Does Microsoft believe that there's a chance that its technology is infringing on open-source patents? Microsoft responds to this and other new questions surrounding its claims this week that free and open source software allegedly violates hundreds of its patents.
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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).
One of Microsoft's biggest pushes at this year's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) is around Rally, a connectivity platform that Microsoft debuted at last year's WinHEC. So far, there are only 20 devices on the market that use Rally. Microsoft wants to grow that number exponentially.
Usually, at the annual Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conferences (WinHECs), Microsoft provides its system partners with some information about what's coming next on the operating systems front. This year: The future has been ruled off limits, at least on the Windows client front.
As expected, Microsoft announced officially on May 15 that Longhorn Server will be named "Windows Server 2008."
Gateway, consumer storage vendor LaCie and Medion International will join Hewlett Packard in delivering new Windows Home Server systems this fall, Microsoft announced on May 15, the opening day of its Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles.
As of last week, Microsoft had sold 40 million copies of Windows Vista, according to company Chairman Bill Gates. Gates said Vista is still selling at two times the rate of Windows XP.
With one stroke, Microsoft has ended any illusion that it planned to try to build bridges with the open-source community. And it appears the primary reason for Microsoft's decision to go back on the public attack against Linux and other open-source software is the looming Version 3 of the Free Software Foundation's General Public License (GPL).
Microsoft finally has thrown down the gauntlet and is claiming publicly that free and open-source software (FOSS) violates 235 Microsoft patents. Why has Microsoft decided to go public now with these numbers?
For more than two years, there've been tips circulating that Microsoft was readying an online storage service, code-named LiveDrive. Finally, the service part of the offering -- which looks like it will be named Windows Live Folders -- is about to go to beta, according to the LiveSide.Net.
To next to no one's surprise, Microsoft is going to christen Longhorn Server "Windows Server 2008." And it might do so as early as next week to coincide with the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) in Los Angeles. How can I be so sure?