Microsoft Takes Bold Steps Toward Open APIs and Publishing Tech Specs

Microsoft is placing a significant emphasis on standardization and interoperability, saying it will share its APIs and release extensive documentation of its protocols.

Microsoft Open Source Project To Enable OOXML Conversion

Microsoft today launched an open source software project on the SourceForge site, aimed at developing conversion tools that will translate Microsoft Office binary files to Office Open XML (OOXML) file formats.

UPDATED: Yahoo Seeking Deal with News Corp.

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that Microsoft is facing another suitor for Yahoo: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

Gates Outlines Future of Office

Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates took the wraps off a major new version of Office Live Small Business and launched a new developer program for Office Live.

Gates on Yahoo: 'You Need Scale'

Today at Microsoft's Office System Developer Conference (OSDC) in San Jose, Calif., Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates commented on what he thinks Yahoo got right -- and wrong -- just as Yahoo formally rejected the Redmond, Wash.-based company's initial offer.

Google, Microsoft, IBM, VeriSign and Yahoo Join OpenID Board

In a move that could help deliver single sign-on to the masses, Google, Microsoft, IBM, VeriSign and Yahoo have joined a consortium that backs a common federated identity specification.

Sybase Has 'Record' Year

Once left for dead, Sybase Inc. has shored up its key tools and mobile businesses, while it remains a factor in a database market dominated by Oracle, IBM and Microsoft.

Macs Vulnerable to Malware? Say It Ain't So!

IT security firm Sophos this week let the cat out of the bag, spilled the beans, and otherwise debunked the widely treasured myth that Macs are invulnerable to malware in its Security Threat Report 2008; released Tuesday.

Analysts: 'Inside Job' Among Top IT Security Concerns for '08

Browser-based attacks, bot vector incursions, targeted phishing, mobile hacking and insider espionage rank as top five security menaces for 2008.

Microsoft Begins Releasing Source Code for .NET Framework Libraries

Microsoft today followed up on its earlier promise to start releasing the .NET framework library source code for .NET 3.5.

Office 2008 for Mac Arriving Today

At the Macworld Conference & Expo, Microsoft today is releasing Office 2008 for Mac, the latest version of the company's ubiquitous office productivity suite.

IBM and Mainsoft Ink Deal to Integrate .NET Apps

IBMWebSphere Portal to be sold with Mainsoft's .NET-Java interoperability solution.

Extending.NET to Multi-Tier Apps

Early build of 'Volta' toolset expected to ease multi-tier app development.

Software Giants Differ on VM Support

Microsoft and others embrace virtualization, but support varies.

CIFS Code Opened for Windows File Sharing

OpenSolaris and Windows can cooperate thanks to released CIFS code