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  • SAAS, virtualization, SOA to top 2007 software trends

    Posted December 7, 2006 - 9:42 am

    Many of the software trends that percolated in the industry in 2006 will gather more steam in 2007, but several stand out as contenders to change the game for the market in the new year. Here are some of the key software trends to watch for in 2007.
  • Sametime links up with AIM, Google Talk

    Posted December 6, 2006 - 9:43 am

    IBM Corp.'s Sametime has gained interoperability with public instant messaging networks from AOL LLC and Google Inc., and will interoperate with the one from Yahoo Inc. in a matter of weeks.
  • SAP delivers first mySAP 2005 enhancements

    Posted December 5, 2006 - 9:11 am

    SAP AG has delivered the first in a planned series of regular enhancements to the current version of its ERP (enterprise resource planning) software, as the vendor embarks on a new way to deliver ERP applications.
  • Novell to support Open XML in office suite in January

    Posted December 5, 2006 - 9:00 am

    Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. have wasted little time in demonstrating there is real work being done as part of their recent Linux interoperability pact. Just a month after the historic deal between the companies, Novell said Monday it will support the proprietary document format in Microsoft Office 2007, Open XML, in its open-source version of the OpenOffice productivity suite by the end of January.
  • Business Objects acquires SaaS firm Nsite

    Posted December 1, 2006 - 9:50 am

    Business Objects SA will acquire Nsite Software Inc., which develops a software-as-a-service delivery platform, in a move to offer more of its own products over the Internet, the companies announced.
  • Microsoft launches Vista, Office 2007 to businesses

    Posted November 30, 2006 - 12:13 pm

    After five years and numerous delays, customers can now get their hands on the final version of the Windows Vista operating system. Well, business customers can at least.
  • Vista, Office 2007 business launch gets rolling in Asia

    Posted November 30, 2006 - 9:33 am

    Microsoft Corp. kicked off the day-long launch of its Vista operating system, Office 2007 suite and Exchange Server 2007 applications for enterprise users with events at three locations in Asia Thursday.
  • Corel to fully support ODF, Open XML in WordPerfect

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 2:58 pm

    Corel Corp. is adopting a neutral approach to the electronic document format duel and updating its WordPerfect word processing software to fully support both the OpenDocument Format (ODF) and Microsoft Corp.'s Office Open XML formats.
  • Novell pulls plug on Hula collaboration server project

    Posted November 29, 2006 - 9:40 am

    The future of Hula, the open-source collaboration server project initiated by Novell Inc., is in jeopardy since Novell pulled staff and funding from the project, according to a Hula newsgroup posting.
  • Enterprise IT application consolidation made easier

    Posted November 28, 2006 - 3:56 pm

    With application consolidation, enterprises must address a number of critical issues: user acceptance of change, application adoption, and compliance requirements. Performance support tools can address these issues both before change, through incorporation in training, and after, through self-service support.
  • South Korean patent ruling threatens Microsoft Office

    Posted November 27, 2006 - 5:05 pm

    Microsoft Corp. may have to pull its Office suite from the shelves in South Korea as a result of losing a patent lawsuit in that country, according to published reports.
  • Microsoft: No shutdown switch for Office 2007

    Posted November 21, 2006 - 2:44 pm

    Microsoft Corp. has no plans to add a controversial Windows Vista antipiracy feature directly to its Office 2007 suite, but will consider offering it as an add-on system, the company said Tuesday.
  • EMC to offer embedded version of Documentum

    Posted November 20, 2006 - 10:12 am

    EMC Corp. is looking to drum up more market share and revenue for its Documentum enterprise content management (ECM) software. The vendor will announce Monday plans to offer a version of the product specifically designed to meet the needs of application vendors so that they can embed Documentum into their software.
  • IBM offers new single sign-on tool for SMBs

    Posted November 20, 2006 - 10:03 am

    IBM Corp. has added a new single sign-on tool to its Tivoli software range to make life easier for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) to link their Web sites with those of partners and customers.
  • E-mail rebels at work

    Posted November 17, 2006 - 12:39 pm


  • Google hires spreadsheet company founders

    Posted November 17, 2006 - 9:05 am

    Google Inc. may be planning to beef up its online spreadsheet offering by hiring the founders of iRows, a browser-based spreadsheet service.
  • SugarCRM supports full open-source stack

    Posted November 17, 2006 - 8:27 am

    SugarCRM Inc. became the latest open-source player to offer users a way to more simply install and support a full software stack comprising its own CRM (customer relationship management) application and other third-party offerings.
  • Microsoft plans CardSpace plug-in for Firefox

    Posted November 16, 2006 - 10:25 am

    Microsoft Corp. will write a software plug-in that allows the Firefox open-source Web browser to work with Microsoft's Cardspace identity management technology.
  • Google, Yahoo and Microsoft partner to help webmasters

    Posted November 16, 2006 - 9:58 am

    Strange bedfellows Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. have partnered to simplify how webmasters and online publishers submit their sites' content for indexing in the companies' search engines.
  • Office Live leaves beta with ad-purchasing service

    Posted November 15, 2006 - 3:08 pm

    As expected, Microsoft Corp.'s Office Live hosting service for small businesses emerged from beta Wednesday with a test version of a new service that allows users to purchase online advertising for Microsoft's search engines.
  • AOL upgrades AIM with offline messaging, chat logs

    Posted November 15, 2006 - 10:53 am

    AOL LLC has upgraded its popular AIM instant messaging service with new features like the ability to send messages to offline users and to store IM sessions in a PC.
  • SAP, Microsoft plan more Duet features and new version

    Posted November 15, 2006 - 9:42 am

    Businesses interested in Duet, the software application jointly developed by Microsoft Corp. and SAP AG, can look forward to new features and a new version of the product over the next several months.
  • Microsoft hits rough patches with managed services

    Posted November 14, 2006 - 9:13 am

    Microsoft Corp. is nurturing a plan to expand its work in managed services over the next year as companies look to reduce the cost of their internal IT management, a top company executive said Tuesday.
  • Open Text readies Livelink ECM 10

    Posted November 13, 2006 - 3:17 pm

    Amid the ongoing consolidation in the enterprise content management (ECM) software market, Canadian player Open Text Corp. hopes to remain both an independent entity and relevant by tightening its partnerships with vendors that provide more base-level ECM.
  • SAP appoints head of new SME unit

    Posted November 13, 2006 - 10:57 am

    Keen to carve out a larger chunk of the global market for enterprise applications, German business software vendor SAP AG has established a new global unit to target small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and appointed a company veteran to head the assault.
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