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  • Windows 10 to be released by Microsoft in July (7/29)

    06/01/2015 12:02:49 PM PDT · by dayglored · 67 replies
    BBC News ^ | Jun 1, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft's next generation of its operating system, Windows 10, is due to be released next month. The company said PCs and tablets running the software would go on sale on 29 July, at which point the OS would also be offered as a free download to existing users. The roll-out of the product for smartphones, Xbox games consoles and other kit will follow later. One expert said the release could prove critical to the Microsoft's fortunes. Windows 8 - the current iteration - has had a troubled life, with many deciding not to update to its touch-centric user interface. The...
  • Debunked: Your SSD won't lose data if left unplugged after all

    05/25/2015 8:25:11 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    PC World ^ | May 21, 2015 | Gordon Mah Ung
    If you’re in a panic because the Internet told you that your shiny new SSD may lose data in “just a few days” when stored in a hot room, take a chill pill—it’s apparently all a huge misunderstanding, according to the man who wrote the original presentation all the fear is based on. In a conversation with Kent Smith of Seagate and Alvin Cox, the Seagate engineer who wrote the presentation that set the Internet abuzz, PCWorld was told we’re all just reading it wrong. “People have misunderstood the data that they’re looking at,” Smith said. Cox agreed saying there’s...
  • New Windows 10 Build 10122 aims to fix file association hijacking

    05/21/2015 2:59:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 23 replies
    The Register ^ | May 21, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Smoother and more stable, but Start menu and tablet issues remain Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10, named 10122, which includes an effort to fix file association hijacking, where a newly installed application becomes the default for opening documents with a particular extension, such as PDF, docx, jpg or MP3. In Windows 10, neither desktop nor Universal (UAP) apps will be able to show a dialog prompting the user to change default file associations. Instead, users get a prompt when they next open a document of a type handled by a newly installed app. The prompt defaults...
  • Safari (Apple browser) URL-spoofing vuln reveals how fanbois can be led astray

    05/20/2015 8:05:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    The Register ^ | May 20, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    A recently published exploit for the Safari browser demonstrates a URL spoofing mechanism which might convince users they are visiting a legitimate website, when they are actually visiting another site which may be phishing their details. Deusen researchers have disclosed a vulnerability which may be exploited by hackers to hijack user accounts on a range of websites, from social media to banking. The proof-of-concept invites users to visit what appears to be the Daily Mail website – however, a script will execute the loading of another URL before the page users are directed to can be displayed. Tested using Safari...
  • Trojanized, info-stealing PuTTY version lurking online (SSH Secure Shell program for Windows)

    05/19/2015 5:17:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    Help Net Security ^ | May 19, 2015 | Zeljka Zorz
    A malicious version of the popular open source Secure Shell (SSH) client PuTTY has been spotted and analyzed by Symantec researchers, and found to have information-stealing capabilities. PuTTY, which is written and maintained primarily by Simon Tatham and can be freely downloaded from the project's official site, is a popular software with admins and developers looking to connect to remote servers through encrypted means. Compiled from source, this malicious version is apparently capable of stealing the credentials needed to connect to those servers. "Data that is sent through SSH connections may be sensitive and is often considered a gold mine...
  • Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

    05/18/2015 4:30:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 57 replies
    The Register ^ | May 15, 2015 | Neil McAlister
    Think you'll be getting a free upgrade to Windows 10 from your pirated copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1? Not so fast. For months, rumors have been swirling that suggested Microsoft was so eager to get its entire customer base onto Windows 10 that it will extend its free upgrade offer even to those who obtained their copies of Windows by, um, questionable means. Well, it seems that may not be true after all. Or not entirely true. Or something. Microsoft operating systems exec veep Terry Myerson weighed in on Friday to clarify the software giant's position on "Non-Genuine"...
  • Patch Tuesday Alert! Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for May 2015 - Do It Now

