01.28.11

Microsoft Wants to Exploit Free/Open Source CMS for Userbase

Posted in Free/Libre Software, Microsoft at 2:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: Microsoft wishes to dine together with GPL-licensed content management systems so that they run on the Microsoft stack rather than GNU/Linux and Free/libre software; Likewise helps spread Microsoft APIs

The title is neither sensationalist nor news. It is an accurate description of what Microsoft has been trying to do to Free/Open Source software since this site was conceived. Having failed to compete with GNU/Linux on servers, Microsoft funded SCO. Having failed to catch up with the likes of Android, Microsoft attacks the platform from several directions. Having failed on the Web, Microsoft is trying new ways to push Windows Server by infiltrating those above the server OS layer, namely Apache, PHP (Zend), and whatever lies above these. We have been covering this matter since 2007, so we won’t delve into it today.

“Having failed on the Web, Microsoft is trying new ways to push Windows Server by infiltrating those above the server OS layer, namely Apache, PHP (Zend), and whatever lies above these.”What people ought to know is that Microsoft boosters like Kurt Mackie are boosting Microsoft’s embrace (and “extend”) of Drupal in 1105 Media, which is in Microsoft's pocket to an extent. Microsoft is doing this not for the first time, either. Adding Microsoft extensions to Joomla, for instance, is something we wrote about less than a year ago. There are prior examples where Microsoft used “plugins” to promote its online services inside Free/Open Source CMSs. Kathleen Richard from 1105 Media has this other puff piece in the unofficial ‘Microsoft press’. It’s a very shallow piece of coverage, titled: “Is Microsoft the New Web Platform for Open Source CMS?”

To be fair, some other sites/media companies (not in Microsoft’s pocket) have covered it, but they did so quite differently. It was not promotional. We assume readers of Techrights are smart enough to know Microsoft’s motivations here, but will other people know? This needs to be explained to more people. “I would love to see all open source innovation happen on top of Windows,” Steve Ballmer (Microsoft CEO) said a few years ago.

Meanwhile we also find this new press release from Likewise, which has former Microsoft staff in it. It actively promotes Microsoft APIs in UNIX and Linux and its press release says:

Likewise, an expert in helping businesses and educational institutions manage cross-platform IT environments, announced today that Johns Hopkins University will use Likewise Enterprise for Education to integrate its Linux and Mac computers using Microsoft Active Directory.

There is also this new bit from Likewise. Those who know too little about Likewise might be gullible enough to view this as a win for GNU/Linux and Apple.

Microsoft Has Killed Yahoo! for Its Userbase

Posted in Microsoft, Search at 1:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Raven

Summary: A news report about Yahoo says that “Yahoo will no longer have to spend money on developing new search technology.”

AS we have shown here before, Yahoo’s CEO is a former ally of Microsoft and a lot of former Microsoft executives took positions of power inside Yahoo. Now, this new report identified yesterday suggests that Yahoo! as a search engine might soon be history as Microsoft grabs its userbase globally, not just in north America. “The not-so-bright spots were led by a -12% drop in quarterly revenue and the announcement of additional job cuts at the company,” quotes a reader, adding: “Yahoo’s transition to combining its search-advertising business with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) gets the blame for the revenue drop. Company executives predict though that the move will save money in the long run because Yahoo will no longer have to spend money on developing new search technology.”

Mind the part which says “Yahoo will no longer have to spend money on developing new search technology.”

“She will never pull out of the deal with MS to use Bing which killing Yahoo.”
      –Chips
This suggests that they will be channeling everyone to Bong [sic] sooner or later, just like Facebook and other ‘sock-puppets’ of Microsoft. “And there you have,” said one reader, “MS deal with Yahoo gets the blame. But Yahoo’s CEO, a second runner up to Ballmer in most incompetent CEO, is like a Trojan MS employee.”

“Yahoo is a Bing skin,” Ryan alleged.

“Yahoo wasn’t always a Bìng skin, though,” MinceR insisted, “they existed before Microsoft went all “me too” on the Internet” (and may soon get all of Yahoo’s hard-earned search traffic).

“Carol is running Yahoo into the ground,” said Chips. “She will never pull out of the deal with MS to use Bing which killing Yahoo. To do so would be to Yahoo’s benefit, but would probably lose her the job. Which like Ballmer, she is going to lose anyway in time. Carol is just another Trojan.”

IRC Proceedings: January 27th, 2011

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