Articles By Eric Lai

Texas blackballs Windows Vista — outlaws use in government agencies

The Texas state Senate, on Wednesday, gave preliminary approval to a state budget that includes a provision forbidding government agencies from upgrading to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows Vista without written consent of the legislature.

Published on: April 3rd, 2009 Eric Lai

Two smart

Microsoft Office 2007 isn't cheap. The full standard edition lists for $399, and other editions cost between $149 and $499. Besides rare promotions like last year's "Ultimate Steal," Microsoft Corp. will discount its

Published on: March 10th, 2009 Eric Lai

Flash for smart phones coming this year, Adobe says

See related article and video: What's so great about Adobe Flash Player 10? Adobe Systems Inc. has said it will release its first full-fledged Flash multimedia player for . smart phones by year's

Published on: February 18th, 2009 Eric Lai

Intel to shut four plants, lay off 6,000

Analysts laid the blame for Intel's actions on weak PC sales combined with tight-fisted consumers choosing low-cost models such as netbooks. They also said impressive new CPUs from rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Published on: January 22nd, 2009 Eric Lai

Seven smart ways to control IT costs in these difficult times

It's official: IT budgets, once so resilient in the face of three years of worsening economic news, aren't immune to the downturn after all.IT spending is expected to grow just 2.6 per cent

Published on: December 3rd, 2008 Eric Lai

Microsoft bringing Office to the Web and smart phones

After teasing the market multiple times, Microsoft Corp. will finally confirm today that it is bringing its most money-making desktop software franchise online and to smart phones.Microsoft will release lightweight versions of four

Published on: October 30th, 2008 Eric Lai

Jerry and Bill comedy duo better in second commercial

The second Windows commercial starring Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates showed up on YouTube last night at a length of four and a half minutes -- normal for a pop song, long for

Published on: September 16th, 2008 Eric Lai

Windows Vista mirrors XP in slow user adoption rate

Twenty-one months after its initial release, what do we know about Windows Vista? That home users hate it, businesses are uninstalling it and - according to Gartner Inc. - it's proof that the

Published on: August 26th, 2008 Eric Lai

A three-step guide to building a multi-screen workstation really cheap

It's too bad the late George Carlin never updated his classic '70s comedy monologue "A place for my stuff" for the Digital Age. Here's how I imagine it would've gone: That's all you

Published on: July 21st, 2008 Eric Lai

Start-ups look to Microsoft for venture capital

Microsoft Corp. may not have the best reputation on patent issues, but in one area it appears to be friendlier and more progressive than other IT vendors.Microsoft's IP Ventures program has just completed

Published on: June 12th, 2008 Eric Lai

Here’s why developers are avoiding Vista

Windows developers are confirming the results of a surveyreleased last Thursday that found fewer than 1 in 12 programmers currently writing applications targeting Windows Vista. "None of our customers are saying, 'G******it, we

Published on: May 16th, 2008 Eric Lai

Smart ways to turbocharge your Web site

Databases are getting faster every day. But they're still a significant bottleneck for many Web applications or Web sites. Why? Mechanical hard drives, impeded by the laws of physics, bog down the relational

Published on: April 22nd, 2008 Eric Lai

How sophisticated buyers save $110 on Windows Vista SP1

Microsoft continues to give its tacit blessing for consumers to exploit a technical loophole that allows them to upgrade to Vista with Service Pack 1, even if they don't own the necessary prior

Published on: April 4th, 2008 Eric Lai

Microsoft licensing of Flash Lite offers heavy duty benefits to Adobe

After it was publicly scorned by Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs earlier this month, Adobe Systems Inc.'s Flash Lite mobile media player on Monday found itself in the warm embrace of a strange

Published on: March 31st, 2008 Eric Lai

Business users still favour Internet Explorer over Firefox

With a new CEO on board and a major update of its Firefox Web browser expected this year, Mozilla Corp. hopes to reinvigorate its campaign to pull users away from Microsoft Corp.'s still-dominant

Published on: January 14th, 2008 Eric Lai