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Microsoft absorbs open-source internal startup MS Open Technology

In what would once have been thought of as an Ominous SignTM, Microsoft has decided it's time for the MS Open Technologies “startup subsidiary” to be absorbed back into Redmond proper. Rather than being ominous, the move seems encouraging, with Microsoft promising to set up a new open source program office in Redmond proper, …
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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

British SciFi author Charles Stross once had the protagonist of his Laundry Files series, sysadmin/demon-hunter Bob Howard, narrate his day by saying “I'm sitting in my office, shivering over a cooling cup of coffee and reading The Register when my door opens without warning ...”*. Stross is welcome in these pages for that …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Feb 2015

Microsoft Outlook comes to Android, iOS: MS email now a bit less painful on mobile

Microsoft has released new Outlook apps for Android and iOS. The apps are based on code acquired with Acompli late last year, and former Acompli CEO Javier Soltero is now Outlook general manager at Microsoft. On iOS it is a full production release, but on Android it is a preview. You can connect to accounts including Exchange, …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jan 2015

MS brandishes 'Katana' HTTP/2.0 server

Microsoft has gone public with a prototype HTTP/2.0 server. The server is designed to implement the version 4 HTTP/2.0 implementable draft published by the IETF earlier in July. The idea, according to IETF HTTPBIS chair Mark Nottingham, is that progressive implementations of HTTP/2.0 will feed back into the standard. “We're …
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Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech

A leaked Microsoft ad, meant only for internal consumption, parodies a Google campaign as it portrays Google Chrome as a data-snaffling privacy-stealing parasite. Chrome is depicted as a surveillance technology to make money from private information for the benefit of Google. Redmond's slick propaganda video is a dig at Google …
John Leyden, 25 Nov 2013

Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

Ofcom has rejected a claim that Channel 4 infringed the privacy of a pregnant Southampton woman by broadcasting CCTV footage of her administering drunken oral pleasure to a chap in a tower block lift. "Ms K" lodged a complaint of "unwarranted infringement of privacy" to the TV watchdog regarding the 9 June 2014 episode of CCTV: …
Lester Haines, 20 Mar 2015

LinkedIn: Obviously biz people DON'T use MS Exchange servers. REALLY?

LinkedIn has publicly spurned Microsoft by creating a new email-contact-identification app on Apple's iPhone which doesn't integrate with Redmond's Exchange email software. The company's mobile application - dubbed Intro - was debuted by LinkedIn on Wednesday, as it shrugged off reports of an hour-long outage with its service. …
Team Register, 24 Oct 2013
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ONOS to SDN world: here's our numbers, show us yours

The ONOS (Open Network Operating System) software defined networks project has shipped the second iteration of its code, and with it hopes to encourage the SDN controller sector to start publishing detailed performance metrics. Prajakta Joshi, director of products at ON.Lab, told The Register that while SDN is seeing strong …
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All but full-fat MS Office to be had on iPads, Droidenslabben for NOWT

Microsoft Office's iPad apps have been well received since their first release in March this year – other than the annoyance of needing a suitable Office 365 subscription to use the apps for more than just viewing documents. Now that bugbear has been banished: the updated versions require only a Microsoft account to enable users …
Tim Anderson, 06 Nov 2014

Redcentric set to swallow InTechnology MS - sources

A For Sale sign has been pitched outside the HQ of UK firm InTechnology Managed Services for months and it seems CEO Peter Wilkinson is just days away from announcing a buyer. According to our sources, managed services outfit Redcentric has struck a deal with the Harrogate-based public company, whose shares are available to buy …
Paul Kunert, 17 Nov 2013
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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

In August last year, one-time-sysadmin and now SciFi author Charles Stross declared Microsoft Word ”a tyrant of the imagination” and bemoaned its use in the publishing world. “Major publishers have been browbeaten into believing that Word is the sine qua non of document production systems,” he wrote. “And they expect me to …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2014

Marlinspike demos MS-CHAPv2 crack

Security researcher Moxie Marlinspike has turned his attention to VPNs based on Microsoft’s MS-CHAPv2 protocol, demonstrating software at Defcon that can capture and crack passwords. Chapcrack parses the credential information out of MS-CHAPv2 handshakes, which are then sent to Cloudcracker. Cloudcracker will then return a …
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Redcentric wolfs down InTechnology MS, becomes swing-bellied midmarket fatso

