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Apple’s iPhone Business Alone Is Now Bigger Than All Of Microsoft

Posted on February 4th, 2012 at 17:07 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

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Tech writer MG Siegler just noted a remarkable fact:

Apple’s iPhone business alone is now bigger than Microsoft.

Not Windows. Not Office. Microsoft.

Think about that.

Remember when Balmer said the iPhone would never amount to anything? Good times…


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  1. I’m about to make what may be one of the least bold predictions for the future you can possibly make:

    Sometime in the next six months, Microsoft’s Board of Directors is going to oust Steve Ballmer.

Pakistan mourns young genius Arfa Karims demise

Posted on January 15th, 2012 at 14:03 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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In what could simply be described as an enormous loss for Pakistan, Arfa Karim, the world’s youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), Saturday night, lost the battle of life after remaining admitted here at Combined Military Hospital for 26 days, Geo News reported.

Arfa Karim was only sixteen years old.

Her funeral prayers will be offered on Sunday at 10 AM in Cantt area.

Arfa Karim remained in intensive care at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) after suffering an epileptic seizure and cardiac arrest a few weeks ago. After battling for life for 26 days, one of Pakistan’s brightest brains left this world for good.


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Microsoft Bans Linux On ARM PCs

Posted on January 15th, 2012 at 0:48 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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When I talked to Linus Torvalds he said that Secure Boot is a good thing, but can be used in a bad ways. That’s proving to be true.

When Microsoft published The Certification Requirements for Windows 8 it was evident that the company wanted to use the secure boot to lock Linux out of such hardware, thus creating a Windows only hardware. The discovery lead to a strong protest from the FLOSS community. Microsoft allowed the non-ARM hardware to be able to run Linux if the hardware vendors chooses to allow that. But as we saw the arrival of ARM on desktop Microsoft “wasted no time in revising its Windows Hardware Certification Requirements to effectively ban most alternative operating systems on ARM-based devices that ship with Windows 8.”


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  1. Eh, what? My PC – Windows AND Linux side by side. Noone bans Linux from my machine.

  2. Oh, for heaven’s sake…

  3. Response 1: Seems like an excellent way to motivate a lot of hackers to break Secure Boot.

  4. Response 2: Gee, if Apple kept people from running Linux on the iPad, they’d never sell so many of them. How can that not be obvious to Microsoft?

  5. I’d like to make a prediction. This is going to backfire on Microsoft. When you go after the open source community, they fight back. It won’t be pretty. As we have seen in the past, when enough sales are affected then decisions are reversed. Scenario: I boot up a new PC. I read MS’s user agreement and decide that I don’t want the OS loaded. Now what? Send the PC back to the seller because it is useless to me? This is a can of worms just waiting to be opened.

Businessweek: “Steve Ballmer Reboots”

Posted on January 12th, 2012 at 23:31 by Desiato in category: Funny!, Microsoft

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Steve Ballmer Reboots

With the stock hung for 10 years, no one thought to reboot Ballmer until now?!


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Nokia Lumia 800

Posted on January 2nd, 2012 at 11:35 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

Just got myself one, and I’ve been playing with it for 10 minutes, and I’m pleasantly surprised. Microsoft managed to create a decent user interface, and I like it. Now there’s an unexpected thing for me to say, right?


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  1. Not really, John. You’ve always been willing to provide reasonably fair assessments of products despite past experience.

    The real question is whether or not this means you’ll sign on to develop apps for the platform.

  2. Maybe. I will most certainly install all the dev tools and play around. Market share is an issue as well. We’ll see.

  3. Where are the pictures???

  4. Here?

No drivers for this bus

Posted on December 16th, 2011 at 15:53 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Microsoft


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Android malware victims offered free WinPhones by MS

Posted on December 13th, 2011 at 17:52 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft

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Microsoft is offering free Windows phones to Android malware victims, providing they are prepared to tell world+dog about their problems.

