Larry Dignan

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Rachel King is a staff writer for ZDNet based in San Francisco.

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MS-Office schema not as open source friendly as Microsoft says it is

When Alan Yates, Microsoft Information Worker Product Management Group business strategy general manager, first came to me to say that his company had been railroaded when Massachusetts voted the OpenDocument office file format (ODF) in, and Microsoft's Office XML Reference Schema (OXRS) out, one of his original arguments was that OXRS was getting a bad rap for not being implementable in open source software.

November 7, 2005 by David Berlind


Microsoft set to roll out 'longer twitch' products

A week after debuting its plan for iterating software products and services (Windows and Office Live) on a "fast twitch" cycle, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will roll out the long twitch cycle products--Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006--tomorrow in San Francisco.  To remind those of you unfamiliar with the notion to twitch cycles, here's how Ballmer explained Microsoft's product development strategy during an interview at Gartner's Symposium ITxpo last month.

November 6, 2005 by Dan Farber


Wal-Mart's fear of the Googleplex

The New York Times has a story by Steve Lohr about how upstart Google is disrupting many traditional business sectors. As an example, Wal-Mart views Google as a threat.

November 5, 2005 by Dan Farber


Gordon Moore live from New York

Gordon Moore spoke at Marconi Award Event in New York City where he received the prestigious Marconi Lifetime Achievement Award. In the video clip Moore explains the origins of this forty-year-old observation, and now 'Law,' about the rate of computing innovation.

November 4, 2005 by Dan Farber


We are all paparazzi now

Kate Moss was caught by a camera phone apparently using an illicit drug, because of which she lost several large endorsement contracts. She subsequently checked into rehab where, presumably, camera phones are not allowed.

November 3, 2005 by Ed Gottsman

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Mercury Interactive: After the fall

I caught up with Mercury Interactive's Christopher Lochhead for an update on the situation that resulted in three top executives exiting the company due to apparent financial misdoings. As you would expect, Lochhead, the company's chief marketing officer, is upbeat about the fate of the company.

November 3, 2005 by Dan Farber

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Microsoft researchers outline a 'dependable' OS

Microsoft Research recently published a paper that outlines an operating system that is built from the ground up to be dependable--more reliable, secure and capable. The operating system, called Singularity, focuses on advances in programming languages and tools to replace the current complex, less than reliable architectures and operating systems built in the 128K memory and pre-Internet eras.

November 3, 2005 by Dan Farber