Redcentric has devoured InTechnology Managed Services in a reverse takeover* valued at £65m that creates a relative midmarket channel powerhouse. Under the terms of the deal, first revealed by The Channel this weekend, 80 million shares priced at 80 pence each will be placed with institutional investors to raise £64m and the …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2013

Abbott scholarship leaker escapes conviction

Sydney whistleblower Freya Newman has been served a two-year good behaviour bond with no conviction after pleading guilty to illegally accessing and leaking documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Newman, 21, in May disclosed documents to journalists alleging Ms Abbott, …
Darren Pauli, 25 Nov 2014
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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

PowerShell is everywhere, it seems. Not just in Windows Server, SharePoint, SQL Server, Exchange, Lync and Azure cloud, but it’s in third-party software, too. Take VMWare PowerCLI – that’s an extension of PowerShell. With many in the Windows world chewing on this fat PowerShell server software sandwich it’s easy to take …
Adam Fowler, 27 Apr 2015

Ailing Calyx Managed Services flogged to MXC Capital for £9m

Private equity fund Better Capital has offloaded troubled Calyx Managed Services to tech investment and advisory house MXC Capital for £9m in what signifies a likely break-up of the biz. VC veteran Jon Moulton’s Calyx MS came on the market before Christmas, with corporate financier Rickitt Mitchell & Partners distributing an …
Paul Kunert, 23 Feb 2015

Calyx Managed Services break-up begins. Just like we told you

The expected break-up of Calyx Managed Services has started, with the maintenance and carrier services divisions offloaded to Daisy Group and Chess Ltd respectively for a total of £5.5m in cash. It always seemed inevitable that Calyx MS would be carved up and sold off when private equity fund MXC Capital paid £9m to buy the …
Paul Kunert, 24 Mar 2015

Silk Road seller 'blew through all that money using drugs and going to strip clubs'

QuoTW This week, we trash-talked the state of BIOS security, poked around a buggy new version of Windows, and then smeared a bunch of Microsoft on some perfectly good Android phones. Here are a few of the best quotes picked up along the way. While bigwigs like Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk are fretting over a future of genocidal …
Team Register, 22 Mar 2015
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You can now play thousands of classic DOS games on Twitter. Goodbye, productivity

The Internet Archive is sharing 2,600 blast-from-the-past DOS games playable in web browsers via Twitter in what is possibly an anarchist plot to strangle global productivity. This means you can tweet links to the games on archive.org, and play them within Twitter. Welcome to the future. The archive's online vault includes …

Open Source's 2014: MS 'cancer' embrace, NASDAQ listings and a quiet dog

Ho hum. Another year, another slew of open source announcements that prove the once-maligned development methodology is now so mainstream as to be tedious. Running most of the world’s most powerful supercomputers? Been there, done that. Giving retailers the ability to deliver highly customized paper coupons to consumers based on …
Matt Asay, 27 Dec 2014
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IEEE admits its MS-DOS history revisionist is in Microsoft's pay

The IEEE's Spectrum magazine has admitted that a recent contributor, who wrote an eyebrow-raising revisionist history of MS-DOS, is paid by Microsoft. Eagle-eyed readers have spotted that the notorious article about the development of Microsoft's early operating system, which we discussed here, is now prefaced with the following …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2012

Redcentric swoops on Calyx Managed Services in £12m breakup deal

Managed services biz Redcentric has snapped up Calyx Managed Services (CMS) for £12m, as part of the company's break-up. Last week, Calyx's maintenance and carrier services divisions were offloaded to Daisy Group and Chess, respectively, for a total of £5.5m. The carve up follows the purchase of Calyx MS by MXC Capital, with …
Kat Hall, 02 Apr 2015
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Bulging booty bird Kim Kardashian date game biz adds Britney Spears to bottom line

Chinese social network Tencent has agreed to buy 14.6 per cent of mobile game developer Glu Mobile for $126m. Glu is best known for its Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, where you get to “date and dump celebs at the best parties and hottest clubs! Flirt and become the next huge celebrity power-couple!”. Yesterday the company announced …
Simon Rockman, 30 Apr 2015
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THE GERMANS ARE CLOUDING: New AWS cloud region spotted

Amazon looks set to open a data center in Germany, allowing European developers to access Bezos & Co's rentable computer tech with lower latencies. Evidence first gathered by a manager at a Berlin-based startup and subsequently verified by El Reg indicates that Amazon's next cloud computing data center may be in Frankfurt, …
Jack Clark, 07 Jul 2014
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'Yeah, I'm like, SO backing Microsoft over Google, YAH'

