Stories by Elinor Mills

  • Microsoft: Bad security or bad press?

    Security vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, Office and Hotmail, among other Microsoft software, are prompting experts to question the security of Microsoft products

  • Application service provider group formed

    Twenty-five companies including Compaq, IBM, Sun Microsystems, Cisco Systems, and AT&T announced last week at Networld+Interop the creation of a consortium to promote the application service provider industry. The new Application Service Provider (ASP) Industry Consortium defines such providers as either companies, government bodies or nonprofit organisations that "manage and deliver application capabilities to multiple entities from data centres across a wide area network".

  • N+I: Dell demos new Web sales features

    In his keynote last week at Networld+Interop Michael Dell showed off new features of his company's Web site designed to make it easier to buy Dell Computer products online. He also joked about his competition: when asked in a question-and-answer session to name three things that get him out of bed each day, the chairman and CEO of Dell instantly quipped, "Beating IBM, beating Compaq, and beating HP."

  • Microsoft's earnings beat expectations

    Microsoft this week credited strong sales of Windows NT Workstation, Office, Exchange Server and SQL Server for helping to boost the company's third-quarter earnings to $US1.92 billion, or 35 cents per share, 3 cents higher than expectations and 40 per cent higher than a year ago.

  • Internet stocks take beating

    Internet stocks on US markets took a beating this week, with Infoseek down 24.6 per cent and Excite down more than 22 per cent. Infoseek dropped $14.87 to close at $US45.62 and Excite dropped $30.87 to a still very high $US108.50.

  • HP names new execs as part of reorganisation

    Hewlett-Packard yesterday announced the executives who will head up the four business divisions of its newly reorganised computing and imaging company, and said the units will operate more autonomously than previously.

  • SAP America president resigns amid reorganisation

    SAP America announced on Wednesday that its president, Jeremy Coote, is resigning. Instead of replacing Coote, general managers in six new industry sectors will report directly to SAP America's chief executive officer Kevin McKay. Coote had a "compelling offer" to join another, smaller and newer software company, McKay said. Coote didn't tell McKay which software company he was going to join, McKay said.

  • IDC: software revenues, growth vary by region

    Revenue and growth in the worldwide software market varies significantly by market segment, region and industry, with banking a hot IT investment area in Europe, manufacturing in Asia-Pacific, mining in Latin America and insurance in the US, according to a new report from International Data Corp (IDC). The report, Software vendor's guide to worldwide vertical markets, examines a breakdown of 12 worldwide software markets by 20 industries.

  • 3Com Sells Home USB Product

    3Com has announced a new Universal Serial Bus (USB) Network Interface that allows users to easily connect USB-equipped desktops and laptops to 10Base-T Ethernet networks without having to open their PCs, as well as a Web-based suite of management applications for network administrators. The new 3Com USB Network Interface, targeted at homes and small offices/home offices, is designed for PCs running Windows 98. It plugs directly into the USB port on PCs and laptops and provides an immediate connection to an Ethernet local area network.

  • Corel, Adobe Deny Takeover Rumours

    Corel last week stated its board of directors has adopted a shareholder rights plan to be used in the event of a takeover attempt, although earlier today a spokeswoman squashed rumours that Adobe Systems was planning a hostile takeover bid for Corel.

  • Linux enters the civilised world

    The relevance to retailers of the ascendant Linux multi-user operating system in the world of PCs increased last week. This follows the announcement by games developer Activision that its "Civilization: Call To Power" will be the first computer game commercially available on the Linux platform. The company expects to release the game for Windows in March or April, followed shortly by a Linux version, Activision said.

  • Y2K suit against Intuit dismissed

    A California judge has dismissed all damage and fraud claims in year 2000-related lawsuits filed against Intuit in the state during the past year after finding that no damages had occurred to customers, the company has announced.

  • Intel to turn chip ID off as default

    At the suggestion of privacy groups who are threatening a boycott of Intel products, Intel today announced that it will ship its Pentium III microprocessors with the identification code in the "off" position and offer software that will allow users to turn the code on if they want.

  • Intel to optimise hardware

    Intel and RSA Data Security have signed a cross-licensing agreement to optimise their products to work with each other's technology, the companies announced last week at the RSA Data Security Conference. But Intel spokesman Seth Walker would not say exactly what hardware - processor, chipset or network interface card - the company would enhance the security features of.