The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
Microsoft has u-turned over changes it made to a pop-up encouraging users to upgrade to Windows 10. Users were angry that clicking the cross to dismiss the box meant that they had agreed to the upgrade. Based on “customer feedback”, Microsoft said that it had added another notification that provided customers with “an additional opportunity for cancelling the upgrade”. The pop-up design had been described as a “nasty trick”.
It seems that Microsoft is reconsidering its flirtation with phone hardware, which started when it purchased Nokia’s phone division three years ago for $7.1 billion. That deal saw 32,000 Nokia employees join Microsoft. Its foray into creating its own smartphones, it’s fair to say, has been disastrous.
There’s 15 flaw fixes covering 36 vulnerabilities in this month’s patch bundle from Microsoft. Microsoft’s browsers need a lot of work – Internet Explorer gets five fixes and the new Edge code has four. Both applications’ patches have been named as critical by Redmond. There’s also a five-fix bundle for Microsoft’s graphics component and seven flaws found in Windows kernel drivers, mainly for 32-bit versions of the operating system.
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.