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Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure
Something happened to a Microsoft search server and all local searches of the hard drive in Windows stopped functioning.
microsoft  privacy  via:reddit 
7 weeks ago by mcherm
Bing is (unexpectedly) aging well – FutureSin – Medium
Apparently Microsoft's Bing search engine isn't a failure and is actually making lots and lots of money. And has >5% of US searches.
search  google  microsoft  via:HackerNews 
june 2019 by mcherm
Goodbye, EdgeHTML - The Mozilla Blog
Microsoft is going to base their browser on Chrome. That really reduces the number of browsers in wide use and is unhealthy for the web (in my opinion).
browsers  microsoft  google  internet  webdevelopment  via:HackerNews 
december 2018 by mcherm
A Decade After Trying To Block Open Source Patent Pool From Buying Its Patents, Microsoft Joins The Pool Entirely | Techdirt
10 years ago, a Microsoft FUD campaign claiming to have unspecified patents that Linux violated forced the open source community to create a defensive patent pool. Today Microsoft joins that pool. Times have changed.
patent  opensource  microsoft  law 
october 2018 by mcherm
Announcing GVFS (Git Virtual File System) | Microsoft Application Lifecycle Management
Microsoft releases as open-source a client for git that only downloads files when you actually touch that file, so you can use it on truly giant repositories.
microsoft  operatingsystem  git  versioncontrol  via:HackerNews 
february 2017 by mcherm
That’s It. I’ve Had Enough! | Nota Bene: Eugene Kaspersky's Official Blog
Accusations of anticompetitive behavior by Microsoft in the antivirus space by making the OS favor their own antivirus software. This is definitely a one-sided view, but the specific examples he cites sound pretty significant.
microsoft  monopoly  via:HackerNews 
november 2016 by mcherm
Secure Boot snafu: Microsoft leaks backdoor key, firmware flung wide open | Ars Technica
Microsoft accidentally released the key to secure boot. How can the government expect to keep THEIR system safe?
microsoft  security  keyescrow  ArsTechnica  via:reddit 
august 2016 by mcherm
Order restored to universe as Microsoft surrenders confiscated No-IP domains | Ars Technica
Microsoft told a court to let it take over some DNS names (in a hearing where the other side wasn't invited to participate) to take down some malware. They did so and it was a fiasco (they broke lots of legitimate stuff).
law  internet  dns  microsoft  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
july 2014 by mcherm
FBI withdraws national security letter following Microsoft challenge | Ars Technica
Microsoft contested the gag order provision of a national security letter. Apparently there is at least one court case (decision stayed pending appeal) that has ruled them illegal because it violates the first amendment rights. At any rate, the FBI backed off and let Microsoft off the hook (and got the data in a different way).
law  surveillance  privacy  4thAmmendment  microsoft  freespeech  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
may 2014 by mcherm
C# and VB are open sourced | Fabulous Adventures In Coding
Hmm... Maybe Microsoft truly IS adopting the open source ethos.
opensource  microsoft  via:EricLippert 
april 2014 by mcherm
Using the Legal System To Access Customer Data : Dragons in the Algorithm
Microsoft dug into a Hotmail account to track down information about some code stolen from Microsoft. Their terms and conditions allow this, but they got a lot of pushback. Here they announce their intention to change their policy and only dig into accounts through law enforcement channels. Good for them: great policy!
blogentry  mypostings  privacy  microsoft  law 
march 2014 by mcherm
We’re listening: Additional steps to protect your privacy - Microsoft on the Issues - Site Home - TechNet Blogs
Microsoft dug into a Hotmail account to track down information about some code stolen from Microsoft. Their terms and conditions allow this, but they got a lot of pushback. Here they announce their intention to change their policy and only dig into accounts through law enforcement channels. Good for them: great policy!
privacy  microsoft  law  via:HackerNews 
march 2014 by mcherm
Microsoft Says Smart Bra Monitors Mood - InformationWeek
TERRIBLE idea (and sexist) even though I understand how they arrived at this with no ill intent.
sexism  microsoft  wearables  via:reddit 
december 2013 by mcherm
Why I cancelled my teched talks « Greg Young's Blog
Doing a REALLY bad job of running a conference -- to the extent that speakers refuse to participate.
