Microsoft opens up beta for online Office application

In a bid to steal back some of the thunder that Google's online apps have taken, Microsoft has announced it is working on a Web-based extension to its Office software suite.

Microsoft extends XP sales timeline by five months

Microsoft has announced it will continue to sell Windows XP for five months longer than it originally expected, because of customer feedback.

Space Time’s 3D eBay, porn …. Errr web browser

Forget web 2.0, here comes browser 2.0.  At the Demofall 07 conference in San Diego, we were given a very nice demonstration of Space Time’s 3D browser.  Forget tabbed browsing, this browser puts all the pages into 3D tiles and then you zoom through them.  For eBay and YouTube addicts, this browser is a godsend, as you can see in our video.

Excel 2007 bug messes up calculations

A recently unearthed glitch in Microsoft's newest version of Excel sometimes shows the wrong answer for a specific kind of equation.

Qumranet’s Solid Ice - Virtual operating systems on steroids

Virtual operating system applications like VMWare, Microsoft’s Virtual PC and Linux Xen have been around for ages, but startup Qumranet claims its Solid Ice product can do things cheaper, faster and prettier.

Adobe updates Photoshop, Premiere Elements

Adobe has launched Premiere Elements 4 and Photoshop Elements 6 today, the latest versions in the respective media editing software lines.

Microsoft quietly unveils Vista-to-XP downgrade

Microsoft has reportedly begun offering a downgrade option to PC makers who want to allow their customers to have the option of using XP over the pre-installed Vista software.

Intel seeks collaboration, open protocols and a 3D Web

Intel's final day of keynotes brought home both the software side and a future vision for the interconnected user. Intel asks us if we're ready for the 3D Web.

IBM makes office software available free of charge

IBM is getting more aggressive in the productivity software arena and is challenging Microsoft with Lotus Symphony, a free office software package that includes three applications covering word processing, presentation creation and spreadsheets.

Powerpoint clone added to Google Docs

Google has launched a beta version of Presentations, a Web-based clone of Microsoft Powerpoint.>> In Pictures: Google Presentations

Google approves of Office Open XML decision by the ISO

Google has released a statement praising the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) for not approving the new Open Office XML standard.

Real Networks deals with Sonic for DVD burning

Sonic Solutions announced today that it has licensed its AuthorScript technology to Real Networks to allow users to create DVDs from Real Media files.

Sun to pre-install Windows on its servers

Sun is continues to march deeper into the x86 server segment: The company broke down yet another old wall and announced that it has become a Windows Server OEM.

Microsoft and Citrix agree on virtual machine standard

The announcement made by Microsoft and Citrix today is expected to bolster both companies in the virtualization markets.

Paint Shop Pro Photo X2 goes after casual Photoshop users

Ottawa (CA) – Corel has released a new version of Paint Shop Pro, a $100 image editing package that offers a taste of features typically only available in much more expensive applications, such as support for high-dynamic range pictures.  

Microsoft gives green light to Silverlight

Microsoft's rival to the universal Flash media format, Silverlight, is now officially available, marking the beginning of what could be a heated Web video format war.

Google sneaks in a Flight Sim

There is a not so apparent feature in the latest version of Google Earth: A flight simulator.>> In Pictures: Google Flight Simulator  

Nero details latest multimedia management software

Nero today released information about the upcoming Nero 8 software package for creating, editing, ripping, converting and burning digital media content.

Microsoft releases details on Vista SP1

Microsoft says Service Pack 1 for Vista should be available in the next few weeks to select beta testers and the general public in the first quarter of 2008.

Windows Genuine Advantage servers failed during weekend

Some Microsoft customers received a huge shock this weekend after they unsuccessfully tried to validate their Windows XP, Vista and Microsoft Office products.