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Patent trolls under attack, but not dead yet

August 15th, 2014 · Comments Off

When I started covering technology in the ’80s, the last thing I thought I’d need to learn about was intellectual property law. But as Nicolai Tesla learned in his fight with Thomas Edison in the electrical-current patent wars of the 1890s, wherever technology goes, IP law is sure to follow. My moment of revelation came […]

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Tags: Business · Legal · Microsoft

Nadella’s challenge: Saving Microsoft

August 11th, 2014 · Comments Off

In my recent debate with Ed Bott over Microsoft’s future, the public bought Ed’s arguments that Microsoft will have a bright, shining future with Satya Nadella as CEO. The judge though gave me the win because he agreed that “Nadella’s challenges outweigh his support and time window won out. After all, there are a lot of […]

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Tags: Business · Cloud Computing · Infrastructure · Management · Microsoft · SmartPhone · Tablet

Bad Microsoft Android patents may lie behind Samsung lawsuit

August 6th, 2014 · Comments Off

At this point, it’s hard to say exactly what’s going on in Microsoft’s patent contract dispute with Samsung. The two companies may just be fighting out their contract terms or it could be the first shot at Microsoft’s Android patent portfolio. Microsoft’s heavily redacted lawsuit was filed on August 1st in the US District Court […]

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Tags: Business · Infrastructure · Legal · Linux · Microsoft · Operating System · Samsung · SmartPhone · Tablet

UK makes ODF its official documents format standard

July 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off

In 2006 and 2007, there was an enormous documents standards war between Microsoft, with its OpenXML documents format, and the open-source community with its Open Document Format (ODF). In the end, Microsoft, while eventually supporting ODF, won. ODF, while still supported by such popular open-source office suites as LibreOffice and OpenOffice, became something of an after-thought. Until, […]

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Tags: Applications · Business · Legal · Microsoft · Office Software

Chromebook gains, Microsoft worries

July 21st, 2014 · Comments Off

Some people still pooh-pooh the idea that Chromebooks could ever come close to challenging Windows PCs. NPD’s latest laptop sales numbers say otherwise. Chromebook sales are zooming upward, while Windows laptop sales are stagnant. Chromebook gains, Microsoft worries More >

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Tags: Business · Google · Infrastructure · Laptop · Linux · Microsoft · Operating System · Windows