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Sun, Microsoft Reach Java Deal


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published October 7, 2003
UPDATE: The two rivals come together to give developers more time to migrate applications from Microsoft's JVM to Sun's version.

Analyst: No Longhorn Before 2006


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published August 20, 2003
Because of its plan to align existing applications with the release of the Longhorn version of Windows, one analyst argues Microsoft won't make its anticipated 2005 ship date for the operating system.

Energy Transmission, Distribution Systems Need Major Overhaul


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published August 15, 2003
Experts say the United States energy grid requires major investment in order to prevent repeats of the cascading blackout that left about 50 million people in the U.S. and Canada in the dark Thursday.

Adobe Ties PDF Format to XML


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Dan Orzech

| CIO Insights Article Published July 15, 2003
Aiming to create a new generation of intelligent forms, Adobe announces plans to link PDF files with Web services.

Curtains for Windows NT 4.0 Support


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published July 1, 2003
The venerable operating system reaches the end of its support life-cycle, though Windows NT 4.0 Server still has some borrowed time.

CIOs Still Concerned by Wireless Standards, Security


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 20, 2003
Companies are investing millions of dollars in mobile technologies, but availability and integration with multiple platforms are still hot topics for many CIOs.

SAP Rolls Out Updates at Sapphire


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 18, 2003
Attempting to shift recent focus away from its competitors and onto its products, SAP uses its conference to introduce new features geared to improving operational efficiencies.

Linux Creator Leaves Transmeta to Work on Kernel


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 17, 2003
Linus Torvalds leaves his six-year position with Transmeta to work full time on the Linux kernel at OSDL.

SCO Terminates IBM's AIX License


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 17, 2003
SCO Group yanks IBM's license to use or distribute the Unix-based AIX operating system.

SAP Still King of the Hill


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 13, 2003
While Oracle, PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards duke it out over consolidation, market-leader SAP sees an opportunity.

Web Services Boon for Customers, Not Investors


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 12, 2003
While it offers many tangible benefits for customers, analysts say it may be more difficult for investors to profit from the technology as it commoditizes the markets of IT consultancies and systems integrators.

Microsoft Seeks to Reinvent FrontPage


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 10, 2003
With the forthcoming version of its Web design software, Microsoft wants to turn FrontPage into an output application for XML data.

Microsoft Ties Security to VeriSign, Certifications


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Mark Berniker

| CIO Insights Article Published June 4, 2003
The company joins with VeriSign to bolster its Trustworthy Computing Initiative.

Microsoft Partners Vow Support for Exchange 2003


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 3, 2003
As Microsoft unveils Exchange Server 2003 release candidate 1, a host of Microsoft partners leap its to support.

Microsoft: Mission to 'Jupiter' Rolls Ahead


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published June 2, 2003
The software giant gives a name to the first phase of its 'Jupiter' e-business Web services suite and releases the first beta.

Novell Challenges SCO Over Unix, Linux


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 28, 2003
Novell says it owns the patents and copyrights associated with Unix and challenges SCO to prove Linux infringes on Unix.

Microsoft Ties 'Greenwich' IM Server to Office


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 27, 2003
The company rebrands its Real-Time Communications Server to tighten the products bonds with its Office System line of products.

Will BPEL and WSCI Come Together?


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 22, 2003
Signs suggest that supporters of the BPEL and WSCI Web services specifications are ready to sit down together and explore integrating their efforts.

Consumers Still Wary of Online Security


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 20, 2003
In the wake of the high-profile security vulnerability discovered in Microsoft's Passport service earlier this month, MasterCard International says U.S. consumers still cite enhanced security and privacy features as key factors in their decisions on whether to spend online.

IBM Takes Lotus Deskless


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 20, 2003
Big Blue unveils its answer for providing email to 'deskless' workers within the enterprise.

Microsoft Buys Into SCO Group's Unix


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 20, 2003
The software giant licenses SCO Group's Unix intellectual property, as SCO presses its claim that Linux has misappropriated key Unix code.

Unisys Answers T-Rex with Dorado


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 19, 2003
Seeking to define the 'modern mainframe' and help organizations give new life to legacy systems, Unix introduces the Dorado line.

SCO Faces Hurdles in Linux Claims


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 16, 2003
SCO says it will show a selected third party panel its evidence that Linux infringes on proprietary Unix code, but experts say it faces legal and financial obstacles in pressing its claims.

SCO Throws Gauntlet on Linux, Suspends Sales


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 14, 2003
The owner of the Unix operating system warns commercial Linux users that they may be liable for using Linux.

Microsoft Looks to Future at WinHEC


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 9, 2003
The software giant details plans for the next generation of its Windows operating system, uncovers plans for its next Windows Server operating system, and gives a peek at a PC prototype that it hopes will become a model for the future of collaboration with hardware vendors.

Microsoft, HP Show Path to PC Renaissance


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 6, 2003
At WinHEC, the two partners show off 'Athens' a PC prototype intended to be an example of what bottom-up collaboration between Microsoft and PC vendors can achieve.

SCO Looks for Linux Community Link in DoS Attack


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 6, 2003
Citing the fact that Friday's denial of service attack occurred within 48 hours of IBM's response to SCO's intellectual property infringement suit, SCO says it is investigating whether there is a link between members of the Linux Community and the attack.

Microsoft Shows Off Longhorn's Guts at WinHEC


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published May 5, 2003
Attendees of Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering (WinHEC) trade show will get a chance to explore the forthcoming Windows 'Longhorn' operating system's drivers, audio/video architecture and display architecture.

Microsoft Poised for Rapid Growth in Enterprise Apps


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 25, 2003
Deutsche Bank Securities initiates coverage of the enterprise applications market and notes that Microsoft, while currently at an early stage of investment, may soon be second only to SAP in the space.

Windows Server 2003 Prepares for Grand Entrance


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 24, 2003
Microsoft will debut its newest server operating system Thursday, marking the beginning of the company's quest to take on big iron in the datacenter and boasting deep integration with the rest of its product line.

Office 2003: To Each According to His Need


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 18, 2003
Microsoft provides greater visibility into its Office 2003 strategy and its decision to provide capabilities in various editions according to need.

Microsoft Posts Gains on Brighter FY03 Outlook


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 16, 2003
The software titan exceeds analysts estimates for its fiscal third quarter and bumps up its full year outlook despite softness in the overall software industry.

Judge Nixes Consumer Class-Action Against Microsoft


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 15, 2003
A federal judge rules that the majority of pending consumer antitrust lawsuits against Microsoft are not eligible for class-action status.

Microsoft Focuses on Antispam for Exchange 2003


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 14, 2003
With spam increasingly becoming a significant drain on network resources, Microsoft opens up Exchange Server 2003, allowing partners to integrate antispam components with the server.

Microsoft Trains Legal Guns on Lucent


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 11, 2003
Seeking to indemnify two of its biggest customers from patent infringement lawsuits by Lucent Technologies, Microsoft files a suit of its own.

Red Hat Delves into Applications


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 7, 2003
The Linux distribution firm wades into the higher-level applications space with its Content Management System and Portal Server release.

Microsoft Divvies Up Office 2003 Editions


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published April 2, 2003
The company breaks Office 2003 into six editions, only one of which will come with the new InfoPath application.

Red Hat Unveils 9


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published March 31, 2003
The company releases Red Hat Linux 9, positioning it as an ideal Linux platform for students, home computing and technology enthusiasts.

Microsoft to Send Server 2003 to Manufacturers


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published March 28, 2003
After delaying the product for more than a year and a half, the company prepares to ship its new server operating system to manufacturers.

Oracle Debuts ISV Program for Unbreakable Linux


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Thor Olavsrud

| CIO Insights Article Published March 26, 2003
The database giant offers up sales incentives and marketing funds to help convince ISVs to jump onto the Unbreakable Linux bandwagon.