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Microsoft Will Bring Its SQL Database Software to Linux

posted onMarch 9, 2016
by l33tdawg

Nearly one quarter of all the servers running in Microsoft’s Azure cloud service are powered by the open source operating system Linux. But you can’t actually run much Microsoft software on those Linux servers.

That’s about to change. Companies will soon be able to run Microsoft’s database software SQL Server on Linux, Microsoft’s Scott Guthrie said in a blog post today.

Or at least part of it. A spokesperson clarified that Microsoft will offer at least SQL Server’s core capabilities. Other components will depends on customer demand and feedback.

Microsoft is buying mobile tool vendor Xamarin

posted onFebruary 25, 2016
by l33tdawg

In a move that was expected and rumored for a long time, Microsoft is buying tool maker Xamarin.

Scott Guthrie, head of Microsoft's Cloud and Enterprise business, announced the intent to buy Xamarin on February 24, via a blog post.

The financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed by either company. Microsoft officials plan to provide more details about its Xamarin integration plans in the future starting at Build at the end of March.

Microsoft Releases Multi-tasking Keyboard App for Android

posted onFebruary 24, 2016
by l33tdawg

A new app from Microsoft Garage, a mobile software development unit within the Redmond, Wash., giant that focuses on experimental and small-scale apps, has released a new multitasking keyboard app for Android. Dubbed the Hub Keyboard, the app bundles a handful of tools that reduce the need to switch between apps to complete certain actions, helping users stay focused on the task at hand.

Microsoft cuts 'dozens' more employees with its mobile unit: Report

posted onFebruary 15, 2016
by l33tdawg

Microsoft is laying off "dozens" more employees associated with its mobile business, according to a February 10 report from the Finnish newspaper Helsigin Sanomat.

The cuts are happening in Finland and heavily targeting those involved in marketing, the report says. (Thanks to @teroalhonen for the HS link.)

When it comes to Windows 10 privacy, don't trust amateur analysts

posted onFebruary 12, 2016
by l33tdawg

Gordon F. Kelly of Forbes is at it again, whipping up a frenzy over Windows 10. This time he claims to have found SHOCKING EVIDENCE that Microsoft's telemetry is collecting STAGGERING amounts of data from Windows 10 users.

Sadly, what Mr. Kelly's post* proves is how very, very little he understands about modern computing or networking. Seriously, his article is pure gibberish, technically. But more than 100,000 people have read it so far, and apparently they believe Mr. Kelly.

I feel sorry for those poor benighted souls.

The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

posted onJanuary 28, 2016
by l33tdawg

With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you’d have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason.