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  • 'Kill switch' may be standard on U.S. phones in 2015

    04/16/2014 4:01:05 PM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 | Doug Gross
    (CNN) -- The "kill switch," a system for remotely disabling smartphones and wiping their data, will become standard in 2015, according to a pledge backed by most of the mobile world's major players. Apple, Google, Samsung and Microsoft, along with the five biggest cellular carriers in the United States, are among those that have signed on to a voluntary program announced Tuesday by the industry's largest trade group. All smartphones manufactured for sale in the United States after July 2015 must have the technology, according to the program from CTIA-The Wireless Association. Advocates say the feature would deter thieves from...
  • Microsoft Abandons Windows 8.1: Take Immediate Action Or Be Cut Off Like Windows XP

    04/16/2014 12:16:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/15/2014 @ 7:24AM | Gordon Kelly
    Microsoft has been on a roll lately. Office for iOS (and soon Android), free Windows licenses for small devices, universal Windows and Windows Phone apps, Siri rival Cortana, even a promise to eventually return the start menu before Windows 9. But when it comes to Windows 8, it seems the company has a permanently loaded pistol aimed squarely at its feet. So it fits that just one week on from the launch of “Windows 8.1 Update 1” (the smart upgrade mouse and keyboard users have long awaited) stupidity would strike once again. “Windows 8.1 Update is a cumulative update to...
  • IRS ... will pay Microsoft millions for Windows XP support

    04/13/2014 1:44:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 69 replies
    Engadget ^ | Apr 13, 2014 | Michael Gorman
    Usually, the Internal Revenue Service is the one getting paid this time of year, but Uncle Sam will be lining someone else's pockets this tax season because of its attachment to Windows XP. In case you hadn't heard, support for XP officially stopped on April 8th, meaning that Microsoft will no longer provide support or security updates for the venerable OS. However, governmental computers can't be left vulnerable, so the IRS will be paying Microsoft millions of dollars for custom support to keep their machines secure and functional. Right now, over half the agency's PCs still run XP...
  • Pushing back against PARCC/Achieve Inc. lobbyists

    04/08/2014 12:28:56 PM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | April 4, 2014 | Michelle Malkin
    Attention, class: A Common Core mouthpiece wants to rap my knuckles with his Gates Foundation-funded ruler. In response to my column two weeks ago about the marketing overlords pushing the Fed Ed racket, Chad Colby of Achieve Inc. demanded corrections. Let’s go to school. “I wanted to take a moment to highlight two points that were incorrect regarding Achieve,” Colby complained. “Contrary to Ms. Malkin’s assertion, Achieve employs no lobbyists and we never have.” No? Never? Someone didn’t do his homework. Mr. Colby, meet Patricia Sullivan. She’s the founding executive director of Achieve and a career lobbyist who has bounced...
  • Microsoft issues final Windows XP, Office 2003 patches (That's all folks!)

    04/08/2014 11:52:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/08/2014 | By Larry Seltzer
    Summary: Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer, Word and Publisher are patched, some products for the last time. Today Microsoft released four security updates for Windows and Microsoft Office. These will be the last publicly-released updates for Windows XP and Office 2003. A total of 11 vulnerabilities were addressed by these updates, including seven for Windows XP and four for Office 2003. Separately, Microsoft released fixes for Internet Explorer 10 and 11 to address vulnerabilities fixed by Adobe in the Flash Player bundled in the Metro versions of IE. Among the vulnerabilities patched is a critical error in the handling of RTF...
  • Obituary: Windows XP passes away, leaving behind millions of mourning supporters

    04/08/2014 11:51:45 AM PDT · by deoetdoctrinae · 108 replies
    PCWorld ^ | 4-8-2014
    Windows XP, Microsoft Corp.’s beloved seventh major operating system and arguably the company’s most successful, was left to perish on Tuesday at its creators’ hands. It was 12 years, seven months old. ~snip~ Windows XP’s funeral, a private ceremony held deep within Microsoft, was quiet. In lieu of flowers, Microsoft urged customers to donate to Windows 8, one of Windows XP’s grandchildren.
  • The end of Windows XP support could hurt ATM's

