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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

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Big deal

If we worried about large corporations lobbying government officials all the time we'd never get any work done.

Oh and in other news, Google spent over $15 million lobbying the US government in 2013.

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

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Re: Would be even better

And what pray, would grandma do with a brand new PC, and accompanying blank hard drive when she switches it on?

Get real.

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You comment on an article about PC shipments but still have time to get in a pointless dig at Windows 8.

Someone's having a productive day aren't they.

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WinPhone's Halo hottie Cortana to hit desktop in next Windows – report

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... Are you really that bothered what voice they use?

Really??

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Re: Most frequent request

What utter tripe.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Register Daily To Do List

1. Write an anti-MS article stating that Windows 8 has "failed".

2. Go home.

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Microsoft's Brit kid Cortana lands on UK WinPhone 8.1, but China's is the real cutie

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'fraid not. I'm on EE for my 1520 and my company uses a plethora of Lumia 625's on EE and nothing yet.

It's listed on Nokia's tracker page for EE as "Under testing" - they've always been dog slow for updates so I wouldn't hold your breath..

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Microsoft lobs Files app at WinPhone users with lots of ... uh ... files

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It's available in the UK - where are you?

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Goodness...

...I may now finally be able to complete Repton 2 - IIRC there was a bug that screwed the ending when you attempted to get past the last set of yellow skulls before grabbing the character map.

I know, I know, I really should try and get over it.

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

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Goodness.

How benevolent of them to bestow such a royal pardon on the little darlings.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

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Ah Gavin,

It wouldn't quite be the same Microsoft financial statement without you pissing all over it.

Between you and Neil McAllister you never fail to darken my Internet with your glass-half-full attitude to the biggest software company in the world.

Yes, that's right, they're STILL the biggest software company in the world and in almost every measurable way, they're still in very good financial health.

Sorry about that.

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Windows 7 outstrips Windows 8.x with small November growth

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Re: if you had to migrate your business from Windows XP

Windows 8.1 - without the slightest hesitation.

Sorry - have I ruined your experiment?

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

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80's Doctors

Can I also add a degree of annoyance to proceedings whenever writers state that after Tom Baker it all started to go wrong?

As with many people my age (35), Peter Davison was MY Doctor. Tom who? Never heard of him. I was about 5 or 6 when I first caught a glimpse of a fifth Doctor story called "The Awakening" and it scared me to death. It wasn't even a very good one looking back, but that didn't matter one bit; and it still doesn't.

He was The Doctor, and so were Colin and then later Sylvester - it doesn't matter that they were let down by JNT or the Beeb.

Don't be so bloody subjective!

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Google WILL wriggle away from Euro probe... but THEN what?

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Definitions

A company "being" a monopoly and being in a position to "act" as a monopoly are two totally different things.

Neither Google nor Microsoft were a monopoly through their simply existence - they have both achieved dominance in their respective sectors. Despite what the nay-sayers on here would have everyone believe, Internet Explorer was NOT the only browser available for Windows. Nor is Google the only search engine available to users. You can choose - you have the power to.

But what happens now? Google have 90% of the market - so what do they DO with all of that share? Do they have a responsibility to "the world"?

Many would argue Microsoft had (right or wrongly) shoe-horned their operating system on to 90% of the world's computers - how is this different to Google's Android? Stack 'em high and sell 'em cheap- net result = your product on every device. And now that your product is running on every device, what a perfect opportunity to push all of the other products too. We've all witnessed the recent "Google +"-ification of YouTube and the resulting backlash from users - this is typical Google, and it's typical Microsoft to foist their products on to their Windows customers all those years ago. Buy Windows and get Internet Explorer at no extra cost! Ok, so they didn't word it like that, but that was the intention. So much so that they couldn't be separated from each other once installed.

So now we have Google pushing out their products and services on Android devices (albeit with a bit of skinning allowed from the suppliers like Samsung and HTC) - can you uninstall Google Search from an Android device?

No - because they're the *same thing* - just like IE and Windows were.

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Windows Phone 8 INFLATED by Microsoft ... to satisfy lonely phablets

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Re: Hmm

What are you people smoking?

Install the Windows Phone Desktop App > point it at your Music library > sync the songs you want.

It even does iTunes library sync, which is where I get all of mine.

Failing that, open the Phone in Explorer and drag-and-drop the albums you want - everything comes with it (including Album art). It will even convert music on the fly if it detects an audio format it doesn't like.

Honestly. Amateur dramatics.

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Will you strap on a Google KitKat 4.4 smartwatch this month?

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Hang on..

"It's something Microsoft should bear in mind as it leads up to next week's Surface launch and once again claims it is a consumer device-maker."

