and Microsoft Office: A serious threat for the empire?

The blog world is abuzz on a Microsoft job posting. The US subsidiary looking for a “Linux and Open Office Compete Lead” – and a team of 13 people – seems to signal a meaty victory for the OS crowd, as it implies Microsoft is taking OpenOffice seriously. Or does it? As I pointed out […]

January 5, 2010 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Browser Ballot Screen is coming; gets a 0.5% market share cutoff

I have to admit I’m stunned. Given what I wrote in early June on the IE browser bundling issue and the subsequent launch of Windows 7 E, I wouldn’t have expected Microsoft to go so easily on the Browser Ballot Screen… but now they are embracing it. Microsoft’s most recent proposal to the EC contains […]

July 27, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Which gwaddagak would you pick?

All the noise about adding a browser choice ballot screen on Windows Installation, and who even knows how to use all that power of selection? My colleague Aki blogged about an interesting video by Google. They’re interviewing people in New York, asking about browsers and search engines. Less than 8% knew what a browser is! […]

June 22, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 4 Comments
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Internet Explorer bundling issue resolved with force – what now?

Just a couple of days ago I wrote on the European Commission’s attempt to dislodge IE from Windows. It would appear Microsoft’s recent unbundling move made things a whole lot more interesting. Yesterday’s key announcement was that Windows 7 would be shipped as “E” versions ("Windows 7 Home Premium E” and such) in Europe. The […]

June 12, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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EC versus IE, what gives?

Extreme economic liberalism leads to chaos, and the current world order offers competition law as one cure. But will the European Commission’s examination on Internet Explorer bundling issue have any meaningful consequences? As you may or may not know, Opera filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission in 2007. Opera had two key points: […]

June 9, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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