The release candidate (RC) of Windows 7, Microsoft's newest operating system, can be downloaded today by Microsoft TechNet and MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) subscribers.
The general release date for Windows 7 on new PCs could be as early as this October, according to an Acer executive.
Microsoft on Monday stepped up its services push by announcing a partner-driven effort to deliver hosted Microsoft applications in 19 countries.
- By Herb Torrens
Microsoft provided a couple of Windows 7 tidbits on Friday, confirming the availability of Windows 7 release candidate (RC) and describing a forthcoming virtualization capability in the new operating system.
Microsoft announced its fiscal third-quarter results for 2009, which showed an overall six percent decrease in revenue compared with last year's Q3 result.
Oracle's agreement to acquire Sun will reshape the landscape of tools and platforms for Java and database developers, but it also means a change in emphasis -- or even the demise -- of some key tools, development platforms and databases.
- By John K. Waters
Oracle today said it has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt.
- By Jeffrey Schwartz
The European Commission (EC) granted Microsoft another week to respond to a competition complaint involving its Internet Explorer Web browser.
Microsoft released a public beta version of Exchange Server 2010, the company's newest e-mail server, which is being rolled out a part of the company's renewed focus on the unified communications market.
Microsoft this week rolled out the next community test version of a distributed cache platform code-named "Velocity" that promises to speed up .NET-based applications.
While the IT security community waited anxiously to see what havoc the Conficker worm might bring to infected systems on April 1, another worm slithered into the picture and now has Microsoft's full attention.
- By Jabulani Leffall
Microsoft on Tuesday released SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1, which provides updates to the relational database management system, but no new features.
Microsoft will permit Windows 7 Professional edition downgrades to Windows XP Professional, according a report by veteran Microsoft watcher Mary-Jo Foley published on Monday.
Zend Technologies will release its commercial-grade server for PHP applications on Tuesday.
- By Herb Torrens
The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the proposed $7 billion dollar deal for IBM Corp. to acquire Sun Microsystems virtually collapsed this weekend.