The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
The Cortana search box in the Windows 10 task bar will, from today, always use Bing and Microsoft’s Edge browser to find stuff on the web. You can still configure your default browser to be something other than Edge, and you can set the default search engine to be something other than Bing on your Windows 10 PC. But if you launch a query from the digital assistant’s task bar box, you will always go through Bing and Edge.
The long-running feud between tech giants Microsoft and Google has finally been settled. They have agreed to drop all regulatory complaints filed against each other, vowing to thrash out their concerns without involving authorities in future. It comes after an agreement last year to end all patent infringement litigation against each other.
Microsoft is discontinuing RoboVM, the Java-to-Mobile compiler technology which it acquired with Xamarin a couple of months ago. Just six months ago, RoboVM was a small but growing business catering to developers wishing to use their Java skills – or port existing Java applications – to iOS and Android.