    04/07/2014 8:16:48 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 53 replies
    8 News Now ^ | 4-7-14 | Scott Daniels
    One in every three computers users could be in major trouble Tuesday, and they won't be getting any help. Microsoft is dropping its support of its operating system Windows XP. This means there will be no security updates to fend off hackers. The news gets worse. According to a CNN-Money report, 95 percent of all ATM's use Windows XP, which ATM's can be a prime target for hackers. Banking giant JP Morgan bought a one-year extension of service so Chase Banks could still run Windows XP in their ATM's and still be covered. All of the big banks should be...
  • Democrats squawk as cracks form in immigration coalition

    04/04/2014 9:23:09 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | APRIL 3, 2014 | Byron York
    Immigration reform advocates are fond of citing broad support for their cause. But in fact the coalition behind the Senate Gang of Eight comprehensive reform bill is fragile and loosely cobbled together. How could Big Labor and the Chamber of Commerce and the tech world and Big Agriculture all unite behind one bill? Very tentatively. It wouldn't take much to break the coalition apart. And if that happens, the effort to enact comprehensive immigration reform could blow up, not just for the moment, but for some time to come. And there are signs that is exactly what is occurring now....
  • Microsoft offers users $100 credit on a new PC to switch from XP

    04/04/2014 7:06:45 AM PDT · by null and void · 59 replies
    Geekwire ^ | 3/21/2014 at 10:35 am | Blair Hanley Frank
    Microsoft really wants people to stop using Windows XP. The company launched a new promotion that offers XP users $100 off the purchase of a new PC that costs more than $599 through the Microsoft Store from now until June 15. Buyers will also get 90 days of free support and free data transfer from their old XP-powered PC. Microsoft is ending support for XP, which has been around for more than a decade, in April. That means any security flaws found by attackers after that point won’t be patched, leaving users who are still clinging to their old computers...
  • Indian CEO fined $250 million by US federal court

    08/24/2003 4:33:24 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 7+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | Washington, August 24 | S Rajagopalan
    In the largest award of its kind in the US, ousted InfoSpace chief Naveen Jain has been ordered to pay $247 million to the company that he founded as penalty for violating laws against "short swing trading". The order by a federal judge is a body blow for a man who took his Seattle-based Internet company to great heights in a space of four years before it crashed like most of its peers during the dotcom bust. The company board fired Jain last December. But Jain, who went ahead and founded Intelius after the ouster, is not giving up just...
  • Pro-lifers against Buffett-Gates alliance

    06/30/2006 12:09:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 71 replies · 1,206+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 06/30/06 | DAVID CRARY
    Warren Buffett's new philanthropic alliance with fellow billionaire Bill Gates won widespread praise this week, but anti-abortion activists did not join in, instead assailing the two donors for their longtime support of Planned Parenthood and international birth-control programs. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to which Buffett has pledged the bulk of his $44-billion fortune, devotes the vast majority of its funding to combating disease and poverty in developing countries. Less than 1 percent has gone to Planned Parenthood over the years. "The merger of Gates and Buffett may spell doom for the families of the developing world," said the...
  • Creative Capitalism: A Conversation with Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Other Economic Leaders

    12/11/2009 5:02:43 AM PST · by usalady · 3 replies · 241+ views
    Examiner ^ | December 11, 2009 | Martha
    Bill Gates is known as the world’s most successful capitalist and is less famous for being the world’s biggest philanthropist.
  • If Charity Is Their Goal, Bill Gates And Warren Buffett Should Hoard Their Wealth

    06/18/2010 8:32:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies · 534+ views
    Forbes ^ | 06/18/2010 | John Tamny
    The two billionaires' request that the rich give 50% of their net worth to charity is misguided. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In its latest issue, Fortune magazine reports that "Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett are asking the nation's billionaires to pledge at least half their net worth to charity, in their lifetime or at death." Gates told Fortune that 50% of one's wealth would constitute the "low bar" for giving, while Buffett has pledged to give 99% of his wealth away. At first glance this is something to celebrate, for it rightly confirms that capitalism is, at its core, quite compassionate....
  • 34 billionaires pledge to give away 50 percent of wealth (Gates, Buffett Lead Dontation Campaign)

