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April 9, 2013 at 3:53 PM

Support for Windows XP ending next year, the push against Google and other news

I’m back from a few days away. Here are some highlights of what’s been happening:

  • Microsoft had said earlier that it was ending support for the 12-year-old Windows XP in April 2014. It’s issuing the notice again, a year before that’s scheduled to happen on April 8, 2014.In an official blog post urging people and businesses to migrate to a newer operating system, Tim Rains, director of Trustworthy Computing at Microsoft, warned:

    After April 8, 2014, Windows XP SP3 (Service Pack 3) users will no longer receive new security updates, non-security hotfixes, free or paid assisted support options or online technical content updates.  This means that any new vulnerabilities discovered in Windows XP after its end of life will not be addressed by new security updates by Microsoft.

  • Microsoft and 16 other companies are asking the EU to launch an antitrust investigation into Google, saying Google is unfairly bundling its Android operating system, which it offers for free to device manufacturers, with other Google services.Interestingly, Thomas Vinje, the lawyer for the group of 17 companies going up against Google, for many years in the past represented companies battling Microsoft in the EU over similar complaints.
  • Back then, the other companies had accused Microsoft of using its dominant position in desktop operating systems to unfairly bundle its own software and services or to boost its own presence in other markets such as those for servers.
  • Microsoft has launched another wave of its ongoing Scroogled campaign in which it’s trying to paint Google as a company that doesn’t care about users’ privacy or neutral search results. Its latest campaign targets Google for giving third-party developers of Android apps access to your name, email address and neighborhood of residence when you buy an app from Google Play. Windows Phone Store does not do so, according to Microsoft.
  • But “Microsoft’s advertising barbs could potentially backfire,” an Associated Press report on the campaign points out. “Even as they help draw attention to Google practices that may prod some consumers to try different services, they also serve as a reminder of Microsoft’s mostly futile — and costly — attempts to trump its rival with more compelling technology.”

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