John Fontana

John Fontana is senior editor at Network World.

Active Directory: 10 years old and thinking cloud

Ten years ago, Microsoft released its Active Directory technology to skepticism that it could build an infrastructure technology to anchor user management and access control. Today the software is an integral part of nearly every...

Computer hacking charge leveled against disgraced Tour de France cyclist

Cyclist Floyd Landis, stripped out his 2006 Tour de France title after a positive drug test, is now being labeled a computer hacker by France, which has issued a warrant for his arrest.

Burton Group identity/privacy expert jumping to security firm

Top Burton Group identity and privacy analyst Gerry Gebel leaving firm to help XACML vendor Axiomatics set up U.S. operations.

Microsoft's Patch Tuesday to be all about required reboots

Microsoft Windows shops will see one phrase repeated over and over on Patch Tuesday: "required reboot."

Symphony 3.0 beta signals IBM attack on Office

IBM/Lotus took another stab at Microsoft Office, releasing a beta 2 version of Symphony 3.0, its free suite of productivity applications.

Microsoft-funded CodePlex Foundation gets first exec

The CodePlex Foundation, an organization funded and created by Microsoft, Wednesday named its first executive director, industry veteran Paula Hunter.

Microsoft juices Visual Studio with secure coding tools

Microsoft said it will deepen ties between its Visual Studio development tools and the secure applications development processes first developed inside the company and now available to outsiders.

Microsoft exceeds goal of 5,000 layoffs

Microsoft has more than made good on its promise a year ago to eliminate 5,000 positions by the middle of June 2010, the company reported as part of its quarterly 10Q filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Win 7 business sales weak, but uptick expected

In the shadow of record quarterly revenue, Microsoft Thursday said 60 million Windows 7 licenses have been sold in the past six months, but most of those have been from the consumer side and business uptake has been flat.

Apple iPad could give Microsoft fits

Microsoft shouldn’t be shaking in its boots after this week’s unveiling of Apple’s iPad, but the tablet computer could give the software giant fits in the future on several fronts

SharePoint 2010 overkill for some, Forrester says

Microsoft's SharePoint 2010 server is growing up, but may include too many capabilities for those users seeking to meet isolated or specific requirements, according to a study by Forrester Research.

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