    08/04/2010 8:12:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 125 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 08/04/2010
    Thirty-four U.S. billionaires pledged Wednesday to give away at least 50 percent of their wealth to charity as part of a campaign by investor Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Among the billionaires joining the campaign are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, entertainment executive Barry Diller, Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens, media mogul Ted Turner, David Rockefeller and investor Ronald Perelman. Gates and Buffett launched "The Giving Pledge" in June to convince hundreds of U.S. billionaires to give away most of their fortune during their lifetime or after their death
  • Bill Gates, irrational statist (Billionaire thinks we should rely on wonks, not property rights)

    12/03/2010 10:57:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies · 2+ views
    Financial Post ^ | 12/03/2010 | Peter Foster
    Milton Friedman once noted that most businessmen are anti-capitalists. However, Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are moving into a category all their own, putting their vast fortunes behind support for everything from philanthro­statism to just plain statism. Mr. Buffett recently offered fulsome praise to “Uncle Sam” for allegedly rescuing the U.S. (and himself) — with taxpayers’ money — from the consequences of policies put in place by … Uncle Sam. The Sage of Omaha is a big believer in soaking the rich. He has joined Mr. Gates in a high-profile attempt to strong-arm other billionaires into committing to give away...
  • PostHeaderIcon Gates Foundation Water Energy Vision

    08/14/2011 9:22:43 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 8 replies
    The healthy growth of mankind depends on continuously decreasing the cost of water and energy everywhere.Nice thought. Why mention it?Its a mission statement.For who?Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett — and through them America’s billionaires. Why Bill Gates? Why Warren Buffett?As to Bill Gates, his passion; According to a recent interview Understanding science and pushing the boundaries of science is what makes me immensely satisfied. What I’m doing now involves understanding maths, risk-taking. The first half of my life was good preparation for the second half.’ Now in the context of the interview he was...
  • Bill Gates Laughs At Buffett Rule: 'You Can't Raise Taxes We Need Just By Going After That 1%'

    10/31/2011 9:07:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 10/31/2011 | By Noel Sheppard
    America's richest man isn't going to make President Obama, the folks in the Occupy Wall Street movement, or their respective supporters in the media happy. Appearing on ABC's This Week Sunday, Bill Gates laughed when asked about the Buffett Rule saying, "You can't raise the taxes we need just by going after that one percent...to really deal with the deficit gap we're talking about, that alone just numerically is not going to be enough" (video follows with transcript): CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, HOST: The Buffett Rule, for instance, and all the other proposals the president is...
  • Bill Gates Supports Death Panels, Rationing Medical Advances

    03/15/2014 5:23:17 AM PDT · by franky8 · 34 replies
    .lifenews ^ | e-14-12-14 | .lifenews
    It is funny–in both the ha-ha and ironical senses–that those who often scream most loudly against the “death panel” meme often follow, sotto voce, ”But we need death panels.” The fact is that most of those in the technocratic classes want to medically discriminate against those who are seen as health care “takers” or perceived to have a lower quality of life. They’re just not sure how to get from “here” to “there,” and retain popular support. (Hint: They can’t.) billgatesNow in a Rolling Stone interview, Bill Gates joins the chorus. He says–like bioethicist Daniel Callahan–that we have to be...
  • The Resurgent, Post-Windows Microsoft: Their future is not just in selling their OS anymore

    03/31/2014 9:15:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 03/31/2014 | Peter Yared
    Microsoft had become an oft-ignored, behemoth to the North, despite $77 billion in revenue, $57 billion in gross profits and $21 billion in net income. It seemed that the mobile revolution had passed it by. Although Steve Ballmer was already making many of the right moves, it took new CEO Satya Nadella to fully accept that Microsoft had to move beyond Windows into a new future of apps and cloud services.The future of Microsoft is in selling its software, such as Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and ERP, and Microsoft servers in the Azure cloud to business customers on...
  • The man who took the iconic Windows XP wallpaper photo has bitter regrets

