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Community Debates M$'s Open-Source Agenda

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Analysts and insiders-including Linus Torvalds-say they think that Microsoft's move to start a dialogue with the open-source community shows that the company is recognizing that open source has real, lasting value.

Linux Muscles Into M$'s Space

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Is Linux a better choice for business than, say, a proprietary operating system such as Microsoft Windows? The debate, full of passion and conviction, rages on both sides of this issue.

With Linux, the uptime is high, the price is low, and the flexibility is amazing.

M$ vs. Linux: Execs Talk Detente

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Microsoft has invited Michael Tiemann, president of the Open Source Initiative, to start a constructive dialogue. Tiemann says he'll take the offer at face value but calls it an "attempt to quell an internal civil war" at Microsoft.

M$ Says MSN Site Hacked in S. Korea

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Microsoft acknowledged Thursday that hackers booby-trapped its popular MSN Web site in South Korea to try to steal passwords from visitors. The company said it was unclear how many Internet users might have been victimized.

M$ makes last ditch effort to appease EC

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Microsoft has filed its latest attempt to comply with last year's EC anti-trust ruling mere hours before the deadline set by European authorities.

Microsoft: The end of 'my' is nigh

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Ending a longstanding tradition, Microsoft Corp. plans to stop using the word "my" as the default prefix for such folders as "My Documents," "My Music," "My Pictures" and others along those lines. Starting in the next Windows version, due out next year, folders will be known simply as "Documents," "Music," and so on.

EU, M$ Work on Antitrust Compromise

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Over the weekend, both sides continued to work on a compromise that has increasingly centered on pricing and royalties Microsoft can charge to open up its Windows source code to competitors so they can better dovetail their products to Microsoft's platform.

Microsoft defends its patents

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Microsoft defended its patent portfolio on Friday in the face of criticism for a recently granted patent for the conversion of objects into XML files.

M$ struggles to hit EU deadline

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MICROSOFT is this weekend trying to finalise new proposals to satisfy the European commission's concerns about its anti-competitive behaviour, and to avoid the threat of daily fines of about €5m (£3.4m).

Phishing flaw catches Xbox 360 site

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Security

Microsoft has patched a potentially dangerous flaw on its www.xbox360.com website after security experts warned the software giant of a cross-site scripting vulnerability which could be exploited by hackers to launch phishing attacks.

M$ seeks protection from spyware firms

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Microsoft wants the Senate to rewrite anti-spyware legislation in order to protect companies that provide spyware removal utilities.

Open source through the M$ window

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MARTIN Taylor, Microsoft Corp’s general manager for its platform strategy, states, "There’s only one study that I’ve seen, which was dated in 1999 done by, I think, a company called Robert Frances Group or something like that said Linux had better TCO."

Exploit Allows Windows XP Piracy

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A security researcher in India has discovered an uncomplicated and easy-to-exploit weakness in Windows Genuine Advantage, an anti-piracy initiative that checks whether consumer and small-business customers are running legitimately licensed copies of Windows XP.

EU hits Microsoft with a deadline

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Microsoft has until the end of May to come to terms with EU authorities over a long-running antitrust dispute, the European Commission has said.

M$ Needs More than Tabbed Browsing for IE

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I am not saying that Microsoft is wrong in porting over features that have made other browsers a success, but what I really want to see in Internet Explorer is security and Microsoft's determination to continue to update Internet Explorer even if there's no "real" competition.

Five years after trial, can M$ stand up to Google?

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What I remember most about the Microsoft antitrust trial that I covered for Fortune magazine was how momentous it felt - surely, the antitrust trial of the century. The rest of Washington was obsessed with Monica Lewinsky. Not us. We pored through e-mail messages suggesting that Microsoft had wanted to "cut off Netscape's air supply"- Microsoft's efforts to crush Netscape was at the heart of the case - and wondered if U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson would have the nerve to break the giant in half.

Debate pits open source Linux against Microsoft

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Many argue that Linux, for a variety of reasons, is a better operating system than any product from Microsoft's Windows line. However, for every Linux lover it's not too hard to find someone who will take the opposing viewpoint.

Microsoft calls in the FBI

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Microsoft has hired former FBI Special Agent Edward Gibson as its new chief security advisor in the UK.

Windows cheaper to patch than OSS

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A Microsoft-commissioned study has sparked heated debate by claiming that Windows software is cheaper to patch than open-source alternatives.

M$ Sued Over Excel Data-Linking

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Microsoft Corp. illegally took technology used to link spreadsheet data between two of its programs from a Guatemalan inventor, lawyers said during opening statements at a jury trial that started on Tuesday.

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