betcha some subtle simple zero day backdoors are in it with the intent for the open source community to clone and copy this MIT License software.....it's the end of Linux given enough marketing hype ($$$$) for this distro. Why else would MS take efforts when Linux is fine w/o MS?
Microsoft pretty clearly wants to be operating a for-subscription service. It doesn't make sense for an OS to be a for-subscription service. So what would make sense would be adopting a Linux kernel, then offering a 'Windows Experience' on a subscription basis. Or they could go the Apple route and just heavily customize and develop on top of the kernel. For now, though, this makes sense as the cloud is dominated by Linux and not even Microsoft is going to pretend that Windows has a chance there. Also, we should never forget that no one should have ever listened to Steve Ballmer about anything, ever. HE is the cancer. He almost killed Microsoft completely with his ludicrous competition-focused approach to the workplace. He posted leaderboards on every wall where members of the same teams would compete against each other to score points, with the leaderboards updating in realtime. Teams within Microsoft them competed against each other on points as well. It created the most hostile, inhumane, toxic environment imaginable. No one would ever help a coworker because that meant they would be scoring points while you were losing out. You were heavily penalized through the very nature of the system for doing anything remotely cooperative or helpful to the company as a whole. It was disgusting, and should be held up as a prime example of what to never, ever, ever do.
Released under the MIT license.
The MIT license is not quite compatible with the GPL license which Linux is released under.
You can relicense MIT licensed software under a GPL license, but you cannot relicense GPL licensed software with the MIT license.