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Microsoft's NXT step: targeting Linux/Unix ISVs

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Microsoft is about to announce a new intiative, NXT, aimed at convincing ISVs (independent software vendors) to move from Linux and Unix to the Windows Server System of products, as well as the .Net Framework.

I'm a little puzzled. Hasn't one of the gripes about Linux from Windows people always been that there are too few Linux applications?

Patch this! Musings on Microsoft's Windows patching

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Everyone has security problems, everyone has patches. But claiming, as Hilf does, that Microsoft's patching is somehow better than that of the major Linux distributions is complete nonsense.

USPTO upholds Microsoft FAT patents

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld two Microsoft patents for technology that controls how files are stored in the Windows OS, according to a Microsoft spokeswoman.

Fud alert: Winning the Linux Wars

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It was the kind of scenario that used to strike fear into Microsoft partners' hearts, and Tim Marshall remembers it well. A midsize business was evaluating collaboration solutions, recalls Marshall, vice president of technology at Neudesic LLC, an Irvine, Calif.-based solution provider and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.

Microsoft Challenges Linux's Legacy Claims

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Tests run in Redmond's Linux lab seek to dispel the myth that Linux can run on anything, especially older legacy hardware.

Restock your IT toolbox for 2006

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Instead check into any one of a number of Linux-based boot CDs designed especially for this purpose. My personal favorite thus far is Austrumi.

Will Windows with Unix see off Linux?

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Which means Microsoft must be increasingly nervous about its future as a vendor of server software. Analysts report astonishing growth in the Linux server market - some 63 percent year-on-year, according to IDC. That's a figure Microsoft could only dream of.

Hence Microsoft is trying to look more and more like a cross between a Unix vendor and a Linux distributor.

Will Microsoft's big bets pay off this year?

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With a wave of new products on the way, this is the year that Microsoft Corp. has been talking about for years. But will the company's big bets pay off?

Celebrity Deathmatch: Windows XP vs SUSE Linux

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The mission that I set for myself some months ago was to find a desktop Linux worthy of replacing Windows XP—to rejoin the world of free software. A friend of mine in Minneapolis was using a Linux that I had never tried before: SUSE Linux. Goodbye, Windows XP. Goodbye, Fedora. Hello, SUSE.

After Google, Microsoft is RUMORED to have bought Opera!

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CoolTechZone.com, a tech magazine has this insider report claiming that the world’s largest software company Microsoft has acquired Opera Software.

Also: Gates' Microsoft And Google Settle Employee Row

EU Threatens Microsoft With $2.4 Million Daily Fine

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The European Union threatened to fine Microsoft Corp., the world's largest software maker, as much as 2 million euros ($2.4 million) a day for failing to comply with a 2004 antitrust order. Microsoft called the statement ``unjustified.'

Microsoft remains vague on Vista hardware futures

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A REVIEWER at Cnet has taken a peek under the bonnet of the latest beta of Microsoft Vista but there's little there to help you plan your future hardware buys.

Installation Face Off: Linux or Windows

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Lately, I have been hearing that Ubuntu is an easy Linux distribution to install and it is easier to install than Windows XP. I have even heard remarks that "My grandmother could install Ubuntu." With that being said, I did virtual installs of both Ubuntu Linux and Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 2 to see which one I felt was easier.

Big Vole is watching you

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CUDDLY SOFTWARE giant Microsoft will use its new Windows Live geolocation finder as a Big Brother location device for the police.

Getting Clear on Patent Visibility

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The irony is that open source and Linux haven't been the big targets for software patent claims. For all the concerns that Linux might be attacked with software patents by someone like Microsoft, the software source that's been hit hardest by software patent attacks has been, who else? Microsoft.

Gates acts blase about Open Source

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In an interview given to rediff.com, Bill Gates shrugs off China and open source challenges.

Just who is Microsoft trying to kid?

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Microsoft was heavily criticized in November for releasing the Visual Studio 2005 development suite too early, and now the company said it intends to upgrade its products more frequently to respond to customers’ requirements.

Microsoft 'will not change Windows'

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MICROSOFT does not plan to change the Korean version of Windows, despite demands from Korean trade authorities and an impending ban.

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Is Windows facing obsolescence?

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That was the simple question I raised on a couple of listservs recently. This straw poll demonstrates why Windows is currently facing obsolescence in a free-market economy.

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