Stories by Eric Lai

Microsoft sets launch date for Unified Communications

Microsoft will release Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, Office Communicator 2007 and Office Live Meeting via a public webcast October 16, which will be co-hosted by Chairman Bill Gates and Microsoft Business Division President Jeff Raikes.

US panel set to say no to Open XML — for now

The US organisation that is a delegate to the ISO international standards body likely will vote against approving Microsoft's Office Open XML file format as a standard next month, after the proposal failed to get enough support from members of the group's board.

Microsoft clarifies open-source certification plans

Microsoft clarified its plans to seek open-source certification for its shared-source licenses on Wednesday, saying it will submit for approval only the two licenses that allow source code to be used on any platform.

Microsoft mum on whether Google Docs-killer is planned

The latest update to Microsoft Corp.'s Works productivity software is expected to go on sale Wednesday amid renewed speculation that the long-standing, low-end counterpart to Microsoft Office is also being groomed to take on Google Inc. in the online office software market.

Important news about Windows '7': 32-bit to live on

Forget the "7" code name, which was already <a href="">out there</a>, or the 2010 release date, which was also neither <a href="">new</a> nor -- based on Microsoft Corp.'s lately abysmal record with hitting major release dates -- exactly set in stone.

Oracle 11g database to be launched on Wednesday

With Web 2.0, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and open source grabbing all the headlines, launches of enterprise infrastructure software that were once major IT events now sometimes seem like forgotten affairs. Certainly the new millennium marked a downturn in interest in traditional, monolithic back-end software.

No slow graphics with new HP blade PCs

Hewlett-Packard has announced its third generation of blade PCs, which focus on the &quot;Achilles' heel&quot; of most thin-client infrastructures: performance.

Microsoft grants Linux patent amnesty to LG Electronics

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a cross-licensing deal with Korean consumer electronics maker LG Electronics. It is the fifth such deal in recent months that involves Redmond's controversial granting of Linux patent 'protection' -- in this case, to LG-made cell phones and other devices.

Ecosystem for Expression, Silverlight emerging

The recent Mix 07 conference was the launching pad for more than just Microsoft&#8217;s Expression and Silverlight products. Independent software vendors also demonstrated upcoming products that work within the same Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) graphical sub-system as Expression and Silverlight.

Citigroup to upgrade 500,000 PCs to Vista

Citigroup may be in the midst of massive IT restructuring, including layoffs (as reported in Computerworld last week), but it is planning to upgrade as many as 500,000 of its PCs to Windows Vista in the next 13-14 months, according to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer.

Microsoft broadening development tools' reach

Microsoft's developer division is readying a slew of new products, including a set of multimedia design tools aimed at Adobe Systems users. Soma Somasegar, corporate vice president of the developer unit, spoke with Eric Lai this week. Excerpts follow.