Stories by Jacqueline Mailloux

  • Microsoft Office 2000 Aims to Thwart Piracy

    The upcoming release of Microsoft's Office 2000 will include a registration wizard designed to ease the process and stem software piracy, with Hong Kong selected among a limited number of markets to pilot the new technology.

  • Asia Pac resellers seek to protect profits

    PC resellers across Asia-Pacific are looking to vendors to provide end-user support and better product availability, along with price protection due to the regional economic crisis and related currency fluctuations, according to a recent survey of vendors conducted by Dataquest. However, the picture in Hong Kong is quite different. While most resellers throughout the region have specific demands and improvements they want from vendors, the motive in Hong Kong is primarily related to maintaining the profit margin. "The channel in Hong Kong is mercenary," said Lane Leskela, senior industry analyst at GartnerGroup/Dataquest in Hong Kong and co-author of the survey. "In Hong Kong, to the exclusion of almost everything else, they just want profit."

  • HK developer launches Internet EDI package

    Hong Kong software developer ecVision last week rolled out a business-to-business electronic commerce platform that supports development and deployment of Internet EDI (electronic data interchange), and will be implemented by the Hong Kong Article and Numbering Association (HKANA).

  • Australia leads services in Asia-Pacific

    Following what is fast becoming conventional wisdom, Gartner Group last week predicted that IT professional services in Asia-Pacific will continue with double- digit growth despite the region's economic difficulties.

  • AST chases Chinese distributor to recover $US4 million

    As it attempts to dig itself out from the trenches, ailing PC maker AST Research Far East is looking to recoup over $US4 million for hardware and equipment it sold last year to Hong Kong-based distributor Trend Network, according to court documents filed earlier this month.