Articles about Licensing

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

The worldview of elastic compute, or mine at least, has historically had very little Microsoft involved in it. Recently however, I have attended several job interviews and one question that has invariably been asked is: “We are planning on moving from Windows to Linux. Have you done it before?” This situation usually arrives …
Stuart Burns, 10 Nov 2014

Microsoft frisks yet another Android gear maker for patent dosh

Microsoft and Dell have inked a licensing deal for each other's patents that cover the technology found in Android, Chrome OS, and the Xbox. Android handsets and tablets don't spring to mind when you think of Dell, but the Texan biz does offer the Wyse Cloud Connect HDMI stick, which is powered by Android code, for instance. …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Mar 2014
The Office

Never mind those touch apps, full Office 2016 is coming this year

Microsoft let slip a few more details of its plans for the company's Office productivity suite on Thursday, including hints about when we can expect the next major version of its desktop suite to land. Most of the Office talk at Wednesday's Windows 10 preview event in Redmond focused on the touch-centric Office for Windows 10 …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jan 2015

Microsoft shaking up SPLA licensing channel

Microsoft is set to shake-up the way it sells Service Provider Licensing Agreements, The Channel can reveal. The software giant threw out a Request for Proposal (RFP) to existing and prospective distributors recently that need to be completed by today and an appointment is expected mid-August, the timeline sources say Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 22 Jun 2012
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Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day

Speculation that Microsoft contemplated a “mini” version of its Surface fondleslabs, but decided not to let it see the light of day, has been confirmed in Redmond's 8-K form lodged with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The filing includes a section on “Computing and Gaming Hardware” that says “Current year cost …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jul 2014

Lenovo, Huawei could face SanDisk FlashDIMM dam – analysts

SanDisk could be stopped from shipping its FlashDIMMs for Lenovo, Huawei and Supermicro servers if analysts' interpretations of a Netlist court-awarded injunction are correct. SanDisk’s acquired SMART business unit supplies ULLtraDIMMs, flash dies fitted to DIMM sockets - flashDIMMs - which are based on MCS (Memory Channel …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jan 2015
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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

One thing the British state does well is waste money – as evidenced by its pouring of taxpayers' cash into millionaire model Lily Cole's online wishing well Impossible.com, or, say, fining itself hundreds of thousands for its pisspoor data security practices. Yet when it comes to firearms licensing, surprisingly few people see …
Gareth Corfield, 31 Aug 2014

ARM heads: Our cores still have legs ... as shares tumble amid 'peak smartphone' fears

British chip design firm ARM Holdings painted a rosy picture of its future growth on Tuesday, but it missed analysts' revenue expectations for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014, reigniting old fears that slowing smartphone growth will hurt the firm's long-term profitability – even though it's looking just fine in the near …
Neil McAllister, 21 Oct 2014
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Qualcomm: Chinese patent licensees still aren't playing fair

Qualcomm finished its 2014 fiscal year showing strong profit growth, but it cautioned investors that its ongoing disputes with Chinese customers and regulators could affect its results in the coming year. The mobile chipmaker's revenues for the fourth quarter were $6.69bn, up 3 per cent from the year-ago period. Unfortunately, …
Neil McAllister, 06 Nov 2014
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Licensing snafu leaves Windows 8 open to PIRATES

Microsoft's decision to offer the Windows Media Center Pack for Windows 8 as a free download may be coming back to bite it, as software pirates have reportedly discovered a way to use the add-on to permanently activate pilfered copies of Windows. The trick, as a few Reddit users discovered, involves activating Windows 8 …
Neil McAllister, 21 Nov 2012

Uber reveals fresh passenger data spaff – and city officials are OK with this

Uber has agreed to hand over information on its passengers' taxi journeys to city officials in Boston, US – as the data may prove useful to city planners. The deal may be one of many more to come with other towns and cities, perhaps in an attempt to butter up local governments to accept the controversial taxi biz on their …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jan 2015

Apple slapped in YET ANOTHER patent battle

Apple has to fork out US$23.6 million to a former pager company after a jury decision in the US District Court, Eastern Texas. Mobile Telecommunications Technologies, which had filed a variety of patents back in the 1990s when it operated the SkyTel pager network, wanted US$237 million from Cupertino but didn't get it. Its …

