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SA education department's laptop initiative snubs open source policy

A year after it was first announced, the South African department of education yesterday kicked off its teacher laptop initiative. The initiative aims to subsidise teachers so that they can purchase a laptop from one of the department’s approved suppliers. It’s a welcome addition to the education arena except for one detail. Despite a national [...]

South Africa must take lead from NZ on software patents

In huge win for anti-software patent activists, New Zealand has announced that it will not change legislation to make software patentable in the country. It is, however, a partial victory only as New Zealand’s Commerce minister, Simon Power, also announced he would instruct the Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand to draft guidelines that would [...]

Conspiracy time: Dell tones down Windows critique

June 18th, 2010 | 1 Comment » Tags: , , , , ,

It was inevitable. Dell has backed away from its earlier statement that Ubuntu Linux was more secure than Windows and now has a much tamer message in its place.

African users reluctant to give up Internet Explorer 6

June 2nd, 2010 | 2 Comments » Tags: , , ,

European and US Web developers may well be cheering the apparent death throes of Microsoft’s Internet Internet Explorer 6 browser, but African users are more reluctant to give it up.

Is Google phasing out Microsoft Windows?

June 1st, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , ,

The search giant is reportedly phasing out the use of Microsoft Windows because of security concerns with new employees being given a choice of Mac OS X or Linux.

Microsoft releases Outlook PST tools under OSS licence

Microsoft this week added to it’s growing open source software collection by announcing open source PST data tools. The software, which was released under an Apache 2.0 license, will allow open source developers to work with Outlook’s PST file format.

Microsoft's new anti-Linux patent strategy

May 27th, 2010 | No Comments » Tags: , , , ,

Patent threats from Microsoft against Linux are not new. But now that bastion of proprietary software appears to have a new, more insidious, strategy in its quest to undermine open source software. It is now getting its partners – companies that want to and need to be on its good side – to license Linux [...]

Microsoft's ODF support is broken, says alliance

May 22nd, 2009 | 5 Comments » Tags: , ,

The OpenDocument Format (ODF) Alliance says that “serious deficiencies” in Microsoft’s support for ODF need to be addressed to ensure greater interoperability with other ODF-supporting software.

Microsoft adds ODF support to Office 2007

May 20th, 2009 | 3 Comments » Tags: , ,

In a big step forward for interoperability, Microsoft’s recently-released Service Pack 2 for Office 2007 includes built-in support for a range of additional file formats including the OpenDocument Format (ODF).

Microsoft muscles in on Unisa students

November 28th, 2008 | 41 Comments » Tags: ,

Students at SA’s largest correspondence university will be required to register for a Microsft-backed email address in order to receive correspondence from the university. In the second phase of the project students will be encouraged to use a range of Microsoft Live services in their interactions with the university.

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