CoTW A close runner-up – but still no cigar – was commentard Pat Att, who, on the news that Google was funding the printing of millions of copies of Charlie Hebdo, came out and said: Well done Google fund And well done The Register for showing the Charlie Hebdo covers. #JeSuisCharlie No further comment needed on that one. Driving …
Gareth Corfield, 18 Jan 2015

Student pleads guilty to Frances Abbott 'secret' scholarship leak

Sydney student Freya Newman has pled guilty to illegally using a colleagues' login credentials to access and leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Newman was charged with unauthorised access to restricted data after she accessed a email system owned by the Whitehouse …
Darren Pauli, 18 Sep 2014
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Legion of Superheroes fly in from Redmond for SQLBits bash

Promo A whole flock of Microsoft techies will be heading to the Excel Centre next month for this year’s SQLBits conference. MS partner director of engineering Rohan Kumar will be giving the keynote at this year’s conference, which runs from March 4th to 7th. His wingmen will include distinguished engineer Nigel Ellis, principal …
David Gordon, 06 Feb 2015

Microsoft forms 'Special Projects' black ops team

Microsoft has secretly formed a "Special Projects" sub-tentacle of its Microsoft Research limb in an apparent attempt to out-black-ops Google X. This sinister group is "tasked with working on disruptive technologies that could benefit the company and society". Although MS is remaining tight-lipped on when it was formed and who …
Lester Haines, 29 Apr 2014
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Midlife crisis, suck ingenuity? Microsoft turns 40; does the dad dance

It's 40 years to the day since computer software company Microsoft started life under Bill Gates and Paul Allen. On Friday, Redmondians were apparently greeted with a memo from co-founder Gates, who these days – besides from being the world's richest man – acts as a technical advisor to current MS chief Satya Nadella. In the …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Apr 2015
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Desperate MS flaunts UNDEAD SPLAT TALLY to pep Xbox One fans

You have to feel sorry for Microsoft. Sales of its new, next-generation console, the Xbox One, have clearly so far failed to come close to those of Sony’s PlayStation 4. It seems the best it can do in the battle of the console stats is tell us how many hours Xboxers have spent on the thing. Insisting that Xbox One is “delivering …
Tony Smith, 04 Dec 2013
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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

Microsoft suffered a major outage on its cloud service Azure overnight. It went titsup just before 1am UK time, and services are only now slowly returning to normal. Microsoft confessed that multiple regions were affected by the "service interruption". Customers around the world using Azure storage, virtual machines, a number …
Team Register, 19 Nov 2014
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Ugly Microsoft code NUKED Bing and Yahoo! – report

Microsoft and Yahoo!'s search engines may hold much smaller portions of the market, which is dominated by ad giant Google, but netizens still noticed when the services went dark for a short period on Friday. Reuters, citing a person briefed on the outages, reported today that the search engines went titsup after Redmond …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2015
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Microsoft eggheads publish JavaScript crypto code for devs

Microsoft Research has published an under-development JavaScript crypto library, for exposure to developers and researchers interested in cloud and browser security. Designed to work with HTML5-compliant cloud services, the Microsoft Research JavaScript Cryptography Library uses the W3C WebCrypto API to expose crypto functions, …
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As WinXP death looms, Microsoft releases its operating system SOURCE CODE for free

Retro-computing fans got a treat on Tuesday when Microsoft donated the source code of MS DOS 1.1 and 2 to the Computer History Museum (CHM), along with the first version of Word for Windows. "Version 1.1 fits an entire operating system – limited as it was – into only 12KB of memory, which is tiny compared to today's software," …
Iain Thomson, 25 Mar 2014

Windows, Office zero-day vuln must wait for next Patch Tuesday, says MS

Microsoft is lining up eight bulletins for the November edition of patch Tuesday (12 November), including three critical fixes, but there's no relief in sight for a zero-day vulnerability in how Office handles .TIFF graphics files. Hackers are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in a graphics library that is used by Microsoft …
John Leyden, 08 Nov 2013
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HDS blogger names HDS flash array as latency winner

Flash array response times climb as load increases, with good ones able to delay the response time uptick for longer. HDS blogger Hu Yoshida showed a chart produced from SPC-1 benchmark data showing how different flash arrays behave in response-time terms as the SPC-1 percentage benchmark task load increases from 10 per cent up …
Chris Mellor, 02 Mar 2015
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Ex-Microsoft open source plan man lands top Cloud Foundry job

Sam Ramji has been named chief executive of Cloud Foundry Foundation, to shepherd the open-source platform cloud effort. Ramji shot to prominence as the architect of Microsoft’s open-source strategy in the 2000s, having been handed Redmond’s radioactive "relations with the community" by his bosses. Ramji's efforts went a long …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Feb 2015
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Devs get first look at next Visual Studio

Microsoft is letting devs download the preview version of Visual Studio “14”, due for 2015 release, for feedback. The CTP – community technology preview – download is available here. It will work with Roslyn – more formally, the .NET Compiler Platform – that Redmond open sourced at its April Build conference. Roslyn exposes the …
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Google nabs Morgan Stanley CFO to replace Patrick Pichette

Google have announced that Ruth Porat, currently Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Stanley, will be joining the Mountain View management team as CFO. Current CFO Patrick Pichette announced his retirement to go backpacking earlier this month. Google stated that he would be staying on board to "ensure an orderly transition, which …
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Hey, HP shareholders! Mike Lynch is set to buy a 180-foot superyacht with his Autonomy loot

Exclusive Mike Lynch, the man whose sale of software biz Autonomy to HP resulted in an $8.8bn writedown at the US titan and ongoing probes by the Serious Fraud Office, the US Justice Department and the SEC, is set to splash out some of his gains on an enormous yacht. Sources tell The Register that Lynch is engaged in purchasing a …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2014
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Microsoft's top legal eagle: US cannot ignore foreign privacy laws

Microsoft's top legal eagle is standing firmly against the US government's attempts to force it to hand over users' data stored outside the US. In a blog post, Microsoft’s general counsel and exec veep Brad Smith said that he believes the law is on the company's side as it resists attempts to force it to turn over a customer’s …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Apr 2015
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Whistleblower behind PM's daughter scholarship leak must wait for fate

Freya Newman, the Sydney student who pled guilty to illegally using login credentials to leak documents about a scholarship awarded to the daughter of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, won't learn her fate until November 25th. Magistrate Theresa O'Sullivan was due to sentence Newman at a packed Sydney court house at noon …
Darren Pauli, 23 Oct 2014
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MS kills, un-kills Zune HD media player

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 …
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2011
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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

Bittorrent is taking Sync out of beta with an alpha version of Sync 2.0. (Look, it's not Vulture South's fault. That's what the outfit says, right here.) The premium version it's announced – US$39.99 a year – claims unlimited-size file storage, and is pitching the strong crypto and distributed storage as offering better …

Wikileaks: We DO NOT approve of OUR secret stuff being LEAKED

WikiLeaks is demanding answers from Google after learning that the company handed user information to the FBI and didn't acknowledge the incident for more than two years. The whisteblowing site on Monday issued an open letter to Eric Schmidt asking the former Google CEO and current chairman to explain when and where it gave law …
Shaun Nichols, 27 Jan 2015

MS Word deserves DEATH says Brit SciFi author Charles Stross

British science fiction author Charles Stross has published a mighty rant on the subject of Microsoft Word, which he is attempting to will out of existence. Stross has form as a critic of Redmond, having penned a Linux column for another outlet. His complaint on this occasion is not just with Word itself, but rather the fact …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Oct 2013

'£100m For Sale' sign plonked outside Northgate MS - sources

Northgate Managed Services (NMS) is up for sale and investment banking biz Jefferies International is doing the hawking, claim sources close to the company. "Northgate Managed Services is up for sale, the reality is that the business has been offered to a number of firms," said a person familiar with the matter. It is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2012
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Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

Microsoft is pursuing $6.9m in unpaid interest on smartphone royalty payments of more than $1bn from electronics giant Samsung, a freshly unsealed lawsuit revealed on Friday. The ugly spat comes after Redmond accused Sammy of violating a so-called arms length business contract between the two companies. Since then, Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Oct 2014
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MS gets you hooked on Server 2012 Datacenter, jacks up the price for R2

Microsoft is cranking up the price of its Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2012 for the forthcoming R2 release – it's up a whopping 28 per cent on today's price tag. The Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition, which offers unlimited virtualisation rights, will cost $6,155, according to the new licensing data sheet [PDF]. …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2013

MS, Chinese boffins team up on Kinect-powered sign language recog

Microsoft researchers are working with Chinese boffins to tap the XBox 360 Kinect motion sensor's body-tracking capabilities to provide sign language recognition capabilities for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Members of the Microsoft Research Asia team have produced a new paper (PDF, 2 pages, abstract) - Sign Language …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Jul 2013