The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
The way to make money in technology,” a young Bill Gates told me in the summer of 1990, “is by setting de facto standards.” It worked, too. For years, Microsoft enjoyed more than 90 percent of the market for several categories of PC software. Under Satya Nadella, the software giant hopes to survive by overturning the way it has always done business.
Microsoft UK’s tax bill has been challenged, but not by the British government, which agreed to it. Instead, questions have been raised by the Sunday Times. It’s a weak story, but part of the trend whereby US tech giants are attracting more scrutiny as European countries seek to bolster their tax revenues.
Microsoft’s most recent security update is causing problems with Windows Group Policy settings. Users on Reddit and Microsoft support forums are reporting that after the MS16-072 update was installed, changes were made in Group Policy object (GPO) settings that left previously hidden drives and devices accessible.