Sunday, 28 October 2007

UK government gets the right end of the stick

The UK government is now advising that schools should not sign license agreements with Microsoft. It looks like that they are finally getting the right end of the technology stick at last.

It's generally a bad idea for site licenses to be blanket bought by schools because it is another way that Microsoft supports its monopoly position. By offering large discounts and a network of machines that do not need individual licenses, the offer that Microsoft makes is certainly attractive to school IT decision makers who probably are unaware of the politics of the IT industry or have no interest in the OS market place. Ideally, schools should have a number of machines for students to use (Windows, Macs, Linux, Unix) to broaden their exposure to the number of systems that are out there in the real world. I'm in complete agreement with the government on this one.

Thursday, 25 October 2007

Microsoft investing in Facebook

Microsoft is interested in Facebook - as it Google - but Microsoft is putting its money where its mouth is with a 240 million dollar investment in the company.

Why is Microsoft, or Google, or anyone else interested in Facebook?

Facebook's value is not in the software itself—which could be duplicated relatively easily by a small group of programmers—but in the vast social networks the site has gathered, networks that contain information about people's interests and desires that would be invaluable for any marketing company.

So be careful what you put up there folks. This one social network that is going to become an advertising network in the near future, and if that isn't enough to stop you putting confidential information up there how about the identity theft risk that sites like Facebook pose.

Monday, 22 October 2007

Finally Microsoft will comply with the courts

Well, well, well, who would have thought it, but Microsoft has finally decided to comply with the European courts and their antitrust rulings that were made three years ago.

Among other things, the court upheld the Commission's finding that Microsoft failed to give rivals enough information so their work group server software would work as smoothly with Microsoft's desktop computers as Microsoft's own software.

So hopefully, we may actually get Macs working as smoothly on a Windows Server domain controller network as the Windows machines themselves. :)

Taken from Microsoft finally bows to EU antitrust measures