    05/13/2015 6:13:05 AM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft Security TechCenter ^ | May 12, 2015 | Microsoft
    Published: May 12, 2015 Version: 1.0 On this page Executive Summaries Exploitability Index Affected Software Detection and Deployment Tools and Guidance Acknowledgments Other Information This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for May 2015. For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications. Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information.
  • Microsoft Edge: Building a safer browser

    05/12/2015 5:50:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 22 replies
    Microsoft Edge Dev Blog ^ | May 11, 2015 | Microsoft Edge Team
    With Microsoft Edge, we want to fundamentally improve security over existing browsers and enable users to confidently experience the web from Windows. We have designed Microsoft Edge to defend users from increasingly sophisticated and prevalent attacks. This post covers some of the advanced technologies used to protect Microsoft Edge, including industry leading sandboxing, compiler, and memory management techniques developed in close partnership with Windows. Web Security Threats While the web is predominantly a safe environment, some sites are designed to steal money and personal information. Thieves by nature don’t care about rules, and will use any means to take advantage...
  • Microsoft points PowerShell at Penguinistas

    05/10/2015 7:32:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    The Register ^ | May 11, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    In yet another sign that Microsoft is a very different animal these days, the company has released PowerShell DSC (desired state configuration) for Linux. PowerShell DSC is a server configuration tool that has hitherto driven Windows Server boxen. But Microsoft's now decided it has a “commitment to common management of heterogeneous assets in your datacenter or the public cloud”, so has added Linux-wrangling features to the tool. The new code can cope with CentOS, Debian GNU/Linux, Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu Server. Once you get it up and running you can enjoy the...
  • Microsoft's secret weapon Asm.js Native-speed JavaScript available in Windows 10's Edge browser(tr)

    05/09/2015 6:39:42 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | May 7, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Original full title/subtitle:Microsoft's secret weapon in browser wars: Mozilla's supercharged Asm.js Native-speed JavaScript available now in Windows 10's Edge browser Microsoft has included a surprise feature in its new Edge web browser for Windows 10, in the form of support for the ultra-optimizable Asm.js JavaScript dialect. First developed by Mozilla and championed by the nonprofit's former CTO Brendon Eich, Asm.js is a strict subset of JavaScript that aims to be the "assembly language of the web." By eliminating many of the vagaries of the JavaScript language syntax, Asm.js forces client-side web code into a form that is easy for Just-In-Time...
  • Microsoft Launches Its .NET Distribution For Linux And Mac

    05/08/2015 2:10:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Frederic Lardinois
    Last November, Microsoft said that it would bring some of the core features of its .NET platform — which has traditionally been Windows-only — to Linux and Mac. Today, at its Build developer conference, the company announced its first full preview of the .NET Core runtime for Linux and Mac OS X.In addition, Microsoft is making the release candidate of the full .NET framework for Windows available to developers today [April 29, 2015]. The highlight here, though, is obviously the release of .NET Core for platforms other than Windows. As Microsoft VP of its developer division S. “Soma” Somasegar told...
  • Sorry, Windows 10 early adopters: Microsoft Edge WON'T block ads at launch

    05/07/2015 9:52:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Register ^ | May 6, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    You won't have to worry about dodgy toolbars, rogue ActiveX controls, or buggy plugins when you use Microsoft Edge (née Project Spartan), Redmond's new web browser for Windows 10. But you can also forget about extending the browser in any way, at least at first. Microsoft gave a sneak peek at its new, HTML/JavaScript-based extensibility engine for Edge at its Build developer conference in San Francisco last week. But on Wednesday we learned that this engine won't be available when the first general-availability build of Edge ships with the Windows 10 launch. "We will enable this new model after our...
  • Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) - Getting Started on the Raspberry Pi 2