The marketing stunt – already given the hashtag #droidrage on Twitter – follows a run of publicity about android malware.

And in related news:

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A security flaw has been discovered in Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS which allows hackers to disable a handset’s messaging system by SMS.

A malicious text can be sent which stops the SMS service from working, WinRumours reports. A factory reset is the only way to remedy the issue.


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Measuring corporate “evilness” by scraping litigation results from google scholar

Posted on December 9th, 2011 at 7:57 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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One way we can measure a company’s “evilness” is by how important litigation is to corporate strategy. We’ll open this series by comparing today’s three tech giants: Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Which company gets sued the most? And more importantly, which company sues others the most?


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  1. Be sure to read the disclaimers about the data that’s missing. Then note that they go on to claim that none of those issues really matter, but they don’t address the fact that some companies will be more inclined to settle (skewing the data), nor the fact that companies involved in more litigation will be more inclined to jump through hoops like forming shell companies.

    And that lovely conclusion about Apple not being involved in many cases… that doesn’t seem so up-to-date, does it?

    My conclusion: not worth your time or your brain cells.

Microsoft tempts with WinPho demo on… iPhone

Posted on November 30th, 2011 at 15:13 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Microsoft has pieced together an HTML 5-based demo of its Windows Phone OS’ Metro user interface, giving iOS and Android users a taste of what life’s like on the other side.

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If you’re an Android or iPhone user and fancy giving it a go, visit http://aka.ms/wpdemo from your handset’s browser. Let us know how you get on.

Very nice – first time I get to see bits of Metro. Looks like Microsoft came up with something good!


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TellMe vs Siri

Posted on November 27th, 2011 at 23:24 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


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  1. That’s really more than a little bit sad. Both services will get better with time; I just don’t see this as something Microsoft can catch up on.

  2. Just open the pod bay doors Hal!

Surprise! Microsoft quietly opposes SOPA copyright bill

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 at 17:01 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Microsoft has long been one of the most ardent proponents of expanding U.S. copyright law. But that enthusiasm doesn’t extend to the new Stop Online Piracy Act, which its lobbyists are quietly working to alter, CNET has learned.

It’s little surprise that Web-based companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter oppose SOPA, which is designed to make allegedly piratical Web sites virtually disappear from the Internet. They, and many civil liberties and human rights groups, worry that SOPA could jeopardize legitimate Web sites too.

Sad that the only reason this bill is going to die is because powerful corporations decided to “voice their displeasure”. The public doesn’t matter any more for law makers.


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Ballmer: We Will ALWAYS Be In The Windows Era

Posted on November 16th, 2011 at 22:56 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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The questioner asked what Microsoft thought about the contention that we’re in the "post PC era."

Ballmer started off in his usual enthusiastic fashion: "We are in the Windows era — we were, we are, and we always will be."

We are at war with Eurasia. We have always been at war with Eurasia.


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  1. So basically, he’s inviting a shareholder revolt. There’s already a small but vocal number of Microsoft shareholders calling for his resignation. He’s basically admitting that he doesn’t have a clue how to move the company forward.

    I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be out within the next six months.

  2. Ballmer didn’t answer the question. When the cloud service is called Windows Azure and their phone OS is called Windows Phone, it can be the Windows era forever even if not a single PC is sold.

    There were also shareholder questions about why MS doesn’t return more of the cash hoard to shareholders, and the answer there wasn’t very satisfying either. If you take unchanging stock price with increasing cash on hand, the company and its fuure revenue stream have effectively been declining in value. It seems more likely to me that the stagnant stock price will drive Ballmer out, but unlikely within six monhs.

  3. Microsoft is still in a XP era. :p

  4. @Paul: how so?

Windows Phone Is Back, Full of Great Tricks

Posted on November 3rd, 2011 at 21:10 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Windows Phone 7.5 is gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent. The design is intelligent, clean and uncluttered. Never in a million years would you guess that it came from the same company that cooked up the bloated spaghetti that is Windows and Office.

