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Feeling fines with Microsoft

This week had Microsoft-related news coming at us from left, right and centre -- fines, launches and more Steve Ballmer than you can handle.

This week had Microsoft-related news coming at us from left, right and centre — fines, launches and more Steve Ballmer than you can handle — so let's get straight into it.

Europe struck back at Redmond early this week, slapping the software giant with a record AU$1.4 billion fine for failing to comply with supplying interoperability documentation. Little wonder that the European Commission was not moved by last week's API opening announcement — especially when this was coming days later.
Recap the API announcement in this week's Club Builder which also features the deadliest weapon in gaming history.

At the back end of the week, there was the matter of the release of Visual Studio 2008 and Windows Server 2008. Microsoft called it the "biggest IT launch in history"; it must have been a week for hyperbole as Sun claimed that their purchase of MySQL was the "most important in software history".

Everyone's favourite current Microsoft CEO — there's only one to choose from — gave reflection on the events of this week. Ballmer starred in a video where he spoke about the European fine and Server 2008 and then followed it up later in the week textually on the Server and Visual Studio launch.

On the non-Microsoft front this week, Stephen Shankland reported that Adobe was funding SQLite but it raised the question as to whether public domain source code qualifies as open source.

From the "what you already knew" vault, we learnt that Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distribution.

Undoubtedly the highlight of the week was taking a pinnacle of computing history, the Commodore 64, and doing what every geek wants to do — take it apart to check out its guttyworks.

That's the roundup for this week. Enjoy the 29th February while you have the chance.

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