Another week in the world of Microsoft saw the company increasingly involved with Linux and open standards. The firm said that the upcoming SQL Server 2016 database management system will run on Linux, while a software framework developed for building open network switches for the data centre is also based on the open source OS.
Meanwhile, some sites have reported that Windows users have started seeing nag screens regarding upgrading to Windows 10, even on corporate systems where updates are governed by the IT department.
Elsewhere, the drip-drip of updates that preview features coming to Windows 10 continued, while rumours began to gather that Redstone 2, the next major update to Windows 10 after the impending Redstone, may be delayed until next year to coincide with new hardware platforms.
Microsoft brings SQL Server to Linux as it readies SQL Server 2016 for launch
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Microsoft aims to tempt customers from Oracle to SQL Server 2016 with free licences
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Microsoft nagware tries to turn workers against sysadmins
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Microsoft delivers more changes in Build 14279 preview of Redstone release for Windows 10
Microsoft has released another preview version of the next major update for Windows 10, codenamed Redstone. Build 14279 makes Cortana available in more languages, and updates the log-on experience while delivering a number of fixes for problems in earlier preview releases.
Microsoft delays Windows 10 Redstone 2 update to next year
Microsoft has delayed the release of the Redstone 2 update for Windows 10 from later this year until next year to cash in on the next wave of devices.
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