Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Microsoft does it again…

May 11, 2009

Microsoft is criticizing OOXMLs supposed incompleteness.

Microsoft chooses to attack the messenger and ODF, going so far as to call for Rob Weir to step down as co-chair of the ODF Technical Committee.

You can read more about his and Microsofts ongoing efforts to delegitimate the OOXML standard on groklaw.net

Groklaw cite a former strategy paper of Microsoft which seems to be a guide for Microsoft

Our mission is to establish Microsoft’s platforms as the de facto standards throughout the computer industry…. Working behind the scenes to orchestrate “independent” praise of our technology, and damnation of the enemy’s, is a key evangelism function during the Slog. “Independent” analyst’s report should be issued, praising your technology and damning the competitors (or ignoring them). “Independent” consultants should write columns and articles, give conference presentations and moderate stacked panels, all on our behalf (and setting them up as experts in the new technology, available for just $200/hour). “Independent” academic sources should be cultivated and quoted (and research money granted). “Independent” courseware providers should start profiting from their early involvement in our technology. Every possible source of leverage should be sought and turned to our advantage.

You can read the whole strategy paper here on groklaw.net.

Australian Democracy is “Microsoft Compatible”

May 5, 2009

Here is the Australian Electoral Commission documentation on how to register a political party. It includes the requirement for “A Microsoft compatible electronic membership list (and paper copy) providing the following information”.

So a prerequisite for registering a political party appears to be the ownership of a PC running Windows. While it may be the case that I could create a plain text file on a Linux machine and append some CR characters to each line, or create a CSV format spread-sheet/database file the most common interpretation of this is likely to be that MS-Office is required.

Source: Russel Coker

Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4?

February 8, 2009

Is it Windows 7 or KDE 4? In this video, we take to Sydney’s streets to find out what people think of what they think is a Windows 7 demonstration.

Source: Aaron Seigos Blog

VMware executive: Windows days are numbered

August 24, 2008

Harapin’s [VMware exec] not just thinking servers though. He’s thinking the end of all “large commercial operating systems.” Instead, we’ll use special-purpose computers that are customized to run a particular application or set of applications. “They essentially package that up as an appliance, a running server or a running application, and they send it to you.”

Basis of this applications is gnu/linux. The whole article can be read on blogs.computerworld.com.

Source: lwn.net

Wall Street Journal: Make windows open source

June 9, 2008

It seems that the advantages of open source are becoming more and more appreciated. In an online article of The Wall Street Journal, author Lee Gomes, suggests and hopes that Microsoft is make the code of their windows product open for everybody to see.

Open-source software such as Linux is traditionally seen as the opposite of proprietary software from the likes of Microsoft and Apple. But that’s a false dichotomy.
Why can’t Windows be proprietary, for-profit and copy-protected — while at the same time be open for user control and inspection?
If Windows were a car, you’d never be able to open the hood and see what was underneath.

Well maybe he is talking more about transparency than open source…. Hard to tell.

MSN Music to shut down, leaving DRM customers in the lurch

April 24, 2008

Microsoft is ceasing support for its MSN Music service. After August 31, 2008, people who have bought music from the service will no longer be able to move that music to different computers, or even change the operating system on their current computers.

DefectiveByDesign.org reports what happens if one trusts companies selling proprietary software and non free codecs.

With restricted music, every time you move it to a new system, you have to get new approval. Microsoft is shutting down the servers that currently grant that approval, which leaves everyone who bought music from them holding locks with no keys, and no recourse.

This isn’t the first time people have had access to their music and movies revoked (we’re looking at you, MLB and Google Video), and it won’t be the last unfortunately. But thankfully, this mode of selling media is dying. It was one thing when the threat of revocation was just some fine print, but now that it’s become a demonstrated reality, people are voting with their dollars for DRM-free living.

We’d love to work with Microsoft

March 18, 2008

We’d love to work with Microsoft is not something someone would expect to hear from the Linux Foundation.
The define their roles as such:

  • We obviously are the home of [Linux founder] Linus Torvalds
  • Promote Linux as a technology solution, and that’s across embedded, mobile, server, desktop computing.
  • Respond to competitive marketing on behalf of the platform, so when competitors are out spreading fear, uncertainty, and doubt about open source or if there is a general lack of understanding of open-source licensing practices or governance practices, our organization plays a role educating [the] industry and end-users on those issues.
  • We protect the platform by allowing people … to work as fellows at the foundation so that they can be neutral actors in a mass collaboration project like Linux.
  • We manage the Linux trademark.
  • We have a legal defense fund for the platform.
  • We work with the USPTO on patent quality issues.
  • We work on the standardizing the Linux platform.

As Infoworld.com talks with the Linux Foundation they are also mentioning Microsoft

We’d like to have a place where developers can come and work on making Linux more effectively interoperate with Microsoft products. And we’d like to do that in the open-source way that’s not tied to any specific marketing agreement, that’s not tied to any specific contract, that is an open process that can be participated in by anyone in the community.

Source: Lwn.net 

Is Microsoft Office Adware?

February 25, 2008

An interesting article about adware and microsoft office can be found on the openOffice.org Ninja Blog.

Is Microsoft Office adware? Wikipedia defines adware as “any software package which automatically plays, displays, or downloads advertising material to a computer after the software is installed on it or while the application is being used.”

In Microsoft Office Professional 2003’s help, a search for “APA” (a popular documentation style) brings up two links labeled Microsoft Office Marketplace.

He has more examples showing that microsoft uses the office help for advertising products…

An open letter to Steve Ballmer

November 5, 2007

Mandriva CEO François Bancilhon sends an open letter to microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Read about what he is saying after an intervention of microsoft in a deal mandriva has with nigerias government. I don’t use mandriva but I find that his letter show how microsofts business character is…


We actually closed the deal, we took the order, we qualified the software, we got the machine shipped. To conclude, we did our job. And, the machine are being delivered right now.
Now, we hear a different story from the customer : “we shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed, but we shall replace it by Windows afterward.”
Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done to these guys to make them change their mind like this? It’s quite clear to me, and it will be to everyone. How do you call what you just did Steve? There is various names for it, I’m sure you know them.
Of course, I will keep fighting this one and the next one, and the next one. You have the money, the power, and maybe we have a different sense of ethics you and I, but I still believe that hard work, good technology and ethics can win too.

The full letter can be read at mandrivas blog.

Source: lwn.net

Why do I call the ON, the BKA and why do I care?

October 26, 2007

Source:  noooxml.org