Stories by John Fontana

Microsoft fixes XP SP2 patching flaw

Microsoft Thursday released a fix for the Windows XP Service Pack 2 installation package it provided to corporate users of its free patch deployment server to correct a flaw that would not allow IT to stealthy install the service pack without end-user intervention.

Sun, Netegrity beef up identity offerings

Sun Microsystems Inc. next month will revamp its identity management software by consolidating its lineup of eight products into three offerings while integrating technology from its recent acquisition of provisioning vendor Waveset.

Symantec snatches up antispam vendor

Symantec Corp. Wednesday signed an agreement to acquire antispam vendor Brightmail Inc. for US$370 million to complement its lineup of gateway security software.

MS rolls out server roadmap, pegs Longhorn Server

Microsoft Corp. Thursday for the first time announced the timeframe for shipment of its Longhorn Server and unveiled a partial list of its capabilities as part of a five-year roadmap that includes a plan to release feature-packed server updates between major versions of the operating system.

Akonix takes aim at spim

Akonix Systems on Tuesday released a version of its instant messaging management and security gateway designed to block spim and malicious code.

Microsoft releases tool for file server migration

Rounding out its set of free migration software to get users off aging platforms, Microsoft Corp. Monday made available a toolkit to help users move files from Windows NT or 2000 to Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft Q3 revenue up

Microsoft Corp. Thursday reported strong sales of its server software, client operating systems and Office application but said that stock compensation and legal settlements paid during its fiscal third quarter contributed to a 38 percent drop in quarterly profits.

Liquid Machines pushes rights management

Rights management vendor Liquid Machines Inc. on Monday released the latest version of its data protection software that adds the ability to extend its corporate document access controls to partners and suppliers.

Sun-Microsoft deal good for IT managers

FRAMINGHAM (04/02/2004) - Sun Microsystems Inc. and Microsoft Corp.'s icebreaking partnership finalized in the wee hours of Friday morning could provide years of relief from agonizing integration projects for corporate IT if the marriage turns out as solid in real life as it looks on paper.