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…

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,…

TechBytes Audiocast – Back for 2012! – A pre-Year 2 broadcast!

Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here. Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) Rusty (The Show that Sux) TechBytes is back for 2012, Rusty is here and with the whole crew ready to go, we bring to 50 minutes or so of auditory lovelyness. Since this is a pre-Year…

“Me too!” Microsoft gives social networking a go?

As if there is not enough evidence of Microsoft playing catch-up, there is now a “sneak” preview of Microsoft’s social networking service making the rounds in tech news. For many this news isn’t new since there have been rumours and “leaks” for quite some time which to be fair, haven’t exactly been met with any…

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…

TechBytes Audiocast – Episode 62 – 03/10/11 – “I told you so!”

Intro music: “I fought the troll” by Tom Smith.  You can find more of his work here. Hosts: Tim (OpenBytes) Roy (Techrights) (Notes taken/modified slightly from the original TechRights show notes) This latest episode was recorded around noon for a change. It was arranged at short notice with time constraints and Roy being very slightly ill (speech/voice problems)….

Like Father like Son (or Like Phone like Tablet)

“Mighty” Microsoft is due to announce its Windows 8 (enabled for tablets), which is rumoured to flop onto the scene on the Tablet form factor in around 12 months time.  As with Smart-phones, the once mighty Microsoft (who now seems to prefer to make money with Patents instead of products) is just as late into…