Microsoft has more than made good on its plan from a year ago to eliminate 5,000 positions by the middle of June 2010, the company reported as part of its quarterly 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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VMware is to buy Yahoo's Zimbra open source messaging business in order to expand its stake in the platform-as-a-service market.
Ten years ago on January 13, 2000, Microsoft's Bill Gates turned over the CEO reins to Steve Ballmer, who emphasised then that the internet would be the target for much of the company's new software development efforts.
Online data management vendor Syncplicity has released the Business Edition of its service that includes data collaboration, file management, backup and automatic synchronisation between desktop and cloud applications.
At its Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles last week, Microsoft quietly introduced a cloud-enabled variant of its System Centre management software.
Microsoft Monday shipped the final release of <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/reviews/2009/110909-microsoft-exchange-2010.html?ts0hb&story=msboom">Exchange 2010</a>, ushering in not so much the latest version of its messaging server but the first updated piece of its unified communications and collaboration platform.
Red Hat Tuesday made good on its promise to deliver a stand-alone hypervisor and a set of management tools as its <a href="https://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/090309-red-hat-virtualization.html?page=2">gears up</a> to go toe-to-toe with VMware and Microsoft to become a top-tier provider of virtualization and cloud computing infrastructure.
Microsoft says it will provide patent- and licence-free use rights to the format behind its Outlook Personal Folders opening e-mail, calendar, contacts and other information to a host of applications such as antimalware or cloud-based services.
LA VEGAS -- Four years after buying Ray Ozzie's <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/community/free-sharepoint-tools">Groove,</a> Microsoft is making its most significant dive into the technology using the client software to create an offline data store and workplace for <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/101909-windows7.html?hpg1=bn">SharePoint</a> users.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer characterised the recent Sidekick data loss episode as “not good,” and said he believes all the data will be recovered, but added that Microsoft will have to be more forthcoming in explaining to enterprise customers why a similar situation won’t occur with Microsoft’s online services.
Novell and SAP Tuesday announced a partnership to integrate, certify and support their respective security and identity technology and governance, risk and compliance software.
The Sidekick implosion, which <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2009/101109-microsoft-loses-sidekick-users-personal.html?fsrc=netflash-rss">wiped out user data</a>, may have been the result of sabotage, according to blogger and author Daniel Eran Dilger, who quotes "insiders" familiar with the situation.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer received a 5.5 percent decrease in his overall compensation last year as the company suffered through its first-ever drop in overall revenue, according to documents filed with the SEC Tuesday.
Microsoft executives say the company's ambitious plan to integrate security and identity software is progressing slower than hoped but that the foundation for the work will be set early next year.
With the hope of sparking Windows 7 upgrades, Microsoft is planning an early release of its suite of desktop deployment tools.