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12/20/2011
Germany: Linux-Migration in Munich successful
The municipal government of the city of Munich has already migrated 3/4 of it's 12,000 workstations from Windows to Linux. The project garnered international recognition because Microsoft-CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich and tried to stop it.
12/10/2011
Microsoft: "We have no obligation to return data to you."
The terms of service of the Windows store allow Microsoft to "change or discontinue certain apps or content offered in the Windows Store at any time, for any reason," and explains that "If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored", but if you are lucky "we may refund to you the amount you paid for the license,"
11/20/2011
The Russian space program needs programmers
"The Russian space industry has problems with software. The best programmers went and there are no young people."
11/03/2011
Thorium may be a better fuel for nuclear power than Uranium
According to Virginia-based company Lightbridge, “it dramatically reduces the amount of waste in the reactor, reduces the toxicity of the waste coming out of the reactor, and doesn't produce any weapons usable materials,” and it is also three times more abundant than uranium, the element currently used in nuclear plants.
11/01/2011
Russia: Laser scanner against drunk drivers
The new invention, dubbed “Bouton” (flower bud), was demonstrated at the XV Anniversary International Exhibition of Police and Military Equipment – ‘Interpolitex’ – held in Moscow from 25 to 28 October. Bouton can trace even the most subtle fumes of ethanol in a car passing by at up to 150 km per hour. According to its manufacturer, it works in all weather conditions and requires no complex maintenance.
09/26/2011
US-military working to automate warfare
Drones flying over Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen can already move automatically from point to point, and it is unclear what surveillance or other tasks, if any, they perform while in autonomous mode. Even when directly linked to human operators, these machines are producing so much data that processors are sifting the material to suggest targets, or at least objects of interest. That trend toward greater autonomy will only increase as the U.S. military shifts from one pilot remotely flying a drone to one pilot remotely managing several drones at once.
01/04/2012      share:derubg
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Microsoft's Market Share falls under 15% for Webservers

Recently, the market share of Microsoft's IIS-webserver fell below 15% in all market segments. Additional competition and forced upgrades make a contiued decline of the product very likely.

_Netcraft uses several methodologies to measure the different market segments. For "active Sites" a methodology, which is dominated by webservers with low and medium traffic, Microsoft has dropped below 15% years ago; for "total sites" which is dominated by big webhosting companies and for "top million" which measures the big-traffic websites, Microsoft fell below 15% in recent months.

The company Security Space does not just measure total market share, but also regional differences: The share in Japan, Germany, Russia and many other countries already lies below 4% for many years. But also traditionally Microsoft-friendly countries can turn away from IIS, for example in the last 10 years, the share in France fell from 35% to 5%, in Brazil and Taiwan from over 45% to 15% and in India even from 65% to 18%.

In more and more countries, Microsoft will face the problem that third parties (webhosters, IT-departments within companies, fleelancing programmers, etc.) don't even offer support for their products and the know-how is lost because Microsoft-webservers are seen more and more as a legacy-technology. Another problem for Microsoft is that existing customers have to upgrade to newer versions in order not to lose official support. For example more than two thirds of Microsoft-webserver still run with IIS 6.0, therefore on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003, both already beyond "mainstream support". In 2014/2015 the extended support will also be terminated. Even when Microsoft is probably able to make the majority of their customers to buy the same product again, they will lose a part of their users with every upgrade-cycle.

There is also a technical reason why Microsoft will lose market share in the future. So far, Microsoft's main competitor was the architecturally similar (synchroneous) Apache webserver. But since a couple of years there is (asynchroneous) nginx, which does not offer all the features of Apache or IIS, but is faster. Especially big websites like Facebook, Wordpress or Hulu are using nginx. When a website pushes it's limits, it may be cheaper to migrate from IIS or Apache to nginx, instead of buying new hardware and/or switch from one server to a cluster.

Probably Microsoft will lose their second place to nginx in 2012 or 2013 and will become a "legacy" system over the years.

January 2012 Web Server SurveyNetcraft01/03/2012
Web Server SurveySecurity Space01/01/2012
Using Nginx as a Reverse Proxy to IISAdrian SingerSoftware Projects Inc11/04/2010
Apache and IIS’ Web server rival NGINX is growing fastSteven J. Vaughan-NicholsZDNet10/11/2011
Long live Apache; Why NginX is the next king of httpd – and Lighttpd needs a little more workRich AtkinsonRich Atkinson03/05/2008
These follow-up articles used this article as a reference:
Windows Malware Was Undetected For More Than Two Years06/14/2012
Microsoft's "Cloud Service" Down For Over 8 Hours03/02/2012
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