Some big organizations are moving toward managing all their branches by mandating that everyone use windows "active directory". This is to centralize system administration tasks at some headquarters. And I've been told that "cifs" which is the thing that underlies Windows file sharing and samba is insecure and will be replaced by another scheme, one that is tending to be the property of Microsoft and Intel. What are the prospects for this happening?
(And I mean this as a technical question, not a political one. i.e. Is this a correct statement of the technical developments? Are there free software projects that will mitigate this? )