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Tough public stance masks a noticeable loss of control and income
Much as Munich, Germany and Tolouse, France and several other European cities and countries that have or ae moving to Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) - whether ODF document format, Linux Operating System (OS), other FOSS Software or any combination thereof, it has been proven unequivocally that there are not only substantial $$$$-savings over being tied to Microsoft technologies, but considerable added flexibility, scalability and freedom to adapt FOSS to heir specific needs.
The UK Government now has a great deal more opportunity to move whole sections of government to Linux OS if desired, without severe headaches experienced in whole Applications/OS move at once.
If most of the European Union - 27 countries representing 400 plus million citizens - are slowly moving away from Microsoft homogeny, which they certainly are (translated as verified factual), then Microsoft should be concerned, even their UK and US club club minions will act tough in tech media, as if all is rosy.
While Microsoft may not lose any sleep over the matter, as intimated by one Microsoft loyalist, it did cause Steve Ballmer to make several trips to UK in an attempt to initially threaten against not sticking with MS Office, and then his making MS retention offerings that were obviously hollow and false.
A telling example of loss of control and income for Microsoft is State in India that is replacing more than 90 percent of it's Windows XP government and education computer systems with Linux computers. Indian media estimate that figure at about half million computers and counting. Similar actions are taking place in Brazil and other South American and Central American countries.
More proof of large, greedy corporate dominance
It is not surprising that Verizon would stoop to such low level of integrity in throttling service to Netflix customers jusst to suit their commercial gains for charging extra for bandwidth which should be minimal.
However it still remains for all the companies serviced by Netflix like Level 3, Nederkorn's ISP and others which have their customers severely negatively impacted by Netflix's actions will band together and post a strong, formal objection to the FCC, probably out of fear of retaliation by Verizon and it's status of preference and special positive treatment by FCC oligarth obedient board.
A sad state of affairs in USA, whose citizens are already receiving 2nd class Internet access at higher rates than most of the other G20 and developned nations.
So much for the "Land of the Free", the "Greatest Nation n Earth", "American Exceptionalisn" and other crass slogans constantly spewed by draconian, greedy corporations and an ignorant, naive public.
insulting reference to Amazon as Microsoft-like in this reference
In stating that " Bezos behemoth has taken a shine to what one of its customers has been doing – a rather Microsoft-ish approach from the olden days", article writers Mellor and Clark make a poor distinction between Amazon entering the user friendly storage space as they have, and Microsoft actions in the past, which were effectively to "partner" with small technology companies and then to suddenly "extricate" that small company's technology for themselves as claimed and broadly reported during that time period, even by unimpeachable technology media sources.
Amazon did not have any similar type "business arrangement or senior partnership" with Box or DropBox, who were merely customers on AWS.
Hive and Spark for Microsoft Hadoop?
When Microsoft adopts Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies that they do not and cannot control – only because these FOSS solutions are far superior to their own inhouse development projects, it is always interesting to observe how they utilize and implement these FOSS tools, particularly since projects like Hive and Spark are not developed in a Microsoft software environment, and in most cases Apache FOSS applications run substantially more effectively and faster on a FOSS Operating System (OS) and database foundation.
Since Microsoft has adopted Hadoop as "their" standard Big Data Processing framework, will the company be updating to use Hive and Spark enabled Hadoop, and can these new Hadoop add-ons even run in a Microsoft environment?
Continuation of poor reliability
What is so poignant about this story report is that just recently, a Microsoft Partner was attempting to pursuade a large European company office in USA to swich to Office 365 from the solid performance and reliable Zimbra Groupware SaaS service enjoyed satisfactorily for many years.
In past two years Microsoft's Cloud Services and software have proven substantially more fragile and insecure than competitor products and services, and demonstates the overall sub-standard quality of Microsoft offerings. US entities that continue to naively subscribe to Microsoft fare because it is an admired American icon will be severely burdened with second class technology for many years to come.
Re: Could the NSA bribe ARM??
This commenter is obviously ignorant about and/or unaware that these Russian companies will be building their own Arm-based design reference Chipsets, so the only NSA spying functionality will be by Russian government mandate. The USA, nor British Arm Holding have any control what-so-ever over that process.
Every day I read another article about developments with technology that basically report the quickly diminishing influence and control that was once exerted as dominant by Western technology , business corporations and governments.
The Europeans (particularly Eastern European countries), Chinese and other Asians nations, South American Countries are adopting non-State owner or controlled Linux Operating System (OS) and several other Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) technologies that are currently at the epicenter of technology innovation and advancement.
What are the Western (colonial) powers to do?
Pie in the Sky thinking
Microsoft is continuing down the path of confused strategy and execution, particilarly if listening to the dysfunctional rhetoric of "loyal" Windows phone purchasers, who are obviously suffering from a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome.