Microsoft claims victory over second-hand software broker

Discount-Licensing, a broker of recycled software and member of FAST, has coughed a "significant sum" to settle a trademark infringement case that Microsoft took to the British High Court, a legal counsel for the titan has claimed. The Birmingham-based reseller says it trades in Microsoft Open, Select and Enterprise volumes …
Paul Kunert, 03 Feb 2014
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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

Microsoft shipped a record number of Lumia smartphones in the final quarter of calendar year 2014, as Surface revenue finally started to make an impression. Microsoft reported that 10.5 million Lumias shipped, the most in a quarter, on the strength of low-cost devices. However, to put that in perspective, Samsung sold over 78 …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Jan 2015
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#Gamergate folk load flamethrower, roast own feet over GTA V 'ban'

Gamergate has flared anew, and perhaps less coherently, after discount department store chain Target Australia decided to take Grand Theft Auto V off its shelves in response to a successful petition on Change.org (after initially resisting the request). The new flareup's lack of coherence comes from the fact that plenty of …
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China's smartmobe darling Xiaomi locked out of India

Simmering tensions over smartphone patents in India are heating up, with a court smacking down Chinese mobe-maker Xiaomi following a patent infringement claim by Ericsson. The Delhi High Court granted Ericsson an ex parte injunction against the Chinese vendor, according to intellectual property blog Spicy IP, because Xiaomi had …
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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

Storagebod “Yet another change to a licensing model. You can bet it’s not going to work out any cheaper for me," was the first thought that flickered through my mind during a presentation about GPFS 4.1 at the GPFS UG meeting in London. This started up another train of thought: in this new world of software-defined storage, how should the …
StorageBod, 02 May 2014

Microsoft: We've got HUNDREDS of patents on Android tech

Microsoft has been hush-hush about specifics of the patent licensing deals it has been signing with Android device makers, but a new blog post suggests Redmond might be wielding a larger intellectual-property club against the open source smartphone OS than had previously been thought. Buried in Tuesday's announcement that China' …
Neil McAllister, 08 Apr 2014

Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

Exclusive A second software licence broker has been kicked out of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) in what appears to be a crackdown against those selling its members' software at discounted rates. Value Licensing has had its application for renewed membership FAST turned down, it has told The Reg. The company specialises in …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Feb 2014
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Juniper shrinks its MX monster router onto a USB stick

Juniper Networks has decided small is beautiful, so the latest iteration of its MX router is a virtual router that fits on a USB stick. It's not just an SDN play: shipping a full-featured MX router licensed in per-100 Mbps or per-Gbps performance slices gives the Gin Palace a product that can be sold in much greater volume than …
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Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

Microsoft reported revenues that beat estimates for Q1 of fiscal 2015, boosted by strong growth in cloud and mobility. But its solid-looking numbers belied ongoing softness in its traditional core markets. Total revenues for the three months ending on September 30 were $23.20bn, a 25 per cent year-on-year increase but flat from …
Neil McAllister, 23 Oct 2014

ARM brushes off dip in mobile revenues with sunny forecast for coming year

Chip design firm ARM has seen a dip in mobile sales that led to falling financial returns in the last financial quarter, a shift the company hopes will be temporary. The British-based company on Wednesday reported first-quarter results which saw revenues up by 16 per cent in dollar terms (10 per cent in UK pounds after adjusting …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Apr 2014
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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

The Fourth Chamber of the European Court of Justice has ruled that libraries can scan books, even if publishers deny them permission to do so, but that subsequent reading can only take place on “dedicated terminals”. The ruling came in the case of Technische Universität Darmstadt v Eugen Ulmer KG, decided on Thursday. The facts …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Sep 2014
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EC: New principles agreed for out-of-print book licensing

Libraries, publishers, authors and collecting societies have agreed principles that will shape future licensing agreements on digitising out-of-print books, the European Commission said. Out-of-print books are works that are copyright-protected but are either no longer being published or are not generally available to the public …
OUT-LAW.COM, 22 Sep 2011
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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber Pool is bogus: Ride sharing biz is illegal in the state, says regulator

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has warned Lyft, Sidecar, and Uber that their ride-sharing services are technically illegal under the state's licensing laws. All three companies are piloting schemes whereby users can sign up to share a ride to a location and get charged a reduced fee by the driver. But the CPUC …
Iain Thomson, 13 Sep 2014

