Stories by James Niccolai

Microsoft's Fortune Rides on Win2000, Analysts Say

With the launch of its Windows 2000 operating system on Feb. 17, Microsoft Corp. will try to move up the software food chain by beginning its assault on the lucrative midrange server business. At stake for the company will be its ability to keep growing at the fairytale rate it has enjoyed for the past half decade, industry analysts said.

Industry Group Weighs In Against Microsoft

A powerful software industry association that counts Microsoft Corp. among its members today urged the judge overseeing the U.S. government's antitrust case against Microsoft to find that the company has violated antitrust laws.

Recording Industry Sues

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued, claiming that the company's online digital music service infringes on valuable copyrights held by record labels and artists.'s Beam-it service allows users to store digital versions of CDs that they own at's Web site, and then listen to them from a PC or portable audio player.

COMDEX: McNealy, the comedian, predicts the future

Scott McNealy had a serious message about the IT industry to deliver here today, but the chairman and chief executive officer of Sun Microsystems couldn't bring himself to deliver it until he'd cracked every gag in the book about arch-rival Microsoft.

COMDEX: Compaq may shun Wintel with 'Net PCs

Compaq has restructured its commercial desktop division into two parts, part of a giant effort to focus on low-cost internet PCs and devices aimed at corporate customers.
The new division will develop the iPaq class of computers, as well as internet appliances like wireless handheld computers.

LinuxOne offers a lite version for the masses

Users who are eager to try out the Linux operating system but don't have a lot of technical know-how may have a friend in LinuxOne. The software firm has released a version of Linux that has been simplified especially for first-time users of the OS.