Reasons to Avoid Microsoft
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- Microsoft's masterplan to screw phone partner - full details
Until November, Sendo was Microsoft's flagship phone OEM. It then announced
that its four-times-delayed Z100 Stinger phone would be canned, and threw
its lot in with Nokia, terminating the Microsoft agreement. ... The claim
alleges ... misappropriation of trade secrets, common law misappropriation,
conversion, unfair competition, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, two counts
of negligent misrepresentation, two counts of breach of contract, fraudulent
inducement and tortious interference.
- Colleges Signing Secret MS License Agreements
Microsoft is requiring colleges wanting cheap licenses to keep their license
terms secret [...] in direct contravention of state public records and
Freedom of Information laws.
- Group urges limits on open source
The Initiative for Software Choice, which counts Microsoft, Cisco Systems
and Intel among its backers, said in comments filed Tuesday that the
department should 'avoid crafting needless and potentially detrimental IT
policy to promote the use' of open-source software. The initiative,
[chaired by a group that has close ties to Microsoft], is worried about a
recent report that concluded the Defense Department relies on open-source
software and recommended its further adoption.
- Microsoft Unveils Licensing Discounts To Counter Linux
Microsoft has unveiled a new policy to discourage its business customers
from switching to Linux or other open source alternatives. Called Open Value,
the new offer is part of the software giant's Licensing 6 volume licensing
program. '...Microsoft sales reps have been instructed to be on the lookout
for any businesses that are migrating some of their machines to [Linux].' ...
[I]n some cases, the discounts could be as high as 50 percent. ...
[The new licensing program], which requires companies to pay up-front fees
to ensure access to upgrades, has the effect of committing customers to
Microsoft's products and upgrade schedules for a multiyear period.
- Microsoft shows 85% profit margins for Windows
(The Financial Times,
Microsoft has revealed for the first time that it has made profit margins
of 85 per cent on its Windows system while four of its businesses made
losses, raising questions about the benefits of the group's costly efforts
at diversification. ... The disclosure of its profitability, released in
an SEC filing late last week, will infuriate many rivals. Microsoft was
found guilty of illegally maintaining its monopoly in personal computer
operating systems in 2000.
- Microsoft SEC filing shows hideous losses except for Windows
The mysterious shroud surrounding Microsoft's revenues was dispelled
yesterday, when the company revealed that it is losing shedloads of
money on everything bar client Windows, server and Office software.
In these, naturally, it's making even bigger shedloads, but it's
abundantly clear who's paying the rent, and financing the assaults
into new areas. ...it's clear who's paying the rent for these expeditions,
and it's also clear that Microsoft is the dominant force in the PC market,
and only the PC market. It can afford to shoulder big losses in the areas
where it wishes to be the dominant force for a very long time.
- Microsoft's Political Lobbying Record
[A] website focusing on 'Responsive Politics' recently published lobbying
and donations info for the 2002 elections (to date). [It points out that
Microsoft is 'One of the biggest campaign contributors in Washington-an
astounding fact when you consider that Microsoft is a relatively new player
on the political scene. Prior to 1998, the company and its employees gave
virtually nothing in terms of political contributions. But when the Justice
Department launched an antitrust investigation into the company's marketing
of its popular Windows software, things changed.']
- Microsoft: No Xbox for You!
Microsoft is very concerned about a man having been acquitted after allegedly
selling modified chips... So concerned in fact, that they are saying: change
the law, or they will have to reconsider selling the Xbox in Australia.
- Ad fiasco: we will act, says Ballmer
Microsoft may consider sanctions against a public relations consultant who
tried to pass herself off as someone who had switched from the Apple Mac to
Windows XP in a high-profile US advertising campaign... The software company
was forced to pull the advertising, which mimics rival Apple's Switch campaign
from Windows XP to the Mac, after [ireegularities were noticed] in the case
study of an anonymous woman that was presented on the Microsoft Web site.
The indiscretion strikes to the heart of Microsoft's attempts to turn around
its unscrupulous image, while it tries to build support for its technical
initiative chief software architect and founder Bill Gates dubbed last year,
- Critics Say Microsoft Is Up to Old Tricks
...competitors contend that Microsoft's actions are
reminiscent of the behavior that led to the
antitrust case and reinforce their claim that the
entire settlement is inadequate.
- Microsoft embarrassed by satisfied customer who never was
Red-faced executives at Microsoft Corp. on Monday pulled a breezy
advertisement purported to be by a free-lance writer who switched to using
Windows software from the rival Macintosh, amid questions about whether the
woman actually exists. An employee at a public-relations company hired by
Microsoft ... later acknowledged she was Microsoft's mysterious convert.
The Associated Press tracked Mallinson by examining personal data hidden
within documents Microsoft published with its controversial ad. ... Trouble
erupted after [someone] noticed a photograph showing the woman with a cup of
coffee was a stock image available for purchase elsewhere on the Internet.
... Documents accompanying the ad, which encouraged other Windows users to
tell Microsoft about their experiences, included hidden references to
Mallinson's name, public relations firm, Wes Rataushk & Associates Inc.,
and personal Web site.
