Windows / Microsoft
Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc. announced a set of broad business and technical collaboration agreements to build, market and support a series of new solutions to make Novell and Microsoft products work better together. The two companies also announced an agreement to provide each other’s customers with patent coverage for their respective products. These agreements will be in place until at least 2012. Under this new model, customers will realize unprecedented choice and flexibility through improved interoperability and manageability between Windows and Linux.
Microsoft later this month plans to release a converter that will let Word users open documents saved in the OpenDocument format.
The plug-in for Word, set for release Oct. 23, is the first installment of Microsoft's plan to add support for the OpenDocument, or ODF, standard, which has gained interest from government customers.
Qt (pronounced Cute) is perhaps best known as the application development framework behind the open source KDE Linux desktop. It's now ready to build applications for the competing GNOME Linux desktop and is ready for Windows Vista as well.
Qt 4.2 is the latest version of the C++ application development framework from Norway-based Trolltech. Cross platform development has long been the promise of Qt, though achieving cross-linux desktop compatibility has not been an easy chore.
Seriously, how many times must users and businesses be kicked in the face before they buy a clue? Before they realize that they don't have to stay in the abusive Microsoft relationship. The answer seems to be: an unlimited number of times.
I've been tracking the evolution of Microsoft FUD for nearly 10 years now, and wrote a short history of the subject a few months back. But even I was impressed when I came across Microsoft's latest effort in this department: it's truly a masterpiece of its kind.
Long-time Microsoft enemies are taking a positive stance on the vendor's latest pledge not to assert its patent portfolio against a group of 38 web services specifications and their implementations.
The Microsoft Open Specification Promise covers developers and distributors of proprietary and open source applications based on the standards, as well as upcoming web services standards in which Microsoft is participating.
I have often wondered about that statement. "No one ever got fired for using Microsoft. From my point of view, even as a business owner, it seemed a bit far reaching. Most things stated in the absolute are. Granted, my businesses have never reached the multi-million dollar stratosphere, heck, some of them barely reached cruising altitude. Regardless, I could not get my head around the fact that a company had to spend that kind of money on software in order to maintain their business. Obviously, some of them do.
Let’s face it. Microsoft till date has been no friend of the open-source movement. There is enough bad-blood between open source evangelists and Microsoft to fill up pages. However this could be soon changing. In a rather unusual move, Microsoft has issued an open invitation to the Mozilla Corp. to bring both its Firefox browser and Thunderbird e-mail application into the Windows fold.