Does that mean that Microsoft will try to identify bugs before it releases its updates/patches?
One can hope.
But then all the Never On The First Tuesday admins won't have to wait to upgrade.
On Wednesday, Microsoft's GitHub said it has acquired Semmle, a San Francisco-based software analysis platform for finding vulnerabilities in code. No price was disclosed. GitHub CEO Nat Friedman said Semmle's code analysis engine provides developers with a way to write queries for code patterns and variations, which allows …
Probably looking at least a decade before that can happen, I worked with a company that got absorbed by Redmond, took several years before we were actually fully integrated into Redmond, then a few years before our products got absorbed into actual products. Before that, we were just kind of an independent company that happened to exist within Redmond.
We were fairly small and the product we made was installed on massive number of Windows machines anyway to the point where our code might as well had shipped on the Windows install disks anyway. It still took 6 years for our code to actually ship with Windows instead of as a separate download. I shudder to think how long something as big and non-Microsofty as GitHub will take to integrate, let alone these new folks.
A collection of very low latency I/O libraries that a -lot- of games and drivers used. Pretty much if you needed a user-mode bit of code to safely read/write from a peripheral's memory, we were your first stop. Our code eventually replaced a bunch of components of DirectX, and the Windows Driver Framework, and became part of Hyper-V.
We were brought into the fold during the Longhorn development period in 2004 when they decided to reset all their development efforts. We were scooped up to save time in developing code that they had failed to write properly the first time around, or hadn't gotten around to writing it yet.