Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

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

Munich open source switch 'completed successfully'

Munich's switch to open source software has been successfully completed, with the vast majority of the public administration's users now running its own version of Linux, city officials said today.
Dec 2013

Nokia’s Android phone: Good for Nokia, not so good for Microsoft

Nokia’s working on an Android phone, but it won’t ever see the light of day. The news that Nokia has been working on its own Android Phone broke last night, confirming rumors that have been going around for years. The device, known as the “Normandy,” is designed to be a low-cost alternative to Nokia’s low-end Asha line, and features, in the style of Amazon’s Kindle tablet, a forked version of Android.
Dec 2013

Microsoft FAT patent loss endangers its Android revenue

The Bundespatentgericht (Federal Patent Court of Germany) has ruled that that Microsoft's European Union (EU) patent EP0618540  for its File Allocation Table (FAT) or "common name space for long and short filenames" is entirely invalid. While Microsoft is expected to appeal this decision, it will be months before it appears in front of the next court. In the meantime, one of Microsoft main Android patent weapons has been rendered harmless for now in the EU. 
Dec 2013

Open source 'wasn't available' two years ago, says Universal Credit chief

Howard Shiplee said that the welfare project will now be using open source and web-based tech. The head of delivery for the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) flagship welfare reform project, Universal Credit, has said that the department didn’t adopt open source and web-based technologies at the beginning of the project because “such things weren’t available” two and a half years ago.
Dec 2013

It's Microsoft Patch Tuesday: December 2013

Microsoft released eleven new security bulletins for the December Patch Tuesday, closing out 2013 with 106 security bulletins. While that tops last year's total of 83, it is roughly in line with 2010 (106) and 2011's (100) numbers. 
Dec 2013

It's true, the START MENU is coming BACK to Windows 8, hiss sources

Microsoft's forthcoming wave of Windows updates will streamline the OS and will even see the return of the much-missed Start menu, according to new reports. The idea appears to be that Microsoft will tailor slightly different versions of its operating system for different audiences, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach it tried when it launched the touch-driven Windows 8.
Dec 2013

German court invalidates Microsoft patent used for Motorola phone sales ban

A Microsoft storage patent that was used to get a sales ban on products from Google-owned Motorola Mobility in Germany has been invalidated by the German Federal Patent Court.
Dec 2013

Microsoft lines up critical Windows, Office and IE fixes for next week

Microsoft today said it will ship 11 security updates next week to patch critical vulnerabilities in Windows, Internet Explorer (IE), Office and Exchange, including one meant to stymie active attacks the company confirmed a month ago.  With the 11 slated for release on Dec. 10, Microsoft's update tally for the year will reach 106, tying the record from 2010 and representing a 28% increase over 2012.
Dec 2013

Internet Explorer 11 at it again, breaks Microsoft's own CRM software

Compatibility problems continue to plague Internet Explorer 11, with some Microsoft customers once again complaining that the company's latest browser doesn't work with one of its own products.
Dec 2013

Valve renews Linux commitment, Microsoft and Sony should worry

If Valve has its way, tomorrow's gaming console is going to be running Linux. The Steam-gaming company has just renewed its Linux commitment by joining The Linux Foundation.
Dec 2013

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