Stories by Carol Sliwa

Support for Windows NT 4.0 Workstation ends

The extended support phase for Microsoft's Windows NT 4.0 Workstation operating system -- which will mark its seventh birthday on July 29 -- officially came to an end Monday, as the company had said it would. That means corporate users needing assistance will now have to rely on the company's self-help online option or contract with an outside company for NT 4.0 Workstation-related problems.

Flashline promises to cut redundant development

Flashline Inc. Monday announced a new version of its 3-year-old portal-like flagship product that's designed to help companies manage and reuse software assets they built using Web services, Java, .Net, open-source and model-driven development methods.

Microsoft entices users to upgrade servers

Starting July 1, Microsoft will launch a promotional program that could benefit companies that want to upgrade from the standard to enterprise editions of its server software products.

Web services: Early adopters

It's not hard to find companies that have dipped their toes into the water to explore how Web services might help address some of their nagging integration problems. But few have launched major initiatives of the scope at Eastman Chemical and Merrill Lynch & Co..

Java should be open-source, creator says

If pressed to vote yea or nay, the "father of Java" said last week that he would cast his ballot in favour of making his creation more open-source, even though he recognizes that some of his Sun Microsystems colleagues make strong counterarguments.

Sun to unveil new tool for rapid app development

Sun Microsystems Inc. this week will announce a new tool, code-named Project Rave, that is targeted at corporate developers who need to rapidly build database-centric, Web-based applications, according to Rich Green, the company's vice president of developer platforms.

Interview: Flessner on Microsoft's product road map

Paul Flessner, senior vice president of the Windows Server System division at Microsoft, laid out a product road map in his keynote address this week at the TechEd 2003 conference. He later discussed delays in the release of SQL Server and discussed the company's product direction during an interview with Computerworld. Excerpts from the interview follow.

Event-driven architecture poised for wide adoption

Just as many IT shops are starting to get their arms around the service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach now that Web services standards are emerging, there’s already a “next big thing” on the development horizon, according to Gartner.

W3C readies new tech patent policy

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is poised to unveil a formal policy for dealing with technology patents that have the potential to block the development of interoperable Web standards.

Event-driven architecture poised for wide adoption

Just as many IT shops are starting to get their arms around the service-oriented architecture (SOA) approach now that Web services standards are emerging, there's already a "next big thing" on the development horizon, according to Gartner.

Windows 2003 compatibility issues upset some IT pros

Some IT managers aren't happy. Others are more understanding. But all of those planning to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 will find that many older versions of Microsoft's most popular server applications won't run on the new operating system.

Interview: MS VP discusses competition, future releases

Bill Veghte, vice president of Microsoft's Windows Server group, spoke with Computerworld's Carol Sliwa about the competition the company's newly launched Windows Server 2003 faces and about his thinking on future releases.

Visual Studio .Net 2003 slated for launch

The much-ballyhooed launch of Windows Server 2003 next week is overshadowing the simultaneous release of a new version of Microsoft Corp.'s Visual Studio .Net development environment.

IBM's software chief scans landscape

Steve Mills, senior vice president of IBM's Software Group, spoke with Computerworld about the software strategies of IBM and its top competitors. Excerpts from the interview follow.