Stories by Matt Berger

  • Investment loss cuts Microsoft earnings in half

    The slowdown in the US economy indirectly took its toll on software giant Microsoft, which reported on Thursday a 6 per cent growth in revenue over the same quarter last year, but saw investment losses drag down earnings.

  • Microsoft adds video-on-demand to MSN

    Microsoft announced Wednesday a deal with a provider of video-on-demand to bring movies to broadband Internet subscribers from its MSN Web site, just two days after the company announced a broader high-speed Internet initiative with MSN.

  • Apple meets profit target, sees uncertainty ahead

    Apple Computer yesterday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings that exceeded analysts' estimates, ending a tough quarter for hardware vendors with some upward momentum in the education market and with its popular line of iBook notebook computers.

  • Windows continues battle against IBM's OS/2

    It may have lost the desktop war against Microsoft's Windows operating system, but users and analysts stand by the claim that IBM's OS/2 operating system has survived as a small and sturdy option for running critical servers and computing devices, most notably automated banking machines. But as Microsoft prepares to release Windows XP, and market it broadly as the platform for the next generation of computing, the aging OS/2 faces extinction.

  • Novell sues Microsoft over advertisement

    Novell said Monday it has filed a lawsuit against Microsoft in a US District Court for allegedly "making and distributing false and misleading statements" about Novell products in an advertisement that came in the shape of a cereal box.

  • Developers talk same language

    Software makers like Microsoft and Oracle, which are building applications and software development tools for an increasingly diverse pool of worldwide developers, gathered in San Jose recently to discuss the latest advances surrounding a technology called Unicode.

  • MS Office sets tone for Mac OS X

    As the market awaits Apple Computer's release of a tuned-up version of its new Mac OS X operating system, Microsoft has taken the wraps off its desktop software applications that will run on that operating system.

  • Windows XP takes a bite out of Big Apple

    In an effort to revive support in its flagship operating system and in a city devastated by the September 11 terrorist attacks, Microsoft announced late Monday that it will officially unmask its anticipated Windows XP operating system at a flashy event in New York City's Times Square.

  • Amazon slips with Windows XP pricing, again

    Online retailer Amazon.com on Thursday gave customers another chance to preorder Microsoft's anticipated Windows XP operating system, offering its second peek at how much users may be expected to pay for the product ahead of the software maker's official release.

  • Compaq rethinks Java support in PCs

    Compaq Computer has stepped up its support for Java, rethinking an earlier plan not to bundle support for the technology with desktop and laptop computers running Microsoft's forthcoming Windows XP operating system.

  • PC makers may ship Windows XP early

    Some PC makers are preparing to ship computers and laptops running Microsoft's Windows XP operating system a month ahead of the expected October release date, two major manufacturers confirmed Wednesday.

  • Microsoft's Internet Explorer 6 goes gold

    Microsoft said Friday it expects to have the final version, or "Gold Code," of its newest Internet Explorer Web browser completed some time next week, marking a small milestone in the development of its new operating system.

  • Academia gets own Visual Studio.Net

    Microsoft has announced an academic version of its development software Visual Studio.Net which includes features for incorporating the software into a tertiary software development course.

  • Microsoft listens to XP antipiracy criticism

    Microsoft is altering the antipiracy technology in the forthcoming version of its Windows operating system, responding to critics who argued it will unfairly hinder users who change the configuration of their computer.