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[News] [Rival] Vista 7 Won't Work, Microsoft is Dying

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The offensive Microsoft anti-Linux netbook offensive 

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| Ever since the unexpected advent of netbooks – who would have expected 
| low-powered computing to be such a winner – Microsoft has been working to 
| push Linux out. Unlike Vista, Windows 7 will run effectively on a netbook. 
| However, Microsoft have reminded us they’re a proprietary company with the 
| offensive Windows 7 Starter Edition being limited to three apps only. Are 
| they trying to insult us or what?     


Will Microsoft blow its netbook lead with Windows 7 crippleware?

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| When netbooks first came along, they almost all ran Linux. Microsoft, which 
| was stuck with the resource pig known as Windows Vista, simply couldn't 
| compete. So, reluctantly, Microsoft gave Windows XP Home a new lease on life 
| and sold it below cost to OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to kill the 
| Linux desktop at the root. For this cost, Microsoft was successful, but now 
| Microsoft is about to blow it by replacing XP Home with Windows 7 Starter 
| Edition, which is crippleware by any other name.      
| Microsoft has been selling crippleware, software that's deliberately had 
| features removed, for some time. The only real difference, for example, 
| between XP Home and XP Pro, besides the price-tag, was that XP Home couldn't 
| handle business domain or AD (Active Directory) networking. To get this one 
| feature activated, millions of business users paid an average of $80 more per 
| PC.      


Microsoft #FAIL & news roundup

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| Digg is reported to have ended its exclusive advertising partnership with 
| Microsoft over a year before it was due to expire.  The deal, which began in 
| 2007 was intended to be one for three years and one which Microsoft was (IMO) 
| very proud of at the time.   
| “You’ll continue to see us be aggressive in this field,” said Steve Berkowitz 
| at the time. 
| Well, you can be whatever you want.  Difficult to be aggressive if youre not 
| wanted though isnt it? 



Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo
| Inc.  


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.


P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.


Microsoft's DreamSpark – What a Giveaway

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| The rest of the $44.6bn (£22.3bn) deal would be financed with an undisclosed
| amount of credit.
| What that means is that it must squeeze as much money as it can from its
| operations to fund that debt and still pay dividends to shareholders, who
| will be looking for some payback from the Yahoo takeover. Giving away
| software is the last thing it would want to do in these circumstances, and
| the DreamSpark announcement shows just how worried it is about the future.    


Can Ballmer pilot Microsoft through a changed tech course?

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| Can Ballmer steer Microsoft out of the roadblocks?
| The highly competitive Ballmer, you might say, is the man who cried "nice."
| And like the boy who cried wolf, no one believed him. The software giant's
| attempt to make nice with much of the developer community by opening up its
| APIs for key products was greeted with a jaundiced eye by regulators at the
| powerful European Commission.
| However sincere Microsoft's stated change of heart may be, it is becoming
| clearer and clearer that Microsoft -- which knows it has to change -- is
| still struggling to find a fresher path.
| What's a poor CEO to do?
| Now that Bill Gates has effectively left the building, Ballmer is free to
| transform Microsoft, a job made all the tougher by the enormous reservoir of
| mistrust the company has engendered over the years.
| Case in point: the open APIs. Microsoft will give its competitors free access
| to the application programming interfaces and protocols it uses to ensure
| interoperability between its own products, a very significant change in
| business practices.


EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say

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| The fine may be announced as soon as Feb. 27, said the people, who declined
| to be identified because the decision isn't public. Microsoft said in a Jan.
| 24 U.S. regulatory filing that the penalty may be as much as 1.5 billion
| euros ($2.2 billion).


Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
| survival.

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