I wish I could say I had inside knowledge about the veracity of this rumor, but sad to say, I do not. However, I desperately hope that this rumor is true, as it simply makes sense for Microsoft to do something like this.
A Developer's View
At the intersection between technology and economic policy, John Carroll brings years of experience as a software developer to bear on the latest issues affecting the technology industry.
John Carroll has delivered his opinion on ZDNet since the last millennium. Since May 2008, he is no longer a Microsoft employee. He is currently working at a unified messaging-related startup.
The European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services, Charlie McCreevy, recently declared that copyright for performers be extended from 50 to 95 years. This was proposed, according McCreevy, to remedy a fundamental unfairness, wherein the composer (the author of a song) has rights that extend 70 years after his death, whereas the performer (the people actually playing the song) only have rights for 50 years.
I asked the question yesterday: what does Microsoft do well? The question is predicated on the assumption that every company with a reasonable degree of success has something it does that is unique, and that was instrumental in its success.
Microsoft's recent bid for Yahoo, to the tune of $44.6 billion (now rejected by Yahoo's board on account of it, supposedly, "undervaluing the company)," is a sure sign of the economic might of the Microsoft corporation.
No need to add to the Microsoft - Yahoo speculation frenzy, as plenty of others will do that for the remainder of this week (though if anything pops into mind, I'll certainly talk about it in these pages). Instead, I'll return to the topic I had planned to write about last Friday, before news of the deal hit the airwaves like a train running through a concrete barrier, which was: what should be Microsoft's stance with respect to standards?
Google is throwing down the antitrust FUD in response to the proposed merger between Microsoft and Yahoo. This is getting annoying, not because Google is unique in it, but because other large companies - including Microsoft - have gotten in on the game, too.
I was going to write on another topic related to my recent post on the subject of antitrust and Microsoft. That, however, seems less relevant (for now) given the news that Microsoft is bidding to purchase Yahoo, with the current offer on the order of $44.
Apple recently dropped the price of its Apple TV device by $70.00.
Judge Kollar-Kotelly announced yesterday that she would extend to November, 2009 the non-documentation related sanctions imposed on Microsoft in its 2002 consent decree, matching the extension of the documentation provisions she had made earlier in the month. The extension isn't of the duration for which the State Attorneys-General had hoped - they favored a five year extension - but it is still notable.
It was always to be expected that a certain number of iPhone purchasers would go through the trouble of "unlocking" their device so it could be used on any network they want. This involves some work, and though web sites dedicated to the subject abound on the Internet, I always figured that most users would be as interested in customizing their iPhone as customizing their TV.