Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft forms, funds new open-source foundation

Microsoft has founded and is providing the funding for a new foundation aimed at bringing open-source and proprietary software companies together to participate side by side in open-source projects.

Analysts: Microsoft enterprise licensing still challenging

Despite efforts from Microsoft over the years to simplify its software licensing for businesses, a new analyst report said it's more complex than ever for companies to figure out the most cost-effective way to acquire products from the vendor.

As Exchange grows up, it plays more strategic role

Long an important product for Microsoft, Exchange Server going forward will play even more of a key role in the company's plan to extend its collaboration applications to mobile devices and other software platforms.

Devil in details of Yahoo, Microsoft search tie-up

Microsoft and Yahoo took so long to reach an internet search and advertising agreement because they considered factors beyond key financial considerations to ensure a deal would allow both companies to drive their separate online businesses forward, their CEOs said yesterday.