Stories by Elizabeth Montalbano

Vista woes could hurt Microsoft's revenue, analysts say

The negative perception of Windows Vista may be catching up to Microsoft in the bank. On Wednesday a financial analyst firm lowered its revenue estimate for Microsoft's 2008 and 2009 fiscal years, citing a negative perception about the OS that is affecting its adoption by businesses.

Desktop virtualization: Vista's secret weapon?

As Microsoft continues to recommend that business customers not pass over Vista in favor of the forthcoming Windows 7, the company has been working quietly to improve its software for desktop virtualization, which could in the future alleviate obstacles like application compatibility that have plagued Vista adoption.

Microsoft to aid developer teams with modeling

Microsoft plans to add to the next version of its developer suite for teams the ability to visually model the architecture of an application and validate it against application code, the company said at TechEd this week.

Gates bids adieu to developers

It's fitting that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates delivered his final publicly scheduled speech as a full-time Microsoft employee on Tuesday to a roomful of software developers.

Report: Icahn will seek Yang's removal

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn will try to remove Yahoo cofounder Jerry Yang as the company's CEO if his proxy battle is successful, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

Microsoft to highlight Silverlight, 'Oslo' at show

Microsoft will release test versions of some forthcoming Web-development tools, as well as clarify its strategy for adding application-modeling to its software portfolio, at its TechEd Developers conference this week.

Adobe launches hosted services, adds Flash to Acrobat

Adobe this week is set to unveil the next version of its Adobe Acrobat software, which adds support for the company's Flash multimedia technology. The company also plans to launch a new Web site offering users free hosted services for document creation, sharing and storage.

Ozzie hints at Microsoft's search future, downplays Yahoo

Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie on Wednesday suggested that Microsoft has its own clear ideas on the next direction it will take in Internet search, downplaying any deal the company might still make with Yahoo in favor of highlighting Microsoft's own ambitions.

Microsoft's ODF support points to OOXML challenges

Microsoft's plan to include ODF support in its Office suite next year reflects continued challenges for the OOXML file format, as the industry moves ahead with adopting ODF and sorts out OOXML's troubles.

Microsoft to support ODF, PDF in Office next year

Microsoft is finally adding support for ODF (OpenDocument Format for Office Applications) and Adobe PDF (Portable Document Format) to its Office productivity suite, the company announced on Wednesday.

Users report more trouble with Windows XP SP3

The latest service pack for Windows XP continues to cause problems for users. According to an online user forum, the latest glitch in Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) causes problems with the remote desktop access feature of Windows Home Server.

Microsoft: Don't misunderstand UAC, other Vista features

In its continued attempt to convince business customers to adopt Vista, Microsoft has outlined and tried to explain some of what it calls the OS's most "misunderstood" features in a document posted to -- then mysteriously removed from -- its Web site this week.

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