    03/29/2014 1:12:32 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 66 replies
    FOX News ^ | 3-27-14 | Tero Kuittinen
    Lush green hills under a cobalt blue sky with precisely the right amount of fluffy clouds floating about. Who hasn’t been lost in reverie staring at the default Windows XP wallpaper, dreaming of Middle Earth or maybe a weekend in Cork County? Yet that shot of a bucolic paradise has turned into a very personal nightmare for Charles O’Lear, the man who captured the iconic photo and sold it to Microsoft. O’Lear took a one-time payment for the photo rather than trying to negotiate a license fee. Even a tiny fee per Windows XP license would have yielded him a...
  • We Just Learned CEO Satya Nadella's Master Plan For Microsoft

    03/27/2014 1:08:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 03/27/2014 | Steve Kovach
    The big news from Microsoft today was that it has finally launched Office for iPad, which will give users full access to the popular productivity suite if they sign up for the Office 365 subscription service. But under the surface of the announcement, we got our first look at CEO Satya Nadella's broader vision for Microsoft's future. Nadella has only been CEO for 52 days, but we're already getting a sense of how he plans to expand the company's offerings beyond its core products like Windows. In short, Nadella sees Microsoft powering all sorts of devices through services and apps...
  • Bill Gates, The Man Behind Common Core Shows How Stupid He Really is About Education

    03/16/2014 8:36:52 AM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 71 replies
    http://www.agenda21radio.com ^ | 3/15/14 | Paul Preston
    Bill Gates, the multi billionaire who does not have an earned college degree or teaching certificate, never taught a day in the classroom, never worked in an educational system or one room school house is comparing the education of children to electrical outlets.
  • With or Without Apple, Google Will Crush Microsoft

    03/25/2014 6:41:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Street ^ | 03/25/2014 | Rocco Pendola
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I saw a promo the other day for Google (GOOG) Work. Sadly, I can't locate it or I would have inserted it here so you could see it for yourself. However, it might be fitting that you can't see the promo. Because Google's assault on Microsoft (MSFT) continues to fly under the radar. For whatever reason, it's the most under covered story in tech ... in finance ... and for the sake of extraneous ellipses ... the world. But it's real and it's happening. And Microsoft has no idea what to do in response. How could...
  • Microsoft offers Windows XP users $100 to upgrade

    03/24/2014 8:02:11 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 69 replies
    SFGate ^ | 3-21-14 | Julie Balise
    Microsoft hopes to make it easier for Windows XP users to drop their old computers and upgrade to a newer Surface or PC by offering them $100 to do so. The Redmond-based company announced earlier this month that support and security updates will no longer be available for its popular old operating system after April 8. That doesn’t mean the computers will immediately become unusable, but they may be more vulnerable to hackers. Windows XP users can get $100 off when they buy a Surface Pro 2 or select PCs for $599 and more. The cheapest is an Acer Aspire...
  • This is how much Microsoft charges the FBI for your info

    03/23/2014 9:43:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/20/2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    Secret invoices from Microsoft to the FBI obtained via hacks by the Syrian Electronic Army reveal the Silicon Valley giant charges a secret division of the bureau for legal access to users’ information.The army has become notorious for infiltrating the networks and social media accounts of western companies and media outlets in recent years, and submitted the documents to The Daily Dot for analysis. Its most recent Microsoft hack took place in January, when the organization seized Microsoft’s Twitter and email accounts, reportedly to distract employees while achieving its “main mission.”Emails and invoices between the FBI’s Digital Intercept Technology Unit and Microsoft’s Global...
  • Who Could It Be? Mystery Silicon Valley Tech Company Moving Into San Jose's Largest Office Space

