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For Its Survival, Microsoft is Trying to Turn Into an Aggressive Patent Tax and Advertising Company, Forces Windows Users to Play Along

Also openwashing for government contracts, especially when/where government requests standards and code

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Summary: The latest strategic moves from Microsoft and how they relate to the whole "warming up to Open Source" or "loves Linux" PR charade

WINDOWS revenue is shrinking. Android (Linux) is taking the lion's share of the market and the price of Vista 10 fell to something like zero. This is why Microsoft is now using patents in an effort to monetise Android and other GNU/Linux-based operating systems, such as Chrome OS. As Simon Phipps put it this morning [1], "Microsoft announced it had successfully extracted patent licenses out of Wistron of Taiwan for its use of Android and out of Rakuten of Japan for use of Linux and Android. Though there’s been something of a lull in patent aggression lately, it has a long history and generates a significant revenue stream. [...] Microsoft wants members of the Android and Linux communities where it claims membership to pay up crates of cash for patent licenses or face destructive litigation."



"...Microsoft uses its openwashing of SQL Server as an excuse/marketing tactic, as evidenced by the last article below."For Microsoft, however, patent extortion is apparently not enough. The company is so greedy that, based on [2] (a Windows proponent bemoaning Windows' direction), it now further escalates forced 'upgrade' to Vista 10 and puts more ads in it [3], even in lock screens (we didn't find time to cover this development because of heavy EPO coverage).

Despite all this, there are still Microsoft layoffs (we wrote about the latest round thereof earlier this week) and now that the US government, in spite of heavy Microsoft lobbying, leans towards FOSS [4] (there is a lot of press coverage about this right now e.g. [5-11]), Microsoft uses its openwashing of SQL Server as an excuse/marketing tactic, as evidenced by the last article below [12].

Related/contextual items from the news:



  1. Microsoft loves open source? Only when it's convenient
    But while this has been going on, you're not hearing about another part of Microsoft. Simultaneous with the Eclipse and SQL Server announcements, Microsoft announced it had successfully extracted patent licenses out of Wistron of Taiwan for its use of Android and out of Rakuten of Japan for use of Linux and Android. Though there’s been something of a lull in patent aggression lately, it has a long history and generates a significant revenue stream.

    Yes, that’s right: With one face, Microsoft wants us to forgive and forget the “cancer” comments, the dirty tricks, and the standards fixing. Even as the body of SCO lays slightly warm following the Redmond-financed fight against Linux, Microsoft wants us to overlook more than a decade of hostility and accept it as a full-status community member because it showed up with code, cash, and compliments. But with the other face, Microsoft wants members of the Android and Linux communities where it claims membership to pay up crates of cash for patent licenses or face destructive litigation.


  2. Beware! This Windows 7 And 8.1 Security Update Is Basically A Windows 10 Downloader
    Microsoft has hidden a Windows 10 ad-generator/downloader in a latest security update KB 3139929. This security update is meant for IE11 users who are running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. So, before installing any Patch Tuesday, take a moment to look at what’s inside.


  3. Windows patch KB 3139929: When a security update is not a security update
    If Microsoft's documentation is correct, installing Patch Tuesday's KB 3139929 security update for Internet Explorer also installs a new Windows 10 ad-generating routine called KB 3146449.

    Many people -- present company included -- feel that putting an ad generator inside a security patch crosses way over the line. In fact, you have to ask yourself if there are any lines any more.

    [...]

    If the documentation can be verified, Microsoft's intrusive Get Windows 10 behavior has reached new lows.


  4. Leveraging American Ingenuity through Reusable and Open Source Software


  5. White House continues push to open source federal code
    The White House on Thursday issued a draft policy for public comment that would support making computer code used by federal agencies open source.

    It's part of an on-going effort by the Obama administration to make government computer systems more efficient both by using open source programs and by releasing code written by government agencies both inside and outside the government to use.


  6. OMB’s 3rd policy memo in a week targets software purchasing
    The Office of Management and Budget’s busy week continued Thursday with its third policy memo in the last seven days.

    Along with a draft data consolidation guidance and a final mandate for every agency to set up a Buyers Club for innovative acquisitions, OMB now is taking aim at the software that runs in those data centers and is bought by those procurement experts.

    Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott released a draft open source software policy March 10 with a goal of reducing duplicative purchases and taking advantage of industry best practices.
  7. Are you ready to share your code?
    The Office of Management and Budget has released a draft policy to improve how custom code developed for the government – including code developed by contractors – is acquired and distributed.


  8. White House wants more sharable, reusable code
    The White House is looking to make software code used by the federal agencies more open, sharable and reusable. In a March 10 blog post, federal CIO Tony Scott announced a new draft Federal Source Code policy that would create a new set of rules for custom code developed by or for the federal government.


  9. Agencies would face new open source software requirements under OMB draft policy
    The White House issued a draft policy today that would require federal agencies to open source a significant portion of its software code. Under the proposed Federal Source Code Policy, the Office of Management and Budget would pilot the requirement to share publicly all custom code developed in-house by federal IT personnel and at least 20 percent of newly developed custom code by third party developers or vendors on behalf of a covered agency.


  10. OMB moves to make all federal code open source
    The administration has been looking to embrace the best practices in software development, using innovation shops like 18F and the U.S. Digital Service to test and promote methods like agile development and making use of open source code.

    Now, the entire federal government will be getting on board with the latter. The Office of Management and Budget released the first draft of the Federal Source Code policy, a mandate to make federally-developed code available to everyone.


  11. New OMB policy aims to make federal agency code open source
    The White House will release a draft policy Thursday for sharing source code among federal agencies, including a pilot program that will make a portion of federal code open source.


  12. Microsoft looking for feds to trial new SQL for Linux
    Analysts said the move would enable the company to compete more effectively with Oracle and IBM, who already produce Linux-compatible database products.


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