John Fontana

John Fontana is senior editor at Network World.

Free software embraced by CIOs

Free is becoming a popular form of software for CIOs, with nearly two-thirds of companies using it on their desktops and with applications, according to a new survey.

Lotus bets the house on open collaboration plan

IBM/Lotus has introduced Project Vulcan, no less than an outline for the future of its collaboration business. Can it become a hit and circle the bases at the expense of competitors such as Microsoft, Google and Cisco?

IBM/Lotus upgrades set for Notes/Domino, Sametime, Connections and LotusLive

IBM/Lotus is rolling out a set of incremental upgrades across its product lines over the coming 12 month, including new capabilities in Notes/Domino, Sametime, Connections and LotusLive.

Lotus sets off on 'Vulcanizing' next-gen collaboration

IBM/Lotus Monday hinted at its collaboration future unveiling an ambitious plan called Project Vulcan that exists in concept only today but is aimed at a wholesale integration of collaboration tools regardless of whether they run in...

IBM plans Blackberry, iPhone, Android applications

IBM is going into the phone business with plans to resell RIMs Blackberry mobile devices pre-loaded with IBM's collaboration software.

Lotus to set road map for free productivity suite

IBM/Lotus will ship the next version of its Symphony productivity suite, code-named Vienna, before the end of June and then follow it up with two more versions by March 2011 that include a laundry list of news features.

Microsoft, Lotus throw punches

Leading up to Lotusphere, Microsoft, Lotus take jabs at one another

Lotus prepping a deep, broad cloud strategy

IBM/Lotus will use next week's Lotusphere conference to show its customers a long-term collaboration and cloud strategy that stretches well into the future and across its portfolio of software.

Microsoft's Ballmer: We’re staying in China

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said the company is staying in China even though rival Google is talking about pulling out following a cyber attack on its systems.

Lotus gets open source infusion from Alfresco

Alfresco Wednesday said it would ship this spring software to integrate its content management software with the lineup of IBM Lotus software, notably Lotus Quickr.

Ballmer took Microsoft reins 10 years ago with focus on Internet

Ten years ago, Microsoft's Bill Gates turned over the CEO reins to Steve Ballmer. What came next was a decade-long wild ride.

VMware buying Yahoo's Zimbra open source messaging business

Yahoo Tuesday plans to sell off its Zimbra open source messaging business to VMware, a move that will help the virtualization leader expand its technology portfolio.

Facebook joins Apache Foundation

Facebook Tuesday joined the Apache Software Foundation as a Gold sponsor, cementing its commitment to open source.

IBM shuffles Lotus executives, creates new biz units

IBM Tuesday reorganized the structure of its Software Group, including moving Lotus General Manager Bob Picciano back to a leadership role in sales, inserting Alistair Rennie as the general manager of Lotus Software and bringing back...

Microsoft admits mobile missteps, but fights on

Microsoft doesn't have a business model problem in the mobile market, but its phones are skewed toward business users at the expense of consumers and are not as modern as they need to be, company officials said at CES.

Novell, MSI team on first SUSE Moblin-based netbook

MSI and Novell will ship in February the first netbook based on the Moblin open-source Linux operating system.

Microsoft Office coming in ad-supported version

Microsoft Tuesday said it would include an advertising supported version of Office 2010 on new PCs as well as offer users a virtualized version that streams Office to a PC.

Microsoft's 2010 task: Make the cloud clear

For Microsoft, 2010 is a platform building and marketing year with no less than the future success of its cloud strategy hanging in the balance, according to observers.

Is Windows 7 the last major chapter in Windows story?

Windows 7 may represent the last ever large in-mass upgrade of the Windows client environment, and define the line where the desktop PC is no longer the center of the end-user universe, according to analyst firm IDC.

With EU browser case dropped, Microsoft seeks trust, interoperability

Microsoft Wednesday said it hopes that the resolution of its browser dispute with the EU will lead to the building of more trust and to more interoperability among software products

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