Stories by Eric Lai

  • MS ANTITRUST - Exec called software developers 'pawns'

    A Microsoft technical evangelist referred to independent software developers writing for Windows and the company's other software platforms as "pawns" and compared wooing them to convincing someone to have a one-night stand, according to testimony presented Friday against Microsoft in an ongoing antitrust case in Iowa.

  • Microsoft looks to unify communication methods

    Jessica Arnold is Microsoft's product manager for Outlook 2007, the e-mail component of Microsoft's Office 2007 suite. Microsoft has made several improvements in this latest version, such as faster search, RSS feed reading and user interface enhancements, such as a new to-do bar, that are getting buzz among beta testers and analysts. In a survey of IT users we released earlier this month, more respondents rated improvements in Outlook 2007 "very important" than those in Word 2007, Excel 2007 or any other part of the Office 2007 suite. Arnold spoke with Eric Lai on Wednesday. An edited transcript follows.

  • Microsoft exec praised Mac 'to change Vista process'

    Outgoing Windows development chief James Allchin says he was being "purposefully dramatic" in a three-year-old e-mail to Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and CEO Steve Ballmer that surfaced late last week at an Iowa antitrust trial against Microsoft. In the e-mail, Allchin told his two colleagues that development on the Windows Vista operating system had gone astray and that he would buy a Macintosh from rival Apple Computer were he not a Microsoft employee.

  • Novell plans more licensing deals

    Novell on Tuesday said it plans to seek out more deals similar to its recent marketing and licensing pact with Microsoft as it embraces partnerships and moves away from selling its open-source software directly to small and medium-size companies.

  • Microsoft to roll out new version of WGA

    Microsoft on Tuesday released a revamped version of its Windows Genuine Advantage tool that it hopes will reduce complaints arising from paid-up users of Windows XP caught in the dragnet of the controversial anti-piracy program.

  • Some vendors, analysts question stack promises

    Vendors are scrambling to offer open-source application stacks as an alternative to integrated sets of proprietary applications that have long locked users into the technology of a single supplier.

  • Microsoft launches interoperability group

    Reiterating that it wants to play better with others, Microsoft has started a group to promote software interoperability. Twenty-five companies, including Sun Microsystems, BEA Systems, XenSource and Novell, have agreed to join the Interop Vendor Alliance announced Tuesday at Microsoft's IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain.

  • Red Hat reacts to the 'Unthinkable' Microsoft-Novell pact

    Following on the heels of its "Unfakeable Linux" rebuttal to last week's incursion by Oracle into its core Linux support business, Red Hat has called the new alliance between rivals Microsoft and Novell "unthinkable" -- but still spun it as a victory for all Linux vendors.

  • IT savings at issue with upgrades to Vista

    As Microsoft prepares to release Windows Vista to manufacturing next week and make it available to corporate users at the end of the month, the debate is ratcheting up over how much money -- if any -- companies could save by upgrading to the new operating system.

  • Vista users to face new piracy tests

    Microsoft last week confirmed that it is overhauling its antipiracy technology for Windows Vista in an effort to plug a potential software license security hole among corporate users and avoid the problems associated with Windows XP's antipiracy tools.