And the board just let it happen.
Huh, Nokia's shareholder benefit from patent licensing, why would the board be against that?
Did you miss a sarcasm tag?
Or perhaps, the mobile business is a very stinky place to be in right now, if you're not Apple, Samsung or a cheap Chinese OEM.
Between iPhone at the high end and Chinese OEMs at the low end, and Samsung in the middle, every other company is suffering.
Motorola switched to Android and is increasing it's losses bringing down Google's earnings.
HTC's profit is down 98% and is barely ekeing out a profit.
LG isn't doing that well either.
The less said about Blackberry, the better.
Meanwhile, MS partners like Dell, Sony, Compaq, HP, Acer, IBM/Lenovo etc. have made billions of dollars in profit in the past three decades by selling Windows PCs. Or take even HTC which started off as a Windows Mobile OEM.
Please do your company a favor and tell your cluless IT support about the existence of this.
Windows Server Update Services 2.0 and above comprise a repository of update packages from Microsoft. It allows administrators to approve or decline updates before release, to force updates to install by a given date, and to obtain extensive reports on what updates each machine requires. System administrators can also configure WSUS to approve certain classes of updates automatically (critical updates, security updates, service packs, drivers, etc.). One can also approve updates for "detection" only, allowing an administrator to see what machines will require a given update without also installing that update.
Administrators can use WSUS with Group Policy for client-side configuration of the Automatic Updates client, ensuring that end-users can't disable or circumvent corporate update policies. WSUS does not require the use of Active Directory; client configuration can also be applied by local group policy or by modifying the Windows registry.
NZ banned software patents the same way they're banned in Europe i.e Not really.
Meantime we see patent lawsuits going to places like UK and Germany because they give judgements and injunctions even faster than rocket dockets like East Texas. See Motorola vs. Microsoft on H.264 patents on Windows 7 for example, or Apple vs. Samsung/HTC etc.
If those are not software patents then what are?
Outercurve's president seems to be the Apache Software Foundation's cofounder though.
Jim Jagielski, a co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation; a director of the Open Source Initiative; and currently a consulting software engineer for Linux giant Red Hat is now president of the Microsoft-sponsored, open-source friendly Outercurve Foundation's Board of Directors.
Why is dropping price such big news? It happens all the time for a phone and is routine. Multiple Android phones have received multiple price cuts. But it's only big news if it's a Windows Phone since Slashdot seems to have axe to grind. Recently the Nexus 4 got reduced to a firesale price of $199 unlocked.
Also another fallacy I see in these kind of posts is "the price dropped by 33%!". Or, "the price dropped by half!"! All while referring to the on contract price. While the "price" may have dropped from $100 to $50, the OEM still getting ~$450 compared to $500 earlier. That's a 10% drop, not 50%!
Huh, Google spends the most on lobbying among tech firms.
First, we are talking about Metro apps. Second, Windows 8 apps are fully supported without any changes in 8.1
We're talking about new versions of Metro apps that can optionally use the new APIs in 8.1
Metro apps written for 8.0 won't be "glitchy".
Given the number and usage of Metro apps, this isn't that big of a number. Second, the 8.1 preview has the necessary APIs required to develop and test, so this isn't like the Android situation.
Once 8.1 is released, developers can test and release their new version of apps using the new APIs. Their old apps will continue to work unchanged.
As usual this is a storm in a teacup.
Nobody said computers were going to be polite.