This is evident by Microsoft's statement with loyalists' agreement in thinking that Cortana will be so great on Windows mobile devices that iOS and Android smartphone and tablet users will "switch" to make Windows Mobile larger than competition - i.e. switching out or reversing approx. 4% for Microsoft sales to 94% by their competition. Such stupid and sick thinking is why Microsoft is continuously flailing.
For several years now many technologists, market research firms and millions of technology users have stated basically and almost exactly what Simon Rockman indicates in this article - that consumers are less averse to changes, especially in Graphical User Interface (GUI) design and general software organization and use against what was proclaimed ad nauseam by Microsoft and their loyal minion armies in disputing Linux based computers as easy to use and viable alternative to Windows XP/Windows 7/8.1 computer systems.
I wonder if Mr. Rockman was making such statements that are contray to what he is writing here.
It is unfortunate that Apple has taken such a draconian and hostile position of not admitting guilt or being willing to pay fines even when their guilt has been proven unequivocally.
This is a dangerous and counter productive policy, and can only lead to a situation when a successful plaintif does not accept "out of court" settlement, and nails the firm to the wall for tens of billions of $$dollars as well as gaining Court Order stopping distribution and sales of Apple's flagship products.
Only then will they realize that their insane attitudes and positions have come ack to seriously and infectiously bite them in the ass.
Re: @P010nium "They paid it when........."
The "car dealership" analogy is quite flawed, and the ombudsman did "not" agree with Intel plea.
I suspect that there are Intel minions commenting in tech press as well as those loyal in supporting Microsoft. Could this also be a US and UK anti-European (continent) sentiment as well?
Expected response from Microsoft minions Dell and The Register.
It is not surprising that the article author noted "El Reg is of the same opinion as Dell", basically meaning that like Dell, the Register is quite skeptical of success in any Operating System (OS) Software other than Microsoft Windows - to which both entities are wedded at the neck - one by proxy and the other by marketing income.
Similar skepticism was also expressed about the newly introduced Apple iOS and Android Mobile OS in their ability to succeed. Look at Mobile OS landscape now!
What OS for Apollo
It would have boon considerate if the article indicated what Operating System (OS) Software HP was running on these Apollo SuperComputers.
education for commenter "Alternatives"
IBM has spent considerable $$billions in replacing most all it's older mainframe OS operations software with custom GNU/Linux OS configurations.
Since China recently achieved (for short time) the top performance for their Tianhe-2 (mainframe ) Super Computer, using the same basic Linux OS, the issue for them would be to now re-program or rewrite all their banking and financial services aplications software to Linux OS base, which is what IBM had already done for it's US customers.
As neither IBM or any other USA or other entity - business or country government has any control of GNU/Linux software code, the dynamics of control of technology elsewhere has changed significantly.
Even Fujitsu's thinking is regressive
Mr. Yamamoto has to be concerned not only with Amazon expanding rapidly on Fujitsu's turf with software and Services, but with Google and the vast OpenStack and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) and supporting hardware ecosystem encroaching on their 20th century "mainframe: based non_internet technologies from which they are either loathe to or cannot extricate themselves.
The conservatism and careful steps forward taken by Japanese firms in the past toward technology may have been prudent and admired, but the 21st century has brought forth significant innovation and advancements in technology, particularly in areas like Cloud Computing, social media, Mobile computing, virtualization, enterprise Big Data analytics and vast, internationally dispersed server centers - most all of it based on Open source stands, not the outdated Microsoft hegemony to which Fujitsu seems to bound at the hip.
They cannot be competitive on current antiquated and inflexible base.
A continued tale of Microsoft unproven success
The overall perspective of Simon Rockman in this article is that of an unapologetic Microsoft shill. Even his statement of "success of the Xbox" demonstrates a purposeful ignorance and/or denial of facts since the Xbox Game console project has never been financially profitable - therefore not successful, and the most recent XBox One has been overwhelmingly eclipsed in popularity and sales by the Sony's Playstation 4, which was released several months later than the XBox One.
No doubt "any" sales of Microsoft Nokia smartphones and their Surface Tablets swill be hailed as a glowing success, even if again unprofitable and mediocre when compared to Apple and Android smartphones and Tablet exploding sales records.
Microsoft and it's loyal tech writers, and army of minions seem to know no bounds in fabricating great sales and innovative superiority over all other competitors from thin air with obvious smoke and mirrors tactics.
A very narrow and ill-informed, ignorant perspective
The article author is apparently ignorant about "real world" developments taking place around the globe, with Mozilla FirefoxOS taking hold quickly in South America and parts of Eastern Europe, as well as the imminent release of Tizen Linux based phones in same jurisdictions and North America.
