The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
Windows 10 were outraged earlier this week when it was revealed that Microsoft had secretly been tracking everything they wrote using their devices. An investigation found that a secret keylogger service was automatically enabled on all Windows 10 devices by default. Microsoft says the feature tracks “your typing and handwriting info to improve typing and writing services”, but many users were understandably unhappy.
Plenty of Linux users are up in arms about the performance of the OneDrive web app. They say that when accessing Microsoft’s cloudy storage system in a browser on a non-Windows system – such as on Linux or ChromeOS – the service grinds to a barely usable crawl. But when they use a Windows machine on the same internet connection, speedy access resumes.
If your Linux-using mates suddenly disappear for a day or two, we can explain why: Netflix has just revealed it’s fully and formally available on the OS. As the streamer points out, Chrome’s worked for in-browser playback since 2014. But not officially. As of Tuesday, however, “users of Firefox can also enjoy Netflix on Linux.”
One of Microsoft’s most despised operating systems will finally be laid to rest soon. Microsoft will stop supporting Windows Vista after April 11, the company said in a statement on Wednesday. That means users will no longer receive security updates and will not have access to Microsoft’s support team to address their troubles.
After years of total domination Windows 10 could soon be overtaken as the world’s biggest operating system for accessing the web. New research from StatCounter has revealed that Google’s Android OS is catching Windows in terms of total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.
The man who runs Munich’s central IT says there is no practical reason for the city to write off millions of euros and years of work to ditch its Linux-based OS for Windows. The city authority is widely expected to swap Linux for Windows, due to support among Munich’s ruling SPD-CSU coalition for phasing out the use of open-source software.