The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
Two months after the Surface Duo was released, fans spotted that the device could be bought for $200 less; the sale dropped to $699 last May, and now Microsoft’s futuristic flagship is selling for the same price as an ordinary smartphone, at $549. After much less than a year in the market, the successive price cuts are showing that the Surface Duo has been met with less enthusiasm from consumers than expected.
Linux is more secure than Windows. We all know that. But that doesn’t mean it has perfect security. Nothing does. CloudLinux is helping to improve Linux’s operational security with the release of UChecker. The company is best-known for its Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)/CentOS server clone, CloudLinux, and its CentOS fork.
A simple vulnerability in collaboration platform Microsoft Teams could have given attackers the keys to the kingdom, researchers have found. According to security company Tenable, although Microsoft has now remedied the situation, the vulnerability exposed all manner of sensitive information, from chat logs and email to files shared via OneDrive or SharePoint.
An Irish subsidiary of Microsoft made a profit of $315bn (£222bn) last year but paid no corporation tax as it is “resident” for tax purposes in Bermuda. The profit generated by Microsoft Round Island One is equal to nearly three-quarters of Ireland’s gross domestic product – even though the company has no employees.
The European Union’s data regulator is investigating whether agencies and institutions in the bloc using Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure cloud services are sufficiently protecting EU citizens’ data. The investigation could see EU institutions and bodies migrate away from cloud services provided by Amazon and Microsoft, experts have said.
Thanks to its pending acquisition of Nuance Communications, Microsoft will soon have a suite of software tools that doctors use to automatically keep notes on meetings with patients. But Microsoft isn’t interested in automating everything doctors do, said Scott Guthrie, the software company’s executive vice president for cloud and artificial intelligence.