The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
Microsoft unveiled partnerships with Samsung and other manufacturers to install its services including Word and Skype on devices powered by the rival Google Android system. The move is part of a push by Microsoft, which has been lagging in efforts to get Windows-powered devices in the marketplace, to deliver services to consumers and businesses using Apple and Android hardware.
As we previously reported, Microsoft is using a tried-and-true trick to help generate revenue for Azure, its competitor to Amazon Web Services and one of its most important products. It is pressuring its salespeople not just to sell the cloud, but actually to get their customers to use it. Some salespeople are offered the opportunity to take a draw against commissions before they earn them. Most don’t take the draw, sources tell us. But we understand that among people that did, between the pressure on consumption and not fully knowing their quota, some of them are underwater. If they don’t sell more cloud and hit the consumption requirement, they could owe Microsoft money if they leave.
Microsoft says its implementation of SSL/TLS in all versions of Windows is vulnerable to the FREAK encryption-downgrade attack. This means if you’re using Windows, an attacker on your network can potentially force Internet Explorer and other software using the Windows Secure Channel component to use weak encryption over the web.