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Half of Australians think it's OK to pirate Microsoft software

, posted: 5-Feb-2009 09:49

Nice little article on The Inquirer. Apparently, a survey has found that almost half of Australians think it's perfectly ok to run pirated versions of Microsoft software (I assume the percentage is similar in other countries as well):
[Microsoft] has decided to release Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) software down under to cope with what it feels is a rising tide of pirating in Godzone. The OGA, like Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA), operates through the Windows updates service.

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Windows 7 Starter: The anti-feature edition

, posted: 5-Feb-2009 07:29

Much has been written about the many SKUs (editions) in which Microsoft Windows 7 will hit the market. There are the usual subjects, such as 'Professional' or 'Enterprise'. These editions are defined by the additional features they provide. For example, to get the Aero graphical user interface, you will need to have at least the 'Premium' edition. To get encrypted file systems, you need at least the 'Professional Edition', and so on. This type of re-packaging of different feature sets is a prett (read the entire post)...



Vista: Microsoft's biggest failure yet?

, posted: 3-Feb-2009 12:19

Not much love for Vista

The Register comments on a recent report by Forrester (the report itself is not a free download). Apparently, adoption of Vista in the enterprise market has not moved much since last July. It's still just under 10% of corporate PCs that run Vista. The Register article then concludes that Windows 7 will come to the market sooner, rather than later.

In essence, the quick release of Windows 7 is seen as both a necessity for Microsoft as well as an admis (read the entire post)...



How Microsoft wins against GNU/Linux in schools

, posted: 14-Jan-2009 07:09

Very interesting discussion on Slashdot here. The articles that are linked to and the discussion itself provide insights into the various strategies that Microsoft uses to ensure its presence in educational institutions and to prevent Linux from being used in schools instead. The biggest fear is to 'lose against Linux' and to give up on the for-free Microsoft training that tax-funded, public schools are unwittingly providing for Microsoft.

The discussion also mentions Microsoft's "Unl (read the entire post)...



New licensing from Microsoft: Now you are only half shafted!

, posted: 20-Aug-2008 07:45

Microsoft treats us today to some new and improved (TM) licensing: Apparently, it is now allowed to move some server installations around a data center. Mind you, it was also technically possible before (because that's what you can do with collections of bits), except that the license terms didn't allow it. Or they made you wait an arbitrary amount (90 days) between moving a server instance. Or something similarly insane.

And now, due to Microsoft's blessing which rains down on us unw (read the entire post)...



An open source clone of Microsoft SharePoint - with more capabilities

, posted: 1-Aug-2008 13:45

Alfresco has just announced release of Alfresco Labs 3. That's a complete, open source replacement of Microsoft's SharePoint. It's fully compatible, since all protocols that govern communication between Microsoft Office and SharePoint Server are implemented.
"You can now stand up an Alfresco Labs server next to a SharePoint Server, and Office will not be able to tell the difference between the two," said John Newton, CTO of Alfresco.
Apparently, it is able to store more documents as (read the entire post)...



Google snatches away Microsoft's biggest customer

, posted: 31-Jul-2008 09:04

According to this article here, Google managed to snatch Microsoft's biggest customer away. The NSW Department of Education in Australia is going to provide Google e-mail accounts to up to 1.3 million users of its e-mail system, replacing the previously used offering from Microsoft. In doing so it cuts its cost from $30 million to $9.5 million over three years.

Now, somehow I don't quite understand what the previous offering from Microsoft actually entailed? Just e-mail accounts in so (read the entire post)...



Microsoft on piracy: Still getting it wrong

, posted: 10-Jul-2008 08:55

Microsoft sponsored a study about the effects of software pirace and released the results today. Not surprisingly, the study claims that software piracy is bad not only for Microsoft, but also for its partner companies:
...every dollar Microsoft loses to software piracy translates to $5.50 in lost opportunity for other companies in the partner ecosystem...The study further points out that this negative effect is caused on several levels, some of which are not immediately obvious:
Even (read the entire post)...



Richard Stallman comments on Bill Gate's retirement

, posted: 7-Jul-2008 01:59

Richard Stallman, the founder of the Free Software movement, had the opportunity to write an article for BBC on Bill Gate's retirement. In it, he manages to succinctly summarise all he sees wrong with the proprietary software model. It's a good read to get a quick summary of his points. We are reminded again that Stallman sees properietary software a serious and unjust social system.
The most important thing that Microsoft has done is to promote this unjust social system.
And further:< (read the entire post)...



Egging Steve Ballmer? Simply stupid...

, posted: 20-May-2008 09:57

We can see here a demonstrator at a Hungarian university, who expresses his displeasure with Microsoft by throwing eggs at Steve Ballmer, who in turn is there to give a speech to the students.

This is just dumb.

Firstly, Microsoft did not 'steal' the money from the Hungarian tax payers as the demonstrator claimed. It was their own government that made the ill-advised decision to go with closed-source software from a semi-monopolistic vendor. It just shows Microsoft's busine (read the entire post)...



Microsoft's deep-discount strategies for ultra low-cost PCs

, posted: 11-May-2008 07:53

On the heels of the recent discussion about the pricing of the Asus EEE PC with Windows, news reaches us today about a leaked document, which details Microsoft's pricing strategy for ULPC manufacturers. The article is here. Microsoft's normal license fees are so high that they seriously impact the overall pricing of any such system. Thus, GNU/Linux managed to make inroads in that market. Microsoft can't allow that and so they offer Windows XP at steep discounts to those ULPC manufacturers. Somet (read the entire post)...



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