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Microsoft to back Office-to-ODF plug-in

In a tacit acknowledgment of the OpenDocument Format's (ODF) increased momentum, Microsoft announced Thursday that it will back an open-source project to create software allowing Microsoft Office users to open and save files in ODF.

Opponents to ODF strike back in Massachusetts

A Massachusetts Senate committee released a report Thursday criticizing the state's Information Technology Division (ITD), claiming that its "unilateral" plan to move all state employees to use software that reads and writes files in the OpenDocument...

Belgian gov't moves toward OpenDocument format

In another blow to the supremacy of Microsoft's Office franchise, Belgium on Friday became the second governmental body to approve the use of the OpenDocument format as a way to exchange government documents.

Options drive Web-based Office alternatives

Google's test release Tuesday of an online spreadsheet application is the highest-profile challenge yet to Microsoft's dominant Office software franchise. But it's hardly the first.

NextAction taps Oracle for database marketing

Some people choose databases from Oracle because of their cutting-edge features, but Steve Helle, chief technology officer at Denver area database marketing firm NextAction, wanted something else.

Firefox finally breaks 10 percent barrier

Firefox, the free open-source Web browser from Mozilla.org, quietly gained enough users in March to finally grab 10 percent of the Web browser market, according to a report released Monday by Web audience measurement firm Net Applications.

Microsoft hopes to 'mix' it up with Expression

Multimedia developer Jered Cuenco calls it the "gray box application" phenomenon: when a developer, befuddled by a graphic designer's computer-drawn mockups and unclear instructions, comes back with a prototype full of generic gray buttons, plain whi...

Microsoft to debut Office Live service

Microsoft will announce the free beta of its upcoming Office Live service for small businesses Wednesday and said it hopes to garner more than 100,000 beta users for it.

Coming next to the Mac: Linux and Windows?

Momentum is building, albeit unevenly, to bring alternate operating systems to the Intel-based Macintosh computers that Apple Computer recently released. Despite a lack of encouragement from Apple, operating system vendors and enthusiasts are workin...

Firefox browser use slips in January

The open-source Firefox Web browser continues to flirt with the 10 percent market share milestone, but Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) regained lost ground among Internet users last month -- apparently at the expense of Firefox and Apple Computer'...

Red Hat commits to MIT's US$100 laptop

Fedora Core, a popular flavor of Linux being developed by the open-source community, is hardly hefty by Tuesday's operating system standards. But to fit the tight specs for the US$100 laptop being designed by MIT's One-Lap-Per-Child (OLPC) group, Fed...

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