Linux, Open Source, & anti Microsoft news

The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.

Microsoft update blunders going out of control

 
The last several months have seen a disturbing string of problems in updates released for Microsoft products. Last week we saw four. It's time to worry about what's behind it all.
Dec 2014
17

New Windows 7 Patch Is Badware, Disables Graphics Driver Updates And Windows Defender

 
If you have Windows 7 set to automatically update every Tuesday, it may be time to permanently disable that feature. Microsoft has just confirmed that a recent update — specifically KB 3004394 — is causing a range of serious problems and recommends removing it.
Dec 2014
15

Microsoft confirms Facebook stopped using Bing search results

 
Facebook has dumped search results from Microsoft’s Bing after the social networking giant earlier this week launched its own tool for finding comments and other information
Dec 2014
15

Ford dumps Windows for QNX in new in-car entertainment unit

 
As foreshadowed in February, Ford has announced a new in-car entertainment and communications system that will run on BlackBerry's QNX real-time operating system, not Windows as is the case for the company's current efforts.
Dec 2014
12

No more free Windows... and now it’s all about the services

 
Microsoft won’t give Windows 10 away for free, and plans to charge for new services instead.  That’s according to salesman-in-chief Kevin Turner, who promised new services would roll out in early 2015.
Dec 2014
12

Microsoft's dodgy new Exchange 2010 update breaks Outlook clients

 
If you were thinking of installing the latest update roll-up for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 SP3, don't.  That's the word from Microsoft, which withdrew the update on Wednesday following reports that customers couldn't connect to the server with their Outlook clients once the patch was applied.
Dec 2014
11

It's nearly 2015 – and your Windows PC can still be owned by a Visual Basic script

 
Microsoft has patched 25 software vulnerabilities – including bugs that allow hackers to hijack PCs via Internet Explorer, Word and Excel files, and Visual Basic scripts.
Dec 2014
10

Vendor lock-in is truly a TERRIBLE idea ... says, er, Microsoft

 
When it comes to building applications for the cloud, John Gossman thinks agility and portability are essential. "You don't want to get locked in too much to a particular vendor, strategy, technology, whatever," he says.  Gossman's advice should shock nobody. What might surprise you, though, is that he works for Microsoft.
Dec 2014
08

Microsoft fixes '19-year-old' bug with emergency patch

 
Microsoft has patched a critical bug in its software that had existed for 19 years.  IBM researchers discovered the flaw, which affects Windows and Office products, in May this year - but worked with Microsoft to fix the problem before going public.  The bug had been present in every version of Windows since 95, IBM said.  Attackers could exploit the bug to remotely control a PC, and so users are being urged to download updates.
Dec 2014
08

Microsoft bolsters mobile email client with Acompli

 
Microsoft's recent acquisition of Acompli, a mobile email app maker, is expected to provide Outlook capabilities that can compete with recent email client updates from Google and IBM.
Dec 2014
08

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