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Six Reasons Why Microsoft can be a Potential Threat to Google After Investing in Cyanogen

Six Reasons Why Microsoft can be a Potential Threat to Google After Investing in Cyanogen | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
According to reports Microsoft is investing huge stake in Android ROM developer start-up Cyanogen
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Microsoft Now Accepts Bitcoin For Digital Purchases

Microsoft Now Accepts Bitcoin For Digital Purchases | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Bitcoin adoption continues to grow apace and now Microsoft has joined the party. In the U.S., you can now use the currency to buy apps, games, music and videos from the Windows, Windows Phone, Xbox Games, Xbox Music and Xbox Video stores.
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Welcome to GitHub, .NET!

Welcome to GitHub, .NET! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Microsoft announced at their Connect event last week that they will be open sourcing much of the .NET technology stack, as well as moving development of these technologies over to GitHub.

And within hours of the announcement contributions were already being accepted!

You can browse and search the projects that Microsoft has made public on GitHub over on their landing page.

This isn't the first team from Microsoft to join us on GitHub - the Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Open Tech, TypeScript and ASP.NET teams are already on GitHub, collaborating in the open with the community.

If you're one of the 6 million developers building applications using .NET, this is your chance to contribute to the future direction of your development stack. Check out the GitHub help site or GitHub Guides to learn more about contributing to open source.
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via Nikolay Georgiev who writes:

Step by step the open source logic starts to grow seeds in the biggest software corporations. This is inner transformation through one common good aspect. We should continue to pay attention to the motivations/intentions and all the other systemic aspects like sustainability, governance/democracy, human dignity, etc.

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The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality

The dangerous American myth of corporate spirituality | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave some shocking advice to a young businesswoman who was concerned that her male peers were passing her up for promotions: Don’t question the systemic sexism of corporate America, just trust in “good karma” to get you ahead. While his attitude made waves in the blogosphere, in fact it accurately represents a form of spirituality that is becoming popular in the West.
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Sharing work is easier with an Open Document Format - The Conversation AU

Sharing work is easier with an Open Document Format - The Conversation AU | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The Open Document Format (ODF) is one such format. ODF was specified by the Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards (OASIS), an industry consortium which aims to produce standards for e-business.

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Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software

Microsoft Lobby Denies the State of Chile Access to Free Software | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Fresh on the heels of the entire Munich and Linux debacle, another story involving Microsoft and free software has popped up across the world, in Chile. A prolific magazine from the South American country says that the powerful Microsoft lobby managed to turn around a law that would allow the authorities to use free software.

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Seeking out free alternatives to dominant Microsoft Office - Irish Independent

Seeking out free alternatives to dominant Microsoft Office - Irish Independent | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


Office suites are a common software feature of practically any business today. Indeed it's hard to imagine that any company in Ireland - or anywhere else in the world for that matter - might not have one.

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The Decline of E-Empires

The Decline of E-Empires | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Steve Ballmer’s surprise announcement that he will be resigning as Microsoft’s C.E.O. has set off a huge flood of commentary. Being neither a tech geek nor a management guru, I can’t add much on those fronts. I do, however, think I know a bit about economics, and I also read a lot of history. So the Ballmer announcement has me thinking about network externalities and Ibn Khaldun. And thinking about these things, I’d argue, can help ensure that we draw the right lessons from this particular corporate upheaval.

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Microsoft and open source: Two steps forward, one step back - InfoWorld (blog)

Microsoft and open source: Two steps forward, one step back - InfoWorld (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


The third example suggests Microsoft still hasn't completely understood the dynamics of the peer culture the Internet has created.

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Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview | Culture | Rolling Stone

Bill Gates: The Rolling Stone Interview | Culture | Rolling Stone | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

t 58, Bill Gates is not only the richest man in the world, with a fortune that now exceeds $76 billion, but he may also be the most optimistic. In his view, the world is a giant operating system that just needs to be debugged. Gates' driving idea – the idea that animates his life, that guides his philanthropy, that keeps him late in his sleek book-lined office overlooking Lake Washington, outside Seattle – is the hacker's notion that the code for these problems can be rewritten, that errors can be fixed, that huge systems – whether it's Windows 8, global poverty or climate change – can be improved if you have the right tools and the right skills. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the philanthropic organization with a $36 billion endowment that he runs with his wife, is like a giant startup whose target market is human civilization.