    05/06/2015 9:48:50 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    Windows Management User Group ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | Paul Winstanley
    (This is about using Windows 10 on tiny embedded hardware for Internet-connected devices.) Windows 10 IoT Insider Preview was released yesterday (Apr 29) for various low cost hardware types - Raspberry Pi 2, MinnowBoard MAX, Intel Galileo and Arduino. It's available from here https://ms-iot.github.io/content/GetStarted.htm In this blog post I'll be getting the IoT release up and running on one of those devices, the Raspberry Pi 2. (Article goes into detailed steps of how to load Windows 10 onto a Raspberry Pi 2.)
  • Windows PowerShell Blog - ScriptAnalyzer in GitHub and availability on Powershell Gallery

    05/06/2015 5:57:41 AM PDT · by dayglored · 15 replies
    The Windows PowerShell Blog ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | PowerShell Team
    Windows PowerShell Blog "Automating the world one-liner at a time…" With the release of Windows Management Framework 5.0 April Preview, we are excited to announce that PowerShell ScriptAnalyzer development has moved to GitHub for greater collaboration & community involvement. https://github.com/PowerShell/PSScriptAnalyzer Also, we have published v1.0 of ScriptAnalyzer to PSGallery. https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/PSScriptAnalyzer/ Here are the significant changes in this release: Features: "Recursive" switch to analyze a folderpath in Invoke-ScriptAnalyzer Three levels of Severity - Error/Warning/Informational Robust Engine that does emits non-terminating errors (Ex: for failed ast parse) and continues rule application when running on multiple scripts Add wild card supports for rules...
  • Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

    05/05/2015 8:55:08 PM PDT · by dayglored · 75 replies
    The Register ^ | May 4, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    New policy verges on apt-get update && apt-get dist-upgradeIgnite 2015 Microsoft has shown off some of the new security mechanisms embedded in Windows 10, and revealed a change to its software updates. Windows supremo Terry Myerson reckons the revised security patch rollout – effectively ditching the monthly Patch Tuesday – will shame Google. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices, leaving end users and businesses increasingly exposed every day they use an Android device," Myerson said during his Ignite keynote in Chicago today. He was referring to the sometimes tardy...
  • Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

    05/05/2015 4:53:03 PM PDT · by dayglored · 41 replies
    The Register ^ | May 5, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Windows Media Center has come to the end of the road with Windows 10. Microsoft’s next client operating system won’t include Redmond’s media software, for recording and playing TV, music and video. General manager for OSG data and fundamentals Gabriel Aul Tweeted: We can confirm that due to decreased usage, Windows Media Center will not be part of Windows 10. — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) May 4, 2015 For those who are using Windows Media Center, Aul said Microsoft would deliver a “DVD option” in an update later this year. Windows Media Center debuted as Windows XP Media Center Edition in...
  • Microsoft's Office 2016 Public Preview download is now available

    05/04/2015 5:48:07 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    Neowin ^ | May 4, 2015 | Max Slater-Robins
    Back in March, Microsoft made Office 2016, the next major update to one of the companies' most important products, available to IT professionals to test and submit feedback on. Just as they have done with Windows 10, Microsoft is welcoming constructive criticism - or praise - that will help shape the product when it launches later this year. The next step is to open Office 2016 up to the public. On stage at Microsoft's Ignite conference, CEO Satya Nadella announced that the public preview of Office 2016 has been released. In the accompanying blog post, Jared Spataro, general manager for...
  • Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

    05/03/2015 9:02:01 PM PDT · by dayglored · 43 replies
    The Register ^ | May 3, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    April desktop OS usage stats show XP's really sinking fast now If it's the first Monday of the month, and it is, it must be time to have a look at desktop operating system market share as recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare. It looks like the skids are really under Windows XP now. Netmarketshare has it down from 16.94 per cent to 15.93 per cent. StatCounter has a dip to 10.91 per cent, down from March's 11.21 per cent. We know there are still big corporate XP users out there, such as the operator of the infamous Fukushima nuclear power...
  • ZuckerBorg assimilates Microsoft boffins into potentially world-threatening FART (actual title)

