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Microsoft Extends Win 98 Support ...

Microsoft Corp. dropped a plan to end support for its Windows 98 operating systems as of last Friday and said it will continue to provide telephone help and security updates until June 30, 2006. The company said it made the extension in response to requests from users and to bring Windows 98 Second Edition in line with the seven-year support life-cycle policy it announced last October.

... And Updates Integration Tools

In other product news, Microsoft released an upgrade of Windows Services for Unix, a set of tools for integrating Unix and Windows systems. The company said Version 3.5 supports faster Network File System performance and can be downloaded at no cost. The software, which also can be used to move Unix applications to Windows machines, previously cost $99.

Oracle Splits CEO, Chairman Positions

Oracle Corp. said CEO Larry Ellison is handing over his position as chairman to Jeff Henley, who will give up his job as chief financial officer once a replacement is named. The change doesn't affect Ellison's management duties, Oracle said. It also gave president titles to Safra Catz, who runs global operations, and Charles Phillips, who heads sales, marketing and consulting.

HP Boosts Effort To Enforce Patents

Hewlett-Packard Co. said it plans to increase enforcement of its intellectual property rights, although the company doesn't plan to target technology users. HP has set up several licensing programs aimed at other vendors that allegedly make use of its patented technology in products.

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