Microsoft Weathers Fine
Back home from Vegas, the Katt weathers a storm of rumors.Returning at long last from his home away from home of Vegas, the Kitty struggled to adapt from the desert to the deluge. "Boston must have taken Microsoft up on its Dreary Skies Initiative," mused the meteorological Mouser as he recalled a Ballmerian witticism about the San Diego weather during Microsofts recent Tech Ed conference there. "Here is the first extension of our DSI initiative," joked the Microsoft CEO, alluding to the companys Dynamic Systems Initiative. "Microsoft can now span out dreary skies from Seattle to absolutely anyplace. Its all under centralized management control." Bleak weather; bleaker humor. But the horizon must be looking bright for some Microsoft customers ever since Redmond announced it will guarantee a minimum of 10 years support for all its business and developer products. Pretty generous for a company that was just ordered by the Dutch courts to pay a "whopping" $944 euros to the Lindows folks after failing in its most recent attempt to prove copyright infringement by the Linux vendor. "Thats about $1,500 in American currency," the Tabby tabulated. "Microsoft spends more on a junk food buffet at one of its conferences."
Of course, the EU antitrust fine of $497 million euros that Redmond is appealing translates into a lot more Twinkies. "Maybe they can wiggle out of paying the $250,000 Sasser virus bounty if they need the cash," cackled the Kitty.