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[News] [Rival] Legal Trouble for Microsoft, Vista's True Successor May be XP SP3

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Legal Trouble for Microsoft, Vista's True Successor May be XP SP3
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2007 03:59:16 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Microsoft Sued; Christmas Comes Early for Z4 Technologies

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| Microsoft is succumbing to patent trolls today, as they’re being ordered to 
| pay over $140 million for, get this, asking for two passwords. The original 
| award was ordered in April last year by a federal jury in Marshall, Texas, 
| widely known as the friendliest court for patent trolls. There Microsoft and 
| Autodesk were saddled with $158 million (plus attorney fees) for asking users 
| to “input two passwords during the process of activating newly installed 
| software with the aim of deterring piracy.”      


Testers see Windows XP passing Vista

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| Microsoft Corp.'s Windows XP operating system is about to get faster and 
| Windows Vista isn't, according to a report that caused a stir online this 
| week as industry watchers speculated that a zippier XP could keep customers 
| from upgrading to Vista.   


Bad times for Windows, so Microsoft starts attacking its rivals.

Here is a better way. Someone calls this "the mom desktop":



Excerpts: Latest filings in 'Vista Capable' lawsuit

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| The lawsuit over Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" marketing program has 
| reached a key juncture. Lawyers for the plaintiffs have formally requested 
| class-action status for the case, seeking to open it up to many more people, 
| and Microsoft last week filed its official opposition to that request. The 
| filings contain some interesting tidbits on both sides.    


Judge Says 'Windows Vista Capable' Lawsuit Can Proceed

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| A federal judge has ruled that two consumers can proceed with a lawsuit that 
| claims Microsoft's "Windows Vista Capable" campaign was misleading. 


Microsoft Hard-Balling EU Over Vista  

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| "This is part of the negotiating strategy," a person familiar with the
| situation told internetnews.com. "They're in a public relations battle."
| Microsoft made the same threat to South Korean regulators, but did not
| follow through when they lost that battle. 


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