Now is the time...
Maybe it's time for a Constitutional Convention, but I really hate to suggest that, because I remember what happened when Illinois had one. They imposed on themselves a system of government that amounted to totalitarianism.
"Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it." The EU is analogous to the USA. It is even comparable in size. The tension between state and federal government echoes similar struggles in the USA. Now one country (i.e. state) is threatening to secede.
No wonder Microsoft is backing off. The wonder is that they didn't back off sooner.
One must wonder how Google's autonomous car software would have performed in the same situation. Is the software in fact different?
No need to "stop" them, if you don't have an email program with the MISfeature of executing incoming attachments. Microsoft could have avoided creation of the whole category of "email virus" if management had the good sense to value security over convenience. But famously Microsoft at the time didn't take security seriously. Only later did Microsoft begin to make a lot of noise publicly about taking security seriously.
Gotta wonder what in blazes the Wallybot "thought" it was talking about.
A software glitch, no doubt. In the unlikely event the wallybot is an actual person, it's probably tying one on...
I think the company is really changing, but there must be thousands of employees still in the ranks who still think the old way. It will take time to clean out the deadwood. The sooner the better, for Microsoft's own sake.
For that matter, I would imagine that, Microsoft being a software company after all, the old attitudes must to some extent be built into software that implements the company's internal procedures. In that case, it will take time to find it and root it out. The days when Microsoft could "turn on a dime" are long gone, started to go away when Ballmer became CEO. In the 90's, Gates would just change his mind, and the company would operate a different way; with Ballmer, whole departments had to be created or re-organized.
"Microsoft has heard the complaints about the tactics it's using to push Windows 10 on users, and it's finally backing off.
"Later this week, the company plans to roll out an update for Windows 7 and 8 that will change the alerts it has been using to promote Windows 10. Unlike before, the alerts will now offer users a clear choice to decline Windows 10. And if users click on the red "x" button to dismiss the alert, Windows will no longer consider that a confirmation that users want to upgrade to the new version.
There is more. Please read the original article.
What can I say? Microsoft managers are not idiots, they must have known their tactics would rile users. Reality is asserting itself.
Quoting in part:
"LINUX has been in the ascendancy ever since the open source operating system was released, and has been improved and refined over time so that a typical distribution is now a polished and complete package comprising virtually everything the user needs, whether for a server or personal system.
"Much of the web runs on Linux, and a great many smartphones, and numerous other systems, from the Raspberry Pi to the most powerful supercomputers. So is it time to switch from Windows to Linux? Here are 5 reasons why you should.
"The cloud is all Linux
"Cloud storage in the cloud
"Workloads in the cloud are increasingly run on Linux or developed on Linux, even on Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. This is partly because many of the cutting-edge technologies, such as containers and analytics tools, have been developed on Linux, but also because many of the cloud platforms, such as AWS and OpenStack, are based on the operating system to start off with.
"As adoption of cloud services become more prevalent, the importance of Linux will only grow, and most firms are going to start using Linux if they are not already.
There is much more. Please see the original article.
Of course there are some ankle-biters in the Comments section.
Microsoft has stopped trying to defend Windows, and so is becoming just another application vendor, predictably. That is confirmed by the kind of posts the shillbots make now. That must be a lower-margin business than Microsoft is accustomed to, but it's nice that Microsoft can still find ways to support itself.
Good news. But given the persistence of the Creation Science nutcases, I'd counsel caution.
Now we can admit it -- Red Hat (i.e. Linux) was Microsoft's biggest threat.
"At Red Hat's tech conference taking place in San Francisco, the maker of open source software and Microsoft showed a lot of progress to their landmark partnership announced in November.
"Red Hat, which makes a popular version of the open source operating system Linux, was once feared and hated by Microsoft. Microsoft's most important customers — big companies — flocked to Linux as an alternative to Windows Server.
"And that used to be an expensive problem for Microsoft. Not only does Microsoft charge companies to use Windows Server, but Windows Server also means a company is more likely to buy other Microsoft/Windows products, such as its database SQL Server.
"This led Microsoft to make all kinds of threats against Linux under former CEO Steven Ballmer, even a vague threat that Microsoft could sue companies who use Linux, after Microsoft claimed that Linux violated a lot of Microsoft's patents. Over the years, those threats allowed Microsoft to get most companies who use Linux in their products to pay Microsoft royalties.
"But Nadella realized long ago that this kind of threatening tactic isn't necessary in the new way companies buy their tech, where they rent it all via cloud computing.
"Nadella no longer has to protect Windows
"Nadella knows that Windows isn't as important to the company as it used to be. And that means he can "love Linux," bring it into Microsoft's cloud and make Microsoft's other products work with Linux, too."