Even the Ubuntu One has garnered commitments drom numerous manufacturers in other continents.
Another factor is that Tizen is ultimately controlled by the Linux Foundation., an International power-house Not-for-Profit organization, thus attracting several handset manufacturers who, like primary Tizen sponsors Intel and Samsung , will not be governed like Google does with Android.
It is critically important that technology writers, particularly those residing and focusing with a myopic view only in either USA or UK, learn about 'factually' what is taking place elsewhere.
noting unverified statements should be consistent.
It is quite poignant that the Register is quick and determined to point out that " these are Watt's numbers, not something The Register has confirmed".
This particular media company, as a close and supportive Microsoft partner has never reiterated such distinction when Microsoft makes claims that are not verified by any third party, independent (objective) source.
Some consistency in supposed objective reporting would be preferable to constantly reading a significant proportion of technology articles in the Register written by Microsoft shills whose prose is nothing more than Microsoft propaganda, with little or no factual technical backing.
More hype than any proven substance... Continued
If Microsoft has licensed Hadoop, which several of it's Apache Hadoop developers state works less efficiently on Windows server 2012 with SQL Server than on enterprise Linux and BSD UNIX-like high end server deployments, then Nadella's claims are obviously shallow and without verified technical merit.
Furthermore, all of the objective, non-Microsoft sponsored testing - laboratory and real world - on comparisons between SQLServer against Oracle 11, Sybase or EnterpriseDB show a deficit of scalability, reliability, performance and flexibility for SQLServer.
So much for continued Microsoft crass hype.
Even if this new Chip technology has all the benefits and advantages stated, which I hope it does, AMD has lost considerable ground in recent years against Intel and now ARM, IBM Powr series Chip technologies in adoption and sales by the company's frenetic suckup and embarrassing pandering to Microsoft to the dismissal and ultimate detriment of enterprise Linux vendors and their close hardware partners to AMD, while Microsoft cooperated with Intel in shutting out AMD in most of Windows deployments.
While I hope this could be a turning point for AMD Chip sales and deployments, the outreach to Linux vendors who by coincidence control most all Cloud computing, virtualization and big data analysis, "maybe too little, too late "as Intel has firmly and "consistently" established itself with Linux as a tier 1 partner and even contributed substantially to Linux kernel development.
More Microsoft crap offerings
Even though knowledgeable and astute technologists 'know' that VMWare ESXI running on Enterprise Linux in a Linux based Cloud - like OpenStack, is significantly more reliable, scalable, powerful and especially secure than the these solutions running in Microsoft Azure and Hyper-V Cloud, there are many naive and simple minded Microsoft clients who will always fall for the "easy migration", (supposedly) lower costs pitch from Redmond.
Fortunately for Microsoft there are still doofus VMWare customers who still worship and admire Microsoft enough to make the company's bait and switch crap a success. Just look at the quantity of Azure crashes and security vulnerabilities suffered in the past year compared to competitors who are infinitely larger in scale, to prove that such a move is ridiculous.
idiotic and ignorant comment from Microsoft shills.
This commenter "Connor..." and 'Anonymous Coward' above him/her are particularly ignorant and obviously stupid about any Windows XP to Linux migration efforts, since every "real world" migration done so far by several countries and municipalities in Europe and South America, as well as detailed evaluations of such migrations by Merrill Lynch division of Chase Band have shown significantly less costs on the XP-linux than XP-Wint/8 migration.
When one of these doodfus people mention "your applications", they are usually referring to Microsoft Office specifically. Since LibreOffice, OpenOfice and other suites have proven more than capable and compatible for these afore mentioned migrations - about 90% to non-Office and 9% MS Office retained, there is no loss of productivity or performance. Likewise, Merrill Lynch performed a study which showed that average MS Office business user had very little migration issues - time and/or effort in learning LibreOffice to very productive degree - about 15 minutes, with proper instruction.
Many commenters on the Register, ZDNet and other media who have shown strong and illogical Microsoft bias are unfortunately the majority of ill-informed, technologically simple minded and backward thinking individuals to comment in any media.
Lenovo's move to Microsoft only technology ecosystem
Technology professions who attended Lenovo presentations in China recently noted that the company announced Windows 8 as the primary mobile OS going forward as result of agreement with Microsoft.
It seems ludicrous that no amount of money that Microsoft will pay a company increases it's mobile sales or popularity, or compensate for such lost or low marketshare effort of Windows 8 Mobile platform
The again, these technologists postulate that since Lenovo will rely very heavily on Windows OS and Microsoft Networking and Cloud infrastructure for the newly acquired X86 server line from IBM, such bonding to Redmond may have been a requirement.
How Lenovo will handle and compete with the significant and explosive move of most technology companies and business enterprise to non-Microsoft technologies like Amazon AWS, VMWare and KVM Virtualization and Openstack Cloud Computing Services on Linux is worth watching and waiting for a coherent, rational response from Lenovo, based on reality on the ground.
If you read what Ledgett is reaaly saying...idiotic
The documents that Edward Snowden leaked were "official" NSA documents, vetted by several USA and International credible Media - like the NY Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Der Spiegel and others.
Therefore any"lies and half truths" were those of NSA, and Richard Ledgett is making himself and his agency look more asinine than it already is.
Bizarre connection of Microsoft's Dell puppet to Cloudera Open Source technology.
What is so bizarre in connect with this announcement is that of investment by Michael Dell ventures, since Mr. Dell himself and the company Dell computers are tied at the hip and to a degree subservient to Microsoft, from Redmond's $4 billion "loan" to private corporation Dell, and the the long standing contractual agreements between the 2 companies for promoting and implementing Microsoft "only" technologies, most especially Microsoft virtualization, Big data and Cloud Computing Services, directly competitive to Cloudera technologies.
Could this be a Microsoft funded "Trojan Horse" effort for Dell to get deep inside the Hadoop/ OpenStack project ecosystem and then sabotage the project and/or secund all the technical information on Hadoop/OpenStack for Microsoft's gain?
Snowden revelations critical to truth
As Edward Snowden, Tim berners-Lee and many others have stated quite clearly over the past nine months, neither the NSA, Defense Department, any of the pin head idiotic politicians foaming at the mouth or doofus political pundits who call Snowen a traitor can articulate"factually", sensibly and without stupidity how his actions make him a traitor or harm Americans more than what the NSA has done surreptitiously.
it is wise for those entities who still hold additional condemning evidence of NSA and Government in collusion with corporate wrong doing, to reveal the information piecemeal, since most Americans suffer from a sever case of Attention Deficit Syndrome. (ADS), and will forget in 10 minutes.
Dick Cheney has "never" had any credibility, and has been proven a liar, bigot and a greedy carpet Beggar, ripping off the US treasury via Haliburton.
It is unfortunate that many Americans and other citizens around the world whose innocent privacy has been heinously violated by the NSA remain so simple-minded and naive as to not fully understand the legal and Constitution ramifications of such intrusion.
Weird combination at best
Why would any Oracle products technologists who are not dopey use Microsoft Azure Cloud when Oracle supports and is a vendor of OpenStack Cloud Computing Services like "most every other technology company" in existence except Microsoft? Plus, Oracle products and services have proven, and been widely advertised as working more efficiently with better performance on Oracle's own Linux and Solaris OS and Virtualization/ OpenStack Cloud Computing Services.
The related question is, why would any entity that is a strong Microsoft Cloud and Virtualization proponent and user - meaning the full Microsoft stack - be using an extensive array of Oracle development technologies in the first place?
This strange relation between Microsoft and Oracle offers a convoluted solution to an almost non-existing problem.
It is not possible for NetmatketShare and/or StatCounter to have any credible or verifiable information on the real world marketshare of Linux, precisely since these two companies and all the Market research firms do not and cannot tract Linux replacements of Windows by individuals, business, organizations or governments. Many "foreign" government, particularly in Europe and South America have no OS deployment data available to US business. Nor have these two firms accounted for the millions (published reported) of entities using "Thin Clients" as Desktops that server Windows, Mac OS X and Linux services.
Such 'realiy' should be clearly and unambiguously stated by both these two firms and others.
In 2014 Marketshare of software - or brand hardware - use should not and in most cases does not represent the relative value of a product, in regard quality, robustness, flexibility, scalability, critical security capability or Return on Investment (ROI). Any one choosing a technology software product on the basis of popularity or marketshare is a fool
What's numbers (not love) got to do with it?
American, UK and some European countries' obsession over numbers has become ridiculous. Any person, company - like the Nobis Technology Group, organization or government who move to Microfoft IIS against Apache or nginx need their collective heads examined, since IIS has never, ever, never, ever proven to be as stable, robust, flexible and "especially" as secure as these two latter mentioned applications.
However I respect that in most democratic countries ,one has the right to make bad choices, as is so often done, purely as a result of susceptibility to marketing hype, "brand name" recognition and popularity, and personal preferences that can have nothing what-so-ever to do with sound technical knowledge or judgment. Get paid lots of money is OK initially, until the security vulnerability bottom falls out.
Re: Sick emphasis on and glorification of the wealthy
Every year Forbes and several other publications , organizations and pundits wax eloquent and incessantly - ad nauseam - on the "wealthy" for no other reason that that they are rich. Proof enough that the sickness of wealth worship is stronger here in USA than in most other developed nations.
Furthermore, if Bill Gates pushing Monsanto and it's proven unhealthy agricultural products onto poor nations as part of his philanthropy gets little rightful criticism, then it is reasonably concluded that his give-a-ways compensate for probable bad deeds in the eyes of Americans, simply and only because of his wealth.
$28 billion, $30 billion, what-ever amounts in donations can never compensate for wrong doings.
What about all the companies unethically (and proven illegally) destroyed along the way in Microsoft and Bill Gates becoming wealthy, Money and Money alone buys justice and Power in USA.
Sick emphasis on and glorification of the wealthy
It is interesting and insightful that the Western press, particularly Forbes Magazine continues to grossly emphasize and glamorize the exorbitant wealth of people like Bill Gates, without hardly or ever mentioning that as part of his philanthropic endeavours around the world, particularly regarding in agriculture subsidies, his donations are inextricably tied to those receiving countries being forced to accept and probably purchase Monsanto products, widely reported as toxic and health threatening.
Sort of like a donor offering badly needed school supplies to a desperate school, but part of the package is requirement to pay for the "cancer" causing leaded pencils.
How great thou art - the adored very wealthy! - an especially American sickness.
It is interesting and insightful that the Western press, particularly Forbes Magazine continues to grossly emphasize and glamorize the exorbitant wealth of people like Bill Gates, without hardly or ever mentioning that as part of his philanthropic endeavours around the world, particularly regarding in agriculture subsidies, his donations are inextricably tied to those receiving countries being forced to accept and purchase Monsanto products, reported toxic and health threatening.
Sort of like a donor offering badly needed school supplies ,but part of the package is requirement to pay for the "cancer" causing leaded pencils.
How great thou art - the adored very wealthy! - an especially American sickness.
Sony - confused technology firm with brilliant products
As a satisfied Sony Ericsson and then Sony Smartphone and device owner for a few years now, I would never again purchase any Sony branded Mobile device from them after recently learning of the company's participation in the draconian and idiotic Rock Star patent troll team's actions against Samsung and Google over "Android" software technologies, by coincidence the very software that Sony relies on for any worthwhile mobile sales..
Sony has abandoned it's foray into Windows based computers , and the fast selling new PlayStation 4 has Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) FreeBSD as the Operating System (OS) infrastructure.
Therefore, for a company that is so dependent on the high quality and performance of FOSS, including Android, and FreeBSD for corporate wide database infrastructure as well, it is bewildering that they would join in an asinine venture in attempting to stop FOSS spreading, which is the only non-crazy or factual reason for it's new Redmond friendship. Infringing software patents are (proven) bogus claims.
As the article author cleverly stated, Sony is a "Wandering Buddhist monk,.... and a little lost", but a lot lost to most everyone.
Beware of Microsoft Shills posing fake logic
If commenter Don Jefe is British, he should be excommunicated as completely no-thinking for not wanting his Government to operate more efficiently and cost effectively. Mr. Jefe is probably ignorant of fact the latest iterations of ODF based office suites can easily read from/write to all latest Microsoft Office formats and going back to Office 2000. So there would be no need for department to be forced to upgrade in order to read Office 2014if they had office 2012. Microsoft could implement the ODF in Office as an additional supported format in less than one day and for less than100 pounds total costs.
For those with very little or no knowledge of the history of ODF, Microsoft was an early, fully participating member of the organization, helping to formulate such "modern, platform agnostic forma". However when it because apparent that ODF was headed and close to success, Microsoft jumped ship and created it's own broken EMCA format that only Corel Wodperfect endorsed.
Formats, particularly Open, Internet and International Formats that allow the greatest cross pollination and interoperability of technology at incredible financial savings and reduced complexity are beneficial to all, and anyone defending Microsoft in this situation on idiotic, dysfunctional logic and false (proven untruthful) reasoning is patently delusional.
UK gov, Beware the Microsoft Trojan Horse
Microsoft engaged the same tasteless and draconian measures in attempting to deceive and force the City of Munich into retaining it's Windows and Office base instead of moving to Linux and ODF Document standard.
In that case they even pushed HP Germany to create report indicating substantial savings with keeping Microsoft that disputed Munich's own findings , and was ultimately proven to be bogus and without any merit. That situation should clearly tell the UK government how ultimately untrustworthy and deceitful Microsoft is at heart.
In less than 6 months after completion of the migration away from Microsoft., Munich is already reporting savings in excess of $14 million. The overall annual savings for the City are expected to be proportionally higher, and the greatest advantage are indisputably the flexibility gained in software configuration, no mandated, prohibitively costly upgrades and substantially improved software reliability and security.