It IS a consumer device-maker - perhaps not a very successful one (yet) - but hey - why bother with facts when a pointless Microsoft bashing will suffice?

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Two years after Steve Jobs' death, how's that new CEO working out?

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Frothing...

And this kind of article is always good for an amusing diversion - watch the Fandroids frothing at the mouths, queuing up to slate Apple and decry the smaller screen, the inferior "this" and the rubbish "that"...

...and they forget one simple thing, that you can't defeat faith in Apple by attacking it so bluntly. For those people who buy Apple products, they are guided by their faith in the product. If you don't have it, you'll never understand.

And if you do, no understanding in necessary.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

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Re: Heating up

Ha - and if you think that after the dust settles, Google "wins" the future and Microsoft is consigned to the history books that we will all be better off, you're utterly deluded.

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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Re: Run As Administrator

"Run as administrator" is what got everyone into trouble with Windows XP in the first place.

It needs to be less-obvious and stay that way.

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Re: I suspect...

*I* suspect... you'll never like or want Windows 8 - any version of it for that matter.

Perhaps you should focus your energies into something more productive, like fly-fishing?

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Re: Newly installed apps hidden

Not sure about that - Windows 8 never put your newly-installed apps "centre-stage" - you click Start and scroll down with the mouse (or swipe across) and they're tagged on to the end of the start screen. All applications that create their own program folders did that. And they never place anything on the Desktop unless you explicitly tell it to (i.e. with a tick box during the installer routine).

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BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS

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YouTube app returns to Windows Phone

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"Vulture South lacks a Windows Phone with which to test the app, which may be a good thing"

No, it isn't - don't write an article about something you have no way of corroborating yourselves.

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Microsoft: That $900m Surface write-down is smarting

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Another day...

..another article that works in the $900 million write-down.

You f*****g love it, don't you?

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Shameful Koolaid Drinker

I love Windows Phone (but then I love most things MS); but it's such a frustrating experience seeing Nokia et al pushing forward with fantastic developments...only to be held back by Microsoft. They need to step up and start treating it seriously - stop thinking of the phone platform as the poor relation and start devoting more resources to it - that's the only way it will ever threaten the bigger players. We need more features (done properly) and some much needed TLC for the ecosystem, or people will start to leave.

It's such a shame because it could be so much *better*.

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Don't trust us? Try these Office 365 stats, says Microsoft

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Surprising?

Of course "outages could occur" - what are they going to do, claim 100% uptime?

This is not fallacy, it's mere fact.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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Re: Let me get this right...

Sorry what?

Click Start.

Click Excel.

PIN IT FOR GOD'S SAKE.

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I use Bing every day. I have a Microsoft account. I love Windows 8.

It's all relative isn't it?

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Re: LOL yet another big FU from MS

Just out of interest, had Microsoft kept the Start Menu and still released Windows for touch-enabled devices like tablets...would you be complaining about the fact the Start Menu is really fiddly to use with a finger?

Or does everyone expect them to increase the menu to twice it's size so it looks ridiculous on the screen and you can just mash it with four digits to drill-down three levels to get the program you need?

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Making the case for upgrading from Server 2003

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Re: Hyper-V

Hmm, I see what you're saying, but wouldn't Hyper-V present a legacy driver to a VM running an older O/S? It's akin to VMware allowing an XP VM to run on newer hardware, because it can present an IDE interface to the virtual machine which allows to it see the raw VMDK's you've added to it?

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Hyper-V

We've been running around 1500 Server 2003's across our estate for years, the inevitable ahs happened though, and our IBM servers are about to start shipping without support for 2003 - the storage array drivers haven't even been written for the old O/S, so it's got no way to address the target volumes. Add to that the fact we run local DB's on Oracle 9i, there are compatibility issues around moving beyond 2003.

Queue Server 2012 - where I'm hoping to install it in Hyper-V mode (GUI obviously...I am a Windows guy after all!) and build a Server 2003 VM to run on it.

Can anyone think of any gotchya's or potential hurdles I'm about to face?

Ta muchly.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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Stop

Re: Still one problem:

They did - Region locking is now gone.

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Re: Anyone actually surprised?

Eadon you forgot the bit about the Xbox One "phoning" the NSA all the time - you know, since you've been banging on about that every chance you get.

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How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95

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So in summary..

...it's everyone elses' fault that Linux never conquered the Desktop.

And certainly not Linux itself.

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Microsoft offers free keyboard covers for Surface RT

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Erm

It's an offer, it ends on the 30th June, it happens on a wide variety of products once they've been out for a while.

Nice try Reg.

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Microsoft tweaks WinPhone YouTube app to fix Google gripes

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Re: OReally?

Obligatory reply to the amusing comment about there only being a small number of Windows Phone users.

