Microsoft, Novell and Xenocode (Former Microsoft Employees) Join Forces and Spread Silverlight

Posted in Microsoft, Mono, Novell at 5:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Implementing the Novell-Microsoft vision

Bad Silverlight

Summary: So these 3 Microsofters walk into a pub…

THE Novell-Xenocode connection is a reality that we’ve covered or shown in [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. More recent posts also explained that Xenocode is a sort of an offshoot of Microsoft, whose employees it accommodates [1, 2, 3, 4].

We wrote about Xenocode many times before, but never did we see just how Xenocode serves Microsoft — until now. This new press release shows that Xenocode is helping Microsoft take control of media and the Web. Needless to say, another Microsoft ally called Novell is there too:

Xenocode also supports delivery of applications to enterprise desktops via Active Directory, LANDesk Management Suite, and BMC Configuration Management. Xenocode technology has been licensed by Novell and is available as part of Novell ZENworks Application Virtualization.

Once again they play with software patents.

Thank you, Novell, for polluting the Web with proprietary technology that only your customers might have limited access to (using a semi-cooked copycat called Moonlight). Novell spreads the lie that Silverlight works on GNU/Linux.

All in all, this is proving that former Microsoft employees are still working to advance Microsoft’s agenda (Nat Friedman, for example, came from Microsoft, which Miguel de Icaza wanted to work for over a decade ago).

Novell is also liaising with Microsoft Gold Partners, the latest example being Telerik [1, 2]. As Dr. Dobb’s puts it, it’s mostly about .NET, Mono, and Novell.

Telerik has announced that its RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX now supports the Mono runtime environment. Mono is an open source .NET framework sponsored by Novell, tailored for development of Linux applications.

Lastly, as another newsworthy item, someone has just informed us that “Mono devs tried to press gnome-zeitgeist to be ported to mono from python.”

What has Novell’s work on Mono led to? Some people are already cleaning up this mess.

Microsoft Office Crimes and Offenses Against Standards

Posted in Europe, Fraud, Microsoft, Office Suites, Open XML, Standard at 3:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Police car

Summary: With a newly-earned conviction and European complaints, Microsoft’s practical attitude pushes the envelope

THE latest Microsoft Office crime happens to have earned Microsoft a conviction, unlike so many OOXML crimes that the European Commission has not yet addressed. Justice is slow, but sometimes it eventually arrives. There continues to be a lot of coverage of this all over the Web. The coverage which comes from ITWire calls it “price-fixing” and “collusion”.

Microsoft has been fined €9 million by the German competition authority for collusion with retailers to set the prices of Office Home and Student 2007.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft is doing the same thing in other areas, but the company rarely gets punished for it. Microsoft Office (with an OOXML-like format) remains the most important product to Microsoft because it is among the few which are actually profitable. So how far would Microsoft go to defend Office? Well, some week ago, Microsoft’s Twitter AstroTurf was exposed [1, 2]. Only yesterday, said one of the people who played a part in that OOXML fiasco (Gray Knowlton), “watching Open XML / ODF tweets is a full time job.”

Is that why Microsoft hires agents to stalk Twitter on Microsoft issues and spread some of its own?

Why is Microsoft so afraid of document standards? And for that matter, why is Microsoft still refusing to properly comply with Web standards? Here is what Mozilla’s supremo published yesterday:

IE must comply with web standards. (Opera has suggested that Microsoft must support web standards they have promised to support).

This potential principle has received the most criticism from the Mozilla community to date; there appears to be little support for this principle as a basis from legal requirements from the EC. This is quite different from agreeing that:

* Microsoft *should* implement critical web standards; and that
* the web has been, and continues to be, held back by the lack of good standards support in IE.

Microsoft never liked standards. It always chooses to deviate for anti-competitive reasons.

“In one piece of mail people were suggesting that Office had to work equally well with all browsers and that we shouldn’t force Office users to use our browser. This Is wrong and I wanted to correct this.

“Another suggestion In this mail was that we can’t make our own unilateral extensions to HTML I was going to say this was wrong and correct this also.”

Bill Gates [PDF]

IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: April 9th, 2009 – Part 2

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IRC: #boycottnovell @ FreeNode: April 9th, 2009 – Part 1

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Microsoft Finds Cost-Cutting Measures: Moves Overseas

Posted in Deception, Finance, Microsoft at 1:58 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Offshore gas platform

Summary: Microsoft’s workforce relocated and further shrunk to reduce expenditures

WHAT does Microsoft do when diplomats complain that it abandons an American workforce using fraudulent claims? Well, rather than import employees it just moves the jobs to another country where wages are considerably lower and employees are treated more poorly.

Indian IT services provider HCL Technologies appears to have signed a five-year, $170 million contract with Microsoft that would employ 600 people, according to a report in the Economic Times.

More information can be found here. 600 people are affected by this.

Microsoft will carry on pretending that it is one’s patriotic duty to support and fund Microsoft, even using bailout money (i.e. the expense of taxpayers).

Contrary to some reports, Microsoft keeps shrinking.

Microsoft employed 95,830 full-time workers at the end of February, down slightly from 95,943 in January.

It’s probably worse in reality because of the methods of counting and whatever definition fits these statistics.

“Client software felt the slump in PC sales, and was further harmed by the shift to netbooks; many of these run Linux, which helps Microsoft not at all.”

Ars Technica

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