    05/01/2015 2:15:24 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Alexander J Martin
    The ZuckerBorg has assimilated yet more humans from academia and industry into its Facebook Artificial-Intelligence Research Team (FART). Facebook claims their work will focus on several aspects of machine learning, with applications to image, speech and natural language understanding. The free global ad platform announced that it had "bolstered" the team eam with some of the world's leading researchers from Microsoft and academia. Among those assimilated is the award-winning Leon Bottou, whose long-term goal "is to understand how to build human-level intelligence". Also on board are Laurens van de Maaten and Anitha Kannan, who will continue their research into deep...
  • Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

    05/01/2015 2:03:16 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Build 2015 Engineers from Microsoft's Windows Server team took the stage at the Build developer conference in San Francisco this week to share more details on Nano Server, the upcoming micro-sized version of the OS aimed at cloud deployments. "Nano Server is by far the most important, most significant change we've made in Server since Windows NT," proclaimed Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft distinguished engineer. We first heard about this new iteration of Redmond's server OS earlier this month, although it's not due to hit general availability until the next version of Windows Server ships sometime in 2016. Taking a page...
  • Microsoft used this adorable robot to show off new HoloLens features

    04/30/2015 8:11:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    The Verge ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Sean O'Kane
    We've learned some amazing things about Microsoft's Windows Holographic platform since it was announced back in January. We know that NASA is using it to virtually explore Mars, and you can play Minecraft on your coffee table, and today we learned that the company will integrate all universal apps running on Windows 10 into the experience. But a short demo near the end of today's Microsoft Build 2015 keynote showed us a little bit more about how HoloLens can help blend virtual reality with the real world to create what the company calls "mixed reality." A small metal robot drove...
  • Windows 10: Build 10074 is still for the brave - but it's looking good

    04/30/2015 8:42:27 AM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    Build 2015 Microsoft has released preview Build 10074 of Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco. It is only a week since the previous preview build (10061) arrived, but this one is a milestone available even to users who prefer to stick with the more stable releases – the “slow” update cycle in Windows Insider terms. This also means you can get an ISO image for a clean install. Windows 10 is set for release this summer, according to Microsoft, with AMD CEO Lisa Su letting slip that it may be done by the end of July....
  • Parallels 2X hits Raspberry Pi for Remote Desktop access (Windows apps on tiny Linux platform)

    04/30/2015 8:33:23 AM PDT · by dayglored · 6 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Apr 30, 2015 | (none)
    Today the folks at Parallels have unveiled Parallels 2X Remote Application Server, the first RDP Client for Raspberry Pi. This system will enable Raspberry Pi users to access Windows virtual applications and Remote Desktops alike. With Parallels 2X RAS, as they also call it, users will have the ability to deliver applications to any device - Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Mac computers, Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Linux workstations, HTML5 browsers and of course, strangest and most awesome of all, the device family known as Raspberry Pi...
  • We're live at Microsoft's Build 2015 keynote

    04/29/2015 2:40:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    Engadget ^ | Apr 29, 2015 | Devindra Hardawar
    (Liveblogging as it happens)
  • Will It Blend? - Apple Watch

    04/28/2015 9:57:04 PM PDT · by dayglored · 13 replies
    YouTube, BlendTec ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | BlendTec
    BlendTec's Tom Dickson and his blender of doom take on the new Apple Watch -- with Siri.
  • Creating the Windows 95 Startup Sound ("The Microsoft Sound" by Brian Eno)

    04/28/2015 7:17:34 PM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | May 30, 2013 | Chris Higgins
    When Windows 95 was being developed, Microsoft executives commissioned music legend Brian Eno to develop a "piece of music" to play when the operating system started up. This music would become known as "The Windows Sound." Eno is probably most renowned* for his ambient music -- long tracks with deep sound beds and drifting melodies. But this track had to be a little shorter. Eno related the story: The thing from the agency said, "We want a piece of music that is inspiring, universal, blah-blah, da-da-da, optimistic, futuristic, sentimental, emotional," this whole list of adjectives, and then at the bottom...
  • Windows patch KB 3045999 conflicts with McAfee (error c0000018), Romax, VirtualBox

