Nokia’s IPcom patent problem

If it wasn’t bad enough that Nokia backed the three legged horse in the smartphone race (Windows Phone 7), its now got another problem on its hands. It is reported by the Wall Street Journal that a court has ruled Nokia is infringing a patent belonging to IPCom: The ruling means IPCom could seek an…

UK Government going ahead with Open Source

Intellect 2012 Open source and open standards are the direction for UK government IT, the civil servant leading the government’s technology change agenda has said. Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/02/10/open_source_government/ More often than not, the UK governments grasp on technology/software is rather vague to say the least.   We need look no further than BBClick to see the level in…

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,…

Microsoft, MC Hammer and mobiles – its old news and new news!

I want no connection drawn between the legend that is MC Hammer and the “company” that is Microsoft, there’s old news and surprising news to be had in the world of tech today! First up  – MC Hammer, the singer who was so popular during my “youth” has made a rather unexpected comeback, not in the guise…

VB coming to WP7 – “Users, users, users” What WP7 really needs?

WP7, the phone which we have covered many times on the TechBytes audiocast, is in the news again.  There are reports that VB will soon be available for developers for WP7.  Great news?  Well if you read Microsoft-Watch and their quotes from Microsoft, then yes, all would sound well: Microsoft is allowing third-party developers to…

Start saving – Windows 8 on its way?

A short snippet of a rumor…. For anyone who thought that their Windows 7 investment would not be “upgraded” for some time may have to think again. It is being alleged that the Dutch Microsoft site released a statement which Winrumors has translated to read: Furthermore, Microsoft is on course for the next version of…

NewsBytes – Saturday 28th August 2010

XP RIP 25/10/01 – 22/10/10 It seems Microsoft is going to retire Windows XP on 22nd October – no, really this time! As reported by one of the few MVP’s I have respect for: …Windows XP, up to this point, was one of the most popular versions of Windows and continues to dominate the desktop…

15 seconds of uptime before a crash? – Yep thats Microsoft!

Continuing on from the previous article of  “Those “magnificent” softies in their flying machines” we now learn what happened at the Red Bull competition when Microsoft took to the skies. A Microsoft “product” having an uptime of seconds was no surprise to me when after 15 seconds we learn Microsoft’s glider came right back down to…

NewsBytes – Monday 23rd August 2010

Kinect beaten by Sony Move Poor old Microsoft just can’t seem to get it right?  Kinect, Microsoft’s attempt in my opinion to suck a little more life out of the 360 has been beaten by Sony’s similar offering (Move) which won “Best hardware accessory”. CVG had this to say: The jury, which consisted of celebrated…

Those “magnificent” softies in their flying machines

A lighter piece of news will make way for quite a few pieces of interest in the next few days. Before we get into those more important articles, lets first give an OpenBytes award. OpenBytes would officially like to recognize a few Microsofties as having nerves of steel.  Why? Because some  intrepid chaps from the…