Microsoft’s week: Final Patch Tuesday for 2015, open source Chakra engine and Linux certification for Azure

The Microsoft stories hitting the headlines this week were all about the web, security and open source.

Microsoft detailed it was opening up the Chakra JavaScript engine inside its Edge browser, to enable third parties to embed it in other products. Meanwhile, a slip meant that eagle-eye observers caught a hint that the promised extensions to Edge could soon be on their way.

Elsewhere, Microsoft delivered its final Patch Tuesday updates of 2015, and further embraced open source by announcing a certification scheme for IT professionals with both Linux skills and expertise in its Azure cloud.

Microsoft to open source Chakra JavaScript engine in Windows 10’s Edge browser

Microsoft Edge logo

Microsoft is set to make available core components of the Chakra JavaScript technology that underpins the Edge browser in Windows 10 under an open source licence. The firm said that it hoped this will accelerate development by enabling a broader community to contribute to it in future.

Microsoft passes 130 security fixes for 2015 with final Patch Tuesday update


Microsoft has issued its final Patch Tuesday update of 2015, taking the total number of security fixes for the year to 135. This is well in excess of the 85 issued in 2014.

Microsoft further embraces Linux with IT professional certification for Azure

A Swiss Army knife with the Linux penguin logo

Microsoft has announced it is offering a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) qualification for IT professionals working with Linux on its Azure cloud platform, representing a further broadening of the firm’s new-found enthusiasm for open source solutions.

Microsoft Edge extensions are imminent as forbidden webpage is found

Microsoft Edge screenshot

Microsoft appears to be on the verge of announcing extensions to the Windows 10 next-generation web browser Edge, according to a screengrab of a leaked page announcing their arrival.

Microsoft begins migrating Office 365 SMB customers to new plans

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Microsoft has rolled out new Office 365 plans for small to medium business (SMB) customers, which were first detailed late last year, to existing subscribers.

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