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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Acknowledges Its Old Business Models Are Ending, Resorts to Cheating

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Acknowledges Its Old Business Models Are Ending, Resorts to Cheating
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 13:35:48 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Ads Funding Software Applications Available Via The Web

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| Some analysts see these apps as a threat to Microsoft, which makes many 
| top-selling conventional apps. But Microsoft is developing its own moves for 
| ad-funded software.  


They have already begun with anti-Netscape-like dirty tricks that they need to
survive. Wait for more antitrust actions.

Judge lets Google file brief in Vista search antitrust battle

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| Google was naturally irked by this and responded by saying that Microsoft's 
| changes were not enough. Google's chief legal officer said that the changes 
| violated the 2002 consent decree between the Department of Justice and 
| Microsoft and limited consumer choice.    


Now they start modifying Windows 'on the fly', possibly adding links and
context menu items to channel people /away/ from rivals.


Microsoft to partners: It's time to change

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| Aiming to rally its partners around the reality of hosted software, Microsoft 
| Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner told them it was a matter of financial 
| life and death.  


Microsoft ties Windows Live services to OS in updates

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| Microsoft is tying its Windows Live services directly to its Windows OS.


A Software Maker Goes Up Against Microsoft

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| When quizzed on Microsoft's plans, Mr. Ballmer replied, "Our view is
| that virtualization is something that should be built into the
| operating system."


Microsoft Finds Legal Defender in Justice Dept.

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| Nearly a decade after the government began its landmark effort to break 
| up Microsoft, the Bush administration has sharply changed course by
| repeatedly defending the company both in the United States and abroad 
| against accusations of anticompetitive conduct, including the recent
| rejection of a complaint by Google.
| [...]
| In the most striking recent example of the policy shift, the top 
| antitrust official at the Justice Department last month urged state
| prosecutors to reject a confidential antitrust complaint filed by 
| Google that is tied to a consent decree that monitors Microsoft's 
| behavior. Google has accused Microsoft of designing its latest 
| operating system, Vista, to discourage the use of Google's desktop 
| search program, lawyers involved in the case said. 


Office: Go Smaller To Get Bigger

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| Success here also could underscore efforts overseas, as Microsoft seeks to 
| turn customers using pirated software into those actually paying for it. 


Microsoft pushes Office 2007 with 'try-before-you-buy'

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| Microsoft is shipping limited-use copies of Office 2007 with PCs in a 
| try-before-you-buy scheme to seed the market with its latest suite and drive 
| Windows server and client software sales.  


How Microsoft bought China

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| When all is said and done, the real reason why Microsoft is "winning" in 
| China and has won elsewhere is that Microsoft is willing to break the law, 
| pay the fines, dump products on the market at far below cost, and continue on 
| in the belief that in the long run the costs of doing business the Microsoft 
| way will win out over the higher quality, security and features of Mac OS X 
| and the Linux desktop.      


Jury Hears Microsoft Competition Suit

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| A judge on Friday told jurors they must accept as fact that a
| federal court found in 1999 that Microsoft holds a monopoly over
| computer operating systems and that it restricted computer
| manufacturers' ability to use competing systems.
| [...]
| She said she'll show that the company used its monopoly power
| to exclude competition and control prices and that it conspired with
| other companies to restrain trade, maintaining what she called a
| chokehold on software competitors and computer manufacturers.
| "It isn't illegal to be successful," Conlin said in opening
| remarks. "We applaud that. ... But you can't freeze out competitors
| and punish and retaliate against people who cooperate with
| competitors. Microsoft did all that and more."


French consumer group attacks PC software bundling

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| UFC-Que Choisir legal officer Sandra Wouhling said current
| practice effectively forced ordinary consumers to buy computers
| using Microsoft operating systems whereas companies anda
| dministrations were offered a real choice.


How much abuse will you take from Microsoft?

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| Well, actually, there is one thing you could do. You could switch
| from vermin-ridden Windows to a desktop Linux. For businesses, I
| recommend SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) 10. For home users,
| Ubuntu 6.06, SimplyMEPIS 6.0, Xandros 4, or Freespire are all
| excellent choices.
| [...]
| My only hope for most of these poor fools is that Vista's price tag will
| make them at least consider an alternative to Windows on their desktops.
| And, since Microsoft doesn't have a strangle-hold on the portable music
| market, buyers will have the good sense to not give Zune a chance to
| trap their music in a new Microsoft DRM (digital rights management)
| prison.


Microsoft boosts mobile services

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| Live Search on Windows Mobile and Live Search on Java allow people
| to search for local businesses without any typing and to save
| information to contacts, map directions or make a call with one click.


Larry Ellison on Microsoft's prebundling:


Where Should Vendors Stick Their Services?

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| Wondering if you noticed the news over at Microsoft Watch this week
| that Microsoft has done what many considered inevitable: Started
| using Windows as a way to hawk Windows Live Services?
| It's not too surprising to me that Microsoft is splashing all over
| its Welcome to Vista screen (at least in one of the latest Vista test
| builds, No. 5506) promotional links, inviting users to download Windows
| Live Messenger, Windows Live OneCare, Windows Live Mail Desktop, and more.
| But I was surprised the Redmondians would be so bold as to actually
| embed Windows Live Messenger into Vista. After all the antitrust
| lawsuits Microsoft has been slapped with here, there and everywhere ?
| many of which have focused on its "innovative integration" (a k a,
| bundling) strategies, you'd think they'd be a little more cautious.
| With the actual Windows Live Messenger code (not just a download link)
| being integrated right into Vista, I think Microsoft might be really
| going out on a limb. When backed into a corner before about its
| integration strategy, Microsoft's defense was that removing any of
| the integrated components (Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player,
| etc.) would break the OS. But if Vista test builds have been working
| just fine (well, middling, maybe, based on some not-so-happy tester
| comments) without Windows Live Messenger, how can Microsoft make a
| case for it being part of Windows?


Connecting the dots on Windows 7

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| I would have asked one more follow up: Was Gates hinting that
| Microsoft will build more of its currently standalone Windows
| Live services right into the operating system?


Welcome to college, here's your Windows Live account


Software rivals say Microsoft's Vista illegal in Europe

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| Software manufacturers, citing 2004 European Commission finding,
| contend the operating system violates server laws in Europe.


'Microsoft broke anti-trust agreement,' prosecutors claim

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| It's claimed Microsoft's engineers used at least 500 undocumented APIs
| to ensure Microsoft's applications worked better with Windows than 
| those of competitors.


Microsoft rivals file second European complaint

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| ...Microsoft was preventing access to Vista's programming interfaces
| and hindering the development of compatible products, thus repeating
| anti-competitive violations the commission had identified three
| years ago in a previous operating system.


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