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Submission + - Microsoft posts source code for MS-DOS and Word for Windows (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft, along with the Computer History Museum, has released the source code for MS-DOS 1.1 and 2.0, and Word for Windows 1.1a. Th DOS 2.0 was released for IBM PCs in 1983, and Word for Windows 1.1a came out in 1990. The museum has made the code available for non-commercial use with Microsoft's consent. They've also posted some historical information about the development of this software: '[In August, 1980], IBM had already contracted with Microsoft to provide a BASIC interpreter for the PC, so they asked them to investigate also providing the operating system. Microsoft proposed licensing “86-DOS”, which had been written by Tim Paterson at Seattle Computer Products (SCP) for their 8086-based computer kit because the 16-bit version of CP/M was late. When SCP signed the licensing deal [7] with Microsoft, they didn’t know for sure who the computer manufacturer was. Paterson said “We all had our suspicions that it was IBM that Microsoft was dealing with, but we didn’t know for sure.” [1] He left SCP to work for Microsoft in 1981. “The first day on the job I walk through the door and ‘Hey! It’s IBM.’” Microsoft originally licensed 86-DOS in December 1980 for a flat fee of $25,000. By the next summer they recognized the importance of owning it and being able to license it to other companies making IBM-PC clones, so they purchased all rights for an additional $50,000.'

Submission + - Google's Shared Endorsements Are A Direct Attack Against Facebook 1

An anonymous reader writes: Google today announced an upcoming change to its terms of service that will let the company add users’ names and photos to certain parts of its advertising as of November 11. Make no mistake: this is a direct attack against Facebook. One of the few advantages of Google+ is that it features no ads. To be perfectly clear, Google isn’t changing that. Google+ will still have a clean interface, at least for the foreseeable future. Instead, Google is tying Google+ into yet another one of its properties, and arguably its most important one: Google Ads.

Submission + - Google Tightens Control of Android (

bonch writes: Google is tightening its control over Android, requiring 'non-fragmentation clauses' from licensees that give Google final approval over changes to the operating system. Sources claim that Verizon Android phones which use the rival search engine Bing are being obstructed by Google. Google also recently announced that it's withholding the source to Honeycomb for the foreseeable future for quality control reasons, drawing criticism from open source advocates. 'The premise of a true open software platform may be where Android started, but it's not where Android is going,' claims Stephen Elop, Nokia Chief Executive.

Submission + - Harper orders review of CRTC decision removing unl (

dbune writes: Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper ordered Industry Ministry Tony Clement on Tuesday to review the decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission removing unlimited Internet pricing packages. The prime minister used the social networking site Twitter to make known h...

Submission + - A Deeper Look Into Android 3.0

adeelarshad82 writes: Google is getting ready to show off Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb later today and it's definitely going to give iOS a run for its money. Google's new OS carries a completely overhauled user interface. Not only does the interface have deeper, darker colors to increase battery life but also the home screen now provides the ability to view multiple widget as well as the functionality of stacking items within a widget like pictures or videos. Along with the UI, Google has also improved the multitasking functionality. The existing method of accessing running or recently opened applications has been grown to display in-app screens instead of just the name of the app and an icon. One of the biggest differences between Honeycomb and other operating systems running on tablets is that, Honeycomb along with the apps running on it are optimzed for dual core processing. Natively, Android will run the garbage collector on one core and an app on another. However, the tools are there to utilize both cores for your app, and to benefit from the performance gains that will occur. To take a shot at Blackberry's market, Google has ensured that the tablet carries business features like password expiration and encrypted storage tools. Finally the OS adds support for legacy Bluetooth devices which is not available on most of the other tablets in the market today.

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