The latest rotten deeds of Microsoft may be found below, mixed within positive Linux and Open Source news.
It’s no secret by now that Microsoft’s smartphone ambitions are basically over, with its current Windows 10 Mobile operating system barely on life support. So here’s another nail in the coffin. On Monday, Microsoft announced in a blog post that any phone running the older Windows Phone 7.5 or 8 operating systems will no longer receive push notifications. Plus, the “Find my phone” function on those operating systems will no longer work, either.
Microsoft is providing an update on Office 2019 today, revealing that the apps will only run on Windows 10. In a support article for service and support of Windows and Office, Microsoft has revealed you’ll need to upgrade to Windows 10 if you want the latest version of Office without subscribing to the company’s Office 365 service.
The City of Barcelona is migrating its computer systems away from the Windows platform, so reports the Spanish newspaper El País. The City’s strategy is first to replace all user applications with open-source alternatives, until the underlying Windows operating system is the only proprietary software remaining. In a final step, the operating system will be replaced with Linux.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… The carnage caused by the Meltdown and Spectre bugs has hit a new victim: Windows 10 users. The irony, however, is it isn’t the dangerous vulnerabilities themselves which are causing the problems, but rather the fixes Microsoft has issued in an attempt to patch them.