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How far will Microsoft go to make its legal woes go away…

By : CIOL Bureau

A day after reversing a lower court order to split the top software
maker, the question rises as to the extent Microsoft will go to delete its legal
woes. Speculations are now in the air as to what any settlement might look like.

HP asks volunteers for pay cuts, days off

By : CIOL Bureau

Hewlett-Packard in a struggle to meet financial targets has asked
for volunteers to take pay cuts or time off. HP has repeatedly lowered financial
targets since the economic downtrend began late last year and hopes to cut costs
to try to meet Wall Street’s profit goal.

Experts stress for mass market for HW industry

By : CIOL Bureau

A good eco-system and a mass market was stressed upon by industry
experts during the National Symposium of challenges and opportunities in IT
products. Azim Premji felt that focus should be on the ‘growth of domestic
hardware for a vibrant software industry’.

No more clicks as web group J2C closes shop

By : CIOL Bureau

British business-to-business Internet group J2C has failed to find
a buyer and now plans to close all but BestValueZone, which is still for sale.
Despite the sale of a number of businesses earlier in the year, J2C continues to
burn cash at a net rate of 325,000 pounds a month.

Microsoft ruling cheers home team

By : CIOL Bureau

There was cheering at the Microsoft bedroom community on Issaquah
Highland after a federal court scrapped an order which could have split the
software giant into two. Nestled in the foothills leading to the Cascade
Mountains, Issaquah Highlands is one of a number of gleaming new suburbs that
have sprung up to absorb Microsoft’s largess.

Small firms aim to block WindowsXP

By : CIOL Bureau

A small Santa Clara-based firm, InterTrust has announced it had
expanded its patent infringement suit against Microsoft, by stating that the
latter’s Windows MediaPlayer, ME and XP OS software, infringe on its patents
covering digital rights management. However, MS has dismissed the lawsuit as a
desperate attempt to avoid competition.

Microsoft will remain as one entity: US appeals court

By : CIOL Bureau

In a dramatic turn of event, the appeals court has overturned an earlier
ruling that would have resulted in the split of Microsoft into two entities. The
initial reaction in NYSE was sharp, with scrips of rivals such as AOL and
RealNetworks taking a beating. For more reaction from Bill Gates, analysts and
Microsoft’s rivals read the complete story.

This Indian-born COO is a rising telecom star

By : CIOL Bureau

The collapse of merger talks with Lucent has not hindered Alcatel’s
Indian-born COO Krish Prabhu from being the most sought after official in the
telecom industry. Described as driven yet friendly, he is one among a handful of
candidates tipped to lead Lucent or Nortel Networks. However, doubts still
persist he has enough experience to lead the firms in the struggling market
scenario.

Birla-Tata- AT&T, BPL merger creates $2b cellular company

By : CIOL Bureau

The joint venture of Birla- Tata- AT&T and BPL’s mega merger
is touted as the biggest merger in corporate India. The combined value of the
largest cellular company is estimated at $ 2 billion and BPL consortium would
hold 49.3 per cent stake in the new company.

Microsoft pleased with ruling, eyes settlement

By : CIOL Bureau

The appeals court order against the earlier ruling has come as a
relief to Microsoft officials, who have now hinted on the possibility of going
in for an out-of-court settlement with the appellants.

Asset re-launches 16-month training program

By : CIOL Bureau

Asset International will admit its second batch of students for the
training program designed along with Australia IT Careers Institute. After an
initial four month training in India the students will undergo the rest 12
months training in Australia.

Computer Associates board candidate defends plan

By : CIOL Bureau

Steve Perkins, a proposed candidate for the board of Computer
Associates International, defended his team’s plan to divide the company into
four groups. Computer Associates make more than 800 software products that run
on and manage mainframes and computer networks.

IBM’s Unix servers make inroads into HP, Sun market

By : CIOL Bureau

IBM’s Unix servers have outpaced Sun Micro and HP by gaining
7.2% points market share during year-on-year Q1 of 2001. According to IDC, IBM’s
Unix server revenue from Japan was up by 54.5% in the first quarter, while HP
and Sun in the same period experienced a revenue decline.

Ruling helps Microsoft in RealNetworks, AOL fights

By : CIOL Bureau

The ruling appears to have given Microsoft’s plans to bundle
services such as instant messaging and media players a go ahead. The bundling
will help Microsoft in its media field against AOL and RealNetworks

Listen to your e-mail: Tata Cellular unveils VoiceMe

By : CIOL Bureau

Tata Cellular introduces VoiceMe that would be able to give voice
to the e-mails. VoiceMe converts text messages of any size sent to a cellular
phone, either from a cellular phone or a computer, into voice messages and plays
them over a user’s cellular phone.

Dun & Bradstreet launches website for exporters

By : CIOL Bureau

A website for exporters was launched by Dun & Bradstreet India
to provide global visibility to Indian exporters. The website is expected to be
a source of information for the international buyer.

Gates smiles! New product plans to move ahead

By : CIOL Bureau

The reversal of the earlier order to break up Microsoft, says
Gates, will allow the company to move ahead with its plans for new products. The
appeals court order against the earlier ruling has come as a relief to Microsoft
officials, who have now hinted on the possibility of going in for an
out-of-court settlement with the appellants.

Court ruling leaves Microsoft rivals wary

By : CIOL Bureau

The ruling has left many of Microsoft’s rivals such as Oracle,
AOL and RealNetworks left wondering on the next step to counter the competition.
Analysts feel the anti-trust case has not changed Microsoft’s attitude towards
competition as it has continued to violate the law of standard laid out by the
court of appeals even during the intervening period.

Ruling gives green light to MS, say analysts

By : CIOL Bureau

The US court ruling has come as a boost to Microsoft’s proposed
launch of the Window XP and the Web-based subscription services called HailStorm.
However, the going may not be smooth as it now faces a tortuous legal future
with the court upholding the finding that the firm broke antitrust laws to keep
a grip on its OS monopoly.

Microsoft to drop smart tags from new Windows

By : CIOL Bureau

Microsoft has confirmed that it would drop the controversial Smart
Tag technology that directs users to Microsoft Web pages from other Internet
sites from next version of its Windows OS. The concern center around the fact
that the tag links appear on firms’ Web sites without permission, encouraging
users to leave the sites and move to the ones offering Microsoft services.