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Rob Enderle
Post-Gates: How Apple and OSS Are Making For a Better Microsoft
06/30/08 4:00 AM PT | TechNewsWorld | 1425 Words

... lot of us are focused on Microsoft and Bill Gates this month as Bill's last day at the company he founded and ran to dominance passed last Friday. I've met Bill several times but only really once spoken to him. From a...

Chris Maxcer
Microsoft's ODF Policy Gets Skeptical Reception From EU
05/22/08 11:26 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 747 Words

... didn't take long for the European Union (EU) to react to Microsoft's Wednesday announcement that it would provide support for additional document formats in its market-dominating Microsoft Office productivity suite. Shortly after Microsoft announced that it would support the Open Document...

Chris Maxcer
Microsoft Opens Arms a Little Wider With 14,000 Pages of Tech Specs
04/09/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 544 Words

... Microsoft is continuing to make good on its promises of openness. The Redmond software behemoth posted an additional 14,000 pages of preliminary versions of technical documentation of Microsoft protocols that should help third-party developers -- including open source developers -- build more...

Dana Gardner
Microsoft, Sun Taking the Right Interop Path
03/13/08 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 1006 Words

Back when Sun Microsystems and Microsoft announced they would be joining forces on interoperability between Sun, nee Java , and .NET (remember Steve Ballmer [of "Ballmer and Butthead" fame] and Scott McNealy sitting side by side), I thought they meant it. I pushed...

Richard Adhikari
EU Turns Up Nose at Microsoft Openness Initiative
02/22/08 2:14 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 902 Words

... European Union is looking at Microsoft's vow to commit to openness and interoperability with a jaundiced eye. The EU's executive branch, the European Commission, will welcome "any move towards genuine interoperability," it said, while pointing out that Microsoft had made "at...

Keith Regan
Microsoft Loosens Its Grip on Proprietary Tech
02/21/08 10:22 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 932 Words

... Microsoft is making broad changes to its technological and business practices in an effort to make its most popular products more open and interoperable with those from other vendors. Driven by industry changes, competitive pressures and legal realities, Microsoft laid out a...

Keith Regan
Microsoft Guns for Google With $44.6B Yahoo Bid
02/01/08 11:24 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1226 Words

... to reshape the online landscape and create a serious challenger to Google with a single bold stroke, Microsoft has made a US$44.6 billion unsolicited bid to buy struggling portal Yahoo . The offer -- shareholders can choose either cash or the equivalent...

Dana Gardner
Is Microsoft Hijacking SOA?
11/15/07 5:00 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 1686 Words

In this episode, our group examines the recent Microsoft SOA & Business Process Conference. The debate centers on whether the news around the pending Oslo approach amounts to support for SOA or Microsoft-Oriented Architecture (MOA) instead.

Is this yet another elevation...

Walaika Haskins
Microsoft Follows Google Into Cloud Computing
10/01/07 3:06 PM PT | TechNewsWorld | 868 Words

... Microsoft took the wraps off its latest entrant in the online business applications market Monday, announcing the creation and upcoming beta of its Microsoft Office Live Workspace. The software maker also revealed details about its "software services strategy and road map" for...

Fred J. Aun
Microsoft Wraps Up $6B aQuantive Buy
08/13/07 1:11 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 853 Words

... its largest acquisition ever, Microsoft closed its US$6 billion purchase of digital advertising player aQuantive , then created a new business unit to encompass aQuantive and its three companies: Avenue A | Razorfish , Atlas Solutions and DRIVE Performance Solutions. Formed in...

Keith Regan
Microsoft Posts Hearty Earnings Despite Xbox Charge
07/20/07 1:29 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 931 Words

... Microsoft managed to post a 7.3 percent increase in earnings for its fourth quarter, despite a mammoth US$750 million charge relating to fixes to its Xbox 360 product, as strong enterprise sales helped the company surpass the $50 billion revenue mark for...

Chris Maxcer
Microsoft Declares Immunity From GPLv3
07/09/07 11:26 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 710 Words

... Microsoft has issued a statement about its position in regard to the Free Software Foundation's version 3 of the GNU General Public License (GPL), which was crafted in part to protect users from possible Microsoft patent infringement lawsuits. Microsoft's stance? The company,...

Walaika Haskins
Microsoft Leads Linspire to Its Linux Stable
06/14/07 1:27 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 810 Words

Linspire has become the latest Linux vendor to sign a deal with Microsoft , the two companies announced Wednesday. The pact promises a closer working relationship between the two software makers. For consumers, it brings greater interoperability and a technical collaboration that also...

Fred J. Aun
LG Joins Microsoft's Open Source Protection Club
06/07/07 12:00 PM PT | LinuxInsider | 634 Words

... Microsoft and South Korea's LG Electronics (LGE) have announced a patent cross-licensing deal, similar to one Microsoft recently signed with Novell , that allows LG to use Microsoft technology in its products while giving Microsoft access to LG's intellectual property. The deal...

Keith Regan
Microsoft Gobbles Up Online Ad Firm for $6B
05/18/07 10:39 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 770 Words

... Microsoft announced on Friday it will acquire Web ad firm aQuantive in a deal valued at US$6 billion, marking the latest and largest deal in a merger-and-acquisition frenzy aimed at staking a claim in the converging worlds of traditional and online advertising...

Keith Regan
EU Gives Microsoft More Time to Correct 'Abuses'
03/26/07 3:10 PM PT | E-Commerce Times | 677 Words

... Union antitrust regulators have given Microsoft more time to prove it is complying with a requirement to fairly license its server software communications protocols. Microsoft now has until April 23 to respond to charges from the European Commission, which has said that...

Keith Regan
EU Gives Microsoft 'F' for Antitrust Effort
03/22/07 10:48 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 702 Words

... Microsoft continues to abuse its market position to gain market share, particularly in the business server software space where earlier antitrust penalties were aimed at boosting competition, the European Union's top regulator told the European Parliament Thursday. The market situation is "not...

Erika Morphy
New Dynamics Tools Extend ERP via Microsoft Office
03/12/07 11:38 AM PT | CRM Buyer | 453 Words

... Microsoft is introducing a number of productivity tools to its Dynamics product line that should extend ERP (enterprise resource planning) functionality and data throughout the enterprise using the familiar user interface (UI) and productivity tools in the Microsoft Office system . This...

Katherine Noyes
EC Hikes Microsoft Fine Threat to $4M Per Day
03/01/07 10:58 AM PT | E-Commerce Times | 898 Words

... European Commission on Thursday stepped up the antitrust penalties Microsoft could have to pay to a whopping US$4 million a day for what the Commission says are unreasonable pricing practices. In a statement of objections sent to Microsoft, the commission said the...

Jay Lyman
Microsoft-Novell Honeymoon Ends
11/22/06 4:00 AM PT | LinuxInsider | 718 Words

... Microsoft and Novell , participants in a recent historic Windows-Linux technology- and patent-sharing pact, are having some differences of opinion over the existence of Microsoft technology in the Linux operating system . Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer fired up Linux and open source...

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