After looking at the code in question, we are now able to confirm this was indeed the case, although it was not intentional on our part. While we had contracted with a third party to create the tool, we share responsibility as we did not catch it as part of our code review process. We have furthermore conducted a review of other code provided through the Microsoft Store and this was the only incident of this sort we could find.
Wow, first Bill Gates openly says that Steve Jobs is a really ok kinda guy, and now Microsoft actually admits to a mistake and takes steps to correct it by releasing source code?? Anybody else a little shocked by this week's Microsoft news?
They couldn't really deny it - They were outed and independent sources already confirmed they were violating the GPL. So, they really didn't have any choice.
The next step would have been for the Software Freedom Law Center to sue them for GPL violations, and I don't think MS wanted to lose the case, further legitimize the GPL, and get all the publicity that would have come with it.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
So it was good software that worked at first. Now it will come out and be buggy as can be with 36 security updates to follow. Thank You!
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Pretty much sums it up.
In such cases it's better to apologize quickly and move on. Kinda like politicians do when caught cheating.
Are you referring to the USB tool, or Windows 7? (http://hothardware.com/cs/forums/t/45635.aspx)
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