Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE[2]: Not line. sand.
by Sodapop on Wed 10th Oct 2012 14:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Not line. sand. "
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Gosh I hope so, would be a dream come true.

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RE[3]: Not line. sand.
by kwan_e on Wed 10th Oct 2012 14:43 in reply to "RE[2]: Not line. sand. "
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Gosh I hope so, would be a dream come true.

But would it? Microsoft is no longer the security whipping boy it once was. It could still do a lot more to improve, but there's not much that can prevent ignorant users, or badly written 3rd party software (although they are obviously heavily researching managed language OSes), and the work they do in taking down spambots is valuable work.

Meanwhile, Apple is showing negligence in security by spreading the myth of their immunity (helped by fanboys of course), ignoring some security bugs, and I don't remember any news items involving them help taking down spambots.

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RE[4]: Not line. sand.
by tidux on Wed 10th Oct 2012 14:56 in reply to "RE[3]: Not line. sand. "
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Microsoft are still the anticompetitive douchecanoes that wrote the Halloween Papers. They still practice embrace, extend, extinguish, ESPECIALLY with respect to hardware standards like ASPM, making it a royal pain in the rear to get Linux working properly on devices that use it. Secure Boot is downright Orwellian on full-size computers and tablets. The restriction of Metro/Modern/Whatever they're calling it this week apps to the Windows Store puts a serious damper on the third-party developers that have given Windows its primary advantage for over a decade, and is a kick in the teeth to Free Software on Windows.

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RE[4]: Not line. sand.
by jared_wilkes on Wed 10th Oct 2012 19:53 in reply to "RE[3]: Not line. sand. "
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I still see Microsoft infections every single day whether it is XP, Vista, or 7. (Admittedly, this is often down to the user being hit with a trojan, but nonetheless...) I've seen 1 Mac infection that took less than a minute to remove by simply running the latest software update that the user hadn't run in months.

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