TomTom countersues Microsoft; NetSuite builds developer cloud

Headlines: TomTom countersues Microsoft in patent battle; NetSuite builds out cloud for developers.

IT channel news for March 20, 2009

TomTom countersues Microsoft in patent battle

TomTom this week responded to Microsoft's patent infringement lawsuit with a patent claim of its own. The GPS devices vendor claims Microsoft's Streets and Trips product infringes on four of its own vehicle navigation software patents. In February, Microsoft charged that TomTom had infringed on eight of its own patents.

Microsoft replied to the allegations on Thursday, saying that it's reviewing TomTom's filing. "We remain committed to a licensing solution, although we will continue to press ahead with the complaints we initiated in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the International Trade Commission," said Horacio Gutierrez, Microsoft's attorney for the case.

NetSuite builds out cloud for developers

NetSuite ramped up its battle with Salesforce.com, creating a developer network and applications market to compete with Salesforce's Force.com platform.

The SuiteCloud Developer Network, unveiled Thursday, provides a community for independent software vendors (ISVs) to extend NetSuite's functionality into industry-specific applications, according to SearchCRM.com. It will be divided into three tiers: a select tier, similar to a regular developer program with webinars and tech support available to developers over the Internet; a premier tier, where NetSuite will recruit ISVs and work together to architect applications; and a tier for customers that use the NetSuite Business Operating System (NS-BOS) development environment to create their own customizations.

Existing NS-BOS developers will initially move into the select tier, with selected partners going into the premier tier.

Microsoft fortifies browser in IE8 release

Microsoft officially released Internet Explorer 8 on Thursday, along with a number of new security features to improve privacy and fight phishing and cross-site scripting attacks. All browser makers have deployed additional security features lately to address a growing number of browser-abetted attacks. IE8 and its bolstered security defenses have been in beta testing for about a year, according to SearchSecurity.com.

But attackers have been able to stay a step ahead of browser makers. A flaw in a beta version of IE 8 was successfully exploited this week at the CanSecWest 2009 security conference in Vancouver.

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