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Week ahead: Server sound-off

The tech focus is on servers this week, as Microsoft finally releases its oft-delayed and renamed Windows Server 2003. Also, earnings action continues.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of April 20.

The tech focus is on servers this week, as Microsoft finally releases Windows Server 2003, the oft-delayed and renamed high-end version of its operating system for business computing.

Earnings action continues, as well, with numbers due from media giant AOL Time Warner, e-commerce stars eBay and Amazon.com, and communications biggies Verizon Communications and AT&T.

The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, CCBN's StreetEvents and CNET Investor.

Other events scheduled this week:

Tech Events

Monday, April 21

  • The American Enterprise Institute hosts "The New Antitrust Paradox," an examination of the current state of antitrust law featuring talks by several veterans of the Microsoft trial. The conference runs April 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, April 22

  • All-in-one semiconductors and pervasive computing will be among the themes at the Embedded Systems Conference, devoted to the overlooked chips that run everything from handheld computers to airplanes. The conference runs April 22-26 in San Francisco and includes a keynote speech from Robin Saxby, founder of chipmaker ARM.

Wednesday, April 23

Thursday, April 24

  • Microsoft unveils its new server operating system, Windows Server 2003, with a gang of launch events in most major U.S. cities.

Earnings

Monday, April 21

  • Ascential Software sells enterprise integration software. It's expected to report a break-even first quarter.

  • Ephiphany sells customer relationship management software. It's expected to report a loss of 12 cents a share for its first quarter.

  • JDA Software sells business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.

  • Lexmark International sells printers. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 72 cents a share.

  • SGI sells high-end workstations and other computer systems. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 10 cents a share.

  • Silicon Laboratories sells communications chips. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 20 cents a share.

Tuesday, April 22
  • Arrow Electronics is a leading distributor of electronics components. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

  • Ask Jeeves sells Internet search services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • CheckFree sells e-commerce software and services. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 20 cents a share.

  • EarthLink is a leading Internet service provider. It's expected to report break-even results for its first quarter.

  • eBay sells online auction services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 31 cents a share.

  • Entrust sells security software. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 7 cents a share.

  • Imation sells storage products. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 51 cents a share.

  • Legato Systems sells storage software and services. It's expected to report break-even results for its first quarter.

  • Chipmaker Micrel Semiconductor is expected to report a first-quarter loss of a penny per share.

  • PeopleSoft sells business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

  • Pinnacle Systems sells video software. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

  • RF Micro Devices sells communications chips. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter loss of 6 cents a share.

  • Storage Technology sells storage hardware and services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • Verizon is a leading wireless carrier. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 64 cents a share.

  • Chipmaker Vitesse Semiconductor is expected to report a second-quarter loss of 5 cents a share.

  • WebSense sells business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

Wednesday, April 23

  • Media conglomerate AOL Time Warner is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 11 cents a share.

  • Communications giant AT&T is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 52 cents a share.

  • Wireless carrier AT&T Wireless is expected to report a first-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • Business Objects sells business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • Citrix Systems sells business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • CNET Networks is an online media company. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 11 cents a share.

  • Digital River sells e-commerce services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 13 cents a share.

  • Drugstore.com is an online retailer. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 8 cents a share.

  • Electronic Data Systems sells business software and information technology services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 31 cents a share.

  • FileNet sells business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 2 cents a share.

  • Foundry Networks sells networking hardware. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 9 cents a share.

  • KLA Tencor sells chipmaking equipment. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 12 cents a share.

  • Kulicke & Soffa sells chipmaking equipment. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 19 cents a share.

  • Logitech makes mice and other PC peripherals. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 49 cents a share.

  • LSI Logic is a custom chipmaker. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 19 cents a share.

  • Lucent Technologies makes communications equipment. It's expected to report a second-quarter loss of 10 cents a share.

  • Micromuse sells business software. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of a penny per share.

  • Nextel Communications is a wireless carrier. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 16 cents a share.

  • Open Text sells collaboration and knowledge management software. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 32 cents a share.

  • Overture Services sells Internet search services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 14 cents a share.

  • Quest Software sells application and database management software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 5 cents a share.

  • Siebel Systems sells e-business software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of a penny per share.

  • Silicon Storage Technology sells flash memory devices. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 12 cents a share.

  • SunGard Data Systems sells IT services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 29 cents a share.

  • Symantec sells security software and services. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 46 cents a share.

  • Varian Semiconductor Equipment sells chipmaking equipment. It's expected to report a second-quarter profit of 15 cents a share.

  • Vignette sells content management and portal software. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.

  • Veritas Software sells storage software. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 14 cents a share.

Thursday, April 24

  • Amazon.com is a leading Web retailer. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 4 cents a share.

  • Applied Micro Circuits makes networking chips. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter loss of 5 cents a share.

  • BMC Software sells business software. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 16 cents a share.

  • Flextronics is a contract electronics manufacturer. It's expected to report a fourth-quarter profit of 6 cents a share.

  • Mentor Graphics sells electronic design and assembly tools. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 9 cents a share.

  • NetIQ sells systems management software. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 10 cents a share.

  • Nortel Networks sells networking equipment. It's expected to report a first-quarter loss of 3 cents a share.

  • Telecommunications conglomerate SBC Communications is expected to post a first-quarter profit of 34 cents a share.

  • Electronics conglomerate Sony reports fourth-quarter earnings. No estimate is available.

  • VeriSign sells e-commerce services. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 14 cents a share.

  • Western Digital sells PC hard drives. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 21 cents a share.

Economic Reports
Monday, April 21
  • Leading Economic Indicators summarizes previously reported totals such as building permits and unemployment claims. It's expected to dip 0.2 percent for March, compared with a 0.4 percent slide the previous month.

Thursday, April 24
  • Durable Goods measures the value of all goods shipped or ordered with an intended lifespan of three years or more. The total is expected to drop 1 percent for March, after a 1.2-percent decline the previous month.

Friday, April 25
  • Gross Domestic Product is the broadest measure of overall U.S. economic activity. First-quarter growth is expected to be 2.5 percent up from 1.4 percent the previous quarter.

  • Home Sales tracks housing activity. March sales of existing homes are expected to rise to 5.9 million, from 5.84 million the previous month. New home sales are expected to jump to 940,000 from 854,000 the previous month.