July 14, 2004 by ZDNet UK
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The only other "guys" I can think of are the alternative operating systems (Unix, Mac, Linux), the alternative browsers (Opera, Mozilla), the alternative e-mail clients (eg: Eudora) and, as you say Dan, the middleware alternative (Java). In practice, all of them have proven to be safer havens than the Microsoft provided solution.
While at Macworld in Boston yesterday, I got a glimpse of Office 2004 for the Mac which shipped this past May.
From Steve GillmorAt the AO2004 conference, Marc Canter, no shrinking violet...
According to Microsoft there are 600 million Windows PCs today.
Microsoft could use some help from Harry Potter in getting its security tools into the hands of enterprises.
Bluetooth Enabled Luggage Tags by Phil Windley: This is just a concept, mind you, but its a good one. In response to an industrial design contest at IDFuel, Nathan Lynch and Lea Miller had proposed a Bluetooth enabled luggage tag that lights up when the cell phone its paired with is nearby and sends the phone a message.
The Pentagon's Messy Backoffice by Phil Windley: The Pentagon has backoffice problems. Over the last decade, the Pentagon has spent $19B dollars in creating numerous systems to help manage accounting and logistics at the Dept.
Oracle just published its post-trial brief, in anticipation of closing arguments on July 20.
Sun has a hard time explaining how it's going to benefit from all of it's investment in Java. In his blog, Jonathan Schwartz, Sun's president, explains: "...
Asia's growing goodwill towards open source. The Malaysian Ministry of Finance began funding open source startups in 2004, it's venture arm planning to invest in 40 open source software companies.
Salesforce.com is preparing an upgrade to its hosted CRM (customer relationship management) service.