Stories by John Fontana

Microsoft delays delivery of Yukon, Whidbey

FRAMINGHAM (03/10/2004) - Microsoft Corp. has yet again pushed back the scheduled release of the next version of SQL Server -- codenamed Yukon -- saying it needs more time to test the software. adds conferencing to collaboration tools

FRAMINGHAM (02/23/2004) - Inc. this week will add conferencing and group scheduling features to its suite of hosted collaboration software. The features will let corporations host Web- and audio conferences, as well as provide users with shared scheduling services and the ability to book conference rooms, projectors and other resources as part of the scheduling.

Source code leak linked to Microsoft partner

FRAMINGHAM (02/13/2004) - The Windows 2000 source code that was leaked to the Internet originated from a Microsoft Corp. partner and not the software giant itself, according to the Web site.

Web services wisdom

When Ira Feuer thinks about Web services he sees a visionary technology that needs a visionary manager.

Sarvega accelerates XML processing

FRAMINGHAM (12/15/2003) - Web services start-up Sarvega Inc. has released an XML network traffic-acceleration device that integrates security and content-aware routing onto a blade that fits a standard PCI chassis and is compatible with IBM Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. blade architectures.

Cape Clear tackles data integration

FRAMINGHAM (12/12/2003) - Start-up Cape Clear Software Inc. on Thursday released data integration software based on XML and Web services that is designed to help companies integrate disparate data and applications.

Microsoft adds layer of anti-spam technology

FRAMINGHAM (11/17/2003) - Microsoft Corp. Monday added yet another anti-spam technology to its recently released Exchange Server 2003 that it said would give companies another level of protection as they battle the onslaught of junk e-mail.

Vendor brings Cobol apps to the Web

The theme for Web services is integration, and Micro Focus International Ltd. plans to bring Cobol into the picture by equipping companies with tools that convert the legacy code to align with the emerging technology.

Liberty completes Phase 2 of its identity work

FRAMINGHAM (11/12/2003) - The Liberty Alliance on Wednesday gave final approval to the latest specification in its three-phase effort to develop open and interoperable federated identity standards that will allow the sharing of user authentication and authorization information.

IM management may take years to conquer

As end users continue to tap services that bring instant messaging into corporate networks, IT executives are realising they will need sophisticated management tools to create an instant-messaging infrastructure.

Microsoft eyes ID management

Microsoft is working on identity technology for its future Longhorn operating system that it hopes will evolve into a cross-platform, standard format that companies can use to secure digital relationships and share resources.

Reactivity beefs up Web services management

FRAMINGHAM (10/30/2003) - Start-up Reactivity Inc. last week released another version of its Extensible Markup Language (XML) firewall designed to provide corporations with tools to control, manage and log Web services traffic.

Office takes over collaboration reins

FRAMINGHAM (10/24/2003) - Microsoft Ciro, officially has passed its collaboration torch from Exchange to Office in the hopes of igniting corporate upgrades to the applications suite, but users are leery of the software giant's plan.