This is an excellent opportunity for the UK government to move confidently and with great resolve into the 21st century, and in the process saving the British people tens of millions of pound every year.. The crass, bait and switch tactics of Microsoft are transparent to all and will not benefit UK one iota.
Mafia style gangland extortion returns, but this time in technology industry
It is not surprising that Microsoft and Apple, who are widely considered by many entities in USA and worldwide as the two most slimy extortionists in existence, would be leading this unsavory group.
All of the "legitimate" and more innovative competitors of these doofus Rockstar Coonsortium clowns are by coincidence the very targets of specious patent claims, unless of course the hapless - like Sony, Blackberry and other sniveling cowards join in the witch hunt to extract billions in blood money.
It is not possible in 2014 and beyond that such draconian and questionable illegal actions will help the USA in maintaining a technological advantage over other countries, particularly since many International jurisdictions, including the European Union (27 nations), China, Russia,India, South Korea and most other Asian nations, New Zealand and much of South and Central America are moving quickly to outlaw "software patents" as viable and prudent step to prevent themselves from being victims of US Mafia style gangland extortion as well.
Where there is smoke and foul smell, there probably is destructive fire
Because Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and other Internet/Communications carriers have long had a very uncomplimentary reputation for sleazy practices and treatment of customers, as told by hundreds of reputable and respected technologists, like David Raphael of iScan in this case,
It therefore behooves the general public and smaller technology firms, particularly those whose business is Internet based and who must therefore ace ed to what-ever business terms - even if draconian - are set by these 'Internet spigot vendors like Verizon, to scrutinize the activities of their Internet Services providers, and become or remain diligent in reporting any suspicious malfeasance to the FCC, FTC or whomever is the proper authority, regardless of any perceived possible or actual retaliation.
Microsoft has never been an innovator of technology and this article writer and most of the tech media in USA need to cease such crass and false propaganda statements. Every one of the major technological software innovations of late 20th century and early 21st century like -
TCP/IP, FTP, NFS, Ethernet, DHCP, BIND
World Wide Web
Content Management Systems Web software
HTML, SSL, Secure Shell (SSH)
C and C++, Python, Ruby, Javascipt, Perl, Java, Node.JS, JQuery programming languages
Graphical User Interface (GUI) and windowing UIs
Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and NoSQL Databases
SQL Database Query Language
Software as a Service or Cloud Computing
Symetric Multi-tasking and Multi-Processing
Kerberos, LDAP Therefore it is disen
Advanced Operating System (OS) File systems like XFS, AFS, ZFS, btrfs
Spreadsheet, Word/Document Processing
......and many more great tech innovations came from individuals, groups, companeis, US government (DOD/NSA), universities not connected to Microcoft in any way. Therefore it is deceitful and disengenuous to constantly refer to the comany, Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer as technologically "innovative", which won't change the reality one iota.
Bill Gates and Microsoft do deserve considerable credit for the the innovative and shrewd business agreements and contracts negotiated with hardware OEMs, in restricting their ability to pre-load any other OS, Office Suite or Web software. This one act alone - and indirectly through blunders of IBM) accounts for the hundreds millions of Windows based computers in use today, not innovation.
Microsoft gimmick exercise
This move by Microsoft is purely a "Smoke and Mirrors" gimmick.
There is "no way" for any of the governments attending this farce meeting to know with any certainty that what Microsoft is showing them is exactly what the company is shipping, precisely because these nor any government, business, organization or individual has access to the Microsoft Windows "Source Code", which could then be secured and compiled by the customer.
Such a "fantasy" prospect would still not guarantee any substantive level of "rock solid reliability and high level security" from Microsoft Windows however, since those technical characteristics have never been hallmarks of Windows OS.
Unique opportunity for Lenovo
One business and technology tactic that could help propel increased sales of Lenovo over HP in the midrange X86 Server space, while also allaying some fears of Western governments about Chinese cyber interloping, is for Lenovo to "fully embrace" the Linux and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) software platforms as an equal or even higher level partner than for Microsoft Windows.
This step is prudent and logical since most of the enterprise and even smaller business and organizational Virtualization and Cloud Computing Services growth explosion taking place are predominantly Linux based, and with Linux and FOSS, Western Governments would have much less or little concern about Operating System (OS) "back doors" or networking botnets (if using Linux networking gear) in protection against (Chinese) Cyber attacks, as compared to the well known and documented Microsoft serious cyber vulnerabilities and possible OS back doors.
This move is very unlikely to take place though, as Lenovo has consistently shown to be a Microsoft dependent and obedient OEM just like HP and Dell – albeit up to now in the PC Desktop and very small X86 Server arena, that could not therefore adequately differentiate itself from it's Windows siblings, or be as attractive to many European Union and South American large technology purchasers who are now established as and increasingly "Open Standards and Open Source" only adopters.