Most impressively, Windows Phone is not a feeble-minded copycat. Microsoft came up with completely fresh metaphors that generally steer clear of the iPhone/Android design (grid-spaced icons that scroll across home pages).


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BlackBerry Future Visions 2 – Leaked Video

Posted on November 1st, 2011 at 18:37 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

You know, compared to this, the Microsoft video wasn’t all that bad after all.


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  1. Yup, the MS video has included all that you love about Apple :)

  2. But promising and delivering are 2 different things at Microsoft.

  3. I agree with you Paul.
    It took them years to come up with Win 7 and finally pass OS X (now waiting for Apple to come up with the next big cat and get ahead).
    Or to come up with MS Office and finally pass Open Office and iWorks.
    Or to come up with the XBox and beat PlayStation.
    Or to come up with Kinect and get even with the Wii.

    But apart from those, Microsoft definitely is nowhere with delivery.
    But seriously, MS really is over promising most of the time.

  4. …or come out with Bing and catch up with Google?

    Just for the record, MS Office was dominant on Win 95, long before StarOffice/OpenOffice was well known and before iWork existed.

  5. Or come up with the Kindle to beat the IPOD. Whoehahahahahaaaa

  6. In my mind already I’m working on a video that shows what really happens in the future: hackers that give themselves access to the same company as in the Blackberry video with their own hacked phones, employees coping with a system that is too slow and to top it off: systemwide problems that make it impossible for anyone to do any work for a couple of hours.

  7. @Desiato: Oh shoot.. then they were already delivering? Damn…. And here I was thinking they never delivered anything.

  8. @Desiato Nope, Bing was a flop – even though with blind tests it gave better results a lot of times.
    Show me a company that didn’t have failures? :) Google, Apple, all failed a few times, and still, you don’t say “they never deliver just promise!!”

    Mindless MS bashing is not a good habit. Undermines your thoughtful bashings too. :)

The future is amazing, and Microsoft has video to prove it

Posted on October 28th, 2011 at 8:35 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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So, in the future you have to go to a hotel in a different country just to participate in a teleconference where none of the people are in the same room. And nobody talks to each other, they just finger swipe through life. Got it.


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  1. Save and archive for future mockery.

  2. You go to the airport and you get a translation of the local language announcement. – sounds good.
    You have a slimmer smartphone with more touch opportunities, like no two sided touch screen. – sounds ok to me.
    Smooth, ultra fast wireless internet everywhere. – sounds fun.
    An table which is a more floppy. – not sure, maybe better than a rigid case.
    3D holograms – not that would be cool.

    Look they still talk to each other – around 3:50-
    You see what you are looking for.

    MS sucks glasses are free. But they distort everything ;)

  3. Whereas in the present, bloggers willfully misinterpret material from companies they don’t like? When the woman’s in the taxi, a display says something like “your meeting will be in this building tomorrow”. And no one talks to each other? Oh? I saw plenty of normal conversations. Not sure what got up your rear end about this, John…

Microsoft collects license fees on 50% of Android devices, tells Google to “wake up”

Posted on October 24th, 2011 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Google’s complaints about patent-based attacks against Android don’t seem to be doing the company any good. We all know Steve Jobs pledged to destroy Android, claiming it stole its ideas from Apple’s iOS. Yet what is likely an even bigger threat comes from Microsoft, which claims that more than half of all Android devices are now subject to patent licensing agreements.

What does that mean? When you buy an Android phone, there’s a good chance either the vendor whose name is on the device or one of the manufacturers who contributed hardware to it is paying Microsoft a fee for each sale. Today, Microsoft announced an agreement with Compal, an original design manufacturer that produces smartphones and tablets for third parties and takes in $28 billion in annual revenue. This was the “tenth license agreement providing coverage under our patent portfolio for Android mobile phones and tablets,” and the ninth in the last four months, Microsoft lawyers Brad Smith and Horacio Gutierrez write in a blog post.


