Microsoft stings the Blues

Katt, Spencer F.
July 2006
eWeek;7/17/2006, Vol. 23 Issue 28, p50
The article reports on developments in the computer software industry. Software developer Big Blue is Microsoft Corp.'s enemy number one, mainly because it revealed several versions of IBM Rational software. Licensing policies of Microsoft are a source of irritation for companies like Big Blue, as they offer little flexibility. Investigation of Mercury Interactive Corp. by the SEC, for its alleged back dating of stock option awards, has had an impact on Marc Andreesen's Opsware Inc. Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison recently hinted that Oracle may have to step in to handle Red Hat Inc.'s support for Oracle customers. Speculations point out that Ellison may not have been happy about Red Hat Inc.'s acquisition of JBoss Inc., as he himself wanted to acquire the middleware company.


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