World: resume.

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Re: Hmmmm . . .

Source:

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24108913

"Including established user base"? What, like saying Sony has overtaken Panasonic in TV sales, but then complaining that there are way more Panasonic TV's out there in use so it's meaningless?

Tripe.

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Microsoft melds SkyDrive Pro and SharePoint

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Re: Yaaaayyyyyyyyy

If you think that's a typical SharePoint experience - you're doing it wrong.

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Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

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Re: good news about Microsoft?

What a ridiculous question - Of course I'm not a stockholder.

What I am; is an IT pro who's built his entire career on planning, deploying and supporting Microsoft technologies for the next part of 20 years - why the hell shouldn't I care about them?

What is wrong with people these days? Does no one actually have any *feelings* about these companies? They are the reason most of us have been able to pay our mortgages - you're damn right I care about them. I don't want them to fail - and frankly neither should you.

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Unhappy

Oh dear.

You know, yesterday; IDC came out and said Windows Phone is now "third" in the worldwide market share, having just overtaken Blackberry. And I smiled.

Yes ok, you could probably come up with many Eadon-related reasons why the "numbers are dodgy" or "you can't trust analysts to count sheep let alone figures"; but it was cheery news as far as I was concerned (I note El Reg hasn't bothered to mention that article either by the way, but correct me if I'm wrong).

There's not a lot of good news about Microsoft these days (hell, these *decades*) but now and then something is published that lifts my spirits.

And then I visit the Register, and it's all destroyed in 60 seconds.

Bravo chaps. Bravo.

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Steve JOBS finally DEFEATS the PC - from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Windows 8 destroyed the PC>

No, it didn't, hasn't and won't.

Microsoft could have not bothered with Windows 8 and we'd be up to Windows 7 Service Pack 3 by now - it would have made no a single jot of difference:

People don't refresh their computers every year

Content consumption devices are plugging gaps in "need" for most, hence the rise of the tablet

Technology is moving from a capital expenditure model to a subscription based one - though admittedly not with Windows (yet).

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Re: Colour me shocked

Hmm.

If Microsoft had released Windows 8, complete with Start button, Full (and only) Desktop and NO metro whatsoever they'd have been lampooned for not keeping up with technology - and PC shipments would STILL decline.

This has got nothing to do with Windows 8 - despite what Eadon might want everyone to think. MS could have done nothing for the past two years and kept releasing Windows 7 service packs and the numbers would be no different (in my opinion worse, but then, I like Windows 8).

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PEAK iPHONE? Apple mobe growth slumps to ‘lowest in its history’

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Re: As ever ...

As long as you're also happy to accept that when Microsoft reports it's sold 60 million Windows 8 licenses, you apply the same logic.

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Spies catch Acer's Windows 8-incher before it hides

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What's this?

8 inch tablet running full Windows?

I'll take 5.

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Nokia: OK, Q1 has been weak, but there's 'underlying' profit

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Re: @Spoddy

FM Radio will be enabled in the PR2.0 update, due shortly; along with double-tap the screen to unlock and a fixed clock display even when locked...among other things.

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Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

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Re: MISSING

We tried debating with you all at a sensible level, but found that you simply "shouted" back at us in CAPS LOCK, ending your sentences with the word "FAIL".

It amuses me and depresses me in equal measure when I read the responses to articles on this site. I love technology, and I love Microsoft - and yes, they're not perfect, but they are a big player in our industry; what gets me down is the constant, endless, drowning-out of any reasonable analysis by the AC's, and yes, frankly, you Eadon.

I know you despise Microsoft - but I do read with amazement sometimes that you take the time to comment on nearly every article that has even the most vague connection with Microsoft. I find it disappointing, and to be honest; it makes me not bother wanting to come to this site anymore. Which I'd rather not do, because I do like the Register. I'm just so very, very tired of seeing the same old diatribe.

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Review: Livin' in the cloud with Google's new Chromebook Pixel

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Re: Google is now occupying a stupidity niche

Awwww. Come on Eadon. Is that the best you can manage?

There's simply no way of escaping the fact that Google have produced a shiny slab of useless.

No delusions of "game playing" here, just a good old fashioned f**k up.

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Microsoft brings Azure back online

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Re: 20 goto 10 - MS GOTO FAIL

"Eadon sees deeper"

Talking about yourself in the third person?

Thread reply FAIL.

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Microsoft sails into Africa with White Spaces and Huawei phones

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Re: Into Africa

Eadon, I think you'll find Bill Gates priorities in Africa also include his efforts to eradicate Polio and Malaria, and donate much if his entire fortune into AIDS research.

Believe it or not he might be part of the "evil" Microsoft, but he's still a human being trying to do some good.

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