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  1. Lawyers…… from Microsoft……..

    How low can you go in this blog to find a source to quote?

Maybe Microsoft Should Get into the Concert Ticket Business?

Posted on October 22nd, 2011 at 10:17 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft


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Mac vs PC vs Everyone

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 20:58 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Free Software, Microsoft


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  1. ROFLMAO! Great! Thanks for the link.

Your Browser Matters (http://yourbrowsermatters.org/)

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 16:07 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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From the above screen shot, dear Microsoft, I can safely assume that you haven’t got a clue.


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Microsoft retail store plans

Posted on October 10th, 2011 at 14:45 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property, Microsoft

If you wanted to build a retail store with four curved tabletops at the front and rear side walls and a rectangular band displaying changing video images on the walls, well, Microsofts intellectual property department would like to have a word with you.


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  1. hehe “Sadly no way to copyright cool.”

  2. *Banging head against desk* Really.. I mean, really?

Microsoft has class

Posted on October 7th, 2011 at 20:42 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

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Microsoft is flying flags at half-staff today and tomorrow at its offices around the world in honor of Steve Jobs, the Apple co-founder who died this week at the age of 56. The picture above is from the main entrance to the company’s main campus in Redmond.

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Here is a photo taken of the Microsoft UK offices.


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Too zune?

Posted on October 7th, 2011 at 13:58 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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So why doesn’t Microsoft just come out and say Zune – its iPod wannable MP3 player – is dead?

Actually, earlier this week it did. It put up a note on the Zune support site re-iterating past comments that its focus is now on Windows Phone 7 – which contains a Zune section for media playback. It also said it will no longer be making Zune players, but that anyone who buys one will be supported through the lifetime of its warranty.

And then it yanked that message.

Yesterday, it said the note had been posted in error. In a Tweet from @ZuneSupport, MS said: "No official info has been released stating hardware is being discontinued."


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Microsoft security tools nuking Chrome browser

Posted on September 30th, 2011 at 19:49 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft, Security

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n what appears to be a crucial false-positive, Microsoft’s security tools are removing Chrome from Windows machines, marking it as a variant of the notorious Zeus (Zbot) malware family.

*grabs popcorn*


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Workers’ Own Cellphones and iPads Find a Role at the Office

Posted on September 26th, 2011 at 6:35 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

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Encouraging employees to buy their own laptops, or bring their mobile phones and iPads from home, is gaining traction in the workplace. A survey published on Thursday by Forrester Research found that 48 percent of information workers buy smartphones for work without considering what their I.T. department supports. By being more flexible, companies are hoping that workers will be more comfortable with their devices and therefore more productive.

“Bring your own device” policies, as they are called, are also shifting the balance of power among electronics makers. Manufacturers good at selling to consumers are increasingly gaining the upper hand, while those focused on bulk corporate sales are slipping.

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A similar B.Y.O.D. program at Citrix Systems, a software maker that also helps its clients implement such programs, saves the company about 20 percent on each laptop over three years. Of the 1,000 or so employees in Citrix’s program, 46 percent have bought Mac computers, according to Paul Martine, Citrix’s chief information officer. “That was a little bit of a surprise.”


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  1. In the metalwork business, it took 150 years of fights to make the companies responsible for providing tools and suitable protective devices to the workers. Yet another step back in the working class rights battle.

  2. Citrix discovers that people prefer Macs over thin client winterms. Awesome.

  3. If Citrix took this as a statement about their own products, and set out to improve them until their own employees would love to use them as well… that would be a great outcome!

Microsoft’s plan to stop Bing’s $1 billion bleeding

Posted on September 21st, 2011 at 12:06 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

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Bing, Microsoft’s two-year old search engine, is losing nearly a $1 billion a quarter, with no sign of letting up.

