"Ray and his team are true innovators," said Bill Gates yesterday as
Microsoft announced that it's acquiring Ray Ozzie's company, Groove Networks,
Inc. "Microsoft and its customers will greatly benefit from their
experience," Gates continued. "After working with Ray for years as a close
partner, it will be great to have him on our senior leadership team."
Ozzie's Groove Networks is a leading provider of collaboration software for
the "virtual office," so the deal unites two top innovators of technology
that help geographically distributed workgroups be as productive as those
that work in a single physical location.
Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
"The acquisition of Groove complements Microsoft's collaboration offerings to
include real-time, server-based and peer-to-peer solutions that address the
ever-changing and more-complex work environment,"... (more)
The European Commission wants Microsoft to license its server protocols to
rivals for nothing according to the Financial Times, which says it saw a
"confidential document" saying so.
According to the paper Microsoft wants a maximum of 5.95% of a licensee's
server revenues as a royalty but the EC's technical expert Professor Neil
Barrett calculates that even a royalty rate of 1% would be unacceptable to
potential licensees and that zero percent would be "better."
Barrett apparently ran the numbers and concluded that Microsoft's terms would
mean a licensee wouldn't recoup its develo... (more)
Having bowed to the Linux enthusiasts - at least in America - and having
given them PCs with Ubuntu installed at the factory, Dell is now being
pressured to sell the boxes worldwide, offer the same discounts as it does on
Windows machines, make the Linux boxes cheaper than the same configurations
bearing Windows and pre-install OpenOffice on all its machines next to Works
and Microsoft Office. Oh, yes, and they think Dell should run a TV spot for
the Ubuntu boxes.
With a Q2 earnings report due on the 22nd of January 2009, Microsoft is
rumored to be contemplating ringing in the new year with massive job cuts. A
posting by Lars-Göran Nilsson on the Fudzilla technology blog and rumor site
claims that 15,000 or so of Microsoft's global workforce of 90,000 "are
expected to be giving marching orders come January 15th."
Rumors of a round of rare but substantial job cuts have been swirling for
weeks now, with Electronista for example reporting before Christmas that
substantial reductions "are believed to hint at significant financial
difficulty at... (more)
Scott Hanselman's article on "The Myth of .NET Purity"
(articlenews.cfm?id=356) struck a chord (with even .NETDJ editor-in-chief
Derek Ferguson jumping into the discussion).
Why the Myth Exists at All...
I think this article is right on, but felt that we should confront the issue
of why this kind of rebuttal is needed (and it is needed). We find people who
are earnest only in so far as they can justify their existence. Therefore
they brand something heresy as soon as they abandon the practice themselves.
Let's assume that COM interop was a horrible waste of resources; it still