Software & Systems


Oracle Plans To Take on Microsoft Office

With its acquisition of Sun Microsystems complete, Oracle intends to go after Microsoft's lucrative Office franchise, the company revealed yesterday. While Oracle had been quiet about its intentions for supporting Sun OpenOffice, the company disclosed plans for a forthcoming upgrade called Oracle Cloud Office during a five-hour briefing at its Redwood Shores, CA headquarters.

Oracle Outlines Sun Integration Plan

With its acquisition of Sun Microsystems completed, Oracle Wednesday laid out its plans for integrating Sun's software and hardware systems into its own product lineup.



Oracle-Sun Deal Gets Green Light

The European Commission has cleared Oracle's $7.4 billion agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems, paving the way for the two companies to close the deal.

Scottsdale CC Turns to Virtualization To Cut IT Costs

Scottsdale Community College (SCC) in Arizona has moved to desktop virtualization with the launch of mySCC, a Web-based portal that provides users virtual desktops, applications, personal files, and network resources from any computer with Internet access. The portal uses Citrix Systems' XenDesktop to deliver virtual desktops and applications on Mac OS X and Windows systems, as well as iPhones and iPod Touches.

Microsoft and HP Ink Cloud, Virtualization Pact

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard this week disclosed a $250 million, three-year partnership to develop and market next-generation datacenter technology and application infrastructure that combines virtualization, system management, and cloud computing.

2 Institutions Migrate Student Management to Web-Based System

Two institutions--Southern Careers Institute and American University of Antigua--have both adopted software from TopSchool.

Indiana U Leads Effort to Develop Next-Generation Library Management App

Indiana University in Bloomington will be developing new library software to manage digital collections thanks to a $2.38 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

SpringSource Offers dm Server to Eclipse

SpringSource wants the Eclipse community to take over ongoing development of its dm Server. The chief commercial sponsor of the open source Spring Framework project announced on Tuesday that a proposal to make dm Server part of the Eclipse Runtime Project had already been submitted to Eclipse.org under the project name "Virgo."

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Going Paperless

When Central New Mexico Community College started looking at ways to eradicate paper and better manage its files last year, the institution set its sights on a document imaging solution that would also integrate with its existing SunGard Higher Education Banner Enrollment Management Solution.

Microsoft: IIS 6.0 Has 'Inconsistencies,' but No Bug

Microsoft denied that its Internet Information Services (IIS) Web server software is subject to new-found security vulnerability.