05.18.09

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Microsoft Insiders Watch: Bruckheimer, Digiting, DoMedia

Posted in GNU/Linux, Microsoft, OLPC, Virtualisation, Windows, Xen at 6:09 pm by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Senior Microsoft employees who come to other companies are named

ACCORDING to the following report, Bruce Jaffe, who quit Microsoft not so long ago, brings Microsoft roots to the veins of this startup.

Take a moment to learn about Bruce Jaffe's role in the hijack of OLPC.

A new company called Digiting has done just that. The Seattle-based startup claims from Microsoft acquisitions chief Bruce Jaffe and former Twitter vice president Lee Mighdoll among its new employees.

Microsoft influence can now be found in Bruckheimer as well. From the news:

Jim Veevaert, formerly an executive producer at Microsoft, and Jay Cohen, previously senior vice president of publishing at Ubisoft, will lead Bruckheimer Games as president of production and president of development, respectively.

Most important, however, is the following appointment, which puts a former Microsoft executive in a chairman’s position. That company is DoMedia.

Little more than two months after bringing on a new CEO, online advertising database DoMedia has a new face in the chairman’s seat.

Here is the the corresponding press release.

In order to understand what impact former Microsoft employees can have, taking a look at Ignition and Xen might help. Citrix grabbed XenSource and thus essentially took it from GNU/Linux. Now it’s mostly about Microsoft, Windows, and Hyper-V. Here is a new press release which shows this and also an article. It was a good lesson in Microsoft’s ability to grab competitive threats using its ecosystem that absorbs the threat.

Speaking of ecosystem, here is something to watch out for: Intel, Microsoft, Dell band together for WiGig

Computer and home entertainment industry leaders, including Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp., Dell Inc. and Panasonic Corp., said Wednesday that they’re forming a new association to create an even faster wireless technology for zipping large files around the home.

What about Linux? No word about it. This is a triangle (and sometimes collusion) that we wrote about before [1, 2]. Intel pays Dell billions of dollars in kickbacks to avoid them stocking AMD, Dell and Microsoft share a bed, Intel and Microsoft conspire against consumers and so on and so forth.

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