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CIOs wary of public clouds; other headlines

CIOs not wild about public clouds; VMware opens up bigger front vs. Microsoft; more news in brief.

IT channel news for August 12, 2009

CIOs not sold on public cloud
Many CIOs still view public cloud computing services warily, refusing to put pilots into production mode. But, since they love being able to spin up services and swap out resources fast, some companies are building private clouds with an eye on tapping external providers later, when the providers have ironed out security and privacy issues, according to

VMware's SpringSource buy bolsters anti-Microsoft stance
VMware's acquisition of SpringSource and its application framework this week showed that VMware intends to move beyond controlling access to physical hardware with virtualization and move up the stack to applications. The shift could further usurp the role of traditional operating systems such as Microsoft Windows and Red Hat Linux, according to

Legal issues entangle Microsoft Word
A patent infringement claim has led a Texas judge to rule that Microsoft cannot sell Word in the United States.

The Seattle PI's Microsoft Blog reported yesterday that Judge Leonard Davis of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas issued a permanent injunction prohibiting Microsoft from "selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files [XML files] containing custom XML," according to the complaint by Toronto-based i4i Inc., which alleged that Microsoft violated i4i's 1998 patent on a method for reading XML.

The injunction becomes effective in 60 days and prohibits Microsoft from selling future Word products that use the patented technology. Microsoft was also ordered to pay $290 million in damages.

Win XP hangers-on face their own risks
With Windows 7 fast approaching, many companies may keep clinging to their Windows XP, citing upgrades as risky. But, hanging on to the old OS has its own dangers, according to

Even those who hate the thought of moving from Windows XP to Windows 7 will soon pay the piper for maintaining two operating systems when ISVs and hardware vendors drop support for the older OS.

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