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September 21, 2011 by

Google's Schmidt faces US Senate grilling

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and a panel of Senators have agreed to disagree over whether the search giant favours its own properties over competitors during his US Senate grilling overnight, recalling ghosts of hearings past and citing Microsoft as a cautionary internet tale.

April 14, 2010 by

Databases are more critical than ever and the scrum for market share continues unabated. Oracle is the database leader and just acquired MySQL via the Sun Microsystems purchase. IBM and Microsoft remain key players.

January 13, 2010 by

Tag team skirmish: HP, Microsoft target Oracle, Sun

Microsoft and HP rolled out an extensive partnership that revolves around $250 million over three years to develop prepackaged software and hardware packages for the enterprise. There's a compelling case to be made that Microsoft and HP are targeting Oracle hardware foray once its acquisition of Sun Microsystems closes.

January 11, 2010 by

Microsoft tests tool for migrating MySQL to SQL Server

Ever since Oracle made overtures to buy Sun (and get MySQL in the process), Microsoft's been more of a MySQL foe than friend. Given that context, it's probably not too surprising that Microsoft is readying a tool designed to help customers migrate from MySQL to SQL Server and/or SQL Azure, Microsoft's cloud-hosted version of its database

October 29, 2009 by

Changing of the IT guards

There's another strong storm coming to the Philippines this weekend, but I won't go into this topic again just like what I've been doing in the last three weeks. I'm hoping, however, that this approaching typhoon won't create as much havoc as the two previous storms did.

July 29, 2009 by

Microhoo lessons for open source

What Microsoft is saying to open source here, what Oracle said to open source in the Sun deal, was said perhaps most famously by Tom Friedman in regards to the Iraq war. The polite paraphrase of Friedman's statement is this. You don't count.

July 20, 2009 by

Google gets Bing'd: Video

It's a peaceful morning at the Sydney Googleplex. The sun is shining and birds are singing. But wait a second: why are all those people wearing Microsoft Bing T-shirts?

July 10, 2009 by

Google on offense: Chrome OS is a wager on the future of computing

When it comes to Google's entry into the Microsoft-dominated computer operating system business, there's a bigger question as to whether Google's move is an offensive one or a defensive one?Microsoft's official comment on Google's latest announcement seems to be a big fat "no comment" from Bill Gates himself at a conference of media execs in Sun Valley, Idaho this week.


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