Former Munich Mayor Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux

Christian Ude, Oberbürgermeister von München zwischen 1993 und 2014.

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)

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Source: Former Mayor of Munich Explains How Microsoft Hates Linux | Techrights

Microsoft is all in on Hardware

thenextweb.com has a rundown of Surface Laptop, Surface Duo, Surface Earbuds, Neo and everything else Microsoft announced at their Surface event this week.

Here’s a quick rundown of Microsoft’s exciting new hardware for the coming year, including Surface laptops, earbuds, a foldable phone, and more.

Source: Surface Duo, Neo, and everything else at Microsoft’s packed hardware event

The Verge has a summary in 11 minutes:

Wunderlist

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

LinkedIn Snaps Up Drawbridge

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 snaps up Drawbridge

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” […]

Source: LinkedIn Snaps Up Drawbridge, Its Second Known Acquisition In 8 Months

GitHub announces Package Registry

Your code. Your packages. One login. Meet GitHub Package Registry.
https://github.co/2vSuFG2

From the announcement on LinkedIn
Octocat Package Registry

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.

Source: Introducing GitHub Package Registry – The GitHub Blog

SAP and Microsoft bring IoT data together

The previously announced cooperation shows first results. Particularly in form of Microsofts announcement of having integrated SAP Leonardo into their Azure IoT Hub.

Microsoft and SAP Announce to bring IoT and Business Data together

Source: SAP and Microsoft bring IoT data to the core of the business applications | Blog | Microsoft Azure

Windows gets Linux kernel and terminal

Oh Satya, you are spoiling us.

So, with this announcement you’ll not be able to purchase a regular PC that doesn’t have some *nix on it. Somehow, it’s finally the year of Linux on the Desktop.

That cold air you feel, that’s hell freezing over.

Source: Windows 10 gets a legit Linux kernel and a souped-up terminal app

Stealthy Microsoft Exchange backdoor discovered

Researchers discover highly stealthy Microsoft Exchange backdoor

The LightNeuron Microsoft Exchange backdoor can read, modify or block emails going through the compromised server, and even compose and send new emails.

Source: Researchers discover highly stealthy Microsoft Exchange backdoor – Help Net Security

IntelliCode for AI-assisted now available

Microsoft trained an AI with Github projects that have more than 100 stars on them. The AI is supposed to help coding. And it is available now. AI is not yet there to take a programmers job, but Facebook took similar approaches to speed up development. Be afraid, coding people.

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IntelliCode, Microsoft’s tool for AI-assisted coding, is now generally available. It supports C# and XAML in Visual Studio and Java, JavaScript, TypeScript and Python in Visual Studio Code. By default, it is now also included in Visual Studio 2019, starting with the second preview of version 16.1, which the company also announced that. IntelliCode is […]

Source: Microsoft’s IntelliCode for AI-assisted coding comes out of preview | TechCrunch

Microsoft's event-triggered serverless Azure

After Amazon Web Services launched their Lambda offering in 2014, they apparently had some success. Just a few weeks after Google announced their serverless offering, today Microsoft also announced they’d be offering a technology to execute code event-driven, on demand.

Microsoft announced it was previewing a new service today at its annual Build Developer conference that lets programmers create event-driven triggers without deploying any underlying…

via: TechCrunch