Microsoft has lost $5.5 billion on Bing since the search service launched in June 2009, but the company’s search losses actually pre-date that. In fact, the software giant has never made money in its online services division. Since Microsoft began breaking out that unit’s finances in 2007, the company has lost a total of $9 billion.

Perhaps, just like Google, they can create their own browser so that people would use Bing more since it’d be tied in.


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  1. If you look at the history of Microsoft, it has always seen things other companies did in technology and tried to do the same:

    WordPerfect had a great word processor, so in comes MS Word (and later, the entire Office suite)

    Mac OS? Meet Windows.

    Netscape? How about Internet Explorer?

    Playstation, make way for XBox.

    Its fortunes in doing this started to go south when they launched the Zune to go up against the iPod. Bing is a continuation of trying to go up against a product that’s too deeply entrenched in the collective consciousness.

  2. I think it’s great that Microsoft is running a search engine, but I’ve actually never used Bing (and can’t, really, thanks to Chrome’s omnibar being annoying to configure). Luckily they can just make it the default in IE. The difficulty is in getting people to use IE again…

8 traits of great Metro style apps

Posted on September 14th, 2011 at 23:11 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

I haven’t looked at it myself (yet), but apparently this is the video to watch to learn about Window 8 Metro apps


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  1. Great!

    “Doh! Your browser doesn’t seem to support Silverlight or HTML5 video or we don’t have an HTML5 video for this one.”

  2. wait, what – are you running metro on your computer already?

Happy birthday Windows 95

Posted on August 24th, 2011 at 19:44 by John Sinteur in category: Microsoft

August 24, 1995:

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The idea came up at the time when I was completely bereft of ideas. I’d been working on my own music for a while and was quite lost, actually. And I really appreciated someone coming along and saying, “Here’s a specific problem — solve it.”

The thing from the agency said, “We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah- blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional,” this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom it said “and it must be 31/4 seconds long.”

I thought this was so funny and an amazing thought to actually try to make a little piece of music. It’s like making a tiny little jewel.

In fact, I made 84 pieces. I got completely into this world of tiny, tiny little pieces of music. I was so sensitive to microseconds at the end of this that it really broke a logjam in my own work. Then when I’d finished that and I went back to working with pieces that were like three minutes long, it seemed like oceans of time.


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Microsoft’s latest Google-compete weapon: The Gmail man

Posted on July 29th, 2011 at 7:44 by John Sinteur in category: Google, Microsoft

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I asked Microsoft whether the video is legit and received an official no comment. I have to say I think it’s the real deal. It has all the hallmarks of a real Microsoft production, including the fact that the name on the company doors that Gmail man opens when visiting an office is Contoso Ltd. As Microsoft customers, partners and watchers know all too well, Contoso is Microsoft’s favorite fake company name, and is used in demos for all kinds of Microsoft products.


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  1. Yes, I guess it’s really an MS video. But still funny.

McDonalds Wi-Fi Guide. Windows VS Mac …

Posted on July 26th, 2011 at 9:18 by John Sinteur in category: Apple, Microsoft

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  1. Honestly, after 3 months I can see the difference between Win7 and OS X.
    At the moment, Win7 just works.

  2. My sweetie says it’s even less than Mac using Android on his Archos.

Microsoft contributes a lot of changes to Linux kernel 3.0

Posted on July 17th, 2011 at 14:58 by John Sinteur in category: Free Software, Microsoft

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The 343 changes made by Microsoft developer K. Y. Srinivasan put him at the top of a list, created by LWN.net, of developers who made the most changes in the current development cycle for Linux 3.0. Along with a number of other "change sets", Microsoft provided a total of 361 changes, putting it in seventh place on the list of companies and groups that contributed code to the Linux kernel. By comparison, independent developers provided 1,085 change sets to Linux 3.0, while Red Hat provided 1,000 and Intel 839.

In other news, Clippy is now a kernel module.


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