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Microsoft The Real Skype Threat

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"I think the biggest threat to us is companies like Microsoft, Yahoo and Time Warner's AOL, because their customer base is so big," Skype's Chief Executive said.

In related news, Ballmer said that previous reports about partnership talks with Time Warner's AOL unit were "an unconfirmed rumor," as he vows to 'Conquer' the internet.

List of Unpatched Windows Flaws Grows

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The list of unpatched security vulnerabilities in products embedded in the Microsoft Windows operating system just got longer.

Microsoft Reveals More of Vista

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Today Microsoft releases its second Community Technology Preview of Windows Vista to beta testers and subscribers to MSDN and TechNet.

How to Read an Analyst's Report

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Microsoft's "Get the Facts" advertising campaign makes the claim that Windows offers a lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, and backs it up with reports from well-known analysts. But Linux advocates claim that the TCO of Linux is lower, and some other studies back them up. It's time to clear up the confusion.

Microsoft to deliver Unix conference keynote

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Microsoft will use a massive gathering of Unix, Linux and open-source professionals in Sydney next week to demonstrate interoperability between Unix and Windows systems.

watchdogs & EU say M$ still in its sights

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South Korea's antitrust watchdog said yesterday that it would continue to investigate allegations that Microsoft Corp engaged in unfair trade practices, despite the software giant's settlement of a case with a US rival.

The settlement will be "completely irrelevant," EU spokesman Jonathan Todd said.

A kinder and gentler Microsoft?

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The software giant has made nice with competitors but analysts think it's the same old Microsoft. Several analysts said that rivals, and investors, shouldn't be fooled.

Sir Bill Gates goes on anti-Linux tour

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Sir Bill Gates, is set to embark on a tour of major North American science and engineering universities in an effort to encourage students to pursue careers in the information technology (IT) business.

The Microsoft Protection Racket

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Does Microsoft think it is going to get away with charging real money for any sort of add-on, service, or new product that protects clients against flaws in its own operating system? Why improve the base code when you can sell "protection"? Is Frank Nitti the new CEO?

Pity poor Microsoft's midlife crisis

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As the champagne flowed in Seattle, things didn't seem quite right. The share price is flat - and has been for quite a while. It's getting harder and harder to persuade customers to upgrade and the threat of open-source software grows by the hour. Not to mention Google.

Opening Windows

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Since its very inception, Microsoft has held that cash for code is king. But the company is slowly, grudgingly, and cautiously treading into Open Source.

Microsoft chief dines in a Linux city

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Munich's move to Linux has been delayed and troubled, a situation that seems to vindicate views expressed by Ballmer about the drawbacks to open source software. But the city official implementing the Linux project disagreed strongly with much of what Ballmer said.

Symantec brings Microsoft complaint to EU

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Symantec has complained to European Commission antitrust regulators about Microsoft's entrance into the security business.

Microsoft 'must support OpenDocument'

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Microsoft will be forced to adopt the open file format or risk 'sliding into irrelevance', according to industry observers.

Microsoft: No Office software for Linux

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Microsoft Corp. is not going to release a version of its Office suite software for open-source rival Linux, although the company is actively studying how Linux works and how it can integrate with the platform, a Microsoft representative said Wednesday.

Why is the SA Deputy President signing deals with M$?

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Steve Ballmer is in town. So why is this important?

It is important because South Africa's second-in-command is signing deals with Microsoft's number two despite the South African government's Cabinet-level strategy to use free and open source software.

Also: Open source high on agenda at ACT Summit

Microsoft FAT Patent Gets Thumbs Down

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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has rejected two key Microsoft patent applications relating to its File Allocation Table file system.

M$ CEO to talk to Europe's antitrust chief

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Ballmer, in a meeting scheduled with Kroes on her turf in Brussels, will try to dissuade Kroes from acting on fresh complaints about the software giant's tactics in Europe.

UPDATE: EU issued a statement saying it will not comment on the meeting held earlier this morning.

UPDATE 2: EU names trustee for Microsoft ruling compliance

Microsoft to 'embrace' open source

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Unless it's Linux, of course

This is Microsoft's latest approach to the niggling challenge (opportunity?) presented by Linux and open source software: public humility.

Movie Mess: Microsoft Plans Single-Play DVD

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In its latest bid to ingratiate itself with Hollywood dealmakers, Microsoft has created a new type of disposable DVD movie disc that can only be played back once.

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