Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

Microsoft opens virtual desktop options, says analyst

Changes Microsoft has made to its desktop-virtualisation licensing are giving enterprises more scenarios for how they can virtualise Windows XP or Vista on corporate desktops, but it's still a complicated and relatively expensive endeavor, according to a recent report by Forrester Research.

Oracle agrees to buy Sun for US$7.4 billion

Oracle has signed a deal to purchase Sun Microsystems for US$7.4 billion, plunging the enterprise software vendor into the hardware market and making Sun the latest company to be subsumed by the Silicon Valley giant.

Private clouds a good first step, say IT pros

Deploying a private cloud network is a good way for enterprises to ease into cloud computing before deploying applications on the infrastructures of companies such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft, IT professionals said at a conference in New York this month.

Ballmer: IBM-Sun deal could help Microsoft

A union between IBM and Sun Microsystems would give Microsoft a competitive advantage during the time IBM worked to incorporate Sun's copious assets into a combined company, Microsoft's Steve Ballmer said Thursday.

Windows Azure goes down for early adopters

Users of Microsoft's cloud-computing network Windows Azure suffered an overnight outage over the weekend during which their applications being hosted on the network weren't available, Microsoft confirmed late Monday.

Windows 7 uptake could be stalled by economy

The turbulent economy could hinder enterprise adoption of Windows 7, even though many companies opted to skip Windows Vista and are still running Windows XP OS, analysts say.

Microsoft denies Windows 7 UAC vulnerability

Microsoft is denying that there is a security hole in the User Account Control (UAC) feature of Windows 7 after a blogger reported it last week and posted what he said was a fix for it.

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