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Group hug: The future of Microsoft Office is shared and social - PCWorld (blog)

Group hug: The future of Microsoft Office is shared and social - PCWorld (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Microsoft Office doesn’t want you to be alone. Productivity should be a shared experience, apparently, and now the vaunted Office suite wants to integrate your social circles into all your spreadsheets, Word docs, and presentation decks.

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Microsoft: government switch to open source will cause "dissatisfaction" - PC Pro

Microsoft: government switch to open source will cause "dissatisfaction" - PC Pro | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Microsoft has hit back against the government's move to open source, claiming the change will cost taxpayers more and result in user "dissatisfaction".



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Take it from Facebook and Microsoft: The future of hardware is open

Take it from Facebook and Microsoft: The future of hardware is open | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Microsoft backs Facebook's Open Compute Project, embracing open source hardware and one-upping secretive Amazon
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Microsoft in the age of Satya Nadella - Wired

Microsoft in the age of Satya Nadella - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Wired subscribe SCROLL DOWN Satya Nadella’s Got a Plan to Make You Care About Microsoft. The First Step? Holograms By Jessi Hempel On a campus notable for tight security and secret offices, Building 92 is a rare beacon of openness.
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Are You Listening Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft? Technology's Real ... - Huffington Post

Are You Listening Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft? Technology's Real ... - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Moore's Law which was first espoused by Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel, essentially and correctly predicted that technology speed and decreasing price would double every 18 months.

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Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source - InfoWorld

Microsoft 'loves' Linux? Then stop attacking open source - InfoWorld | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Like an abusive partner, Microsoft says it 'loves' Linux -- when what it means is that it desperately needs Linux
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Microsoft: We've Always Had Freemium, It's Called Piracy - TorrentFreak

Microsoft: We've Always Had Freemium, It's Called Piracy - TorrentFreak | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
New comments from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggest that luring people in with zero-cost products is of great interest to the company.
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Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That's Not Controlled by Microsoft - Wired

Out in the Open: Hackers Build a Skype That's Not Controlled by Microsoft - Wired | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


But it's also the birthplace of one of the latest attempts to subvert the NSA's mass surveillance program.

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Mobile technology news is not good for 18000 Microsoft employees - QR Code Press

Mobile technology news is not good for 18000 Microsoft employees - QR Code Press | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


This tremendous hacking of the company's workforce represents 14 percent of the total.

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Microsoft to Cut Up to 18000 Jobs - Wall Street Journal

Microsoft to Cut Up to 18000 Jobs - Wall Street Journal | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it


“Our businesses have now created nearly 10 million new jobs over the past 52 months.” “Manufacturing is ...

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Microsoft Open Sources Its Internet Servers, Steps Into the Future | Enterprise | WIRED

Microsoft Open Sources Its Internet Servers, Steps Into the Future | Enterprise | WIRED | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Today, Microsoft will not only lift the veil from its secret server designs. It will “open source” these designs, sharing them with the world at large so that other online outfits can use them inside their own data centers.
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Google, Intel, Microsoft help build climate change tools

Google, Intel, Microsoft help build climate change tools | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Google plans to create high-resolution drought mapping for the mainland United States as part of a White House effort -- to be unveiled Wednesday -- to give communities more data to help them prepare for climate change.
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Microsoft reveals its server designs and releases open source code

Microsoft reveals its server designs and releases open source code | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Redmond joins Facebook's Open Compute, intends to make servers more efficient.
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Microsoft tells UK govt - moving to Open Source will cause dissatisfaction - Muktware

Microsoft tells UK govt - moving to Open Source will cause dissatisfaction - Muktware | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

The UK government is all set to move away from vendor-locked proprietary to Open Source, Open standard solutions. Microsoft is, obviously, scared and is trying to spread incorrect and misleading information about Open Source/vendor-free technologies.


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Nadella's collaborative approach signals new era at Microsoft - The Globe and Mail

Nadella's collaborative approach signals new era at Microsoft - The Globe and Mail | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

It was a fleeting moment once the camera had gone off, but some say it’s indicative of the leadership style Satya Nadella brings to his new job as chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp.

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