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Bing continues to gain ground against Google

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Working together in online search, Microsoft and Yahoo are betting that they can pose a more serious threat to Google in the most lucrative part of the Internet advertising market.

Microsoft’s search engine — renamed Bing as part of a June overhaul — ended July with a 8.9 percent share in the United States, up from 8.4 percent in the previous month, according to comScore Inc. Just before Bing’s debut, Microsoft’s search market share stood at 8 percent.

Google retained a commanding U.S. lead at 64.7 percent through July, down from 65 percent in June, comScore said. Yahoo’s market share dipped to 19.3 percent in July from 19.6 percent in June.

Well, in my opinion this is really a battle, you can check the search results and compare between these giants


Written by mredison

August 18, 2009 at 4:06 am

Posted in Bing, Google, Microsoft

Microsoft , PHP, and Open Source: A Pragmatic Alliance

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Microsoft has recently intensified its investment in interoperability with open source
technologies in a variety of ways, not least of which is its support of PHP in Windows
Server, the SQL Server database system, and other products such as the Expression
Web development tool. While Microsoft’s efforts are motivated by the desire to break
adoption barriers for its Windows platform, the company is building bridges to the
world of open source in a way that many of its customers and partners welcome.

Scripting languages such as Unix shells as well as the sophisticated Perl played an important role in the early evolution of the Internet, but a much simpler alternative, called PHP, eventually came to rule the genre as the key glue that binds many of the Internet’s new applications.

Microsoft was able to offer an alternative architecture from the early days with its Active Server Pages (ASP) technology, which later evolved to the more flexible and more complex ASP.NET. However, .NET is officially
supported only on Windows, and a great deal of the world’s Web serving runs on Linux and Unix, where PHP has become the de facto alternative. It was thus only a matter of time before Microsoft cast a bigger net to better support PHP and other open source technologies. The research into Microsoft’s efforts in this area has
revealed the following:

  • The latest release of Internet Information Services (IIS7) runs PHP faster and
    with more scale due to the implementation of a FastCGI gateway. This feature is
    also available as an add-on on IIS6.
  • A new Microsoft SQL Server driver for PHP is available to support more native
    features in the SQL Server database and to increase overall performance and
    reliability of PHP applications wishing to use SQL Server as the database.
  • PHP is competently supported by Expression Web 3, one of Microsoft’s offerings
    targeted at Web designers and developers.
  • Microsoft has begun to contribute to open source projects and to expand its
    ecosystem to open source communities that want to use non-Microsoft tools and
    frameworks that interoperate with the Microsoft Web platform.
  • Microsoft’s main play into cloud services with its Azure operating

What else have done Microsoft to interoperate with Open Source Technologies??

Written by mredison

August 6, 2009 at 3:25 am

Posted in Microsoft, Open Source

Microsoft Contributes Linux Drivers to Linux Community

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REDMOND, Wash., July 20, 2009 — Today, in a break from the ordinary, Microsoft released 20,000 lines of device driver code to the Linux community. The code, which includes three Linux device drivers, has been submitted to the Linux kernel community for inclusion in the Linux tree. The drivers will be available to the Linux community and customers alike, and will enhance the performance of the Linux operating system when virtualized on Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V or Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V.


Today we’re releasing Linux device driver code to the Linux kernel community. This is a significant milestone because it’s the first time we’ve released code directly to the Linux community. Additionally significant is that we are releasing the code under the GPLv2 license, which is the Linux community’s preferred license.”

What motivated Microsoft to do this? …

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Written by mredison

July 27, 2009 at 4:49 am

Posted in Linux, Microsoft