Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th May 2011 08:19 UTC, submitted by porcel
Microsoft So, the biggest acquisition in Microsoft's history. The Wall Street Journal reports - and it has been confirmed - that Microsoft and Skype will announce today that Redmond will buy Skype for $8.5 billion. That's a lot of money for a company that hasn't ever actually made any profits. Update: and it's official: yay on Skype on the Xbox360 and Windows Phone, and this: "Microsoft will continue to invest in and support Skype clients on non-Microsoft platforms." Let's hope this includes Linux.
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RE[4]: Good riddance
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 12th May 2011 14:25 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Good riddance"
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Which was nothing to do with IE6. There was nothing else worth developing for at the time.

This makes no sense. Obviously ie6 could be improved, otherwise they never would have done ie7. They could have done ie 7 and released it ... earlier.

As for SVG ... I never seen it used, I never need to use it on the web ever. I never had a use case where I've needed to use it.

Yeah, thats because up until ie 9, Ie didn't f-ing implement it. So you couldn't use it, because Microsoft was holding everyone else back by not implementing it. Even though they were on the standards committee that created it based off of their technology. Its like complaining that you never saw a use for the internet in 1994 because microsoft didn't have a browser, therefore the internet is worthless.

I have plenty of programs from the Win98 era that work fine on Vista and 7, wait a sec there is one that doesn't work ... Visual Studio .NET 2003 ... which isn't supported anymore.

You didn't understand what I was trying to say. What I meant was that you couldn't switch from windows xp to Fedora and use the same programs. So regardless of how great Fedora Core 1 was, it may not have been practical because of the binary incompatibility.

Nobody gives a shit about the openess of document file format except the GNU brigade.

Most businesses roll out updates to office company wide so everyone is running the same version, so it becomes a moot point in 99.9% of circumstances.

Except those who have an older version of Microsoft office that can't read the newer versions. As a known "computer guy", I've been repeatedly contacted by people experiencing this problem. People get the latest version of office and save things in a newer format and send that out to others that have older versions that can't read the newer format. It sucks. Telling people to pay an extra $140 per pc to upgrade isn't a good solution for them. Showing them a free program that can open and save in the newer format is.

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