    03/20/2014 12:40:24 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Thursday, Mar 20, 2014 | Kris Sanchez and Riya Bhattacharjee
    Who’s the mystery tenant moving into San Jose's biggest-ever office park? That’s the million-dollar question everyone in Silicon Valley is scrambling to answer. Speculation started flying as soon as San Jose city officials approved the 2-million square-foot office project on North First Street and Brokaw Road in North San Jose on Wednesday. The list of potential occupants includes everybody from Seattle-based Microsoft and Amazon, to locals Apple, Google and Facebook. So far, the only person at City Hall who reportedly knows the name of the company is San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, and he’s not talking. "The company name is...
  • Tech giants commit to helping Obama spread word on climate change

    03/19/2014 1:37:51 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    CNN ^ | March 19, 2014 | by Kevin Liptak
    President Barack Obama is getting some help from the country's tech giants in his effort to show Americans how climate change will affect their communities. The Obama administration thinks that local data, which may have a real-world effect on Americans' lives, will provide a convincing argument for steps to prevent climate change. The risk rising sea levels have on individual communities will be the focus of a new website, climate.data.gov, which uses government data to put environmental changes in context. The White House also called on tech companies to develop tools for Americans to better get a grasp on how...
  • Windows 8.1 overtakes Vista, Mac OS X as Windows XP maintains 29% share

    03/03/2014 1:16:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Techie News ^ | 03/03/2013 | Megha Kedia
    Windows 8.1, after four months of its October 2013 debut, has finally managed to overtake other operating software including Windows Vista and Mac OS X recording a slow, but steady initial growth. According to latest latest data coming from Net Applications Windows 8.1 holds a market share of 4.30 percent to become the fourth most popular operating system in the world. According to the statistics, Windows 7 with a share of 47.31 percent, continues to be the number one OS version followed by Windows XP which is still powering 29.53 percent of desktop computers worldwide. MicrosoftÂ’s modern operating system, Windows...
  • Microsoft experimenting with free version of Windows 8.1

    03/01/2014 9:27:01 AM PST · by dayglored · 62 replies
    The Verge ^ | 2/28/2014 | Tom Warren
    Microsoft is currently experimenting with a free version of Windows 8.1 that could boost the number of people using the operating system. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans tell The Verge that the company is building "Windows 8.1 with Bing," a version that will bundle key Microsoft apps and services. While early versions of the software have leaked online, we understand that Windows 8.1 with Bing is an experimental project that aims to bring a low-cost version of Windows to consumers... We’re told that Microsoft is aiming to position Windows 8.1 with Bing as a free or low-cost upgrade for Windows...
  • Complete Microsoft EMET Bypass Developed

    02/25/2014 3:07:57 PM PST · by zeugma · 1 replies
    BR Labs ^ | February 24, 2014 | Jared DeMott
    Bypassing EMET 4.1 Background We at Bromium Labs regularly do security research on a variety of computer threats and protections.  EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit) is a free download provided by Microsoft to enhance the security of an endpoint PC.  EMET helps protects userland (non-kernel) applications. In particular, EMET adds special protections (for 32bit processes only) against a relatively new hacker technique known as ROP (return oriented programming).  ROP based exploitation has been rampant in malware to bypass the ALSR+DEP protections. Most of the in-the-wild malware uncovered in the past year used a variant of ROP techniques.  EMET adds other...
  • In 'Domain Awareness,' Detractors See Another NSA

    02/22/2014 10:52:16 AM PST · by Theoria · 5 replies
    NPR ^ | 21 Feb 2014 | Martin Kaste
    Police are like the rest of us; they suffer from information overload. The data pour in from 21st century sources ranging from license plate readers to Twitter. But as the information comes in, it hits an old-fashioned bottleneck: human beings."They all have access to different databases," says Dave Mosher, vice president of program management at Microsoft Services. He describes the typical law enforcement command center as a room full of people at computers. "And they all stand up and walk around and talk to each other and they'll say, 'Tell me about this,' or 'Tell me about that.' "Microsoft believes...
  • Apple security flaw could let hackers beat encryption

    02/22/2014 10:33:57 AM PST · by for-q-clinton · 22 replies
    CNBC ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Yasuyoshi Chiba
    A major flaw in Apple Inc software for mobile devices could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted, the company said on Friday, and experts said Mac computers were even more exposed. If attackers have access to a mobile user's network, such as by sharing the same unsecured wireless service offered by a restaurant, they could see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites such as Gmail and Facebook. Governments with access to telecom carrier data could do the same. ... "It's as bad as you could imagine, that's all I...
  • Microsoft Sells 200 Million Win 8 Licenses: Yawn

