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(September 13, 2002) - In compliance with a federal antitrust proposal, this week Microsoft Corp. released Windows® XP Service Pack 1 (SP1). The free software, a 133-megabyte upgrade, allows computer makers and users the option of hiding five Microsoft products: Windows Java Virtual Machine, Windows Messenger, Windows Media Player, Internet Explorer browser, and Outlook Express e-mail package. Those products can then be replaced with products from competing companies. The product interchangeability is a requirement of the proposed consent decree signed with the U.S. Department of Justice and nine state attorneys general. This is just one of many components of the compliance effort undertaken by Microsoft since the consent decree was signed in November 2001. The antitrust agreement has not yet been accepted by a federal judge, but Microsoft has already agreed to fol... (more)

WASP Developer 4.5 Seamlessly Extends Popular Java IDEs for Web Services Creation

(March 27, 2003) - The latest edition of Systinet's WASP Developer product, which seamlessly extends the industry's most popular Java IDEs to support Web services creation, debugging and deployment, is now available. WASP Developer 4.5 provides a point-and-click experience that turns any existing Java application into a Web service in minutes, allowing customers to leverage the benefits of Web services quickly and efficiently. WASP Developer 4.5 is updated to supports the latest editions of Sun ONE Studio/NetBeans, Eclipse, IBM WebSphere Studio Application Developer, and Borland ... (more)

And the Artificial Stupidity Award Goes to...

I remember well the first time I worked at a company that used corporate e-mail. Instead of the usual development process that involved weekly meetings with users, between which we wrote specs and coded deliverables, this new messaging technology was going to streamline everything for us. Unfortunately, the e-mail discussions became so fluid and nebulous that progress was paralyzed by the notes flying back and forth. Worse, a whole new type of project politics began to occur. Because your visibility was now measured in terms of the number of in-box entries you generated with inf... (more)

"Let's Bundle Free Java with Linux," Says IBM's Sutor

"If you could get every Linux distribution with an official, certified Java implementation where you could count on what it did, what its characteristics were, that would be a very powerful thing," said IBM's Bob Sutor last week, as a follow-up to Sun's dismissal - as "bonky" - of his suggestion that IBM and Sun should team up on open-sourcing Java. When asked who would provide such a Linux-Java distribution, Sutor replied that this was precisely one of the things IBM wants to talk to Sun about. Sutor disagrees with Sun's Jonathan Schwartz that Java would fork just as Linux has do... (more)

Ellison: Acquisition Strategy "Only Way to Survive"

During testimony yesterday in the antitrust trial challenging Oracle's proposed takeover of PeopleSoft, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison defended the company's $7.7 billion bid for PeopleSoft Inc. as a bold but necessary move to ensure Oracle's survival in a highly competitive market. "We thought the only way we could survive and prosper was through an acquisition strategy," Ellison testified before the crowded courtroom in San Francisco. "Oracle had to consider a strategy we had never considered before. If we wanted to survive and grow," the company decided, "we will have to start an ac... (more)