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MS makes it legal to rent Windows, Office worldwide

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blogs.zdnet.com: For the past few years, Microsoft has been conducting experiments in various countries as to how and whether “renting” software could become a viable business model. The answer seemingly must have been yes.

Does the Windows ballot screen represent meaningful progress?

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fsf.org/blogs: Thanks to the European Commission's antitrust like activities, European citizens will soon be presented with a ballot choice between twelve browsers when first using a newly purchased computer preloaded with the Microsoft Windows operating system. But is this really progress?

Italy class-action suit planned against Microsoft

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Legal

reuters.com: An Italian consumer group is planning a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft Corp seeking compensation for Windows software pre-installed on computers for people who did not want it.

Microsoft unfazed by Ubuntu Windows XP GUI clone

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arstechnica.com: Microsoft legal has decided to react passively to the news of Ylmf OS, a Linux distribution that clones the look and feel of Windows XP.

Microsoft: an end to open hostilities?

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OSS

oss-watch.ac.uk: First branded as a communist plot, then derided as a form of cancer, before being upgraded to merely a 'grey spectre', free and open source software (FOSS) has had a pretty rough ride from Microsoft over the years. For many in the open source community, the company represents all that is troubling about closed source software development. Recently, though, there have been developments.

Windows market share slide resumes

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computerworld.com: Microsoft's Windows resumed its usual losing form last month as the operating system's usage share dropped by about a third of a point. Although rival desktop operating systems -- Mac and Linux -- essentially remained flat, mobile OSes took up the slack.

Linux users more experienced with windows.

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Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: It is hard to make up an article title to adequately express the meaning of this article in a few short words. What I really wanted the title to be is "Linux users are more experienced with windows than windows users are with Linux". This is part of a comment on a previous article and it struck a cord with me (c# I think) so I wish to expand on it further.

Linux and windows people are the same

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Microsoft

toolbox.com/blogs: There is a common belief propagated around the web that Linux users are a different breed of people than windows users. In the beginning of Linux history that would have been true. These days it is not.

Is OpenOffice.org a Threat? Microsoft Thinks So

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computerworlduk.com: One of the unusual aspects of open source is the fact that the software development philosophy spills over into the way that the project is run. This means that how and why things are done, and by whom, is plain for all to see. Contrast that with Microsoft.

XO-1.5 to Run Windows 7

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Microsoft

olpcnews.com: Buried under the XO-3 vaporware hype was more information on the very real XO-1.5 hardware that is a gift to Microsoft. Just read this paragraph from the One Laptop Per Child press release:

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