Microsoft’s Deceptive Tactics Push Customers to Mac, Linux

2 06 2016

Over the past few months, Microsoft has maintained a course that continues to anger and alienate users. Having converted the Windows operating system into a suite of spyware tools designed to harvest users’ data through recommended updates that it has forced on users, the Redmond giant has given many of those users reason to abandon Windows for another operating system. As Windows continues to lose users, Microsoft — rather than adjust course —has instead ramped up the very tactics that angered users in the first place.

Last summer, Microsoft announced that anyone currently running Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 would be able to upgrade to the new and “improved” Windows 10 for free. Many wondered why the company would give away licenses to use the new operating system, especially considering that in the past users have paid good money to purchase new iterations of Windows. Within days of the release of Windows 10, the reason was clear: greater data-mining opportunities. The entire operating system is designed to harvest users’ data for Microsoft’s financial gain.

Despite optimistic predictions from Microsoft of one billion Windows 10 devices within three years, adoption slowed after the spyware nature of the operating system became known. In fact, there are currently still almost as many people using Windows XP as are using Windows 10. This is particularly astounding considering that Windows XP reached end-of-life

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There is No ‘New Microsoft’: Under Nadella, Patent Extortion Against Linux/Android Carries on

7 07 2015

Summary: Kyocera is again being targeted by Microsoft, using patent aggression, with a secret settlement being reached whose negative impact on Android remains to be seen

According to Tech Times, there has just been a secret settlement with all details unknown. Kyocera is not allowed to speak about what Microsoft did to it, for that might damage Microsoft’s reputation or harm Microsoft’s future efforts to blackmail other companies using patents.

“A few months ago,” Tech Times wrote, “Microsoft filed a lawsuit against Kyocera, claiming that three Android smartphones from the Japanese company violated seven Microsoft patents. The smartphones in question were the Duraforce (pictured), Brigadier and Hydro. The patents, meanwhile, cover a wide range of mobile technologies that Microsoft alleged the Android devices violated.

“Microsoft has dozens of licensing agreements in place with Android OEMs, including Samsung, but it will not back out of a litigation if it doesn’t reach an amicable agreement. Microsoft went after Kyocera in March, asking a Seattle court for a U.S. sales ban on the three phones that infringed its patents.”

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Microsoft Accused of Blackmailing UK Officials Supporting Open Document Format

23 05 2015

The IT reform that the United Kingdom is working on is faced with strong opposition from tech giants operating facilities and doing business in the country, with some going as far as to blackmail MPs in order to block some changes from being adopted.
David Cameron’s former strategy chief, Steve Hilton, revealed during a public speech that Microsoft officials called MPs and tried to blackmail them to block the adoption of certain laws, threatening with the closure of local research facilities if the proposed changes go through.

“You just have to fight them off. I can give you specific examples: the thing I mentioned about IT contracts. Maybe there is someone here to confirm this from Microsoft? When we proposed this, Microsoft phoned Conservative MPs with Microsoft R&D facilities in their constituencies and said, ‘we will close them down in your constituency if this goes through,’” Hilton was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

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CITIUS: Afinal de quem é que foi a responsabilidade do crash?

13 01 2015

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“A situação foi provocada por uma falha da arquitetura de sistemas do próprio processo de migração…”. Carlos Brito, declarações no Jornal das 8 da TVI, 18 de Setembro de 2014

“Os técnicos talvez não estivessem preparados para todo este processo, da mesma forma que o não estava a consultora Microsoft que foi contratada para definir a arquitectura da migração, justificou Carlos Brito…”. jornal SOL, 15-11-2014

Para além da responsabilidade pelo colapso, que é evidente, quanto é que custou o contrato com a Microsoft? Este contrato, até há bem pouco tempo, não existia na página de contratos da administração pública.

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The Halloween Documents: Microsoft’s Anti-Linux Strategy 15 Years Later

31 10 2013

It’s almost Halloween—which marks 15 years since Eric S. Raymond published the first leaked “Halloween Documents” documenting Microsoft’s (MSFT) secret strategy to compete with Linux and open source. A lot has changed since then, when terms such as “fear, uncertainty and doubt” (FUD) first exploded into the lexicon. But how much remains the same? Do Microsoft and open source play nicely today?

The Halloween Documents, so-called because the first one leaked in October 1998, don’t actually have much to do with Halloween itself—which I find sad, as an avid fan of the holiday. But for understanding the historical relationship between Microsoft and open source, the memos are vital.

They were the first to reveal the particularly nasty “tricks” Microsoft planned in its effort to contain the open source movement, and to prevent Linux in particular from cutting too deeply into its revenue. One key strategy for the company was implementing proprietary protocols to lock customers into Microsoft software. Another was touting Microsoft software as offering lower total cost of ownership (TCO) than Linux, even though the documents showed that Microsoft itself found Linux to be the cheaper overall solution in many cases.

History, however, has proven Microsoft’s strategy largely wrong. Fifteen years after Raymond published the first of the documents (he subsequently added several more to his site, along with extensive commentary), which Microsoft later acknowleded to be authentic, Windows and Linux continue to coexist. And while Linux and open source never became an existential threat to Microsoft, as the Halloween Documents suggest executives at the company once feared, it’s hard to deny that they have significantly curtailed the company’s share of important markets, like servers operating systems and applications, for many years. Microsoft might be a richer enterprise today if it had achieved the goals it articulated in the Halloween Documents.

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Skype is following your links – that’s proprietary for you

15 05 2013

Yesterday it was reported that Skype, owned by Microsoft these days, seems to automatically follow each exchanged https link. Besides the fact that this is a huge security and personal rights problem in its own it again shows how important it is to not trust a proprietary system.

The problem, skin deep

Heise reported yesterday that Skype follows https links which have been exchanged in chats on a regular basis. First and foremost, this is a privacy issue: it looks like Skype, and thus Microsoft, scans your chat history and acts based on these findings on a regular base. That cannot be explained by “security measures” or anything like it and is not acceptable. My personal data are mine, and Microsoft should not have anything to do with as long as there is no need!

Second, there is the security problem: imagine you are exchanging private links, or even links containing passwords and usernames for direct access (you shouldn’t, but sometimes you have to). Microsoft does follows these links -and therefore gains full access to all data hidden there. Imagine these are sensitive data (private or business), you have no idea what Microsoft is going to do with them.

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Tribunal anula concurso público de software Microsoft no Município de Almada

25 04 2013

Na sequência de acção judicial intentada pela ESOP no Tribunal Administrativo e Fiscal de Almada, foi anulado o concurso público n.º 31A2012 relativo ao licenciamento e manutenção de software Microsoft, lançado pela Câmara Municipal de Almada em Setembro de 2012, no valor de 550.000,00 EUR.

Segundo a ESOP, trata-se da primeira decisão judicial sobre esta matéria em Portugal, em que é reconhecida a ilegalidade deste tipo de procedimento para aquisição de licenças de software, apesar dos inúmeros alertas da associação para situações de concursos ilegais, que têm ocorrido nos últimos anos.

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english Language: Illegal procurement favouring Microsoft in Portugal killed in the courts

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