Stories by Matt Berger

  • MSN icon may join AOL on the desktop

    Microsoft's plans to ship PCs running its new Windows XP operating system without any icons on the startup screen, known as a "clean desktop," are getting cluttered.

  • Palm to create OS subsidiary

    Palm plans to split its business in two, one to focus on hardware, with the other managing the licensing and development of its operating system, the company said Friday.

  • MS/DOJ - Microsoft opposes speedy trial

    Microsoft filed a motion Friday with the US District Court of Appeals asking the court to deny a request by the US Department of Justice to speed its antitrust case against the software maker to the trial court.

  • Hotmail's new look a no show

    An upgrade meant to be a surprise to users of Microsoft's free e-mail service Hotmail surprisingly didn't happen Wednesday. A company spokesman looking into the botched launch said the company had not yet identified a reason for the delay.

  • Apple Q3 net income sliced from a year ago

    Solidifying fears of a slowing US personal computer sector, Apple Computer reported results for its third fiscal quarter Tuesday showing revenue down nearly 20 per cent from the same quarter a year ago and net income plunging by more than two-thirds.

  • Microsoft presses play on digital music deal

    Microsoft said Thursday it will pair with two major record labels in a digital music subscription service that will make use of the software maker's digital media technology and its MSN Internet service.

  • VA Linux exits hardware business, cuts staff

    Linux server maker VA Linux Systems said on Wednesday it will stop selling hardware and focus on its applications and online businesses, a move that will significantly cut into the company's short-term revenue but is expected to reduce costs in the longer term.

  • Microsoft shares code for .Net tools

    Microsoft said on Wednesday it will release the source code for its set of tools that will allow customers to build Web services and other applications based on its .Net initiative as part of its recently announced shared source program.

  • HP taps CollabNet for development project

    Hewlett-Packard is supplying more arms to the open source development community, announcing it has built an internal developers' network based on an open source software platform from CollabNet.

  • Office 97 users must pay for support

    Users of Microsoft's Office 97 products can no longer take advantage of the company's free customer support service as of Friday, a result of a policy shift that analysts say was implemented to tap customers for more revenue and encourage upgrades to newly released versions of its software.

  • IBM adds more standards in WebSphere release

    IBM unveiled on Wednesday new versions of its WebSphere software products and toolkits that offer developers a wider range of open standards for building complex Web sites and services on IBM's platform.

  • Stallman to defend free software at NYU

    New York University will host another round in the fight over the best way to market, distribute, develop and sell software when free-software advocate Richard Stallman delivers a speech there on Tuesday.

  • Cisco net income takes a dive

    Cisco Systems edged past Wall Street's revised estimates when it reported third-quarter earnings last week, but noted that its net income plunged 77 per cent and sales fell 4 per cent from the same quarter a year ago in the face of a slowing market for networking hardware.