microsoft  via:HackerNews  personal_net 
july 2013 by mcherm
The dying platform: .Net | roundcrisis.Find<Solution>()
He says that .Net is losing mindshare because it's from Microsoft and Microsoft has done some dumb things.
microsoft  via:HackerNews  personal_net 
may 2013 by mcherm
'We are screwed!' Fonts eat a bullet in Microsoft security patch • The Register
Microsoft urgent security update makes many fonts cease to work. The reason was that there was a remote exploit (just visit a website and your OS (not even browser, but OS!) is owned. Microsoft made the right choice.
security  microsoft  via:HackerNews 
december 2012 by mcherm
The Missing Bit: Windows 8 Doesn’t Want Your App. Try Again Later
Okay, if EVERYONE can't seem to get curated app stores right, then perhaps they're just a bad idea. Here is a horrible developer experience with the Microsoft app store.
appstore  microsoft 
october 2012 by mcherm
The Windows ecosystem reboot is bad news if you plan to move country | Owened by Owen Williams
On XBox, if you move to a new country you lose everything you have owned. Now this will apply to Windows 8 as well.
cloud  microsoft 
october 2012 by mcherm
Fix problems with programs that can't be installed or uninstalled
This tool from Microsoft helped me when I couldn't install/uninstall some stuff on Windows.
microsoft  windows  useful  utility 
september 2012 by mcherm
IDF: Intel says Clover Trail will not work with Linux - The Inquirer
Intel is teaming with Microsoft and specifically prohibiting Linux from (at least one of) it's processors just to satisfy Microsoft.
via:HackerNews  personal_net  hardware  microsoft  intel 
september 2012 by mcherm
You can’t block Facebook using Windows 8′s hosts file
Windows Defender prevents, and probably a few others from being placed in the windows hosts file.
security  microsoft 
august 2012 by mcherm
No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8 | Ars Technica
Microsoft is so jealous of Apple's appstore stranglehold on iPhone software that they're ensuring software on Windows 8 must be sold in their appstore unless it is developed with expensive development tools.
teaching  programming  microsoft  windows  opensource  appstore  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
may 2012 by mcherm
Microsoft Mobile OS Banning Firefox
Microsoft won't let Firefox run on windows phones. Didn't they get sued over this once before?
browser  firefox  ie  microsoft  via:HackerNews 
may 2012 by mcherm
DEAR GOOGLE: Please, Please, Please Invest More Money In Google Apps...
A company tells how they WANT to use Google office apps, they WERE using Google office apps, but they were forced to go back to Excel because the spreadsheet program wasn't good enough and (key point here) wasn't getting any better.
office  google  microsoft  via:slashdot 
february 2012 by mcherm
Amazon bests Microsoft, all other contenders in cloud storage test
Someone did a study and Amazon's cloud storage system won for scalability and reliability with Microsoft's very close behind.
cloudcomputing  s3  azure  microsoft  amazon  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
december 2011 by mcherm
Ribbon Hero 2
A game for teaching MS office.
microsoft  game  gamedesign  teaching 
may 2011 by mcherm
Why I was wrong about Microsoft - The H Open Source: News and Features
Okay, if true this is a SERIOUS IP-law abuse. Claims Microsoft is getting laws passed saying they can sue any US company if ANY supplier of theirs uses pirated software anywhere. If a single Chinese supplier has a single pirated copy of Excel (~100% chance of this) you can be sued by Microsoft. And open source software is explicitly excluded from suing under this law.
microsoft  evil  opensource  law  ip-law  patent  copyright  copyrightabuse 
april 2011 by mcherm
Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results
Google ran a sting and proved that Microsoft is "stealing" their good search results.
google  microsoft  search 
february 2011 by mcherm
Microsoft is cheating on a JavaScript benchmark < Rob Sayre's Mozilla Blog
This evidence almost certainly demonstrates that they hard-coded special behavior for the function used in the benchmark.
microsoft  fraud  performance  via:HackerNews 
november 2010 by mcherm
Microsoft furious at $2,000 bounty for open source Kinect drivers - Bounty increases as Redmond expresses ire | TechEye
If the manufacturer does not release drivers, offer to pay to build them. Microsoft, the manufacturer, is not pleased.
via:HackerNews  opensource  microsoft 
november 2010 by mcherm
Jim Hugunin - Farewell to Microsoft
Jim Hugunin , the guy who wrote Iron Python, is leaving Microsoft to work for Google.
