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  • Italian Supreme Court Bans the ‘Microsoft Tax’
    By on October 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments


    An anonymous reader writes: In a post at the Free Software Foundation, lawyer Marco Ciurcina reports that the Italian Supreme Court has ruled the practice of forcing users to pay for a Windows license when they buy a new PC is illegal. Manufacturers in Italy are now legally obligated to refund that money if a buyer wants to put GNU/Linux or another free OS on the computer. Ciurcina says, “The focus of the Court’s reasoning is that the sale of a PC (more…)



  • Microsoft Kills Off Its Trustworthy Computing Group
    By on September 20, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Group is headed for the axe, and its responsibilities will be taken over either by the company’s Cloud & Enterprise Division or its Legal & Corporate Affairs group. Microsoft’s disbanding of the group represents a punctuation mark in the industry’s decades-long conversation around trusted computing as a concept. The security center of gravity is moving away from enterprise desktops to cloud (more…)

  • Microsoft Defies Court Order, Will Not Give Emails To US Government
    By on August 31, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    schwit1 sends this excerpt from a report about Microsoft: Despite a federal court order directing Microsoft to turn overseas-held email data to federal authorities, the software giant said Friday it will continue to withhold that information as it waits for the case to wind through the appeals process. The judge has now ordered both Microsoft and federal prosecutors to advise her how to proceed by next Friday, September 5. Let there be no doubt that (more…)

  • Microsoft/Nokia Deal Closes
    By on April 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    Last September Microsoft announced it would be purchasing Nokia’s Devices and Services business. The terms have been worked out, the shareholders gave approval, and the regulatory issues were hurdled. As of today, it’s official: Nokia’s phone business is now Microsoft Mobile. The final price is around $7.5 billion, and 30,000 employees are transferring to Microsoft. “The purchase of the unprofitable division makes Microsoft the world’s second-largest (more…)

  • Microsoft Word Zero-Day Used In Targeted Attacks
    By on March 25, 2014 | Comments Off  Comments

    wiredmikey (1824622) writes “Microsoft warned on Monday of a remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2014-1761) in Microsoft Word 2010 that is being actively exploited in targeted attacks. If successfully exploited, an attacker could gain the same user rights as the current user, Microsoft said, noting that users whose accounts are configured to have fewer user rights on the system could be less impacted than accounts with administrative privileges. (more…)

  • Sony, Microsoft Squabble Over Console Features, But the Real Opponent Is Apple
    By on June 21, 2013 | Comments Off  Comments

    Nerval’s Lobster writes “Now that Microsoft and Sony have unveiled their respective next-generation gaming consoles, the two companies have cheerfully resorted to firing broadsides at each other. Whether the current brouhaha has any effect on sales of the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4 (if hardcore gamers keep complaining, they may even convince Microsoft to knock $100 off the new Xbox and bring its pricing down to the PS4′s level), it’s also drowning (more…)

  • Microsoft Kinect FAIL For Gamers Who Use Wheelchairs
    By on January 6, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Microsoft’s wildly popular Kinect gaming system could have changed the game for players who have disabilities such as cerebral palsy and would otherwise be unable to use a gaming controller. But Microsoft dropped the ball on this one.

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  • Microsoft quietly kills Office Genuine Advantage program
    By on December 21, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Late last week, Microsoft put an end to its Office Genuine Advantage (OGA) program. The Office Notifier, the OGA ActiveX control for Internet Explorer, and the OGA plug-in for Firefox have also been retired. The change took place on December 16, was first confirmed in a KB article last updated on December 17, 2010, and found by ZDNet:

    The Office Genuine Advantage (“OGA”) program has been retired. For more information about the benefits of genuine (more…)

  • Microsoft to release Mac sync tool Windows Phone 7
    By on October 14, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Microsoft is gonna actually release a sync tool for us Mac users in a timely manner…now they just need to get us to switch from an iphone lol

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  • The Inside Story of Microsoft’s ‘Project Natal’
    By on October 7, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    Lanxon writes “Wired has published a lengthy behind-the-scenes feature documenting the inception, development and technological struggles of Microsoft’s Project Natal, now known as Kinect. The feature is the result of conversations the magazine had with a number of key developers and researchers behind the project, and unprecedented access to Microsoft Research in a number of countries, over the course of three years.”

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