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.

Windows 10 and Your Privacy

Here’s an article from Ed Bott stirring up the controversy:

Here we go again, with another ginned-up controversy over Windows 10 and privacy. I know, I know, you’re probably as sick of this as I am, and much of the “controversy” is being spread by dedicated Microsoft haters and clueless writers who make a living with breathless clickbait. They’re actually not interested in facts, because the controversy sells so well.

Read the article.

Redhat Now Available on Azure

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.

OneDrive Reduces Storage

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 Building Linux Servers

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.