    04/27/2015 10:56:16 PM PDT · by dayglored · 12 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    An 'important' patch from this month’s Black Tuesday causes odd problems in many applications. It’s taken more than a week for various problem reports to take on a coherent theme, but it now appears as if an “elevation of privilege” patch for Windows, MS 15-038/KB 3045999, causes intermittent problems with a wide array of software.... [For example, on systems with McAfee:] Several applications fail to start after you install Microsoft Patch MS15-038 on systems with DLP [Data Loss Prevention for] Endpoint. Affected applications include, but are not limited to: CMD.EXE Explorer.EXE MMC-based applications Microsoft Office applications PowerShell ... it’s another...
  • Microsoft Disaster Response - Nepal Earthquake

    04/27/2015 2:59:06 PM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    Microsoft Disaster Response Blog ^ | Apr 27, 2015 | (none)
    Microsoft is deeply saddened by the devastating events of the Nepal earthquake and we extend our deepest sympathies to all whom have been impacted. We are providing a minimum of $1 million in donations of cash, technology and services to the rescue and recovery effort in Nepal. This includes an immediate monetary donation to NetHope – a consortium of 40+ international non-governmental organizations that specializes in improving IT connectivity among humanitarian organizations in developing countries and areas affected by disaster – to support the nonprofit’s deployment and response operations. In addition, we want to help provide people with alternative methods...
  • iTunes stops working for Windows XP users, Apple security change likely to blame

    04/23/2015 10:13:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    Venture Beat ^ | April 22, 2015 | Emil Protalinski
    iTunes users who still run Windows XP started to experience connectivity issues this week. As documented in an Apple Support Communities thread, they can’t log into the iTunes store, meaning functions like buying content, watching already purchased movies and TV shows, playing DRM-protected content, backing up, updating, and syncing all do not work. The issue has to do with the secure connection iTunes uses to connect to the iTunes Store, meaning it doesn’t affect users until they try to log in. While the support thread in question only has some 50 replies at the time of publishing, we expect it...
  • Microsoft's Windows 10 Build 10052 solves phone-bricking problems

    04/21/2015 8:57:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    PC World ^ | Apr 21 2015 | Mark Hachman
    Microsoft released Build 10052 of Windows 10 for phones on Tuesday, along with a revised rollback tool that should help solve the bricking problems that Lumia 520 users and other unlucky souls experienced. The major problem that the new build solves is an issue where some users—including owners of the most popular Windows phone, the Lumia 520—suffered catastrophic failures that “bricked” the phones when they tried to roll them back to Windows 8.1. Microsoft said it has solved the bug on Lumia 520 phones, with an update to the Windows Phone Reset Tool.
  • Every Version of Windows Is Affected By This Vulnerability – What You Can Do About It

    04/20/2015 5:35:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    MakeUseOf ^ | April 16, 2015 | Christian Cawley
    IMPORTANT -- This thread is a followup to http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/3278876/posts - New Redirect to SMB Flaw in all Windows versions including Windows 10. It contains a list of the specific software packages affected, and there are a LOT of them. What would you say if we told you that your version of Windows is affected by a vulnerability that dates back to 1997? You’d laugh, right? Surely, after all, Microsoft would have patched the fault prior to releasing Windows 98, or at the latest, Windows 2000? Well, not quite. This Redirect to SMB vulnerability has its roots in the identically-named attack...
  • Patch Tuesday Windows Updates! Microsoft Security Bulletin Summary for April 2015

    04/14/2015 10:36:38 AM PDT · by dayglored · 14 replies
    Microsoft Technet ^ | Apr 14, 2015 | Microsoft
    This bulletin summary lists security bulletins released for April 2015. For information about how to receive automatic notifications whenever Microsoft security bulletins are issued, visit Microsoft Technical Security Notifications. Microsoft also provides information to help customers prioritize monthly security updates with any non-security updates that are being released on the same day as the monthly security updates. Please see the section, Other Information. Executive Summaries The following table summarizes the security bulletins for this month in order of severity....
  • Microsoft goes rogue: Windows on Android

