According to my inside source, after overloading too few developers with too much work, Ballmer, Sinofsky and Co. blamed them for delays. Now they're busy undermining and/or purging the veterans from Redmond soil. Only problem is, when they're through, there will be nobody left to write Windows code. That's a bad idea from any perspective, especially security.
After a year of testing, French virus experts have concluded that Microsoft Office is less dangerous than its competitor, OpenOffice. In the short term, this is great news for Microsoft... outside of Europe. More anti-open source FUD will delay some planned migrations. Longer term, OpenOffice will benefit, as France and Germany pour resources into securing the product they now rely upon. The race is, as they say, afoot.
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Every discussion of software patents ends with commenters roundly condemning the greedy sleazebags who filed them. But when pressed, one software patenter told Email Battles why he seeks patents for his software, in succinct terms that will strike home with every programmer and business manager. For an attorney, this guy sure can simplify.
So far, a programming lawyer seeking a patent for what appears to be a database-driven software application has been denied three times by UK patent officials and judiciary. The third rebuff instructively dissects both traditional and evolving UK Patent Law concerning software patents, before dismissing the supplicant's appeal.