- Profits from piracy
Asked about the glaring lack of a copyright enforcement clause in the new
deal, Microsoft president and CEO Steve Ballmer did a quick Nixonian shuffle.
'Certainly, software piracy rates in China are high, but there is nothing in
the agreement specifically around that,' [Microsoft President and CEO Steve]
Ballmer told a reporter ... shortly after the June announcement
[of a $750 million 'memorandum of understanding' between Microsoft and
China]. ...[T]here are some who make the case that ...
Microsoft might actually benefit from illegal copying. ...
The argument for allowing piracy boils down to two words: network effects.
Without a critical mass of users, most software products tend to wither and
die. Conversely, the more users a software product acquires, particularly a
consumer-oriented software product, the more valuable it becomes.
- Group: MS update violates settlement
A computer-industry trade group ... [is] alleging that the recently
released Windows XP Service Pack 1 violates the software giant's pending
- UW reconsiders deal with Microsoft
The University of Waterloo made a mistake when it announced curriculum
changes using a new Microsoft language before they were approved by various
committees ... 'We simply didn't satisfy ourselves that all of the internal
consultation had been done that now will be done.' ... if the committees don't
approve the use of the Microsoft language, or C # (sharp), in certain
curricula ... the $561,000 Microsoft was giving to support [certain
projects] would no longer be available. ... Critics charged that the
tie between funding and curriculum compromised the university's academic
- Linux makes a run for government
Sources familiar with events said that aggressive Microsoft lobbying efforts
have contributed to a halt on any further work [on the NSA's version of
Linux]. "Microsoft was worried that the NSA's releasing open-source
software would compete with American proprietary software," said a source
familiar with the complaints against the NSA who asked not to be
- Microsoft Invests in the University of Waterloo
[A] new joint initiative [between Microsoft and U. of Waterloo]
was announced which involves the addition of a mandatory course on
[Microsoft's C# programming language] for all electrical and computer
engineers. 'Completion of this course will be mandatory for students
entering the E&CE program.'
- Dell unhooks Windows from desktops
The new desktops appear to be a slick interpretation of Microsoft's new
licensing terms and a way to navigate customer demand for PCs without an OS
installed. The Microsoft licensing terms, which were put in place on Aug. 1,
specify that PC makers must ship PCs with an operating system. The new policy
exists to prevent piracy and to better track OS shipments.
- Dell No Longer Selling Systems w/o Microsoft OS
Microsoft will no longer allow Dell to sell PCs without an operating system.
... 'New Microsoft contract rules stipulate that we can no longer offer the
"NO OS" option to our customers beyond September 1st. ...
this effects all of our competitors as well.'
- MS 'Software Choice' scheme a clever fraud
[A] government site using open standards and avoiding patented software
would allow citizens to choose between many different kinds of software
to access the site. ... [When] a government uses Open Source, it assures its
citizens a choice to purchase both proprietary and Open Source software for
communicating with their government. The people's choice will be based on
factors like functionality, quality, and convenience, rather than on customer
lock-in. ... Microsoft has responded with a clever Software Choice campaign
that, read quickly, appears to fight discrimination and call for choice, while
actually promoting policies that would lock out Free Software.
For example, it promotes the embedding of royalty-bearing software patents
into "open" standards. Of course Free Software producers don't charge
copyright royalty fees, and thus can't afford to pay for patent royalties,
so they would not be able to implement any standard that contains
- Norwegian Government cancels Microsoft contract
[A] Microsoft contract to deliver software for government-related
systems throughout Norway [has been cancelled]. ...
'We think that the Microsoft agreement in reality has given Microsoft
a monopoly in an area where we are better served by introducing
- Independence Day
If savvy IT managers play their cards right, they can declare vendor
independence and influence the next generation of enterprise offerings
and players. ... [When] you think of hot technologies and open-source
systems, it's often smaller, more agile companies setting the pace. ...
Freedom of choice, freedom of partners, freedom from technological
lockdown. That's an independence worth celebrating.
- Microsoft shows sensitive side
[An] exhibitor at a jointly sponsored Microsoft and Telecom Business Club
event ... was surprised on returning to his stand in the afternoon, having
set it up earlier in the day, to find that newspaper clippings relating to
Linux had been removed from display. They'd been taken down by Microsoft's
small business marketer...
- Pioneering effort could ban Microsoft on government computers
[The city of Callao] would need [$120,000] just to pay licensing fees for
200 versions of the latest Windows office suite. That alone is about four
times Callao's annual computer budget. ... [Peru's congress] is
pushing legislation to obligate all public institutions to convert
exclusively to open-source software. ... It allows for exceptions only if
no open-source solution exists.
- Microsoft takes heavy losses on the Xbox
Beating Sony and Nintendo in the gaming console market is apparently
worth billions to the software giant.
- Microsoft Dismissal Motion Denied
'The decision confirms the rightful role of state attorneys general to
prosecute antitrust violations,' Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller said.
'Now we can almost see the finish line in this case.'
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