"WINDOWS now that you can finally afford it, FREE."
As always, you fail to recognize that Windows is not free in the sense that Open Source software is free. There is none so blind as he who WILL not see.
BTW it's worth re-emphasizing that "free of charge" is not free in the sense that Open Source software is free.
"The Raspberry Pi 2, announced Monday, looks set to be a focal point for the internet-of-things (IoT) development efforts of both Microsoft and Canonical – both will be providing free operating systems for the low-cost device.
"Because the $35 quad-core computer is based on the ARMv7 architecture, it is powerful enough to run the recently announced Ubuntu Core, a lightweight version of the popular Linux distribution that will work across drones, robots, smart devices and home hubs. That much was clear from the specs – earlier Raspberry Pis used unsuitable architecture – and the Ubuntu Core image for Raspberry Pi 2 is already available, but the news that a free version of Windows 10 will also run on the device is more of a surprise.
"In a Monday blog post, Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton wrote:
"For the last six months we’ve been working closely with Microsoft to bring the forthcoming Windows 10 to Raspberry Pi 2. Microsoft will have much more to share over the coming months. The Raspberry Pi 2-compatible version of Windows 10 will be available free of charge to makers."
Okay, that much is true; give Nadella credit for knowing which way the wind is blowing. On the other hand, Microsoft will not have the market to itself.
I'm already dumping Ubuntu myself, it's too much like Windows and becoming more so, big mistake.
I'll believe it when I see it. Wouldn't buy it even then. Who needs an OS that hogs all the space, and is closed source besides.
Cool. It's not a hot to pic for me personally. I usually use one or another of them, but couldn't say offhand which one. At the moment I'm not using any of them, because I'm thinking of my current computer as a very temporary arrangement, to be replaced ASAP by a cluster based on Debian.
But I do, you just haven't been paying attention, stupid.
I object to ALL the political posts, and have said so many times.
Why talk about politics at all here? Because it's one topic guaranteed to generate a lot of futile chatter -- the other being, of course, religion. The effect is to drown out discussion of Microsoft. Who would want to suppress discussion of Microsoft? Microsoft itself, because all the news about Microsoft is bad news.
Ever wonder why anyone posts anything about K0ch brothers on a MSFT investors' message board, of all places??
Clearly Microsoft has something against the Koch brothers.
"Hinder"? Better brush up on your ESL.
"Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Taboola have quietly paid the German start-up behind Adblock Plus, the world’s most popular software for blocking online advertising, to stop blocking ads on their sites.
"The deals, which are confidential but whose existence has been confirmed by the Financial Times, demonstrate that some of the biggest participants in the $120bn online advertising market see the rise of ad-blocking as a material threat to their revenues.
"Adblock Plus has become one of the most popular free extensions on Chrome and Firefox browsers in recent years as internet users have attempted to eliminate the interruption of advertising. Eyeo, the German company that produces the software, says it has been downloaded more than 300m times worldwide and has more than 50m monthly active users."
Last I heard, about $31 Billion remains in the fund, of the $40 Billion last authorized for repurchase of MSFT stock. This means two things -- first, that the company HAS been spending money for that purpose; and second, that it will probably continue to do so.
Informed opinion says that the money they spend probably has little effect on elections.
Anyway, why post that on THIS message board, of all places? You must be a shill in the pay of Microsoft.
I will not be surprised to see the stock selling in the mid to high 20's, as it did for years. I don't see any reason for the recent uptrend except possibly stock repurchase by the company. True, the company has a new CEO, but the best I can say for him is that he seems to have avoided the kind of ham-handed blunders Ballmer was famous for.
The stock has suffered sudden drops before, but IIRC it showed signs of bouncing back in a day or two. Not this time.
"Poor earnings have hurt Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) so badly that its share price drop is the largest among the 30 Dow Jones Industrial Average stocks so far this year. American Express Co.’s (NYSE: AXP) loss is a very tiny tick better for the same period, as is the drop of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). The software maker’s stock is off 13.2%.
"The quarterly earnings problem may be overblown, if Microsoft can grow much, much faster in the cloud sector. However, first Microsoft will need to get around the perception that its revenue was bolstered almost entirely by its handset business last quarter. Total revenue for the period rose from $24.5 billion in the period a year ago to $26.5 billion. However, Microsoft did not have any revenue from “phone hardware” in the quarter last year. This year the number was $2.3 billion. While much of the anxiety about the numbers was centered on Windows (devices and consumer licensing), the artificial boost from phones tells more about the ground Microsoft’s other businesses have lost, or are barely gaining."
No need to follow up on this, just a word to the wise. If one wanted harp on the numerous serious security vulnerabilities in Windows cropping up constantly, there would be no shortage of publicly available material.
He needed to be able to tell the DOJ that Microsoft had a competitor, so Microsoft wouldn't immediately be ordered broken up.
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1/13/2015 MS15-008 3019215 Vulnerability in Windows Kernel-Mode Driver Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important
1/13/2015 MS15-007 3014029 Vulnerability in Network Policy Server RADIUS Implementation Could Cause Denial of Service Important
1/13/2015 MS15-006 3004365 Vulnerability in Windows Error Reporting Could Allow Security Feature Bypass Important
1/13/2015 MS15-005 3022777 Vulnerability in Network Location Awareness Service Could Allow Security Feature Bypass Important
1/13/2015 MS15-004 3025421 Vulnerability in Windows Components Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important
1/13/2015 MS15-003 3021674 Vulnerability in Windows User Profile Service Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important
1/13/2015 MS15-002 3020393 Vulnerability in Windows Telnet Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical
1/13/2015 MS15-001 3023266 Vulnerability in Windows Application Compatibility Cache Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important
12/9/2014 MS14-085 3013126 Vulnerability in Microsoft Graphics Component Could Allow Information Disclosure Important
12/9/2014 MS14-084 3016711 Vulnerability in VBScript Scripting Engine Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical
12/9/2014 MS14-083 3017347 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Excel Could Allow Remote Code Execution Important
12/9/2014 MS14-082 3017349 Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution Important
12/9/2014 MS14-081 3017301 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office Web Apps Could Allow Remote Code Execution Critical
12/9/2014 MS14-080 3008923 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer Critical
12/9/2014 MS14-075 3009712 Vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server Could Allow Elevation of Privilege Important
Incidentally, "Cyanogen is the chemical compound with the formula (CN)2. It is a colorless, toxic gas with a pungent odor." --quoting from Wikipedia.