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Between the Lines
Larry Dignan and other IT industry experts, blogging at the intersection of business and technology, deliver daily news and analysis on vital enterprise trends.
Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic.
Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.
Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.
In this latest episode of the Dan & David Show, David has an update on the Microsoft vs. the Commonwealth of Massachusetts debate over whether Office file formats are open enough to be included in the state's Enterprise Technical Reference Model (check out David's investigative report).
Following up on my questions earlier in the day, Steve Ballmer cleared some of the fog around how Microsoft plans to innovate in services and iterate at Web speed (compete with Google and others treading on his company’s turf) during an interview at Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo with analysts Tim Bittman and Dave Cearley [video clip here].
I ran into Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer briefly prior to his keynote at Gartner’s Symposium ITxpo, wearing a bright red sweater, and walking by himself—no entourage, PR handlers or flock of CIOs and conference attendees surrounding him. I've known Ballmer since my early days in tech journalism, and he has always been approachable.
While the cognoscenti call it Web 2.0, Gartner calls the next phase of the modern Internet (beginning circa 1995) the "second revolution.
CNN's current top headline story (Living in a wireless world: Too much of a good thing?) explores the downside of being wirelessly tethered to our offices on a 24/7 basis.
HP CEO Mark Hurd talks fast, walks fast and he’s a man in a hurry to fix HP, and the clock is ticking. During a Symposium ITxpo Q&A with Gartner analysts Carl Claunch and Leslie Fiering, Hurd gave his usual pitch, focusing on the fundamentals and execution pitch, doubling down on core enterprise areas—servers, storage and management software [watch a video clip].
Here at Gartner Symposium ITxpo, HP held an early morning breakfast to give the press a preview of the Windows Mobile-based smartphone that it announced today: the HP iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger (pictured left). You can’t buy such smartphones the way you buy PDAs.
Here at Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Florida, HP announced its new iPAQ hw6500 Mobile Messenger smartphone. In a separate blog entry, there's a picture and I've detailed my first impressions of the device.
It's now a race to the next level of packet network-enabled performance management.