    04/10/2015 6:24:47 PM PDT · by dayglored · 42 replies
    Mashable ^ | April 3, 2015 | Evan Blass
    At a recent Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China, Windows chief Terry Myerson revealed a number of newsworthy tidbits about Windows 10,... At the very end of the news items, almost as an aside, came word of a unprecedented trial that Microsoft is undertaking "in partnership" with popular Chinese handset manufacturer Xiaomi. According to Myerson, a select group of Xiaomi Mi 4 owners (power users, he calls them) will be invited to test out a custom Windows 10 ROM on their devices. Devices that ship running not Windows out of the box, but Android. Let me restate that, so...
  • Microsoft Announces (Windows) Nano Server for Modern Apps and Cloud

    04/08/2015 5:16:55 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    Microsoft Windows Server Blog ^ | April 8, 2015 | Jeffrey Snover
    Today we announced new container technologies as well as Nano Server, a purpose-built operating system designed to run born-in-the-cloud applications and containers. As customers adopt modern applications and next-generation cloud technologies, they need an OS that delivers speed, agility and lower resource consumption. Nano Server is a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow. It is designed for fewer patch and update events, faster restarts, better resource utilization and tighter security. Informed directly by our learnings from building and managing some of the world’s largest...
  • Redstone: The codename for the next Windows update coming in 2016 (Windows 11?)

    04/07/2015 9:46:57 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    NeoWin ^ | April 7, 2015 | Brad Sams
    Microsoft loves to use codenames and from the past few years, there are two in particular that you may recall; Blue and Threshold. With Windows 10 (Threshold) coming to market sometime this summer, Microsoft is already starting to work on the next update for the OS. Microsoft has said multiple times that Windows will be moving at a faster cadence than in the past and they are already working on a release for 2016. The codename for the project is 'Redstone', a popular item in the recently acquired game, Minecraft. At this time, not much is known about Microsoft's plans...
  • (Microsoft) Office Lens comes to iPhone and Android (Killer Pocket Scanner App)

    04/06/2015 10:35:59 PM PDT · by dayglored · 50 replies
    Microsoft Office Blogs ^ | April 2, 2015 | OneNote Team
    Just over a year ago, we introduced Office Lens for Windows Phone—and over that time the app has become one of the most popular free apps on Windows Phone, with an average rating of 4.6 stars (out of 5) from more than 18,500 reviews. Today, we’re releasing Office Lens for iPhone and Android phones. Office Lens is a handy capture app that turns your smartphone into a pocket scanner and it works with OneNote so you’ll never lose a thing. Use it to take pictures of receipts, business cards, menus, whiteboards or sticky notes—then let Office Lens crop, enhance and...
  • Mystery patch KB 3035583 for Windows 7 and 8 revealed

    04/06/2015 8:03:32 AM PDT · by dayglored · 52 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 6, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    Late last month a mysterious patch suddenly appeared as an Optional entry in the Windows Automatic Update chute. At the time I wrote: Conjecture at this point: It's somehow related to the ability to upgrade directly from Windows 7 or 8 to Windows 10. But of course, the official documentation doesn't say anything of the sort. The crows have come home to roost and, thanks to a German researcher named Gerard Himmelein at heise.de, we now have a more thorough understanding of exactly what Microsoft's dishing out (a Google English translation of the post is available). Yesterday Jan Willem Aldershoff...
  • Microsoft: Next Windows Server 2016 test build due in May

