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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in July 2008
Another of the Web giants, eBay, may be joining the growing and nebulous (pun intended) field of cloud computing, if a new job listing is any indication.
Though there's been plenty of news and innuendo filtering out about Windows 7, we haven't heard much about the next version of Windows Server. Well, it seems Microsoft's begun testing it.
Live Mesh currently is a synchronization and remote access tool for Windows customers with Live IDs, but Microsoft says it will evolve to become much more than that.
Later this month, Microsoft Research will demonstrate a spherical display that can be interacted with through touch. What it could eventually be used for is anyone's guess: it's apparently been paired with a globe application, but is a study in user interfaces as much as anything else.
Zoomix software automatically cleans data of redundant instances, analyzes and classifies data, and learns from its previous actions.
During the last few months, with the prospect of significant news about the futures of Windows, Office, and online services, there's been a familiar refrain coming from Microsoft camps, both clearly and implied: wait until PDC.
Stephen Elop, the new president of Microsoft's business division, describes the challenges he faces in an interview with InformationWeek.
The company additionally laid out plans to pay its partners 12% of first-year revenue and 6% of ongoing revenue from sales.
The company will work to reverse the widely held belief, informed by early troubles upon the operating system's launch, that Vista isn't compatible with many applications and devices.
The Small Business Assurance program will provide Vista deployment help and free "deep technical" support over the phone through October.
The offer may be back on the table if billionaire investor Carl Icahn is successful in his bid to overhaul Yahoo's board of directors at its August 1 shareholder meeting.
Coming to IE8 is a set of cross-site scripting defenses to defeat hackers looking to steal cookies and browser history, logging keystrokes, stealing credentials, or just evading phishing filters.
Under Powerset's hood is decades-in-the-making natural-language processing technology the company licensed from the Palo Alto Research Center, formerly of Xerox.
The software vendor is continuing down a path that's cut the total number of licensing programs from more than 100 last year to 26.
Adobe has unveiled Searchable SWF technology and is distributing a "search-engine optimized" version of Flash Player to Google and Yahoo.