What you need to know
- CERN is switching away from Microsoft software.
- The change is in response to CERN losing its status as an academic institution.
- CERN has a Microsoft Alternative project which includes open software.
CERN, also known as the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is switching away from Microsoft software in response to high licensing fees (via PCMag). CERN lost its status as an academic institution in the eyes of Microsoft and as a result would have to pay licensing fees that were 10 times higher than its previous contract with Microsoft.
In anticipation of the switch, CERN created the Microsoft Alternative (MALt) project. This project focuses on "delivering the same service to every category of CERN personnel" as outlined on CERN's website. The project relies on open software that allows CERN to continue their work without relying on Microsoft.
CERN has been using Microsoft services for decades, so this shows a large shift in its workflow. The first services that MALt will pilot are an email service and an alternative solution to Skype. Comprehensive replacements like this will take years to thoroughly test and implement.
Cheap PC accessories we love
Take a gander at these awesome PC accessories, all of which will enhance your Windows experience.
Anker 4 port USB 3.0 hub ($10 at Amazon)
Whether on a desktop or laptop PC, you always need more ports to connect things to. This hub gives you an additional four USB 3.0 Type A ports.
Ikea Fixa Cable Management System ($11 at Amazon)
This IKEA cable management kit is your ticket to a clean setup. It's simple and functional.
NZXT Puck ($20 at Amazon)
This clever little accessory has powerful magnets on the rear to make it stick to any of the metal panels on your PC case or anything else. It's great for hanging accessories like headsets.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
Update 6: Microsoft wants all of TikTok, but Trump's order may interfere
The Financial Times reports that as part of negotiations, Microsoft is now inquiring whether it can buy all of TikTok, instead of just the business in the US., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. This new plan would include India and Europe (and excluding China).
Apple responds to Project xCloud iOS block, Microsoft kicks back
With Microsoft's Project xCloud streaming platform locked out from iOS devices, Apple doubles down on App Store restrictions.
Fresh Surface Duo renders are here, reportedly coming to AT&T
Microsoft hasn't exactly been camera shy with the Surface Duo, but a new set of renders have leaked that offer an even closer look at the device. Alongside the leaked images, the leaker says Duo will be headed to AT&T in the U.S.
Best Affordable Desk Chair for Kids in 2020
Everyone needs a comfortable and practical chair to sit at their desk with, and that includes kids who are working on homework or arts-and-crafts. Here's a list of some of our favorite options.