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  • Microsoft Launches Its Own Open Source Foundation
    By on September 10, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    darthcamaro writes “Microsoft already had its own open source (OSI-approved) licenses, its own open source project hosting site and now it’s adding its own non-profit open source foundation. That’s right, the company that is still banging the patent drum against open source now has its own 501(c)(6) open source foundation. Officially called the CodePlex Foundation, it’s a separate effort from the CodePlex site and is aimed at helping to get more commercial (more…)

  • Greg Kroah-Hartman Gripes About Microsoft’s Linux Contribution; MS Renews Effort
    By on September 10, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    dp619 writes “Microsoft’s developers were missing in action after the company donated GPL-licensed drivers to the Linux kernel community in July, leaving significant work to the Linux community, according to Linux driver project lead and Novell fellow Greg Kroah-Hartman. The company rekindled its involvement after Kroah-Hartman published a status report this week. Kroah-Hartman said that other companies were also laggards in Linux development, and (more…)

  • Comparing Microsoft and Apple Websites’ Usability
    By on September 9, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes ‘In the article entitled Apple vs. Microsoft — A Website Usability Study, Dmitry Fadeyev, co-founder of Pixelshell, compares Apple’s and Microsoft’s web sites from a usability perspective, and Apple is the winner. Scott Barnes, PM at Microsoft, agrees with him and suggests the problem is because various site sub-domains have different management.’

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Microsoft Letting Patents Move To Linux Firms
    By on September 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    mnmlst notes a Wall Street Journal story (picked up at Total Telecom) on the move of some patents originally held by Microsoft to the Open Invention Network, where they will join a portfolio whose purpose is to inoculate open source companies against patent trolls. OIN is near a deal to buy 22 patents from another patent-protective group, Allied Security Trust, whose members include Verizon, Cisco, and HP. AST won the patents in a private auction (more…)

  • Microsoft, Cisco Finally Patch TCP DoS Flaw
    By on September 8, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Trailrunner7 writes “Today vendors are finally releasing patches for the TCP vulnerabilities first publicized nearly a year ago that affect a huge range of networking products, including any device running a version of Cisco’s IOS software, and a number of Microsoft server and desktop operating systems. Both Microsoft and Cisco released fixes for the vulnerabilities today. The Microsoft Patch Tuesday release included the fix for the TCP flaw, which (more…)

  • Microsoft Holding ‘Screw Google’ Meetings In DC
    By on August 29, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Runaway1956 writes “Microsoft’s chief Washington lobbyist has been convening regular meetings, attended by the company’s outside consultants, that have become known by some beltway insiders as ‘screw Google’ meetings, DailyFinance has learned. The meetings are part of an ongoing campaign by Microsoft, other Google opponents, and hired third parties to discredit the Web search leader, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the matter. ‘Microsoft (more…)

  • Microsoft Stops Making IE8 Default Browser – Again
    By on August 11, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Microsoft promised a federal judge it would stop designating Internet Explorer 8 as the default browser on express installations by today. This was part of its antitrust settlement compliance report, in response to an accusation in May by Mozilla and Opera that the software giant was changing users’ default browsers back to IE8…


  • Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard
    By on August 6, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Krystalo writes to tell us that Microsoft hardware has an interesting demo of a pressure-sensitive keyboard they have designed. While there are no currently announced plans to turn this into a shipping product, there are many cool uses that one could imagine a device like this providing. “The device will be put to use in the first annual Student Innovation Contest in Victoria, Canada, where contestants will be supplied with a keyboard prototype and (more…)

  • Microsoft Put Off the Launch of its Music Streaming Service
    By on July 31, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    Microsoft has pushed back the launch date of its free music streaming service, which was set to launch by the end of July 2009.


  • Breaking: Win 7 with IE8 in Europe: Microsoft’s statement
    By on July 25, 2009 | Comments Off  Comments

    TechRadar has contacted Microsoft for comment on the breaking news that Windows 7 could ship with IE in Europe along with competing browsers. We have been given this statement by Brad Smith, Microsoft’s General Counsel: