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Slynderdale
18 Aug 2002, 19:48
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Well not quite but Microsoft will begin releasing hundreds of segments of proprietary computer code from the Windows operating system to governments, academic researchers and major customers. This move, of course, is not Microsoft's idea but a result of a long court battle which ended in a deal which forces Microsoft to release the Windows code.
The release project known internally as Phoenix,, will be announced at Microsoft's third annual research summit.

Microsoft will be releasing about 400 such segments of computer code and internal operating rules. According to the company these can be used by outside software developers in order to write programs to run on Windows.

With these new (disclosures), software developers will have additional development choices in designing their Windows programs, Microsoft said in a statement.

Being the shrewd business giant that it is, Microsoft is claiming that the release of the code is a voluntary gift to the University community. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, with Microsoft releasing what is necessary to convince Universities that Windows can become an accessible platform for programmers. It is a well known fact that Windows are under threat in Universities from Linux, Windows main OS adversary.
As part of the disclosure, Microsoft are also releasing information about some of the goings-on at their advanced-research division. This is a large part of the company based in Redmond and at facilities in Silicon Valley, Beijing and Cambridge in the UK. Information about how Universities can apply to Microsoft for research grants, will also be made available. Microsoft spent USD 4.5 million last year sponsoring university projects.

There's no doubt that the strength of the commercial software industry really comes because of the great work that goes on in the universities, said MS Chairman Bill Gates. And so we're getting smarter about how we can work together all the time.

DrkFusion
18 Aug 2002, 20:28
Ummm..


Well This is what I think, I think Microsoft should distribute there windows o/s product as a open-source free product.

They have many other products that would be able to bring enough profits. Maybe even look into a better server solution, something that in the long run will bring them more profits.

Windows was really the user-friendly solution, but now with very young people making websites, and programing, and do ++++ like that at a very young age, there not gonna care about user-friendly crap, there most-likly going to move on to something challenging.

When that does happen, only the computer-illeterate will be using windows, and the adults whom are in there 30's and 40's will be still using a "user-friendly" solution when there in there 70's, 80's 90's 100's, and with the ongoing medical advancements maybe in there 110's and 130's.

Anyways, what I am saying is, Microsoft has to find a new way to attract the more younger (Who are also the ones who know what they want at this time and have a good layout of what they use there computer for) group.

I think Going Open-Source is pretty good idea, mainly because its not being release to the public as of now, but to educational departments

Anyways though everything I said is just jumbled around, if you are smart you would be able to decipher what I am saying ;)

Slynderdale
18 Aug 2002, 20:34
This also means if a hacker finds a security hole, they could exploit it and it also means that now programs can now be optomised to work alot better with windows.

DrkFusion
18 Aug 2002, 20:37
Yea I was gonna say that ;)

They should hold off, until a new security base is developed, a security system that we can be sure will keep our privacy.

DrkFusion
18 Aug 2002, 20:37
Also...

Since I plan to take over Microsoft when Im older, and buy up all competition and take over the world, they better get some more profits in line! :p

Slynderdale
18 Aug 2002, 20:43
Originally posted by DrkFusion
Yea I was gonna say that ;)

They should hold off, until a new security base is developed, a security system that we can be sure will keep our privacy.

Actually they cant hold off, there being forced to by the court.

Slynderdale
18 Aug 2002, 20:44
Originally posted by DrkFusion
Also...

Since I plan to take over Microsoft when Im older, and buy up all competition and take over the world, they better get some more profits in line! :p


/me hands you a microproccesor crown

NTLDR
18 Aug 2002, 21:12
Originally posted by Slynderdale
Actually they cant hold off, there being forced to by the court.

Bill Gates should just buy a island and move the MS HQ there to stop the friggin DoJ bugging them and doing stuff which just isn't nessesary.

MS Ownz All.

DrkFusion
18 Aug 2002, 21:45
MS Ownz All.
Amen to that!