The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
Microsoft has released its monthly security update, addressing a total of 51 CVE-listed security vulnerabilities. The June edition of Patch Tuesday includes 11 fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Windows, including Microsoft’s solution for the recently-disclosed Spectre Variant 4 chip design flaw.
CLOUD WARS — For all of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s brilliant gambits in transforming his company into the world’s pre-eminent tech vendor, perhaps none will match the impact of his decisions to become a global community powerhouse via the acquisitions of LinkedIn two years ago and GitHub last week.
GitHub’s future CEO Nat Friedman has conducted a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) session and outlined a little of what Microsoft plans to do with the collaborative code locker once the acquisition is formalised and admitted that “if Microsoft screws this up, we will lose the trust of developers for a generation.”
Microsoft is not paying $7.5 billion for GitHub for its ability to make money (its financial value). It’s paying for the access it gets to the legions of developers who use GitHub’s code repository products on a daily basis (the company’s strategic value) — so they can be guided into the Microsoft developer environment, where the real money is made.
For Microsoft Corp., acquiring GitHub Inc. would be both a return to the company’s earliest roots and a sharp turnaround from where it was a decade ago. The software maker has agreed to acquire GitHub, the code-repository company popular with many software developers, and could announce the deal as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter.