Stories by Bob Trott and Ed Scannell

Licensing questions overshadow Office XP launch

Microsoft officially launched Office XP Thursday morning, but observers are already questioning whether the productivity suite will get through the door of the enterprise. The answer to that question may not hinge on Office's new features and functionality, but rather on how companies approach the software giant's new licensing structure.

Microsoft to make developer pitch

With the outline of its .NET "software as a service" strategy on the table, Microsoft is trying to win over an important group that must help fill in the blanks: software developers.