    02/15/2014 6:33:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Information Week ^ | 02/14/2014 | Michael Endler
    Microsoft sold more than 200 million Windows 8 and 8.1 licenses during the controversial OS's first 15 months, Tami Reller, the company's executive VP of marketing, revealed Thursday at a Goldman Sachs technology conference.Sounds impressive, right? Not exactly.Sure, 200 million is a big number -- that's about one license for every 35 people on the planet, a level of ubiquity most companies would kill for. But Microsoft isn't most companies. Put into historical or aspirational context, Windows 8 and 8.1 have underwhelmed.Not convinced? Here are five reasons not to be impressed.1. Windows 8 sales can't keep pace with Windows 7's precedent.In...
  • The UNTOLD SUCCESS of Microsoft: Yes, it's Windows 7

    02/14/2014 10:53:20 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 54 replies
    The Register ^ | 13 February 2014 | Neil McAllister
    Microsoft claims it has now sold more than 200 million Windows 8 licenses, in the first update to public sales claims it has offered since last May.Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco on Thursday, Microsoft executive VP of marketing Tami Reller described the sales growth as "pretty stunning," although she added that Redmond has more work yet to do.When Reller last spoke on Windows 8 sales, she said that Microsoft had sold 100 million licenses in the product's first six months of availability, which she said was on par with the sales figures for...
  • Incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

    02/06/2014 8:58:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    The Register ^ | 02/06/2014 | By Simon Sharwood
    Dan Lyons, the writer behind Fake Steve Jobs, has found someone willing to bucket incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.That someone is Joachim Kempin, who was general manager of Microsoft Germany in the subsidiary's early days and rose to become a senior veep in charge of Microsoft's OEM business. Kempin has form criticising Microsoft, as he penned a volume titled Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft’s "secret power broker" breaks his silence and hasn't been shy talking it up by dishing some dirt.Little wonder, then that he found something unpleasant to say about Nadella when chatting to Lyons.The choice bits? Microsoft has “found...
  • Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked build suggests Microsoft is moving in the right direction

    02/06/2014 8:54:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 02/06/2014 | Adrian Kingsley Hughes
    Summary: Here I take a look at the Windows 8.1 Update 1 build that leaked onto the web earlier this month. I've made no bones about the fact that I have a strong dislike of Windows 8, so even I was quite surprised by the fact that I was pleased by what I saw. ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ A few days ago a Windows 8.1 Update 1 internal build leaked onto the web, and given the fact that I'm really curious as to the direction in which Microsoft is planning to take Windows in, I decided to take a look. I've made no...
  • Kicking Bill Gates Off The Board Is The Best Thing Microsoft Can Do

    01/31/2014 7:04:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/31/2014 | Julie Bort
    Microsoft is an insanely profitable company standing on the edge of disaster. It desperately needs new thinking. With word that 22-year Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella is likely the new CEO, attention turns to the leadership of the company's board of directors. It will have two former CEOs, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. So new thinking is unlikely to come from them. In fact, Gates has a track record of huge strategic errors that have cost the company years of progress in market share. Here's why he should be the one to go: 1. Gates' world was: Go slow. Microsoft needs...
  • Report: Satya Nadella to be named Microsoft CEO; Gates out, too

    01/30/2014 8:33:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    PC World ^ | 01/30/2014 | March Hachman
    Microsoft’s cloud chief, Satya Nadella, will lead the company as its next chief executive, according to a report from Bloomberg. Microsoft’s board is “preparing to name” Nadella chief executive, Bloomberg reported Thursday afternoon. Nadella, whose official title is executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, had been one of the front-runners in the race to replace current chief executive Steve Ballmer, who said last August that he planned to step down within a year. But the board is also considering replacing Bill Gates as chairman of the company, Bloomberg reported, ousting the company’s co-founder and possibly replacing him...
  • Microsoft second-quarter results exceed expectations; Xbox One, Surface sales strong; Revenue up 14%

