Just a reminder that Microsoft is no better than the others, and has been at it longer than most of Big Tech.
The story is that MS is back to their old tricks of buying out smaller outfits and either enslaving the existing customers, or forcing them out. In this case, MS bought up LinkedIn. Just a year earlier, LinkedIn had bought out Lynda.com. MS is now demanding that Lynda users create a LinkedIn account to continue using Lynda. This is the same LinkedIn that was hacked and exposed every single member’s personal info, because MS can’t be bothered with real security.
So far as I can discover, Lynda had been a fairly large company that offered a ton of instructional courses in fine arts. Lots of county libraries and colleges across the US had access to this material on behalf of their patrons. MS is leveraging their control over Lynda to force these millions of patrons and students to surrender their personal info for a database MS refuses to protect. It’s just another forced participation in having your life sold to advertisers, even without the poorly secured database. Worse, something that was theirs because the founder Lynda Weinman gave it to them, has been taken away.
There’s no other way to see this except as a case of MS using very bad law as the means to steal from millions at once. But this is how MS has acted from the beginning. The first initial work on MS-DOS was stolen from someone else. MS is a monopoly, and no one has the power to hinder them unless users simply stop using their stuff.