Proprietary Software News Archives
While Microsoft's Open XML (OOXML) SDK has long been publicly available, today they have finally decided to open-source this software development kit.
25 June 2014 - Open XML - 28 Comments
In early 2013 it was announced Opera would be switching to Google's Chromium Engine over its own internal web rendering engine it had been using up to that point. They switched to Google's forked WebKit engine and for about a year now have been doing new Windows releases while Linux was left out.
23 June 2014 - Opera - 25 Comments
Available today is the previously talked about big Skype release for Linux that Microsoft was promoting previously.
18 June 2014 - Skype 4.3 - 77 Comments
At long last it looks like there could be a major update to the Skype Linux client after its been stagnate recently under Microsoft's control compared to the advancing Skype Windows client.
24 May 2014 - Skype - 50 Comments
Microsoft announced .NET vNext and ASP.NET vNext at their TechEd North America conference today. ASP.NET vNext is the next-generation version of their server-side Web application framework and it's now cloud-oriented. Microsoft is supporting ASP.NET vNext under Linux via Mono.
12 May 2014 - ASP.NET vNext - 73 Comments
While LibreOffice is currently the most popular office suite on Linux and there's countless of other open-source office / word processor suites out there, one of the longest standing proprietary office suites is still being ported to Linux as well as BSD.
7 May 2014 - Kingsoft - 15 Comments
Microsoft has finally done the Skype for Linux 4.2 update, which rolls in a bunch of bug-fixes but still doesn't put the Linux Skype client on par with OS X or Windows.
21 May 2013 - Skype 4.2 - 41 Comments
Opera will slowly be moving away from its own Presto rendering engine for its closed-source multi-platform web-browser in favor of using the WebKit rendering engine and is also beginning to back Google's Chromium project.
13 February 2013 - Advances - 37 Comments
Next month Opera will be rolling out "Opera Ice", a new web-browser for smart-phones and tablets. This mobile Opera browser won't be built on their Presto engine but rather the popular WebKit engine. Initially this WebKit-browser is just targeting the mobile space but it's expected to eventually land on the desktop too.
19 January 2013 - Opera WebKit - 16 Comments
As was raised earlier today within the Phoronix Forums, the Nero CD/DVD burning software for Linux is dead.
18 July 2012 - No Point - 73 Comments
For kicking off the new week there is a major new release of the Lightspark open-source Flash Player. Lightspark 0.6.0.1 offers up a lot of goodies.
11 June 2012 - Lightspark Flash Player - 11 Comments
While Adobe has abandoned Linux Flash Player support, the open-source Lightspark Flash Player alternative continues to inch forward.
19 May 2012 - Still Not Good Enough - 16 Comments
In light of Adobe killing Flash for Linux, there's a new release of the open-source Lightspark Flash Player. Lightspark 0.5.6 is the new release with a number of noteworthy improvements.
12 April 2012 - Flash Player - 8 Comments
Adobe released the official Flash Player 11.2 for Linux release this week, which will serve as the last major version of their Flash/SWF player on Linux.
31 March 2012 - Flash Player 11.2 - 51 Comments
Adobe has issued a statement this morning that they will effectively be abandoning Flash Player support on Linux. After Flash Player 11.2 they will no longer be providing updates for Linux users but just maintaining the 11.2 release. Google is expected to take over with a Flash Player implementation based upon a new API, but only for Google Chrome-based web-browsers.
22 February 2012 - After Flash Player 11.2 - 64 Comments
There's a new release of the open-source Lightspark software for handling Adobe SWF/Flash support on the Linux desktop. New to Lightspark 0.5.3 among other changes is a working Microsoft Windows port.
3 December 2011 - New Release - 3 Comments
While Adobe previously said it would support Google's WebM video format within their Flash Player software, it doesn't look like this support will be arriving soon.
30 October 2011 - Not Supported - 9 Comments
Adobe Flash Player 11 was officially released at the beginning of the month after being in public beta for a while. This afternoon Adobe has now put out a beta for Flash Player 11.2. The main Linux feature is multi-threaded video decoding support.
26 October 2011 - Features - 51 Comments
After being available as public development builds for the past few months, Adobe has now officially released Flash Player 11 for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows platforms.
4 October 2011 - Flash - 15 Comments
It's been two months since the release of Lightspark 0.5, but now there's a new point release to this promising open-source Flash player. While the new release is Lightspark 0.5.1, and not v0.6, there are some very notable changes.
24 September 2011 - New Release - 4 Comments
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