Value of Patents & Copyrights
Neither Wall Street,the average citizen nor any of the ranting Microsoft dupes on TheRegister, ZDNet or TechTarget have any technical or legal knowledge about the 17,000 patents that came as part of Google purchase of Motorola, nor would they have any expertise to value such patents.
Therefore, it is just crude speculation to surmise whether Google' transactions between buying and selling Motorola is good or profitable or not. Intellectual Property Experts, specializing on Patent and Copyright Law at an established Law firm in Bermuda recently told me that outright owning 'legitimate' Patents on Software or Networking protocols and designs can be worth up to $billions, depending on the business of the patent owners, as a slid protection against competing technologies.
I recommend the peasant technology experts to sit quiet for a while.
Trust but Verify -- from Ronald Reagan, US President
First of all, the Australian Parliament do not deserve any reprieve from NSA snooping if they use Microsoft servers as their back end. No sane organization or body should even consider a technology platform that has proven extremely vulnerable and unreliable as Microsoft Windows by every credible technology security organization, every Financial Stock Exchange, International banking system, The US NASA Space Agency and Dept. of Defense departments, as well as several cities and countries in the European (EU), countries in South America, especially Brazil and many other entities.
Furthermore, how does the Australian government know " with any certainty" that Windows does not have back doors, unless Microsoft provides the AU Government with the Windows "source code" which the government can then have their experts carefully examine, and if found "fairly secure", then compile the provided code themselves into a working Operating System (OS), much as can be easily done by professions with Linux or any of the BSD UNIX-like OS.
Unfortunately, many Australian Parliamentarians, like other politicians and business executives around the world are enamoured by Bill Gates' Wealth and the "legend" of Microsoft, and therefore accede all logical thinking and critical scrutiny practices of such matters as technology decisions to their love fest of fame and fortune.
Lenovo could distinguish itself from HP and Dell by partnering "fully" with RedHat or Ubuntu Linux vendors, as examples, to provide superior - more reliable, powerful/scalable and secure - solutions and services, but with greater profit margins than comparable Microsoft Windows based kit,
particularly for the high demand for Linux Virtualization and Cloud Computing Services.
The company could only execute such program successfully, if all server, other hardware and support services offerngs were provided to the exact same or higher level of "completeness" as those provided for Windows. A "half-baked" or not fully committed approach would inevitable fail quite miserably.
This is unlikely to happen however, given Lenovo's past positon of falling inline to the Microsoft drum march, much the same as HP, Dell and others, and therefore could not setLenovo apart from the OEM hardware "me-too" crowd.
old tactics that fail in 2014
Microsoft obviously does not comprehend that the old 20th century business tactic of losing money on a product for the long term just to hurt the competition won't prevent Apple, Samsung, the other Android vendors and Google's ChromeOS from continuing to "gain" greater market share to Redmond's detriment, and these very wealthy competitors certainly cannot be priced out of the market, like the Microsoft sorry practice of yore.
Lower price for lower quality of Microsoft solutions
Microsoft is acting like the only consideration differences between choosing their Azure Cloud Services over Amazon offerings is the (lower) price. Unfortunately for all those gullible and naive Microsoft customers, the reality of greater reliability/flexibility, scalability and robust Security of Amazon services - which actually accounts for and should account for choice between the two is lost in their worship of Redmond popularity and 20th century prominence.
shewed perspective on FreeBS and non-Microsoft technologies
This article on new FreeBSD 10 Operating System (OS) by Simon Sharwood portrays an unflattering image of FreeBSD in this particular case, and the regular downplaying Microsoft shills in TheRegister, ZDNet and TechTarget forums of any great features/advantages of Linux or any software and technology service that is competitive to and possibly superior to offering from Microsoft.
For whatever ill conceived reason, he refers to FreeBSD as "legacy" here: …. " which hints strongly at the OS being considered a legacy environment by some users." - which is a rather asinine characterization given that FreeBSD is the core OS for “new” Sony Playstation 4 Gaming console, underscores - even today - a good percentage of the Apple Mac OS X OS via Darwin framework, and whose adoption elsewhere, particularly for multimedia and latest networking infrastructure is expanding exponentially.
For example, Netflex recently chose FeeeBD - over latest Windows 2012 Server -for thousands of Applications Server installs within AT&T, Comcat and other Internet backbone providers to stream millions of movies to subscribers each week, and Verisign upgraded it's network infrastructure with substantial FreeBSD Server deployments - against Windows - for it's superior reliability, stable network foundation and security base in their expanding Certificate Authentication services operation.
