Profile of J. Nicholas HooverSenior Editor, InformationWeek Government
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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in April 2008
Several of the moves will further open access to Flash, including removing restrictions on the use of the SWF and FLV file formats.
The report recommends companies adopt a new metric called Corporate Average Data Efficiency (CADE) that combines both IT and facilities costs to monitor energy use.
Microsoft is holding up the software update's release, this time after finding a compatibility issue with an electronic checkout system for retailers.
Microsoft is extending its management software to Linux and Unix by integrating some of the open source OpenPegasus project's code into System Center Operations Manager.
Ambitious plan to weave PCs, devices, and cloud computing is still in the early stages.
Microsoft MVPs say that they hope Microsoft can deliver on the big promises it's making with its software-plus-services development platform.
Ray Ozzie says Microsoft's software and services endeavor is a shift from its PC roots and key to sharing content and data over a number of devices.
Parallel database pioneer David DeWitt will join Microsoft as its newest technical fellow and open an advanced development laboratory in Madison, Wis.
Live Mesh will let users share data and content across a wide variety of devices using both Web-based and client software.
Desktone plans to sell "desktops as a service" through service providers like Verizon Businesss and European and Asian carriers; IBM is a partner.
While Microsoft officially refused comment, two job listings offer tantalizing information about a significant enterprise database project under development.
The analyst firm pointed to better administrative tools, security tools like User Account Control, and Vista's integrated search functionality in its assessment.
The two companies also compete with Microsoft's Windows Presentation Foundation and Silverlight in the online-offline rich Internet app runtime marketplace.
Synchronization has become a major theme for Microsoft's online strategy, and the forthcoming launch of Live Mesh at next week's Web 2.0 Conference shows that the company is finally getting ready for more of its "software plus services" coming-out party.
While the integration of Salesforce and Google Apps builds on work of its predecessors, it also represents a fundamental departure from most of those previous integration efforts.
As cloud computing grows, corporate users would be wise to put it on watch.
Reports of Yahoo-AOL-Google tie-ups and Microsoft-News Corp. bids are signs we're in for more trench warfare in the struggle for Yahoo's future. And more hints that Yahoo doesn't want any part of Microsoft.
The server-packed shipping units allow Microsoft to run its entire $500 million Northlake facility with a continuous staff of little more than 20 or 30 employees.
Information includes details about how Exchange Server and Outlook talk, as well as how Office and SharePoint communicate with each other.
The company's Mashup Center and WebSphere sMash make it easier for both developers and information workers to create and use mashups.
The startup's Web server-based software competes with larger vendors like Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware as well as thin client advocates like Sun and Wyse.
The case centered on storage management technology Microsoft had licensed from vendor Veritas, which was integrated into Windows.
The kiosks use a special optical tag that recognizes selected cell phones to let customers explore device features.
Even if IT shops aren't formally pushing employees to Firefox, they are moving to support the browser in their enterprise Web apps, Forrester Research suggests.
Acceptance means that Microsoft doesn't have to worry about governments that prefer internationally standardized document formats backing away from Office.
The expanded features for Windows Mobile and BlackBerry devices are designed to regain market share Microsoft is losing to desktop search.