Category Archives: In the news

Rana vs Wium Lie

Note: Links are to Norwegian sites. In a recnt post on Shahzad Rana’s (Microsoft’s most profiled OOXML promoter in Norway) blog, he comments on Håkon Wium Lie’s (Opera Software’s tech director and profiled standards promoter) wording in a comment to … Continue reading

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FAST – a Microsoft Subsidiary

Today, the deal where Microsoft buys FAST, was completed. That means that the Norwegian search engine vendor Fast Search & Transfer is now a fully owned subsidiary of Microsoft. The FAST ESP product will continue to be offered on all … Continue reading

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Today is document freedom day (DFD)

Today, March 26th is Document Freedom Day (DFD). The whole computer industry (perhaps except from Microsoft and friends) focus on interoperability and open document formats this day. This of course links nicely into the debate about whether ISO should adopt … Continue reading

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Norweigan search portal Sesam.no releases middleware as GPL

In this blog post, Sesam annonces that their middleware architecture, Sesam Search Application Toolkit (SESAT) is released as open source software. This is the piece of software (written in Java) which sits between the portal (such as sesam.no) and the … Continue reading

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Microsoft takeover of FAST confirmed

As of feb 8th it is official, Microsoft has aquired 97,2% of FAST, and can now legally force the buyout of the rest. Microsoft have been very active on the acquisition front lately, also trying a hostile takeover of Yahoo … Continue reading

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