There are many other factual reports of substantial adoption increase in FreeBSD that belie any false notion by Mr. Sharwood and his ilk of any redundancy of demand and use of the BSD UNIX-like OS as well as Linux OS, or any “inevitable” displacement by Microsoft Windows and the company's virtualization, Cloud Computing ventures.
It has become rather distasteful to read misleading and deceitful technical stories, many of which contain a gross amount of 'factually' incorrect reporting, most times that accrue to the advocacy and promotion of Microsoft technologies and services. (sic) I do hope that TheRegister addresses this malady.
MS till ducking critical questions on it's new Gee-Whiz OS
The one critical topic that is never breached in all the years that new versions of Microsoft are announced or hyped is that of "security". Will Windows 9 desktop still require installation of bloated anti-malware to order to maintain a 'minimum' level of security protection?
The other topic is that of 'standard' Operating System (OS) file system for new Windows 9 OS desktop. it is my clear understanding from Microsoft representatives that .the Windows 8.x "desktops" still use a modified version of venerable (meaning old and cranky) NTFS file system, albeit integrated with Bitlocker upgraded features, but a tired 'anachronism' none the less. How can Microsoft expect to be taken seriously as an effective technology company, particularly in 2014 ,when all this Gee-Whiz! gibberish about new desktops omits critical technical improvement needed to compete successfully with the very modern and powerful Linux based Android, ChromeOS, the upcoming Samsung/Intel Tizen Linux computing devices and the Apple OS X Maverick OS?
Loyal Microsoft Windows purchasers and supporters are unfortunately very ignorant and naive about the serious shortcomings carried forth in every new iteration since Windows NT, and this dilemma will not help the company adapt successfully to the new but still very dangerous Internet age where the vulnerabilities of Windows remain a serious stumbling block.
The consequences of substituting lack of innovation with Oppressive behavior
These stats are hardly good news for Microsoft or their minions on TheRegister, TechTarget and ZDNet forums, although the substantially lower sales figures of 70 million in 2013 represents good news for these folk as an excellent base for their heroine in Redmond to advance the Windows 8 Mobile challenge for replacing both Apple and Android as the "No.1" position that Microsoft can then use to revive the diminishing PC sales marketplace.
However there are several credible reports of large school system, organizations and governments - the latter mostly in Europe, Asia, and South America, replacing Windows PCs with Google ChromeOS, Ubuntu/other Linux and/or Android for more agile and "secure" clients to connect to their overwhelming Linux and BSD Unix infrastructure and Internet foundations. That would nullify any Windows long term hopes.
Plus there is the pending - in April/May 2014 time frame, of Samsung/Intel Tizen Linux based mobile and possibly hybrid devices, to accompany the fast and widespread adoption of FirefoxOS devices.
There is, unfortunately very little encouraging news for Windows PC recovery in reality.
Replacing one doofus with potentially a worse one.
The disaster that was the initial development process of the healthcare.gov website portal is sure to repeat with the Obama Administration replacing CGI with Accenture, a consulting firm that has an almost equally dismal record for inefficient and costly technology consulting projects, and more disturbing - as a very close business ally of Microsoft- to the detriment of all competiors, will push to "replace" any of the Open, Internet Standards based and indisputably proven Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) with Microsoft Windows and Azure technologies, which then guarantees a nightmare in poor reliability, limited scalability and calamitous security issues for the future ACA Web portal.
The Federal Government are potentially replacing poor project preparation, inadequate quality control and rushed delivery from CGI with the world's record champs for enterprise class technology that in reliability, scalability, performance security and Return on Investment (ROI) could not be worse than in Microsoft. The factual records should bear this out.
Microsoft most vulnerable to Tizen and FirefoxOS ventures
In the recent past when I commented on pending arrival of most probable Tizen Linux smartphone and tablet technology from Samsung/Intel venture, as well as FirefoxOS products, there was very strong negative feedback from the servile Microsoft Windows fans in support of their company's mobile efforts to stay relevant and not become unimportant, or only gain a miniscule market share. This reaction may have been fair to some degree, since there was little credible public information on these new mobile ventures, at least enough for the automatic Redmond naysayers to accept as real.
Now that the information flow on Tizen products is forthcoming, with 2014 product ship time frames and noted for having additional backing of behemoths of NTT docomo, Huawei and Fujitsu - who between them (combined) have probably more than three times the financial funding power and considerable market presence than all of Microsoft, it makes sense that Microsoft and it hordes of minion fans would be justly concerned about surviving relevancy in this new mobile technology age.
All media accounts of this type and on this topic can expect boatloads of vitriolic gibberish comment from the Windows crowd, but hopefully that will implode quickly.
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