Microsoft and Redhat announced today that Redhat is now available on Azure Cloud Services. Previously only Ubuntu, CentOS, Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE were the Linux OS options. In addition, JBoss middleware will also be available in the coming weeks. Here’s the announcement from Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise.
Microsoft learned the hard way what “unlimited storage” means. It didn’t take long for individuals to take advantage of such deals. I heard that some were storing as much 75 TB of data online. Microsoft is now reneging on the unlimited plans and are reducing them to just 1TB. Meanwhile, the free plans are being reduced from 15 GB to just 5GB. For paid plans, the 100 GB and 200 GB plans are going away and will be replaced by 50 GB plan for $1.99 per month. If you’re a OneDrive user who’s exceeded the limited storage, at least Microsoft is giving you an entire year to move off your data to an alternative storage. My favorite part of this intriguing story is Microsoft’s explanation to the reasons why it’s reducing its storage offering. They said it was done “in pursue of collaboration and productivity.” Ok, that does makes a lot of sense. Who are you fooling?
- OneDrive Free – 5GB
- OneDrive $1.99 per month – 50GB (Starting 2016)
- OneDrive $6.99 per month – 1 TB (includes Office 365)
Microsoft is willing to pay up to $300 for an old MacBook. It’s a program called “Easy Trade Up” to give incentive to Mac users to switch to Windows 10. The program is available in the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil, France, Taiwan and Germany. I’m not sure how effective it will be since Mac users are quite a loyal bunch. Read more.
There’s proof Microsoft is building their own Linux distros especially suited for Azure.
From Microsoft’s blog:
The Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) is our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches. It is a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux. ACS allows us to debug, fix, and test software bugs much faster. It also allows us the flexibility to scale down the software and develop features that are required for our datacenter and our networking needs.
Microsoft’s decision to acquire Nokia was a mistake. The writeup is $10 billion and 18,000 laid off workers.
Cortana is Microsoft’s equivalent to Apple’s Siri and Google Now. Cortana is Microsoft’s digital voice assistant that will be available in Windows 10. Cortana voices are going to be customized to the user’s home country. Initially, it will be available in the US, UK, China, France, Italy, Germany and Spain. The rest of the world would have to wait. If you like to hear some voice samples, here is Time’s article about Cortana.
“If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I’ve won.”