Articles By Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft’s criticism surprises Toronto author of “open cloud manifesto”

Microsoft Corp.'s sharp criticism of an "open cloud manifesto" surprised drafters of the document, who plan to release it to the public on Monday, according to the founder of a company that helped

Published on: March 30th, 2009 Elizabeth Montalbano

Why Vista failed businesses and how Microsoft hopes to make up for it

About a year ago on its Redmond, Washington, campus, a member of Microsoft's Windows Vista team met with a group of journalists to face some tough questions about the OS.At the time, it

Published on: March 11th, 2009 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft confirms Yahoo’s Lu to run online services

Lu, formerly Yahoo's vice president of engineering for the Search and Advertising Technology Group, will take over as president of Microsoft's Online Services Group on Jan. 5, Microsoft said. Lu left Yahoo in

Published on: December 5th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft exults at success in pulverizing piracy

The company outlined more than 400 law-enforcement efforts in 49 countries on six continents around the world to prevent the piracy or counterfeiting of its software products. Microsoft is calling Tuesday "Global Anti-Piracy

Published on: October 22nd, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft promises to fix problem feature in Windows 7

Microsoft plans to improve the much-maligned user account control (UAC) feature in the next version of its Windows client OS, acknowledging that the new security feature it built into Windows Vista has caused

Published on: October 10th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Big Easy 2.0 – Microsoft’s incentive program beefed up

Microsoft has given small and mid-sized business customers more ways to earn cash to buy its software through partners by adding new products and product groups to its Big Easy program.Recently, Microsoft unveiled

Published on: October 7th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Google’s glossy fa

Now that Google has reached its 10-year mark, the company is facing the cultural complexities and challenges that come with the transition from hip start-up to corporate giant.In Google Inc.'s early days, it

Published on: September 10th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft opens lid on new SMB software pricing

Microsoft recently revealed pricing details for a new server software bundle aimed at midsized companies and the next version of its Small Business Server product.Microsoft also made available preview versions of those products

Published on: May 28th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Yang switches gears – says Yahoo still open to higher Microsoft bid

Facing shareholder ire and a plunging stock price, Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang said Yahoo board members would still sell the company to Microsoft or another suitor if the price is right.According to Bloomberg,

Published on: May 7th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

BlackBerry gets new CRM goodies thanks to RIM-SAP alliance

SAP and Research in Motion have teamed up to bring SAP's back-end business applications, beginning with CRM, to BlackBerry devices.The companies Friday unveiled a co-development partnership that executives called a "game changer" for

Published on: May 5th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft’s Ballmer grilled on Yahoo offer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer couldn't avoid being trampled by the elephant in the room -- the company's bid to acquire Yahoo -- during a quirky keynote question-and-answer session at the company's MIX 08

Published on: March 7th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft promises not to sue over open source, pledges engagement, transparency

In a major turnaround for Microsoft, the company Thursday promised "greater transparency" in its development and business practices, outlining a new strategy to provide more access to APIs and previously proprietary protocols for

Published on: February 22nd, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft subscripion license model lowers costs for small businesses

Microsoft is offering a new subscription model to small businesses that will allow them to use the company's software for less cost than the currently available licensing model. The plan, called Open Value

Published on: February 12th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Small businesses “fastest adopters” of Microsoft Vista

Nearly half of businesses are in some phase of preparing to update desktops to Windows Vista, with small businesses moving the fastest to implement the OS, according to a new report released Monday.The

Published on: January 15th, 2008 Elizabeth Montalbano

Dismal year for IT purchases predicted

Forrester Research has revised projections for IT investment in 2008 down from previous research published in October, predicting the year ahead will be a slow one both in the U.S. and globally.The areas

Published on: December 15th, 2007 Elizabeth Montalbano