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"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)

Has the EC Finally Bitten Off More Than It Can Chew?

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)

After Ubuntu, Dell Under Pressure To Expand Linux Program

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. ... (more)

Microsoft's First-Ever Mass Job Cuts To Come in 2009?

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)

On the Myth of .NET Purity

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 w... (more)