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[News] Microsoft Nervous About H-P and Intel Peddling Towards GNU/Linux

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Microsoft says Intel, HP 'Actively' Working with Linux

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| "Partners such as Hewlett-Packard and Intel have been actively working with 
| alternative Linux-based operating systems," Microsoft wrote, providing no 
| additional detail.  
| While it's been known for some time that HP - - which sells some notebooks 
| and netbooks and servers with Linux - - and Intel have dedicated some 
| resources to Linux development, this is the first time that Microsoft has 
| singled out its two biggest and arguably most important technology partners 
| for this work. While the language in 10-K reports is traditionally dry, 
| legalistic and boilerplate, for a company like Microsoft to add that 
| information for the first time is notable. It also comes at a time when 
| Microsoft reported a double-digit decline in its client software business 
| even as it reported selling more than 300 million units of Windows Vista over 
| the past two years. (It sold 130 million units two years ago and 180 million 
| units of Vista last year, although it doesn't specify how many units were 
| sold or activated with "downgrade rights" to Windows XP.)            


Intel steps up new mobile focus, Ballmer dismisses thin clients

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| So far, the netbook market is heavily dominated by Windows and Intel Atom, 
| though the second wave - ushering in smaller, more mobile devices such as 
| smartbooks and MIDs - could shift towards Linux. Intel is readying itself for 
| this shift, creating its Moblin Linux platform and working with Nokia. It is 
| less clear how Microsoft will respond - it has no plans to shrink down the 
| footprint or margins of its forthcoming Windows 7 for smartbooks, but admits 
| Windows Mobile remains an under-performer.       



Irate e-mails reveal HP, Microsoft strife

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| A surprise decision by Microsoft jeopardized its relationship with PC giant
| Hewlett-Packard a year before Windows Vista's release, according to internal
| e-mails unsealed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle. The messages,
| between top Microsoft and HP executives, shed new light on the
| behind-the-scenes turmoil that preceded the operating system's troubled
| debut.
| "You have demonstrated a complete lack of commitment to HP as a strategic
| partner and cost us a lot of money in the process," wrote HP executive
| Richard Walker in a January 2006 message to then-Microsoft Windows chief Jim
| Allchin. "Your credibility is severely damaged in my organization."

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