Microsoft Patches All Windows

Microsoft swore it wasn’t going to update Windows XP, Windows 7, 8, practically anything below Windows 10, but it did it anyway. It was an unprecedented and rare move. This must have been one those vulnerabilities that affected the entire Windows ecosystem. The patch was necessary regardless of Microsoft’s business policy. Anyways, read more about it from an article in Tom’s Hardware.

Does Microsoft Really Loves Linux?

Microsoft came out with an announcement that it loves Linux. Some don’t believe it.

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article by TechRights:

If one believes the lie, Microsoft now “loves Linux” and has officially joined the Linux Foundation. I have already responded to that over at Tux Machines where I also included many dozens of links to today’s nonsense (reproduced below), which was virtually everywhere. Remember these were quietly prepared in coordination with Microsoft/Linux Foundation before the announcements were actually made. It’s a well-orchestrated PR blitz that came out within an hour or two, reaching a lot of news channels simultaneously and drowning out opposition/scepticism.

It gets better.

There are reactions on the Web from pro-GNU/Linux people who are not so easily fooled or mesmorised by the torrent of Microsoft propaganda, delivered primarily by Microsoft-friendly writers who got groomed and prepared for it at least a day in advance (one writer accidentally published his article half a day too early and quickly took it down, he told us). There is relevance to patents, as one Red Hat employee put it: “I do wonder what #Microsoft joining #Linux foundation means wrt to those 250+ patents #Microsoft licenses to #Android OEMs.”

Read the TechRights article here.

Xbox One Only $249

Microsoft is now selling the 500GB Xbox One for just $249. Will you get one? The reason for the price cut is, there’s a new version of the Xbox coming out in a few days. It’s scheduled to be released in stores by August 2. The new Xbox version is called Xbox One S. The 2TB model will retail for $399. In addition to the 2TB model, there will be two other models with less storage. The 500GB models will sell for 299, while the 1TB model will retail for $349.

As far as the older 500GB Xbox One, Dell has quite a deal at the moment:

Alongside a 500GB Xbox One, gamers can choose the digital download code for one of four titles—Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider (pictured), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay$29.99 at Dell. The bundle also includes a black wireless controller, AC power cable, HDMI cable, and 14-day free trial of Xbox Live Gold.

Microsoft Azure Double Compute Usage

Microsoft announced this week that Azure has doubled its cloud compute usage over a year ago. Azure is currently ranked #2 behind Amazon AWS in terms of cloud computing usage and revenue. Microsoft added that revenue growth rates has doubled over a year ago. Microsoft’s meteoric rise has been mostly due to its support of Linux platforms. Azure compute usage have shot up since Linux distros have been made available.

Windows 10 on 270 Million Devices

According to ZDNet, Windows 10 is now running on 270 million devices. At one time, Microsoft was targeting 1 billion devices by 2018. Whether they reach the goal will depend on sales of PCs, which has been slowing down the last few years. PC sales peaked about 5 years ago.

The Transformation of Microsoft

Microsoft has been going through a transformation over the years. It has been slow, but the changes are dramatic if you haven’t been paying attention. Microsoft no longer makes a ton of money on the Windows platform. Far from it. Just take a look at the areas where Microsoft made the most money this past year based on revenue.

  1. Server and Cloud Services (Azure)
  2. Gaming (Xbox)
  3. Microsoft Office
  4. Windows OS

Windows OS is only 10% of Microsoft’s total revenue, and it grew a paltry 5% despite the Windows 10 release last year. Sales on Azure on the other end, grew a whopping 140% more than last year.

Microsoft Decides Not To Buy Slack

If you were shopping for an app, at $8 billion dollars, would you buy Slack?

Slack is one of the hottest app in the last year. Microsoft doesn’t think so. They were thinking of it at one time, but apparently former CEO Bill Gates doesn’t think it’s a great idea.

Slack has $2.8 billion valuation. They have 2.3 million active users, and about 650,000 paid users, and they recently received $160 million funding.

There are more Windows 10 users than Windows XP

The number of Windows 10 users have surpassed the number of Windows XP users. It has been more than six months since Windows 10 was released. Considering Windows XP is no longer supported and pretty much a dying OS, I’m still amazed at how many people are still using Windows XP. I guess people are planning to ride off Windows XP into the sunset. If Windows 10 weren’t touted as being a free upgrade, I think the adoption would have been very slow. I know I wouldn’t have upgraded from Windows 7 if I had to pay for Windows 10.

Remember the Xbox 360 Scratched Disks

For those of you who own a Xbox 360, you probably have at least one scratched disk rendering it unplayable. It’s a well-know issue within the Xbox 360 community. Thousands of users have lost money due to the damaged disks. In 2007, a class action suit was filed against Microsoft. Microsoft continues to fight, and even had the case dismissed a few years back, stating that there were not enough complaints to warrant such a case. From Kotaku.com:

According to an AP report released on Friday (via Polygon), a federal judge dismissed the class action suit in 2012, stating there were not enough complaints to justify a class action suit. Shortly after the dismissal was reversed by a federal appeals court.

And so this past Friday the Supreme Court of the United States of America agreed that they would hear Microsoft’s last attempt to shake the class action lawsuit. The company wants to argue that since individual claims from defendants in the class action had been thrown out previously, the group claim should as well.

The Supreme Court will rule over whether or not Microsoft has to face the class action suit. Should their decision come back in the plaintiffs’ favor, we’ll check back in another five years or so to see how it’s going.

Microsoft Skype Integration with Slack

You can now make Skype calls within Slack.

Microsoft released on January 14 a preview version of Skype integration for Slack. The preview enables teams on Slack to make Skype voice or video calls from within Slack. Slack is an instant messaging-collaboration platform for teams. Anyone on the Slack team will be able to start a Skype call from a computer by typing “/skype” into the Slack chat regardless of whether team members are using Slack on the Web, Windows, Mac, iOS or Android, according to a Microsoft blog post announcing the integration.

From ZDNet.