Microsoft improves Azure SQL Server cloud service, simultaneously makes it worse

Microsoft has announced improvements to its Azure SQL Database service, which offers a managed SQL Server database with patching and operating system maintenance handled automatically by the cloud service. At the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) summit currently under way in Seattle, Microsoft Data Platform VP T.K …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2014
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Sorry, Qualcomm, Apple – your patents don't scare us

Analysis Patent royalties make up a higher proportion of cellular device costs than in most other markets, so the IPR game has been a hard-fought and sometimes vicious one. At the start of 2015, various developments suggest that the playground bullies of the past will lose a lot of their power. Qualcomm is on the defensive in China, …
Wireless Watch, 20 Jan 2015

Nokia: Buh-bye LUMIA and cash-sucking handset pals... LET'S MAKE SOME MONEY!

Nokia has raised its long-term profitability target and expects its new business of concentrating strictly on the telecoms equipment game to grow next year. The Finnish firm, which has focused on making telco gear and its intellectual property portfolio since ditching its handset unit earlier this year, said that strong demand …
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SanDisk's flash chip nightmare: How I'd escape black hole if I was in charge

Comment Apparently let down by a component supplier allegedly shipping technology it has no rights to, SanDisk now finds itself facing a FlashDIMM sales shutdown – just as the server world realizes that DIMM flash is much faster to access than PCIe flash and wants more of it. As detailed here, Netlist has won an injunction preventing …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2015
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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

Exclusive Microsoft is finding out that it doesn't always pay to play nasty with large government customers: NHS procurement bosses are telling authorities and bodies to hold firm against a wave of licensing compliance threats. As exclusively revealed by The Channel last week, Microsoft wrote to all 160 healthcare bodies across England in …
Paul Kunert, 03 Jul 2014
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Second-hand software broker: OK Microsoft – we made a mistake

Recycled software broker Discount-Licensing says it fell foul of trademark copyright laws by importing Microsoft licences from the US but reckons its "core" business is squeaky clean and outside the clutches of litigators. It emerged this week that the Birmingham-based small biz trader coughed a "significant sum" in damages and …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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VISC-y business: Can Soft Machines keep the free lunch counter open?

If the free lunch is over, then few have heeded the end-of-break bell. A decade ago next year, C++ expert Herb Sutter wrote that those building the world’s software would need to change they way they architect and construct. Multi-core and hyperthreading were incoming, meaning that apps could no longer be built using sequential …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2014

Dell muscles into all-flash for small biz with $35k 4TB array

Dell is shipping a go-faster version of its $25k entry-level all-flash array for $35k. The basic SC4020 AFA single-tier configuration has six 480GB read-intensive SSDs, 2.8TB raw capacity, for an advertised street price of $25,000, $8.83/raw GB. A flash-optimised multi-tier config has faster write performance. It has six 200GB …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jan 2015
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HEVC patent prices are out. Look who's NOT at the codec party: Microsoft and Google

Analysis The MPEG Licensing Authority (MPEG LA) has released pricing for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) that is almost certainly low enough to claim the market overnight. HEVC is the successor to the tech used to encode video stored on Blu-ray Discs and streamed in high-definition digital TV transmissions the world over. The …
Faultline, 03 Oct 2014

EVIL patent TROLLS poised to attack OpenStack, says Linux protection squad

A group established to shield Linux from patent trolls has warned OpenStack will be the next big target for intellectual property hoarders. The Open Invention Network (OIN) reckons the open-source cloud is ripe for the plucking by trolls, who would easily be able to box off and claim core technologies as their own. That would …
Gavin Clarke, 02 Oct 2014
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We've been here before: MS tweaks volume licensing site again

Microsoft will once again overhaul its error-prone volume licensing website in November, following months of glitches with the portal since Redmond relaunched it late last year. The company’s global partner boss Eric Ligman confirmed in a blog post today that Microsoft would tweak the service, after customers continued to …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Sep 2010
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CIOs: Join El Reg and your peers to grapple with slippery vendors

Reg Events How do you think you’re doing when it comes to dealing with your key software, hardware and services suppliers? Are you really "partners", or do you feel like you’re being taken for a ride? Do you want to discuss the intricacies of Microsoft and Oracle licensing, swap tips on how to deconstruct an SLA or simply establish whether …
Joe Fay, 03 Sep 2014

IBM: Please, take our chip unit. We'll give you $1.5 billion

Big Blue is going to become slightly less Big and Blue by paying Global Foundries $1.5bn to take on its chip-making business, according to multiple media reports. The giant's retreat from hardware continues following the transfer of the X86 server business to Lenovo. Bloomberg and others reported an IBM statement saying it is …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2014
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Cisco coughs up to patent troll, smacks down IP laws

Cisco has announced that its long-running battle with patent troll Innovatio is over, with the licensing outfit accepting $US2.7 million to settle the case. The deal includes Netgear and Motorola devices. As noted by Cisco's Mark Chandler in this blog post, the settlement amounts to 3.2 cents for each of 85 million WiFi device …
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VDI is heading for a minor DAAS-aster

Desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) services are getting good enough, fast enough, that organisations need to consider them as an alternative to desktop virtualisation (VDI). So says analyst tribe Gartner in a new emission, Is DaaS Ready for the Enterprise?, in which it answers in the affirmative, certainly for low-end applications, but …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jan 2015
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Microsoft volume licensing website takes festive holiday

Microsoft's volume licensing websites have been offline for over a week while the software giant has been tweaking its service. Redmond's eOpen licence and volume licensing service sites have been "down for maintenance" since 7 December. Microsoft apologised to customers affected by the scheduled outage and said it hoped to …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Dec 2009
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VMware's new enemy no. 1 isn't Hyper-V, it's Vladimir Putin

You can tell a lot about how a company is going by listening to financial analysts' questions at the end of an earnings conference call. When things are good – as they were in VMware's Q1 earnings call – analysts can almost gush. If there's a hint of weakness or illogic, analysts can find all sorts of things about which to ask …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Oct 2014
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Another 5 years on Nokia's patent CHAIN GANG for Samsung

Nokia has announced that it has gotten Samsung to sign an extension on their patent licensing agreement for another five years, although neither of them is sure how much Sammy will be paying yet. The Finnish firm has taken to its new life as a patent company with gusto, pursuing litigation with those that won't pay up with …

How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

Analysis We’ve known for years that Microsoft makes more money from Google’s Android than Google does itself – but now we have a better idea of how much hidden “tax” is included in the price of an Android handset. That’s because Samsung and Microsoft have fallen out, and Redmond’s lawsuit sheds light on the secretive world of patent …
Andrew Orlowski, 07 Oct 2014
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Microsoft 'showers gold' on anti-Google Cyanogen and its Android alternative

Microsoft will invest in alternative Android firmware startup Cyanogen, a report claims. Citing anonymous sources, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Microsoft is slated to become a minority investor in an approximately $70m funding round that will see Cyanogen valued "in the high hundreds of millions." The …
Neil McAllister, 29 Jan 2015
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Microsoft hits stubborn volume licensing site with more updates

Microsoft has once again tweaked its volume licensing website, just seven months after its disastrous makeover in December last year. In February the software vendor finally admitted to The Register that its overhauled but hamstrung volume licensing site was still only slowly processing customer and partner details. Worse still …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Jul 2010
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Apple's Beats, Google, and Sony hammered with unpaid royalty claim

New Apple toy Beats Electronics, along with Sony and Google, are among the targets of a lawsuit over claims of unpaid royalties. A New York publisher is suing the companies for failing to pay it royalties on songs published before 1972, the year US copyright law was updated to cover sound recordings. Zenbu Magazines claims that …
Shaun Nichols, 23 Jan 2015

How's VMware doing? Like a bull in a China shop, boasts virty beast

VMware revenues have risen 17 per cent on the back of the company signing several lucrative multi-year licensing agreements. The virtualization giant reported its second quarter of 2014 financials [PDF] on Tuesday, with revenues of $1.46bn and earnings-per-share of $0.81 both beating analyst expectations of $1.44bn and $0.79 …
Jack Clark, 22 Jul 2014
Qualcomm

Little trouble in big China: Are some of Qualcomm's chip slingers fibbing?

Mobile chipmaker Qualcomm reported solid results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2014 on Wednesday, with revenues, earnings, and chip shipments all reaching record highs. The California company saw its revenues reach $6.81bn for the three months ending on June 29, 2014, a 9 per cent year-on-year increase that handily beat …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014
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London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway

Car-ride booking service Uber has won a victory in London, UK, as the city's transport authority has decided not to pursue action against the biz after all. Transport for London (TfL) said in a statement to reporters that the San Francisco-headquartered company would not be be subject to further scrutiny by TfL over whether it …
Shaun Nichols, 03 Jul 2014