiquitous distribution. In this interview, Richard Green, Sun's vice president and general manag...

Java developers laud ruling in Microsoft case

A U.S. District Court judge's plan to force Microsoft to ship the most recent version of Java software with Windows desktop operating systems may revive Java development and help its rival, Sun Microsystems, battle .Net.

States help keep Microsoft antitrust case alive

Massachusetts and West Virginia face a daunting but not impossible task in appealing the Microsoft antitrust decision, a move that keeps alive for at least a year the threat of additional remedies against the software maker, according to legal expert...

DC area to use wireless network for emergencies

Police, fire and other emergency personnel in the Washington area are turning to open standards and instant messaging to overcome their inability to communicate via proprietary voice radio systems.

MS/DOJ States want MS memo admitted in remedy case

A top Microsoft Corp. executive two years ago urged the company to take retaliatory action against PC makers developing devices that support Linux, according to an e-mail the nine nonsettling states want admitted as evidence in the remedy case.

Gates: Remedy could delay software updates

Testifying for the second day in his company's antitrust case, Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates warned that remedies sought by the nonsettling states could delay release of critical security patches, allow vendors selling versions of the Linux ope...

Official: Terrorists used Web to get info on targets

The Bush administration's top cyberdefense official said today there is evidence that the terrorist group al-Qaeda was using the Internet to gather intelligence about critical facilities in the U.S., and other terrorist groups and nations may be doin...

States, users still worried about Microsoft

California, home to Microsoft Corp.'s most ardent business rivals, has emerged as the leader among the nine states that rejected the federal government's settlement of its antitrust case against the software giant. It's a leadership position Kevin De...

Senate hearings on XP delayed, but not abandoned

Plans by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to hold a series of hearings on Internet-related competition issues and Windows XP, the new operating system officially being released this week, have been put off by terrorism concerns but not abandoned.

Next phase of antitrust case could be a long one

The next phase of the Microsoft Corp. antitrust case -- deciding what remedies to impose on the software giant -- has the potential of being as protracted and complex as the initial trial, according to a joint status report filed by both sides in U.S...

Justice drops breakup effort against Microsoft

The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that it will not seek a breakup of Microsoft Corp. in the new remedy phase of the case, and, instead, will seek a series of remedies that restrict the company's business practices. The government also said...

HP/Compaq deal likely to get close legal scrutiny

The pending merger of Compaq Computer Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. is expected to face intense scrutiny here and in Europe and involve an examination of the competitive effect on product lines ranging from desktops to high-end servers, legal experts...

No area code crisis looms, expert says

A U.S. House subcommittee intends to look at the issue of "area code exhaustion" at a hearing next month. While telephone numbers longer than 10 digits will be eventually be needed once the three-digit area code combinations are exhausted, it isn't l...

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First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

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