microsoft  google  python  JimHugunin  ironpython  via:reddit 
october 2010 by mcherm
GNU Telephony » Blog Archive » Legal terrorism Microsoft style
Microsoft's attack on software patents may not be so innocent.
law  ip-law  via:reddit  microsoft 
october 2010 by mcherm
Microsoft to issue blanket license to NGOs | ITworld
Really good action from Microsoft. Some governments were using "checking for piracy of Microsoft products" as a way to harass NGOs. So Microsoft gave away their stuff free to all NGOs.
via:slashdot  microsoft  law  software  freespeech 
september 2010 by mcherm
PPT97: PowerPoint Centimeters Different from Actual Centimeters
Now THAT is an unusually audacious bug: they redefined the definition of "centimeter" in order to have their own measurement system that was "more convenient and looked better on the screen".
via:reddit  microsoft  usability 
september 2010 by mcherm
Post mortem: KIN's tragic demise (and the fading of Danger)
A sordid tale of bad management causing the complete loss of well over half a billion dollars: taking what should have been a hugely successful phone and selling less than 10,000 units.
microsoft  management  via:ArsTechnica  ArsTechnica 
july 2010 by mcherm
Stopping Development for Windows Mobile «
Firefox is now ceasing to develop for Windows Mobile phone OS because Microsoft has said they won't allow native applications (other than their own) on the platform.
firefox  via:slashdot  mobile  microsoft  appstore 
march 2010 by mcherm
Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal « What I Couldn't Say…
Hi, I used to run Sun. Both Apple and Microsoft threatened to use us over IP. That sucks.
apple  microsoft  sun  law  ip-law  patent  via:reddit 
march 2010 by mcherm
Microsoft sends flowers to Internet Explorer 6 funeral
Hey... Microsoft demonstrates a sense of humor! Title says it all.
via:HackerNews  funny  microsoft 
march 2010 by mcherm
Microsoft open-sources clever U-Prove identity framework
About a very interesting library that allows one to verify certain key information to a website (like that you're charging something to a credit card) without revealing the underlying data (like your name, address, and credit card). Also discusses why companies won't use this: it's to their benefit to collect customer data.
privacy  cryptography  microsoft  opensource  identity  identitytheft  proof  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2010 by mcherm
Coding error leads to uneven EU browser ballot distribution
The tool Microsoft built to let EU customers select their browser was supposed to display them in a random order. Accidentally, the order is biased because they used an invalid approach to randomly sorting the list.
bugs  random  microsoft  ArsTechnica  via:ArsTechnica 
march 2010 by mcherm
moblog: The Windows Shutdown crapfest
Frustration expressed over the number of people involved in designing a simple menu in Windows and how they have to communicate at Microsoft. Also a clear description of the kinds of problems on a very large project that a DVCS can solve.
dvcs  versioncontrol  microsoft  programming  softwaredevelopment  JoelSpolsky  via:JoelSpolsky 
january 2010 by mcherm
Why you should use OpenGL and not DirectX - Wolfire Games Blog
OpenGL is an open library for gaming graphics; DirectX is Microsoft's proprietary solution. DirectX rules the roost, and this author says it's because they promoted it with FUD.
gamedev  OpenGL  directx  microsoft  programming  library  via:HackerNews 
january 2010 by mcherm
Verizon snuffs Google for Microsoft search • The Register
Verizon pushed out an update to blackberries: where previously the default search box could be configured by the user to search google, bing, or others, now it can ONLY search bing. Evil.
search  google  microsoft  verizon  mobile  evil 
december 2009 by mcherm
Negative Cashback from Bing Cashback - Bountii
Microsoft's search engine offers cash back. *But* in this case (which Microsoft claims is isolated), the person discovered you get quoted a much higher price if you have a Bing cookie on your machine when you go to the retailer's site. The cash back doesn't even begin to make up for it.
Microsoft  shopping  bing  via:slashdot  privacy  cookie 
november 2009 by mcherm
Ask E.T.: Microsoft makes patent claim for sparklines!!
