Microsoft today announced an update for Skype for Linux with fresh UI and other new features. Skype for Linux version 4.3.0.37 will have the following list of new features, An updated UI Our new cloud-based Group Chat experience More reliable file transfer support when using multiple devices at once Greater accessibility by blind and visually impaired users PulseAudio 3.0 and 4.0 support Lot of bug fixes Microsoft has also dropped support for direct Alsa support; You need to install PulseAudio 4.0 or greater for the best calling experience. Download the latest version ...

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In an interview to GigaOM, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth praised Microsoft’s Cloud service Azure for treating Linux as a first class citizen in the product. Also, he pointed out that Microsoft Azure might be the service that might give Amazon Web Services a run for its money in the future. “I have never had an experience engaging with the Microsoft cloud guys where I felt that they saw Linux as a second-class citizen. I think they have an undeniable institutional prerogative to make Windows a great experience and to convince people that it’s going to be the right platform for themselves. But I think the Azure team saw straightforwardly that if they wanted people to trust them in moving their data centers into Microsoft’s data center, then they had to be able to move everything — and a lot of that was going to be Linux.” And, he added, “The ...

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In the 18 days since the release of Windows 8, Microsoft’s latest desktop and tablet OS, the operating system has grown rather nicely. Statcounter, which measures the OS’s web presence by examining website logs in real time, has found as of yesterday the operating system now has 0.88% of all web hits, more than the 0.86% of Linux or the 0.6% of Android. This is in fact not the first time Windows 8 overtook Linux, but last it occurred over the weekend, when the OS appears to see its heaviest use, and Linux its lightest. On this occasion it occurred in the middle of the week, indicating that this is simply part of the overall natural growth of the OS. The week-end spikes does however indicate that the OS is having more traction with home users than in business, a not unexpected result. The next stop is iOS, which with ...

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Windows 8 is a major transition in the look and feel of Windows but Ubuntu’s desperate call for desktop users to upgrade to their OS to “Avoid the pain of Windows 8” rings rather hollow when one bears in mind that for desktop upgraders, Windows 8 will still run all their old apps, while Ubuntu’s poor clone of Windows XP will not. Of course the fact that Steam is trying to move their gaming empire to Linux does mean Microsoft should not completely ignore the threat, but I think just the idea that Windows users will move in droves to Linux is so embarrassing that Ubuntu has already changed the slogan on their web page back to “Your wish is our command”. Do our readers think Microsoft should be worried? Let us know below. Thanks Filipe for the tip. Screen shot Softpedia.com ...

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Microsoft today announced a multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement with Casio computers. The patents signed are related to Linux OS which Casio uses in its devices. Casio joins the long of list of  Linux customers such as Fuji Xerox, Samsung and Melco/Buffalo, etc. who pay  patent royalties for Microsoft. Press Release: REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO, Japan — Sept. 20, 2011 — Microsoft Corp. and Casio Computer Co. Ltd. have entered into a broad, multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement that, among other things, will provide Casio’s customers with patent coverage for their use of Linux in certain Casio devices. This licensing agreement is an extension of the long-standing relationship between the two companies; Casio utilizes a wide variety of Microsoft software for its products, including its industrial handheld terminals and business information systems. Although the details of the licensing agreement are confidential, the parties acknowledge that Microsoft is being compensated by Casio. “We’re ...

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