    01/29/2014 7:09:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 01/27/2014 | BY RYAN NAKASHIMA
    Microsoft Corp. reported revenue and earnings for its fiscal second quarter that topped Wall Street expectations, as the company sold 3.9 million Xbox One consoles to retailers and doubled revenue from its line of Surface tablets from a quarter earlier. Net income in the quarter through December climbed to $6.56 billion US, or 78 cents per share, from $6.38 billion, or 76 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue rose 14 per cent to $24.52 billion. Analysts polled by FactSet expected earnings of 68 cents per share on revenue of $23.67 billion. Departing CEO Steve Ballmer, who announced he’d step...
  • Windows 8: What's The Big Deal?

    01/22/2014 9:52:38 PM PST · by This Just In · 120 replies
    January 22, 2014 | This Just In
    So our child finally received that Asus notebook as a gift from a loved one-as some of you already know from a previous post (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3110216/posts). After reading all of the comments, and visiting various sites concerning Windows 8, we finally got to experience the OS for ourselves. The box was delivered just in time for school. Spring college courses, as many of your know, have started. We were edger to get started with the notebook. Encouraging the kid to start familiarizing himself with the tool. I was especially curious to see for myself whether or not all the talk/bemoaning about...
  • HP brings back Windows 7 by popular demand

    01/20/2014 12:35:23 PM PST · by dangerdoc · 66 replies
    The Verge ^ | 1/20/14 | Tom Warren
    HP really wants people to buy a Windows 7 PC instead of a Windows 8 machine. The PC maker has been emailing customers over the weekend noting that "Windows 7 is back." A new promotion, designed to entice people to select Windows 7 over Windows 8 with $150 of "savings," has launched on HP’s website with a "back by popular demand" slogan. The move is clearly designed to position Windows 7 over Microsoft’s touch-centric Windows 8 operating system.
  • Microsoft Quietly Fixes Windows XP Resource Hog Problem

    01/18/2014 9:44:36 AM PST · by Utilizer · 81 replies
    Redmond magazine ^ | 01/16/2014 | Kurt Mackie
    Microsoft indicated this week that it has fixed a Windows XP resource-hog problem associated with the system's SVCHOST.EXE processes. Windows XP users affected by this problem typically found that the operating system was using up system resources for 15 minutes to an hour after startup, making it difficult to use the machine during that period. The Microsoft Update team had vowed last month to spend the holiday break tackling the issue, which has plagued some users for years. The fix involved stopping the system from perpetually checking Internet Explorer updates. Microsoft indicated that the fix was rolled out on Tuesday....
  • World’s ATMs still running Windows XP—and wildly out of date

    01/17/2014 9:43:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 17, 2014
    Nearly all of the ATMs in the world are running the Windows XP operating system, introduced by Microsoft 13 years ago—and incredibly out of date, as any tech enthusiast will tell you. On April 8, Microsoft will officially end the tech support for the aging OS, which was replaced by Windows Vista in 2007, Windows 7 in 2009, Windows 8 in 2012 and Windows 8.1 in 2013. […] If an ATM isn’t upgraded, it will continue to function, experts said. Withdrawals, deposits, and other transactions will work as they did before. But the machines will be more vulnerable to cyber...
  • Microsoft Windows 9 slated for April 2015 release

    01/14/2014 1:06:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Computing ^ | 01/14/2014 | Stuart Sumner
    Software giant Microsoft is rumoured to be intending to release the next update to its Windows operating system suite in April 2015. It is apparently currently codenamed 'Threshold' within Microsoft, although once released the client operating system will be called Windows 9. This is likely to be an attempt by the firm to differentiate the new OS from Windows 8, and its later iteration Windows 8.1, which experienced disappointing sales and poor user feedback. Among the changes rumoured to be part of the new release is the return of the Start menu, which was controversially left out of Windows 8...
  • Microsoft might unveil Windows 9 in April to end Windows 8 woes

