Tech

Unstable politics and the IT industry

By : CIOL Bureau

April 18, 1999: The then Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee outlined his dream of making India an IT superpower by the year 2008. From him came the slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan”.

Compaq finally gets it right

By : CIOL Bureau

After a long, long time when MNC prices seemed to determined more by the incomes of MNC employees than that of the mass market one vendor’s finally got it right.

Sinha chants IT mantra: S-BIT scheme not announced

By : CIOL Bureau

As far as hardware industry is concerned, it’s disappointing that the S-BIT Scheme is not yet announced.

Sinha chants IT mantra: Tax benefits for being Y2K compliant

By : CIOL Bureau

In a revolutionary step, to help Indian corporates gear for the Y2K problem, Sinha has allowed all expenditure incurred by the corporate sector in making their systems Y2K-compliant to be allowed as revenue expenditure in the next financial year.

Sinha chants IT mantra: Budget music to Software Industry

By : CIOL Bureau

The promising note of the Finance Minister’s speech was that he was speaking `Dil Se’ and was concerned that the film industry should not say, ‘Hum Apke Hain Kaun’.

Sinha chants IT mantra: India’s new mantra–IT

By : CIOL Bureau

Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha in his budget proposals 1999-2000 has underscored a strong point that India indeed has a new mantra–IT. Almost everyone is chanting it.

National Telecom Policy ’99–A look

By : CIOL Bureau

Finally, the much-awaited telecom policy is here. Though the government has decided to introduce the concept of revenue-sharing with private operators (as demanded by them), new telecom tariffs are still awaited.

Wrangle over license fee dues

By : CIOL Bureau

Finally, we have reduced cellular tariffs. After almost an year of on-going tussle, low tariffs have become a reality, though accompanied by high rentals.

Destination India

By : CIOL Bureau

India is trying her best to woo foreign investors. Sure, we offer a huge market to almost all businesses, but is that enough to have foreign players invest in the country?

Wipro and Acer decide to go their separate ways

By : CIOL Bureau

The Joint Venture is officially dead, buried and hopefully it will Rest in Peace. Wipro will buy out Acer’s stake of 45% in Wipro Acer.

Novell launches open enterprise server, Desktop 9 in India

By : CIOL Bureau

The products expected to offer greater freedom,flexibility and choice, at affordable cost to Indian organizations.

Microsoft sees sophisticated pirate operation

By : CIOL Bureau

The FBI have seized $10.5 million in counterfeit Microsoft software and arrested four men who allegedly smuggled fake software products from Asia and sold them at deep discounts. The suspects were running a big, sophisticated operation but failed to fake the anti-piracy hologram on the disks.

US urge court to deny Microsoft delay request

By : CIOL Bureau

The US Justice Department and 18 states suing Microsoft have argued
that the antitrust case against the latter should proceed as quickly as possible
and dismissed the idea that it should go on hold while the company appeals to
the US Supreme Court. Microsoft had asked the US Court of Appeals for the
District of Columbia to delay an order that would send the case back to the
lower court.

Rhythms to end service, cut 700 jobs

By : CIOL Bureau

High-speed Internet access company Rhythms NetConnections Inc. will end service in a month and fire 700 employees, or 75 per cent of its work force. Companies that provide high-speed digital subscriber line, or DSL, Internet access have been hurt by the slowing U.S. economy, heavy competition, the inability of many customers to pay their bills and a marked tightening of capital markets.

Commerce One touts new “collaboration” software

By : CIOL Bureau

In a bid to boost its share in the sagging b2b market, Commerce One has announced a new software that will enable corporate buyers to work with suppliers without having to pay fees to online marketplaces. However, the new offering will not replace its marketplace platform, MarketSet, developed in conjunction with SAP AG.

Cisco introduces new routers

By : CIOL Bureau

Cisco has announced significant design enhancements to its SAFE security blueprint and introduced two new routers based on Cisco IOS software. The blueprint is aimed at providing organizations of all sizes with the most scalable, flexible method of securely, reliably and cost-effectively competing in today’s business environment.

Novell beats estimate, to break-even in Q4

By : CIOL Bureau

Despite a drop of six per cent in revenue in the previous quarter, Novell has reported Q3 pro-forma earning that beat the Wall Street expectations. The networking software firm also said it was expecting to gather slight sequential increase of $305 million to $315 million in revenues during the fourth quarter.

‘New applications will drive success of mobile Net’

By : CIOL Bureau

Mobile Internet is set to change the face of business, but this will depends on timely development of ‘killer applications’ that are offered. The US was lagging behind other countries in the adopting mobile Net technologies by consumers and businesses. These were some of the findings in 12th annual PwC forecast report.

Microsoft to launch Xbox on Nov 8

By : CIOL Bureau

With the launch of the Xbox video game console, Microsoft hopes to break Sony and Nintendo’s domination in the $6.5 b-industry. But analysts say the need is now to develop games that are ‘fun’ to play.

Technology on wheels: Michael Schumacher

By : CIOL Bureau

Formula 1 racing is considered by many as one of the most thrilling sport. And few drivers have dominated it like Michael Schumacher. Here he talks on how technology has changed the face of F1 racing.