Some Linux vendors haven't been as quick to secure deals with Microsoft that protect them from legal action relating to claims that open source software violates Microsoft patents.
Two senior Microsoft executives on a media tour touting what they say are the company's good-faith efforts to work with competitors and the open source community released an "open letter" on Friday, calling for more choice and flexibility in standard file formats.
- By Chris Kanaracus
Pleasing both camps can be a complicated task in itself. Here are a few tips that might help.
- By Emmett Dulaney
Another company has agreed to Microsoft's Linux IP amnesty program, adding to the rapidly growing list of open source vendors seeking protection against possible legal action from Redmond.
The biggest news Apple Inc. made yesterday at the opening of its Worldwide Developers Conference was its announcement that it had ported its Safari Web browser to Windows. CEO Steve Jobs called the beta of Safari 3 "the most innovative browser in the world, and the fastest browser on Windows." He could have added "the most insecure browser on Windows" to that list of superlatives.
Apple launched a version of Safari for Windows-based PCs, pitting it against Internet Explorer and Firefox.
- By The Associated Press
Apple Inc.'s computer business may seem like it's taken a back seat lately to its flashy younger siblings, the iPod and iPhone, but Macs are still a key part of the family. Apple CEO Steve Jobs is expected to use his speech at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday to highlight the upcoming release of Mac OS X, showing that Apple remains a computer company even after dropping "Computer" from its name in January.
- By The Associated Press
Microsoft continues to push forward its program granting amnesty to potential patent violators, this time inking South Korea's LG Electronics (LGE) to a deal.
Microsoft continues to collect Linux development and distribution companies under its promise not to sue them for patent infringement. Following on the controversial recent deal with Novell, the company announced Monday at its TechEd conference in Orlando that it has reached a similar agreement with Xandros Inc.
Taking in orphanware can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take for its proper care and feeding.
After all the hard lessons it learned from IE, which one will Microsoft pick?
- By Mary Jo Foley
When it comes to Microsoft's take-charge philosophy, how aggressive is too aggressive?
"The List" is nearly 500 names long, and growing rapidly. It might have started out as a light-hearted jab, but it has quickly become a flashpoint of the building fury in the open source software community toward Microsoft and its recent claim of patent infringements.
Microsoft, in its latest foray into the love/hate relationship with the open-source community, is extending the interoperability between a number of its products and the Chinese open document format.
The software development life cycle is enhanced by virtualization. An overview of what you should consider.
- By John K. Waters