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August 6, 2007

$1.5B Alcatel-Lucent judgement against Microsoft reversed

Posted by David Hunter at 6:35 PM ET.

A US Federal Court judge today reversed the whopping $1.5 billion judgement against Microsoft that a jury handed down in a Alcatel-Lucent patent lawsuit case last February:


Filed under Alcatel-Lucent, Coopetition, Microsoft, Patent Lawsuits, Patents

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May 4, 2007

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, May 4, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 2:19 PM ET.

Judge tells Microsoft to pay up in Alcatel-Lucent patent case. There won’t be any $1.5 billion checks any time soon though – just more legal maneuvering.

Microsoft Poised to Rule Entertainment, Devices World according to Robbie Bach at least. eWeek needed 3 articles to encompass his full rendition of “High Hopes“. Related: Microsoft fails to impress during Bach’s MIX07 keynote. Too bad the developers walked out, because they missed The Economist’s Andrew Rashbass who was both the life of the MIX07 party and the specter at the feast.

Only slightly more illuminating than Bach was Steve Ballmer’s interview with USA Today, but he certainly has a jones for the iPhone which led some to wonder about his math.

Pink Zune Now Available to the Rest of Us. Yep, that’ll do it.

Yahoo wins eyeball auction. I guess Google and Microsoft can’t win them all and it’s surprisingly a bigger deal than you might think since Comcast is the largest US ISP and their customers actually use the homepage.

Japanese Government to Embrace Linux – $10B worth of systems in 2007 and it’s $17B if you count local governments.

Microsoft to Challenge $75.5M Attorney Fee in Iowa Class-Action Lawsuit, but only the $0.5M part since they already agreed to the $75M.

Vista angst fodder

Update 5/8: MSFTextrememakeover provides the requisite corporal punishment for the Robbie Bach interview mentioned above in Microsoft’s $6M+ (Per Year) Man.

Filed under Alcatel-Lucent, Antitrust, Apple, Argo, Conferences, Coopetition, Executives, Legal, Linux, MIX07, Microsoft, OS - Client, Open Source, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Robbie Bach, Steve Ballmer, Windows Vista, Yahoo, Zune

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March 21, 2007

Microsoft News Odds and Ends, March 21, 2007

Posted by David Hunter at 12:48 PM ET.

A flurry of miscellaneous Microsoft News:

Judge backs $1.5 billion patent decision against Microsoft in the first Alcatel-Lucent case decided in late February.

Microsoft joins OpenAjax Alliance standards group as rumored back in January. See also the OpenAjax Alliance website.

Microsoft offers a new Vista discount plan for consumers:

For customers who acquired a full or upgrade version of Windows Vista from retail or pre-installed, we’ve got a pretty sweet deal.  We’re announcing the Windows Vista Additional License program, which provides the ability to install the same edition of Windows Vista on any other additional computers you may own.  The program allows customers to purchase up to 5 additional licenses for PCs they own at 10% off the suggested retail price.

Although slightly more realistic than the Family Discount Plan, it has the same basic problem - the vast majority of consumers will only acquire Vista via a new PC purchase.

Meanwhile, Vista is reportedly bad for the PC business. Wait, someone else says it’s great. Hold on a sec, maybe it’s in between.

Dell launches low-cost PC in China running either Windows XP or Linux. No Vista. Well, Microsoft will still get paid for XP.

Virtualisation causes IDC to cut server forecast. Virtualization allows customers to buy fewer, bigger servers. Both units and revenue are predicted to be down from prior forecasts. There should also be a similar effect on Microsoft’s server revenue.

House Bill Would Free Up TV Airwaves for the Microsoft mystery device.

Microsoft Disappoints Zune Users Waiting For Firmware Update, particularly since it is supposed to fix a “skipping” problem on purchased music.

Windows Live Search Italy gets owned by a truly skillful malware deployment combined with search engine optimization. Check out the screenshots too. The problem of bogus websites in search results is a problem for all search engines though, as some Microsoft researchers demonstrated.

Filed under Alcatel-Lucent, Argo, Coopetition, Financial, General Business, Governmental Relations, Licensing, Linux, Live Search, Microsoft Research, OS - Client, Open AJAX, Open Source, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Security, Standards, Technologies, Trojan Horses, Virtualization, White spaces, Windows Live, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Zune

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March 20, 2007

IPTV standards group forms sans Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent

Posted by David Hunter at 11:31 AM ET.

A number of players in the IPTV market got together to form a standards group, but some big names were noticeably missing:

Companies that provide television over internet protocol technology joined forces on Monday to set a single global standard, so that all systems would work together.

The Open IPTV Forum is backed by companies including Ericsson, Matsushita’s Panasonic, Philips, Samsung Electronics, Siemens, Sony, AT&T, Telecom Italia and France Telecom.

Not on the starting list are Alcatel-Lucent and Microsoft, the market leaders and alliance partners in IPTV networks and software.

Filmmakers and TV production companies were not on the list either, but the forum said everyone could join.

The nine founding companies said they want results fast and will hammer out technology requirements by September and a first set of technology specifications by year-end.

Microsoft and Alcatel-Lucent are busy suing each other over patents of course, but that doesn’t seem to keep them from forging ahead in IPTV.

Speaking of the patent lawsuits, I see that Microsoft has now got the U.S. International Trade Commission on Alcatel-Lucent’s back. You’d think that such great pals could work out a deal.

Filed under AT&T, Alcatel-Lucent, Coopetition, IPTV, Microsoft, Patent Lawsuits, Patents, Philips, Samsung, Sony, Technologies

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