Stories by Carol Sliwa

WWRE taps IBM and webMethods for integration

WorldWide Retail Exchange LLC today announced its selection of IBM Corp. and webMethods Inc. to provide the integration that technology members will need to participate in its business-to-business electronic marketplace.

Interview: Microsoft VP details new approach to business

Microsoft Corp. last month launched a Solution for Intranets and a Solution for Supplier Enablement, the first two in a planned series of integrated software, service and support packages aimed at helping companies address specific business problems.

Microsoft offers B-to-B tools for wary suppliers

Scores of suppliers have been resistant to hopping on the electronic business-to-business bandwagon, fearing that they will be so commoditized or pressured by comparative pricing that they will fail to see much benefit from shelling out potentially big bucks to get there.

Corporate uses envisioned for Tablet PC

Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates promoted the Tablet PC during his Comdex keynote address for the second straight year, even though the machines aren't expected to be ready for another year. And the prototypes that PC makers unveiled this week give potential users only a glimpse of what they might see in shipping products.

Comdex expects attendance dip

Securing a hotel room in Las Vegas during Comdex week has traditionally amounted to an exercise in futility. But this year, vacancy signs are up and rates are down.

Microsoft offers suppliers new software, services

Microsoft Corp. today announced availability of a new Solution for Supplier Enablement, which aims to help companies connect to their customers' electronic procurement systems or marketplaces in a more cost-effective manner.

Microsoft offers details of .Net My Services

Microsoft Corp. yesterday unveiled an early version of a software tool kit that developers can use to build links to the wide range of Web-based services, such as authentication and an alert system for notifying users of critical time-sensitive information, that it will make available to end users over the course of the next year.

Microsoft license changes anger IT managers

Microsoft gave customers a temporary reprieve earlier this summer when it postponed some of the controversial volume license changes that had been scheduled to take effect October 1. But even with deadlines extended to the end of February, some IT managers are still having a tough time stomaching the changes announced in May, particularly since new licenses or product upgrades may cost them more money.