Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

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

Microsoft poised to fight back as iPad generation shuns Office

 
Tired of waiting for Office to be optimized for their mobile gadgets, a growing contingent of younger companies is turning to cheaper, simpler and touch-friendly apps that can perform word processing and other tasks in the cloud.  
Mar 2014
14

UK's CASH POINTS to MISS Windows XP withdrawal date

 
Tens of thousands of ATMs will be running Windows XP long after Microsoft’s deadline to abandon the operating system ahead of a potential hacker storm.
Mar 2014
13

IE zero-day flaw shows kinks in Microsoft patching

 
The speed at which cybercriminals exploited an Internet Explorer vulnerability discovered in mid-February and finally patched Tuesday demonstrates the snags in Microsoft's security update system. 
Mar 2014
13

Microsoft patches 23 Windows, IE and Silverlight vulnerabilities

 
Microsoft released five updates fixing 23 vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer and Silverlight. Among the vulnerabilities fixed is a zero-day bug in Internet Explorer 9 and 10 being exploited in the wild. 
Mar 2014
13

Why Windows 8.1 With Bing Is a Win for Microsoft

 
There's been a lot of speculation lately that Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) may have two new versions of Windows 8 in the pipeline: a low-cost version and a free version bundled with Bing. However, these two might actually be one and the same. Reports are now emerging that these two rumors will actually be the same thing, a new version of Windows 8 with an inexpensive licensing fee that will be heavily bundled with Bing, and will be targeting lower-cost devices. The goal of the new release will be to drive usage of Bing, OneDrive and other Microsoft services.
Mar 2014
10

Why Firefox -- yes, Firefox -- will become the mobile OS to beat

 
In the run up to this year's Mobile World Congress, one of the most interesting items was an announcement of more phones running the Firefox OS operating system. The goal of the Mozilla Foundation with Firefox OS is to make dirt-cheap smartphones for the developing world, and they have targeted prices of $20 and $25 for the smartphones -- which are really more like feature phones.
Mar 2014
10

Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires Thanks To Low Loyalty, Limited Benefits

 
Microsoft's right to kill XP is unquestioned, but the company appears to have no insight into why its customers continue to use the OS. The fact that it only recently made a file migration tool available is evidence that Redmond hasn't actually investigated the problem. Do consumers need a low-cost upgrade version? Upgrade tools? New hardware? Are the 29% of users still stuck on XP pirates, consumers, small businesses, or enterprise users? Are we talking about broke kids in their 20s with old netbooks, elderly people stretching out the lifespan of a computer, or foreign users who can't afford an upgrade?  The fact that Microsoft apparently can't be arsed to find out means the upcoming transition will be ugly. 
Mar 2014
06

Microsoft to Take Windows XP Off Life Support Despite Its 29% Market Share

 
Change: It’s inevitable in and of itself, and it’s inevitable that some people don’t like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft’s almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30% of computers that connect to the Internet.
Mar 2014
06

Red Hat to take on Microsoft with .NET hosted service

 
Challenging Microsoft’s Windows Azure on its own turf, Red Hat is ramping up services that would offer Microsoft .NET and SQL Server capabilities on its OpenShift platform as a service (PaaS).
Mar 2014
06

Microsoft loses mapping patent tussle in German fight with Google and Motorola

 
Germany's Federal Patent Court has struck down a contended Microsoft mapping patent, leaving Google and Motorola, as well as other smartphone providers, free to use the technology without licensing agreements in the country. Microsoft argued that both Motorola Mobility, with its Android devices, and Google, with its Maps service and applications, had infringed on a mapping patent it owns.
Mar 2014
06

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