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 Chromebook sales increase dampens Microsoft stronghold

Google's Chromebook devices have felt a surge in sales over the last year, denting Microsoft's position in the PC market.  The company now accounts for 21% of notebook sales in the US and makes up 10% of all computers and tablets.
Dec 2013

Google BLASTS BACK at Apple, Microsoft, Sony in Android patent WAR

Google has struck back at a patent-wielding consortium composed of industry heavy-hitters with a lawsuit seeking a judgment that neither Google nor any of its Android partners infringes on the group's patents.
Dec 2013

Microsoft Security Essentials misses 39% of malware in Dennis test

The latest tests from Dennis Publishing's security labs saw Microsoft Security Essentials fail to detect 39% of the real-world malware thrown at it. 
Dec 2013

Red Hat's pockets bulging on strong Linux, JBoss sales

Enterprise Linux vendor Red Hat posted strong financial results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Thursday, with earnings that beat both analysts' estimates and the company's own earlier guidance.
Dec 2013

Microsoft pulls latest Surface Pro 2 update following user complaints

Microsoft has some trouble on its hands with the latest Surface Pro 2 firmware update. The company has abruptly pulled the update after reports of failed installations (and battery issues in instances where the update was successful).
Dec 2013

Why Microsoft Had No Choice But To Buy Nokia’s Smartphone Business In One Chart

Microsoft is set to close on a deal to purchase the vast majority of Nokia’s handset business in the first quarter of 2014. The deal will see the software giant become a smartphone OEM overnight, helping its push into the hardware business.
Dec 2013

Samsung offered $1 billion by Microsoft to produce WP devices

Having already acquired Nokia, Microsoft is now trying to motivate other global manufacturers to develop Windows Phone OS based smartphones. According to a tweet from Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft has offered an annual sum of $1 billion to Samsung if the Koreans start producing Windows Phone devices.
Dec 2013

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

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