Google Backs Down From European Commission Investigation

Posted on: July 3rd, 2012 by Ashley No Comments

Two years ago, The European Commission started taking a closer interest in Google’s market dominance after receiving substantial complaints from its rivals.

Today a Google spokesperson announced that they would be looking to redress some of their business practices to fall in line with the European Commission’s concerns.

So far the European Commission have highlighted concerns in Google favouring its own services in search results, the management of adverts appearing next to search results as they are displayed, how it displays third party web content and how its business practices affect access to buy advertising on rival networks.

ICOMP (The Initiative for a Competitive Online Marketplace) were pleased with the announcement however we can only wonder as to ICOMP’s motives when a key partner in the venture, Microsoft, are set to benefit significantly from these changes in their own advertising ventures.

Microsoft buys $1bn Patent in AOL Deal

Posted on: April 10th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Microsoft is buying the majority of AOL’s patents in a deal worth over 1 billion dollars.

In a statement by the corporation, the deal covers the rights of over 800 patents and a right to license the 300 further patents that AOL is keeping.

AOL claim that a significant portion of the profit from the sales will be passed on to the companies Shareholders.

The deal comes ahead of a Microsoft lawsuit involving Motorola Mobility’s H.264 video-compression technology.

The deal is said to be finalised by the end of the year.


Microsoft to end support for Windows XP

Posted on: March 27th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

 Microsoft End Support Windows XP April 2014


Microsoft are ending support for Windows XP SP3 and Office 2003 on the 8th of April, 2014. This may seem a long way off but it means a big upheaval for the millions of businesses that still use windows XP in the work place.

The fact that Microsoft is ending their support for Windows XP should not come as any surprise. The operating system will be almost 15 years old by the time the official support ends. Making it one of the longest running  operating systems of all time.

If you wish to find out more information on how and why Microsoft are ending support for the Windows XP operating system you can view it here



Microsoft’s Project Detroit Unveiled

Posted on: March 26th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Project Detroit

Microsoft has officially unveiled “Project Detroit,” Microsoft’s new concept car has been created with the intention of “inspiring developers to think about building apps and automotive technologies of the future.”

The very futuristic looking car glowing with neon blue LED’s has features that incorporates elements of Windows 8, Windows Phone, Xbox 360, Kinect, Windows Azure, Bing, Ford Sync and more!

Based on and built around the body of a 2012 Ford Mustang with a 1967 fastback body the Project Detriot car is a spectacle to behold.

A Microsoft spokes person stated that “With open-source code from Project Detroit, developers can do more than just imagine the possibilities – they can start building them”.

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