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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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Legal

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.

Windows vs. Linux: An Unbiased Review

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Humor

After hearing all of the hype about Linux, I decided to give it a try. That was my first mistake. I soon realized that Linux has more flavors than you can shake a stick at.

I asked a computer savvy friend which was best, and he chuckled and said "Try OpenBSD." He told me that "OpenBSD is the most secure operating system that civilians can legally use," so I decided to install it and see how it compared with Windows.

How Linux Could Overthrow M$

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Rather than remaking itself, Microsoft is using legal threats, short-term deals, and fear, uncertainty, and doubt to fortify its position. But this strategy probably won't work. The Linux operating system and the open-source model for software development are far from perfect, but they look increasingly likely to depose Microsoft.

Sheep to be Sheared

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And now for the sad part. You...Windows users, are going to follow the good shepherd Bill Gates and let him lead you to the shearing house. It's not wool he's shearing from you folks...it's your money.

M$ Battles Halo 2 Holes

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Security
Gaming

Microsoft is once again locked in a battle of wills with hackers determined to find and exploit security holes in the company's software. But this time the buggy code isn't endangering users' PCs -- just their otherworldly alien fortresses.

Speculating on RH and M$

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CNET reported last week that Red Hat CEO Matthew Szulik and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer met for lunch in New York. That’s something like Michael Moore and Rush Limbaugh chowing down together — you just wouldn’t expect it to happen. I wonder if the waiters were asked to sign NDAs?

Why Wait for Eiger When Linux is Ready Today

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Well, well, well. Microsoft has decided to offer a thin desktop operating system in the United States after all. Could it be that the Linux desktop, with some help from the low-cost Mac Mini, is finally making the boys from Redmond sweat?

Faulty M$ Update Rekindles Patch Quality Concerns

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Problems have been caused by M$'s recent "critical" update and hotfixes have been offered to provide temporary respite. "A hotfix for a patch? I hope it works properly, or what's next? A hotmend for the hotfix for the patch?"

M$ OneCare gets a bashing

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Microsoft's plans to charge for its security service has annoyed users. "Am I just being cynical or does this sound like a way to make money rather than fix the product?"

Gates Says IPod Success Won't Last

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Mac

Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates says Apple Computer Inc. shouldn't get too comfortable atop the portable music playing world.

M$ to simplify software licensing

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Microsoft has promised to publish a simplified version of its Product Use Rights document by July, in an effort to reduce confusion for customers.

A Less-Public Path to Changes In Antitrust

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Throughout Microsoft Corp.'s long-running defense against charges that it broke antitrust laws was an intriguing subtext: Technology industries are so new and different that many aspects of traditional antitrust law don't apply.

Time running out for M$

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Microsoft is under growing pressure to comply quickly with the European Commission's year-old antitrust ruling, an EU representative said on Wednesday.

M$ Launches Security Advisory

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Humor

Microsoft has unveiled a new security advisory service to plug the gap between public disclosure of a vulnerability and the availability of a patch.

M$ issues 'maximum severity' Windows alert

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Oh yeah, here's something new. Microsoft has warned of a flaw in its Windows operating system that could be exploited by hackers to remotely run malicious applications on a victim's PC.

A Microsoft-Red Hat warming trend?

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The chief executives of Microsoft and Red Hat held a private meeting in New York, for more than an hour at a McCormick & Schmick's restaurant in New York in late March, an indication that relations between the rivals might be warming.

Linux vs. Windows on 64-Bit Chips

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For the first time in history, there are more Linux software choices than Windows choices -- in the 64-bit arena -- but it is likely that the situation will not remain that way for long. Let the debate begin anew, in other words.

M$ to unveil new Xbox

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Microsoft plans to steal a march on rival Sony by unveiling its next-generation games console on Thursday with an all-singing extravaganza fronted by Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood. The public's first look at the new-look Xbox machine, on the MTV music network, will come at least six months before the console actually goes on sale.

But in the all-important war of hype, Microsoft will be the first on the block.

M$ upgrades blue screen of death

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Humor

Microsoft blogger has published screenshots of what he claims is an upgrade to the infamous 'blue screen of death' which can appear when Windows crashes. "I am not sure I would class the change as an improvement."

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