    04/05/2015 10:50:51 AM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    ZDNet ^ | April 3, 2015 | Mary Jo Foley
    Summary: Microsoft officials confirm the company will deliver the second tech preview of Windows Server 2016 in May. It's been months -- six, in fact -- since Microsoft released a new test build of its next version of Windows Server. Last we heard from company officials, Microsoft planned to deliver its second test build some time in the spring of 2015. That was after the Windows Server team decided to delay the release of the next version of server until 2016, and to hold off on releasing a second public test build of it at the start of 2015, as...
  • Mono 4 Released, First Version To Adopt Microsoft Code (Windows .NET for Linux)

    04/05/2015 8:26:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    Slashdot ^ | April 5, 2015 | jones_supa
    Version 4.0.0 of Mono, the FOSS implementation of the .NET Framework, has been released. This is the first release of Mono that replaces various components of Mono with code that was released by Microsoft under the MIT license. Microsoft itself is working towards .NET Core: a redistributable and re-imagined version of .NET, which has two code drops: CoreFX and CoreCLR. Mono at this point continues to provide an API that tracks the .NET desktop/server version. This means that most of the Mono code that has been integrated from Microsoft comes from the ReferenceSource code drop. ...
  • Windows goes open source? Microsoft plays coy

    04/02/2015 2:41:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 24 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | April 2, 2015 | (none)
    Could Microsoft's open source advocacy ever result in the company offering its cash cow Windows OS up to open source? It's possible, according to one Microsoft official, though his comments Wednesday should perhaps be taken with a grain of salt. During a technology panel session in Silicon Valley, Microsoft's Mark Russinovich, CTO for the company's Azure cloud platform, did what Microsoft officials have been prone to doing in recent years: Preach Microsoft's conversion from open source skeptic to proponent. Open source, Russinovich said at the Chef Conf 2015 conference, was "no longer taboo" at the commercial software giant, pointing to...
  • Windows 7 is still gaining users while Windows 8 plateaus

    04/01/2015 9:41:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 34 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | April 1, 2015q | Chris Merriman
    THIS MONTH'S OPERATING SYSTEM statistics from Net Applications show that the spectre of Windows 7 is simply refusing to shift for Microsoft. The wildly popular operating system shows no signs of slowing down its dominance with a 58.04 percent market share (+2.05). A full two-point jump is quite an event in these parts at the best of times, but it's just embarrassing for an OS that has already been superseded. Users are likely to be hanging on for Windows 10 now. The preview build of the upcoming platform is holding steady with just under one percent of the market. Windows...
  • Microsoft Update Mayhem Delays German Basketball Game, Costs Team Dear

    04/01/2015 9:28:32 PM PDT · by dayglored · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 31, 2015 | Jennifer Baker
    What’s the worst thing that could happen when your Windows update takes longer than expected? Ask the Paderborn Finke Baskets, a German pro basketball team who got relegated thanks to Windows’ sluggish performance. The Spiralling Progress Indicator of Doom spelled the end of the team’s run in Division Two of the Basketball Bundesliga. As the home team in a match against Chemnitz, the Finke Baskets were responsible for the large score display screen. The laptop controlling the screen crashed right before the start of the game and upon re-start insisted on installing automatic Windows updates. The game was supposed to...
  • Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

    04/01/2015 5:37:42 PM PDT · by dayglored · 20 replies
    The Register ^ | April 1, 2015 | Tim Anderson
    First look. Microsoft has released the first public preview build of Windows 10 to include Project Spartan, its new web browser. Is Project Spartan really new? The browser engine, called EdgeHTML, is a fork of the Internet Explorer (IE) web engine, called Trident, though with a key difference: EdgeHTML has no compatibility modes and will simply render the latest web standards Microsoft is able to deliver. The user interface is new but is really the successor to “Modern IE”, the Windows 8 web browser that runs in the don’t-call-it-Metro environment. Users will perceive Project Spartan as new though, since it...
  • Announcing Surface 3 (Microsoft Surface Blog)

