All change at Microsoft? – Or admitting defeat?

Three pieces of news from Microsoft today, which signal to me a change in the companies view of itself and maybe now realizes that as well as having no foothold on the popular markets of today such as smartphones, net services and search, see’s itself more providing software for others in its future. First up…

Beware a softie bearing gifts…Microsoft giveaway?

I make no secret of my opinion that Microsoft should never be allowed the dominance on any form factor that its enjoyed over the years on the desktop.  After many years of introducing users to Linux and indeed other alternatives, it always amazed me that such simple features of Linux that I take for granted…

Microsoft begs for Windows Phone developers?

Despite the usual Microsoft PR, Windows Phone (and infact) many of Microsoft’s many “new ideas”, have been met with apathy from the consumer.  Windows Phone has found itself in a catch-22 I believe where the consumer wants the apps and the devs wont come and make the apps they want until they are Windows Phone…

Windows – Now with added malware!

Windows users the world over will almost certainly be familiar with malware and the numerous hoops one must jump through in order to try to prevent it.  How many PC’s have been replaced because the unsuspecting (and often inexperienced) PC user thought that the problem was with the PC hardware itself and not the “software”…

Canonical – To Skype or not to Skype?

My good friend (and co-host) Roy has recently been writing about Canonical and its promotion of the now Microsoft owned Skype.  As usual with TechRights it’s a very interesting read and whilst I have other commitments taking me away from this digital world of wonder, I do have time to put a slightly different angle…

Microsoft products banned from German market!

Whilst Microsoft has been busy creating Android “licenses” with an untested patent claims under secrecy of NDA, one initially could be forgiven for having very little sympathy for Microsoft.  It is being reported that a German court has taken steps to remove Microsoft products from the shelves most notably the 360 and Windows Phone 7…

Stating the obvious – Microsoft and open $ource

A rather short post today relating to an article which explores Microsoft’s relationship with open source and its future direction.  A rather interesting (if somewhat already known) piece which states: You know why I know Microsoft has no leadership and vision when it comes to Open-Source? Because I asked Steve Ballmer when he was in London, and…

It can’t be! – The tablet hit with consumers!

… it will be Windows Phone 7 hell for Windows tablets when they finally have a real showing. Certain tech “experts” dismissed them, they said the tablet form factor would never replace the desktop. Whilst this could be put down to their lack knowledge, what is more likely was because they saw them as a threat…

Justice for the consumer who didn’t want Microsoft – An EU precedent?

Readers to OpenBytes may remember that a couple of years ago, I like many people bought a PC of my choice only to have Windows pre-installed.  It was unwanted, it was uneeded and presumably this forced inclusion, added to the claimed “sales figures” of Windows.  I enquired about a refund and after a little to and fro,…