3/24/2006

Microsoft announces Office 2007 delay

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Fresh on the heels of a delay in broad availability of Windows Vista, Microsoft confirmed late Thursday that it is also pushing the mainstream launch of Office 2007 to next year.

As with Vista, Microsoft hopes to finish the code for Office 2007 this year and make it available to some large businesses by the end of December.

“We have, however, decided to coordinate with Windows Vista to hit retail store shelves in January 2007,” a Microsoft representative said in an e-mail to CNET News.com. “We believe this will provide an easier experience for consumers and retailers alike.”

Source: News.com

Check Point Abandons Sourcefire Deal

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

A leading Israeli software company failed to resolve security objections by the Bush administration over its plans to buy a smaller U.S. technology rival and abruptly abandoned the $225 million deal.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. of Ramat Gan, Israel, withdrew its plans Thursday near the conclusion of a rare, full-blown investigation by a U.S. review panel over the company’s plans to buy Sourcefire Inc.

Check Point had been told U.S. officials feared the transaction could endanger some of government’s most sensitive computer systems.

Lawyers for the companies offered to attach conditions to the sale that executives believed were onerous but were intended to satisfy the concerns expressed by the review panel, said one person familiar with the process. But no agreement could be reached.

Source: AP

IBM researchers claim nanotube first

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

IBM has created an integrated circuit with a carbon nanotube, a first that shows the feasibility of one day using the touted tubes for commercial devices, Big Blue said.

Researchers created a ring oscillator out of a nanotube. An oscillator switches between two voltage levels, which represent “true” and “false”; they are often used as test vehicles by chip designers. While the oscillator is slower than the equivalent of those made of silicon, the device and subsequent other nanotube circuits will allow IBM and others to more acutely study how nanotubes operate in certain circumstances.

IBM made nanotube transistors before, but an integrated circuit is more complicated. Transistors are essentially on-off switches, while an integrated circuit is a collection of transistors that work together to perform a function. The IBM scientists will now use the ring oscillator to test improved carbon nanotube transistors and circuits, and to gauge their performance in complete chip designs.

Source: News.com

Oracle: Open source keeps vendors on their toes

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The specter of open source forces large software vendors to stay on their toes and nurtures innovation, an Oracle official said during a presentation at TheServerSide Java Symposium on Thursday afternoon.

Noting competitive pressures from open source, Oracle’s Ted Farrell, chief architect and vice president of tools and middleware, said if Oracle is to compete with a free, open source solution, then “we have to do it better.”

Open source empowers developers, he said.

“As developers, we like open source because we feel as if it’s the little guy sticking it to the big guy,” Farrell said. “And it is true to some extent.”

Listing open source “myths,” Farrell disputed the notion that the main attraction of open source is it is free. Many companies would pay for their open source software if they had to, he said.

Source: Yahoo

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