Is Microsoft is becoming a Linux vendor?

On Microsoft’s own Azure cloud, 75% of machines run Linux. These are Microsoft customers who are running Linux. Microsoft needs to support the platform they use, or they will go somewhere else.

To that end, Microsoft has written a Linux subsystem in Windows, that allows users/admins to run bash commands.

Is Microsoft’s victory a loss for traditional Linux vendors? To some degree, yes. Microsoft has become a direct competitor. But the clear winner here is Linux.

Microsoft doesn’t own any Linux technologies. They are totally dependent on an external vendor, in this case Canonical, for their entire Linux layer. Too risky a proposition, if Canonical gets acquired by a fierce competitor.

Read the full story from CIO magazine here

Linux Foundation and Microsoft: A Great Start to a Great Partnership

Linux Foundation and Microsoft: A Great Start to a Great Partnership

The lines between open source and proprietary software are blurring. Increasingly organizations are building even in-house technologies with open source methods. This includes Microsoft.

From participating in Node.js, the Core Infrastructure Initiative and other Collaborative Projects at Linux Foundation to its recent partnerships with Red Hat and SUSE, Microsoft is demonstrating a sincere, smart and practical approach to how it builds new technologies and supports its vast customer base

Source: Linux.com | The source for Linux information

PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux

Today’s customers live in a multi-platform, multi-cloud, multi-OS world – that’s just reality. This world brings new challenges and customers need tools to make everything work together.

Microsoft announced today that PowerShell is open sourced and available on Linux. (For those of you who need a refresher, PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language built on the .NET Framework to help IT professionals control and automate the administration of the Windows, and now Linux, operating systems and the applications that run on them.)

Source: PowerShell is open sourced and is available on Linux | Blog | Microsoft Azure

Red Hat, Microsoft and Codenvy Push DevOps with New Language Protocol

While it’s no longer news that Microsoft wants to cooperate with the open source community, it’s remarkable that Redmond is now going so far as to help found an open source project whose goal is to erase platform lock-in for programming. In the past, platform lock-in constituted  the crux of Microsoft’s business strategy, but those days are long past.

Source: Red Hat, Microsoft and Codenvy Push DevOps with New Language Protocol | Data Center Knowledge

Excel 2016 for Mac, still lacking features in Windows version

Excel 2016 for Mac, still lacking features in Windows version
Need to edit your defined names in Excel 2016 for Mac?  No need to search the Office help site, you won’t find Mac instructions.  The short answer is that there isn’t a name manager button on the formula ribbon.  The work around is to hold CMD+FN+F3
Windows Keyboard for Mac
Windows Keyboard

Problems Locating Name Manager in Excel 2016

Dear community members, Does anybody know where the name manager is located in Excel 2016? I don’t see any option in the Formulas Ribbon:

Reply to Jim Gordon Mac MVP’s post on August 2, 2015

Thank for letting me know.  Hopefully, the name management functionality will be incorporated in the near future.

Need a Simple Form in Excel? SOL!

Need a Simple Form in Excel? SOL!

If you’re an Excel 2016 for Mac user, and you want to create a simple form, you’re out of luck.  Microsoft’s official response:  there is none.

If fact, if you read through the myriad of Microsoft Office articles on the subject, you’ll find no differentiation about Mac’s inability to use the customize the Quick Access Toolbar feature.  I guess the workaround is is to buy a Windows computer.

Unfortunately this is yet another example of how Office for Mac 2016 is still the red-headed stepchild to the Windows version.

“Relevant” Microsoft Articles:

The answer:

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Agonizing death of the Windows Phone

Interesting summary of the slow agonizing death of the Windows Phone from Forbes. Ruthless Microsoft’s Smart Decision To Kill Windows Phone.

A better read from WSJ in July 2015 predicted the demise.  In the WSJ report, Apple profit per phone was more than double every other manufacturer combined.

With only 4.5 million Lumia devices sold in Q4 2015, Microsoft’ mobile hardware reached the heady heights of a 1.1 percent market share.