Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

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Canonical Announces First Partners to Ship Ubuntu Phones Around the Globe

Canonical today announces it has signed agreements with mobile device manufacturers bq (Spain) and Meizu (China) to bring Ubuntu smartphones to consumers globally. Canonical is working with these partners to ship the first Ubuntu devices on the latest hardware in 2014. Ubuntu has also received significant support from the world’s biggest carriers, some of which intend to work with OEM partners to bring phones to market this year. 
Feb 2014

Microsoft: Win8 sales have DOUBLED – but have fallen behind Win7

Microsoft says it has now sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses, in the first update to public sales claims it has offered since last May. Back-of-napkin estimates suggest that the actual number of Windows 8 devices in use is about 40 per cent lower than the number of licenses Microsoft claims to have sold.
Feb 2014

Android apps on Windows? Microsoft might let it happen

Microsoft may have a solution in the works for its Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 app deficit, but some inside the company reportedly aren't on board yet.  It's simple: Microsoft's desktop, tablet and smartphone operating systems lack the bustling app ecosystem of a platform like, say, Android - so why not enable Android apps to run on Windows and Windows Phone devices?
Feb 2014

Bing censoring Chinese language search results for users in the US

Microsoft’s search engine Bing appears to be censoring information for Chinese language users in the US in the same way it filters results in mainland China.  Searches first conducted by anti-censorship campaigners at FreeWeibo, a tool that allows uncensored search of Chinese blogs, found that Bing returns radically different results in the US for English and simplified Chinese language searches on a series of controversial terms. 
Feb 2014

Investors call for Microsoft to abandon Xbox

As strange as it may seem to some gamers new pressure is being put on Microsoft to give up on the video games industry and hardware in general, as two influential shareholders call for them to go software and services only.  Rumblings to this effect have been going on for years now, with investors concerned that Microsoft’s Entertainment and Devices division is an unnecessary distraction that will never make enough profit to be worthwhile.
Feb 2014

Patch Tuesday surprise: Microsoft unexpectedly issues patches for 24 critical Internet Explorer flaws

Microsoft has issued patches for 24 vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer, fixes that the company didn't disclose in its preliminary listing of security bulletins it released last week.  The most severe of these could allow attackers to execute malicious code remotely by enticing users to view specially crafted Web pages.
Feb 2014

Research: 37 percent continuing with Microsoft XP post support

Microsoft support for Windows XP officially expires in April 2014. Tech Pro Research conducted an online survey of 641 respondents to discover the future plans of organizations that currently use Windows XP.  In the resulting report, The end of Windows XP support: Concerns and upgrade plans, it was somewhat startling to find that 37 percent of respondents do intend to continue using the venerable OS — despite the fact that Microsoft will no longer develop security patches or updates for it.
Feb 2014

Microsoft slashes prices on Windows 8.1 tablets, achieves near-parity with Android devices

We’ve known since IDF that Intel intended to put pressure behind Bay Trail’s sales volume by aggressively positioning the tablets across both Windows 8.1 and Android, but it seems Microsoft doesn’t want to be left behind — or undercut. The company has made significant slashes to prices on multiple devices in the Microsoft Store.
Jan 2014

Microsoft offers trade-in credit to 'ditch your PS3' for an Xbox One

Microsoft is tempting PlayStation gamers to give up on Sony's 7-year-old system and upgrade to its next-generation hardware with an in-store credit to its retail locations.
Jan 2014

UK picks Open Document Format for all government files

The UK Government has decided that Open Document Format, the OpenOffice-derived file format, is the best choice for all government documents.
Jan 2014

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