    01/13/2014 11:40:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 131 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 01/13/2014 | Chris Merriman
    SOFTWARE COBBLER Microsoft might be ready to abandon Windows 8 earlier than it planned in an attempt to reverse the slide in its fortunes.The company might announce Windows 9 as early as April, reports claim, as it tries to distance itself from the poorly received Windows 8.We reported on Friday that the Threshold project was being tipped as a major update for Windows 8, however according to Winsupersite it will instead be billed as a new Windows operating system version slated for release in April 2015.Although the launch of Windows 8 has not been the disaster that Windows Vista...
  • Sony confirms Windows Phone talks with Microsoft: Doesn't want to be a single OS manufacturer

    01/10/2014 1:31:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    GigasOm ^ | 01/10/2014 | Alex Colon
    Like many smartphone manufacturers, Sony has been dedicated to just one platform, and that’s Google’s Android. But the company might be looking to branch out, and has confirmed to TechRadar that it is in talks with Microsoft about using its Windows Phone OS. Pierre Perron, head of Sony Mobile Europe, explained: “We are continuing our discussions with other partners, including Microsoft, as part of our partnership with this company on the broader Sony spectrum…One thing is using the platform [Windows Phone] itself, and another is ‘what can we deliver on top of it’?” Unlike Google’s free, open-source Android OS, Microsoft...
  • Microsoft claims to have seen "record sales of Windows Phone this holiday"

    01/09/2014 11:32:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Neowin ^ | 01/09/2014 | John Callaham
    Microsoft is using CES 2014 as a venue to give an update on sales of Windows Phone devices to members of the media. There was already evidence that products using the OS have gained a lot of sales and increased market share in Europe in the past few months and today Microsoft said that it saw those sales increase even more during the recent holiday sales period. In a statement sent to Neowin by a Microsoft spokesperson, the company said: We’ve seen record sales of Windows Phone this holiday worldwide, nearly doubling phone sales during Christmas week (YOY). In the...
  • Apple and Samsung's New Devices Could Destroy the Demand for Windows 8 Tablets

    01/08/2014 12:35:28 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 01/08/2014 | By Sam Mattera
    Despite receiving support from nearly all of its hardware partners, Microsoft's (NASDAQ: MSFT  ) Windows 8 has yet to catch on as a tablet operating system. Last July, Microsoft took a $900 million writedown on its Surface tablet. Though sales have improved, Windows tablets remain largely in the minority -- IDC's most recent data shows Microsoft's operating system with just 3.4% of the global tablet market.But even that modest success could soon unravel. Both Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) and Samsung (NASDAQOTH: SSNLF  ) appear poised to aggressively target the enterprise tablet market in 2014, perhaps the only market where Windows tablets have an...
  • As Windows XP wanes, Windows 8 scoops up users

    01/08/2014 12:30:34 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Netwrok World ^ | 01/08/2014 | By Tim Greene
    Windows 8/8.1 has topped 10% market share for the first time, apparently picking up a few users from among those who are finally leaving Windows XP behind. According to Web analytics firm NetMarkeshare, users of all versions of Windows 8 amounted to 10.49% of Internet users for the month of December, up from 9.25% in December. This as users of Windows XP have dipped from 31.22% to 28.98%. While the showing for Windows 8/8.1 is a milestone, it is also part of a gradual trend. Since last February, use of the operating system has risen 7.82 percentage points while XP...
  • Microsoft’s Windows 8 and 8.1 Gained Ground, And Overall Sales Forecast Looks Good

    01/07/2014 7:50:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    US Finance Post ^ | 01/07/2014 | Asif Imtiaz
    Regardless of how stalled Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) MSFT +0.69% business seems to Wall Street analysts, the fact of the matter is that this company powers 90.73 percent of the Desktops and Notebooks around the world. Its nearest competitor at second place is Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) AAPL +0.14% Mac operating system which has only 7.54 percent market share. Microsoft released its latest upgrade to the much discussed Windows 8 operating system, Windows 8.1, in October of 2013. Last month, during December, devices running the Windows 8 and 8.1 crossed over 10 percent market share for the first time. A month earlier, in...