Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.

Google and Samsung sign global patent deal

 
Google and Samsung have signed a global patent cross-licensing agreement aimed at reducing "the potential for litigation" and enhancing innovation.
Jan 2014
28

Microsoft Slashes Windows Azure Pricing To Match Amazon

 
In an effort to match prices set by Amazon Web Services, Microsoft said last week it will lower the cost of Windows Azure storage. 
Jan 2014
27

Nokia sales plummet ahead of Microsoft takeover

 
Nokia’s improving Lumia shipments came to a halt during the fourth quarter, and that's bad news for Microsoft, which will soon take over the phone unit.
Jan 2014
27

Amazon's 'schizophrenic' open source selfishness scares off potential talent, say insiders

 
Amazon is one of the most technically influential companies operating today – but you wouldn't know it, thanks to a dearth of published research papers and negligible code contributions to the open-source projects it relies on.
Jan 2014
23

Microsoft reportedly paying YouTube personalities to promote Xbox One

 
Microsoft has reportedly partnered with Machinima to quietly pay the YouTube channel's video partners to promote the Xbox One. According to Ars Technica, Machinima's affiliates could get a $3 per CPM (or $3 for every 1,000 views) bonus if they included at least 30 seconds of Xbox One footage and mentioned the console by name in their videos. However, the deal is particularly unique in that video makers could not disclose the details of the agreement and payment, potentially violating FTC rules in the process.
Jan 2014
22

Microsoft Accused Of Buying Manufacturer Support For Windows Phone

 
Microsoft has allegedly paid big money to several leading mobile OEMs in order to secure support for its burgeoning Windows Phone 8 OS. In a Tweet, blogger Eldar Murtazin claimed that OEMs that were returning to work with Windows Phone this year would receive healthy recompense from Microsoft in exchange for their support.
Jan 2014
21

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, extends Windows 7 option for new machines

 
While Microsoft continues to push its less-than-beloved Windows 8, HP is citing "popular demand" in opting instead to flog its machines equipped with Windows 7, an operating system that will turn five years old this year.
Jan 2014
21

Microsoft Releases Update to Fix Surface Pro 2 Firmware Problems

 
Microsoft has issued a Surface Pro 2 update to fix glitches introduced by a December firmware release, which reduced battery life and changed how the device went into or out of sleep mode.  After releasing the Dec. 10 firmware update that caused the problems, Microsoft pulled it, but not before some users had downloaded it. This is not the first time Microsoft has pulled a Surface update. In October, the software giant removed from distribution a Windows RT 8.1 update after some Surface RT owners said their machines were freezing up .
Jan 2014
20

Meet COS, The Chinese Government's Contender To Battle iOS & Android

 
The government of China is not too fond of foreign mobile operating systems like iOS and Android, so the country cooked up its own homegrown solution: A Linux-based, open-source operating system called the COS, or China Operating System.
Jan 2014
20

ATMs Face Deadline to Upgrade From Windows XP

 
Inside every ATM casing is a computer, and like all such devices, each one runs on an OS. Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows XP dominates the ATM market, powering more than 95 percent of the world’s machines and a similar percentage in the U.S., according to Robert Johnston, a marketing director at NCR (NCR), the largest ATM supplier in the U.S.
Jan 2014
17

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