    04/01/2015 7:38:33 AM PDT · by dayglored · 49 replies
    Microsoft Surface Blog ^ | March 31, 2015 | Panos Panay
    Announcing Surface 3 When we developed Surface Pro 3, we set out to design the tablet that can truly replace your laptop – even your high-end laptop. Today we feel both fortunate and proud that the vision of Surface has become a reality with so many people using Pro 3 and loving the experience... he result is Surface 3, as well as a mobile-broadband version, Surface 3 (4G LTE). It’s the thinnest and lightest Surface we’ve ever shipped. It runs full Windows, including desktop applications. It includes a one-year subscription to Office 365 to help you really get down to...
  • Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (Windows 10, title truncated)

    03/30/2015 10:07:35 PM PDT · by dayglored · 59 replies
    The Register ^ | March 30, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Full Title:Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is) Devs might be wise to skip latest Windows 10 build Microsoft has shipped a new build of Windows 10 that offers a first look at its much-hyped Project Spartan web browser, but the software giant has cautioned that developers may want to hold off upgrading. In a Monday blog post, Redmond man Gabe Aul said Project Spartan is the main feature of Windows 10 Build 10049, which is rolling out now to testers on the Fast release ring of the Windows Insider program. But...
  • ANNOUNCING The All-New Windows (&Microsoft) PING LIST! (vanity)

    03/30/2015 5:37:46 PM PDT · by dayglored · 212 replies
    OKAY! All you Windows users and admins and fanboys, Microsoft followers and folks, all you 90% of the computer users in the world...After over 6 years of complaining that FreeRepublic doesn't have a Windows Ping List, I have finally decided that it's up to me to make one!So if you want on the All-New Windows Ping List (or off, but ya gotta get on before you can get off), FReepMail me (dayglored) and I'll put ya on the list.
  • Time for all Windows users to FREAK out over encryption bug

    03/07/2015 5:30:46 PM PST · by dayglored · 90 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Mar 6, 2015 | Gregg Keizer
    Microsoft on Thursday confirmed that Windows was vulnerable to FREAK attacks, and researchers changed their tune, saying Internet Explorer (IE) users were at risk. The news was a turnabout from earlier in the week, when researchers initially fingered only Apple's iOS and OS X and Google's Android operating systems as those that could fall victim to cybercriminals spying on purportedly secure communications between browsers and website servers. By adding Windows to the list, the number of jeopardized users jumped dramatically: Windows powered 92% of all personal computers last month. In a security advisory released Thursday, Microsoft said Windows was, in...
  • Ex-worker at Marin Radio Shack accused of stealing spicy photos from woman's cellphone

    02/02/2015 3:35:06 PM PST · by dayglored · 53 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Gary Klien
    A former employee at the Radio Shack in Corte Madera is charged with stealing racy personal photos off a customer's cellphone. Jose Robert Miranda, 24, of Richmond is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Marin Superior Court. He is free on bail. Miranda and Radio Shack have also been named as defendants in a civil lawsuit by the alleged victim, a 28-year-old San Francisco woman. The woman says she brought the phone to the Radio Shack in November to get its broken glass repaired. On Jan. 8, she was deleting photos from her tablet, which is connected to her call...
  • Former Clinton pollster: Hillary lacks “new car smell”

    11/30/2014 10:01:32 PM PST · by dayglored · 99 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Nov 30 2014 | (none)
    “The president said [last week] that the next president needs … a new car smell, and it’s pretty hard for me to say … that she [Hillary] has a new car smell,” Schoen told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview to air Sunday on New York’s 970 AM...
  • ‘Set your girls free’: Monday is National No Bra Day (Photo)

    10/13/2014 5:45:14 PM PDT · by dayglored · 175 replies
    Fox News ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | (None given)
    In the spirit of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, women across the country on Monday are “setting their girls free.” October 13 is National No Bra Day, an annual holiday reportedly created in 2011 by breast cancer supporters that’s now sweeping social media. Breast cancer survivors and supporters on Twitter and Facebook are encouraging women not to wear a bra for a day to raise awareness and support breast cancer survivors. ...