Edward Tufte came up with the idea of mini one-line graphs included inline with text and called it "sparklines". Now many years later, apparently Microsoft has added the feature to Excel and is trying to patent it.
law  ip-law  patent  Microsoft 
november 2009 by mcherm
Firefox to Microsoft: GTFO : programming
(I noticed this before the article.) First, Microsoft wrote a Firefox extension, one that has full system access and can run arbitrary code. Then they had Window Update auto-install it on all copies of Firefox without consulting the user. Oh, and it had a bug such that you couldn't disable it. Then it had a big security hole. Firefox responded by adding it to the list of known exploitative plugins and presented a dialog for disabling it.
via:reddit  Microsoft  security  firefox  browsers  windows 
october 2009 by mcherm
T-Mobile Sidekick Disaster: Danger’s Servers Crashed, And They Don’t Have A Backup
It's a device from a company owned by Microsoft, and it stores all its data in the cloud. Well, they didn't back up that cloud server, and it just lost all the data. Really.
cloudcomputing  backup  security  Microsoft  techcrunch  via:reddit 
october 2009 by mcherm
Google Has A Solution For Internet Explorer: Turn It Into Chrome
That's both clever and evil. It's a plugin for IE which is the Chrome browser. Like the IETab plugin for Firefox, except backward: it allows people to switch from using IE to using Chrome without having to learn to click on something other than the big blue "e".
browsers  google  Microsoft  ie  chrome  plugins 
september 2009 by mcherm
The CodePlex Foundation: First Impressions (and Recommendations) -
A review of the incorporation papers and board structure for the "open source" foundation that Microsoft set up. Fairly negative: suggests that Microsoft can control the foundation the way it's set up now.
Microsoft  opensource  law  via:slashdot 
september 2009 by mcherm
Apple's Animal Farm - Big Tech - Fortune Brainstorm Tech
An editorial pointing out that Microsoft didn't do as badly as Apple is with their monopoly.
apple  evil  Microsoft  via:reddit 
august 2009 by mcherm
Judge: Microsoft can't sell Word anymore
Apparently it's illegal to write a word processor that reads XML files. Really.
law  ip-law  patent  patentabuse  Microsoft  ms-word  via:HackerNews 
august 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft's Linux Kernel Code Drop Result of GPL Violation
Microsoft found themselves in violation of the GPL so they released some code. Hey... this is exactly what the GPL is intended for!
licensing  GPL  Microsoft  via:HackerNews 
july 2009 by mcherm
Advogato: Blog for dwmw2
Acer made it VERY difficult to get a refund for Windows, including demanding that something be shipped in (at cost higher than the value of Windows) before granting the refund. They didn't even open up the item that had been sent in.
linux  windowstax  Microsoft 
july 2009 by mcherm
Thinking about Windows Build numbers: Larry Osterman's WebLog
Of all the stupid things to waste time on! Apparently they make an effort to have "clean" build numbers by incrementing them up to a "nice" number right before a release.
Microsoft  versioncontrol  windows 
july 2009 by mcherm
From Microsoft: C# and CLI under the Community Promise - Miguel de Icaza
Microsoft promises not to sue people for using Mono. At least certain parts of it. For the other parts, they just aren't saying. Personally, I think this is better than nothing, but not much better.
Microsoft  patent  mono  licensing  opensource  via:reddit 
july 2009 by mcherm
Here we go again – why Mono doesn’t suck » APEBOX.ORG
A well-written and correct argument for why it is NOT the end of the world if Ubuntu includes mono by default.
mono  programming  ubuntu  opensource  Microsoft  via:slashdot 
june 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft's Search Crusade Will Burn Billions And End Badly
Smart insight: Microsoft shouldn't invest so much money into competing with Google on search, because it won't make money for them - they simply won't win. The $8 billion should be use elsewhere.
Microsoft  bing  search  google 
june 2009 by mcherm
Joel Spolsky: A Visit to Microsoft and Google, Starting a Business Article - Inc. Article
A comparison of the corporate cultures at Google and Microsoft (with thoughts about how it's different from a small company).
via:HackerNews  JoelSpolsky  google  Microsoft 
june 2009 by mcherm
Microsoft may be Firefox's worst vulnerability | IT Security |
Microsoft installs vulnerability into Firefox as part of a .Net framework upgrade, and does so without informing anyone and in a fashion that makes it quite difficult to uninstall.
security  Microsoft  windows  firefox  evil 
june 2009 by mcherm
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