BAM: After Salesforce bought Slack in a monster $27B mega-deal only in December of past year, today news have that Microsoft reportedly wants to buy Discord for more than $10B. The market for cooperation and chat solutions is in heavy motion. The Discord solution will compete with Microsoft’s home grown Teams to some extent.
Microsoft is out for shopping again and this time it wants to buy Discord, the communication platform for gamers. This morning, Bloomberg reported that the tech giant wants to acquire the app for more than $10 billion — a hefty sum. In December, Discord raised $100 million at a $7 billion valuation, so it wouldn’t be surprising […]
The article mentions the benefit for developers and the ecosystem. I’d rather be curious to understand the drivers that led to the M&A decision on the buying side.
Upcycle Windows 7 : Microsoft announced support for Windows 7 would end Janury 14, 2020 with plenty of lead time. A regular procedure in the world of enterprise software. The idea behind such a process is fairly simple. The software won’t stop working, nor are users unable to use in any other way. Only the company will stop developing and supporting patches for the operating system.
While this is typically not a immediate issue for the private user, it has some security implications. The corporate user, that requires support, still has an opportunity to pursue a more recent version of the software, Windows 10. The entire procedure created some media echo recently, given the date is only past due by one week.
Instead of simply letting go, the Free Software Foundation started a campaign and petition to create an alternative for Windows 7 to just stop it. While this didn’t happen with software are recent as Windows 7, the approach has been precedented. MS DOS, Classic Word and even calc.exe are up on the internet nowadays. The Register mentions potential issues with content licensed from third parties, too.
The new Edge browser, built on the same open source code as Google Chrome, contains a new Tracking Prevention feature that blocks third-party trackers and, at the Strict setting, many ads. My tests show that one in four items blocked are from Google.
Christian Ude speaks in a new interview about what Microsoft did in Munich and elsewhere in Europe in order to undermine GNU/Linux and impose Microsoft Windows on everybody, together with all the spyware Microsoft provides for it (likely violation of privacy laws)
In 2015, it was big news to the Startup and VC scene, when Microsoft announced it would acquire Wunderlist. Back then, 6Wunderkinder was one of the most promising StartUps in the German Capital. The social media bubble immediately started debating the future of the product and whether Microsoft would spoil it or even shut it down.
The recent past showed all fears held true when Microsoft announced the shutdown of Wunderlist in favour of a “To-Do” app, to the disappointment of it’s entire user base.
Now, another two years later, Christian Reber, CEO and Founder of 6 Wunderkinder, announced his plans to buy back the core application from Microsoft. VentureBeat has more
Drawbridge, a company that provides Marketing Tooling to understand customers better, is LinkedIn’s second known acquisition in 8 Months. The volume of the deal is unknown.
LinkedIn just acquired its 22nd-known company: Drawbridge. The smaller company will integrate with LinkedIn’s marketing services. The move jumps off of LinkedIn’s own growth in providing marketing tooling, according to the company’s blog post. LinkedIn claims that its “Marketing Solutions” business “accelerated” […]
The other day wrote this in their post on LinkedIn. Following the link takes one to the newly announced Github Package Registry, that allows developers to host releases for distribution. It’s currently in beta and supports npm, docker images, maven packages, NuGet and Ruby Gems. The corresponding blog article has a few more insights:
With GitHub Package Registry your packages are at home with their code—sign up for the limited beta to try it out.
From the blogpost
While I appreciate the thought and easiness of integration, the announcement doesn’t leave me with a cosy feeling. It’s a bit like GitHub is trying to become the Facebook of code. The Internet is made to work decentralised and the interesting part always has been the freedom of choice. With functionality merging together in one platform, choice gets lost and there is opportunity of misuse.
In particular, it seems almost forgotten that Github, just like Linkedin, have been acquired by Microsoft in 2016 and 2018. This perspective throws another light on the added functionality and developers may want to evaluate remaining alternatives.