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  • Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro: Here's How They Compare

    10/08/2015 8:01:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Laptop Magazine ^ | 10/08/2015 | Phillip Michaels
    Microsoft may have just personally revived the Mac-vs.-Windows debates of yesteryear with its introduction of the Surface Book, the first-ever laptop to come out of Redmond, Calif. With its silver chassis and 13.5-inch display, the Surface Book invites comparisons to Apple's MacBook Pro. So how does the Surface Book stack up against Apple's 13-inch professional laptop?Design: Surface Book's Display Pulls Double Duty At 12.3 x 9.1 x 0.5-0.90, the tapered Surface Book is just a little bit larger than the 13-inch MacBook Pro (12.35 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches). Of course, that modestly larger size allows the Surface Book...
  • Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce (Tech Business Analysis)

    10/07/2015 7:54:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 7, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    If there's one message that stands out from Microsoft's big device day launch on Tuesday it's this: stop thinking about Redmond as the cheap option, because it wants to be seen as the premium brand. For years Microsoft has sold itself as the dominant ecosystem for computing that won't cost you too much. The device day focus, however, shows that Microsoft is intent on going after the big spenders in the IT industry. Take the Surface Book, for example. Again and again Microsoft hammered the message that this was the ultimate laptop, with no expense spared. That's reflected in the...
  • With the Surface Book Laptop/Tablet hybrid, Microsoft is taking the game to Apple

    10/07/2015 7:21:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/07/2015
    Microsoft did something shocking last night. It launched something people might actually lust over, something sleek, something powerful, something innovative. The Surface Book. At an event in New York rammed with press and industry types and live-streamed to the world, Microsoft confidently and defiantly unveiled its grand vision of Windows 10 devices. Some of the products the company unveiled were expected: an updated Surface Pro 4 tablet, the second generation of the company’s Microsoft Band fitness tracker and two new Lumia smartphones. But it was the Surface Book, Microsoft’s first laptop and a big bet for the company, that drew...
  • Microsoft just unveiled its first laptop — and claims it's twice as fast as a Macbook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:59:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 63 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 10/06/2015 | Lisa Eadicicco and Matt Weinberger
    Microsoft on Tuesday unveiled its first laptop: the Microsoft Surface Book, a 13-inch touch-screen device that also comes apart to become a tablet. "This is the ultimate laptop," Microsoft's Panos Panay said. It has two processors and a dedicated graphics-card system. Microsoft says the laptop is twice as fast as a Macbook Pro. Pricing starts at $1,499, and the laptop will be available on October 26. As with many devices in the Surface line, the Surface Book can detach from its keyboard to become a tablet. The keyboard can then dock on the back of the tablet to keep it...
  • Surface Book: Microsoft steers first LAPTOP into Apple's MacBook Pro

    10/06/2015 1:43:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 8 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 6, 2015 | Iain Thomson
    Redmond's shoving its chips all in on this $1,500 PC As expected, Microsoft has updated its Surface Pro fondleslab with a new model powered by Intel's latest silicon. But unexpectedly, it has also produced a laptop version of the platform that is going to make Apple sick. "The Surface Book is the ultimate laptop," gushed Panos Panay, Microsoft's veep of Surface computing. "Ounce for ounce, it's the fastest laptop ever made – twice as fast as the MacBook Pro." The laptop's 13.5-inch screen is detachable, and on its own acts as a tablet. The machine has two batteries and twin...
  • Windows 10 officially hits 110 million installations

    10/06/2015 1:26:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Winbeta ^ | 10/06/2015 | Sean Michael
    Today is one of the biggest days of the year for Microsoft and to start out the event they rattled off some impressive numbers. The most impressive is 110 million installations of Windows 10. This lines up well with the reports we had already heard but this 110 million number is officially from Microsoft on the biggest stage. Here are some other impressive stats mentioned by Terry Myerson. * 1 billion visits to Windows 10 app store * Developer revenue has increased four times since Windows 10’s launch * 650 billion web pages viewed with Microsoft Edge * 1 billion...
  • Microsoft's Surface Book is the sleek, MacBook-beating laptop

    10/06/2015 9:55:16 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 57 replies
    pcworld ^ | 10/06/2015 | Brad Chacos
    Well this came out of nowhere. After years of pleading from PC enthusiasts, Microsoft finally revealed an ultra-premium Surface laptop, dubbed Surface Book, at its hardware event on Tuesday—a portable PC designed to embrace Windows 10’s most cutting-edge features, and one that’s just oozing style. If the Surface Pro is a tablet that can replace your laptop, as Microsoft’s marketing crowed last year, does that make the Surface laptop a laptop that can replace your tablet that replaces your laptop? Not quite. Both aim for different targets. While the Surface tablets were initially introduced to highlight the sort of mobile...
  • Xbox One won’t really get Cortana until 2016

    10/04/2015 8:19:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 9 replies
    SlashGear ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | JC Torres
    Xbox's Major Nelson has just revealed another slew of features for the New Xbox One Experience, a.k.a. the NXOE, but this time around not all of them are good news. Well, to be fair, only one isn't. Despite having hyped about how Cortana will help gamers stay on top of things even in the middle of gaming, it seems that such gamers will have to wait a bit longer to experience that. When Microsoft releases NXOE later this year, Cortana will only be available as a preview, with a full rollout happening only next year. Delays are a fact of...
  • Up to 500 million exposed by WinRAR remote code execution vulnerability

    10/02/2015 4:22:09 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 9 replies (AUS) ^ | Oct 1 2015 6:35AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    ... A researcher has found a way to exploit popular archival utility WinRAR to remotely execute malicious code on users' computers, without any interaction being required. Iranian researcher Mohammad Reza Espargham found that it was possible to use WinRAR SFX 2.51 to add malicious payloads that would execute when users decompress archives. A specially crafted hyper text mark-up language (HTML) text file that is parsed and which attempts to download and run potentially malicious code can be included in WinRAR SFX archives, Espargham noted. The researcher suggested secure parsing of the text file, and encoding of the URL value parameter...
  • Windows 10 adoption has slowed down considerably after explosive first month

    10/01/2015 10:33:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    PC World ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jared Newman
    Windows 10 uptake is falling back to earth after an explosive first month.According to StatCounter, Windows 10 accounted for 7.64 percent of desktop Internet usage in September, compared to 5.38 percent the month prior. Rival metrics firm NetApplications pegs Windows 10 usage at 6.63 percent, compared to 5.21 percent in August. Three months of desktop operating system usage from StatCounter.Both firms still have Windows 10 in fourth place among Microsoft operating systems, trailing behind even Windows XP, a 14-year-old operating system that Microsoft stopped supporting in 2014. Windows 7 remains way out in front, with 51.52 percent usage according to...
  • Microsoft and Google ink SECRET TREATY to end all their patent wars ("Hey, I love you, man...")

    10/01/2015 3:38:13 AM PDT · by dayglored · 11 replies
    The Register ^ | Oct 1, 2015 | Neil McAllister
    Chumship pact pie carve-up details kept under wraps Google and Microsoft have inked a secret deal in which all patent disputes between the mammoth companies will be abandoned. The exact terms of the agreement – as in, who gets what – were not disclosed. Your guess is as good as ours. "Microsoft and Google are pleased to announce an agreement on patent issues," the companies said in a joint statement that was sent to El Reg via email. "As part of the agreement, the companies will dismiss all pending patent infringement litigation between them, including cases related to Motorola Mobility."...
  • Microsoft Store accidentally lists new Lumia 950 flagships online

    10/01/2015 12:47:05 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    The Verge ^ | September 30, 2015 | By Tom Warren
    Microsoft has accidentally listed two new Lumia flagships on its online store. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are both listed as unlocked models, with confirmation of some of the leaked specifications. Microsoft lists the Lumia 950 as a 5.2-inch handset with a 20-megapixel camera and 32GB of storage. While the larger Lumia 950 is 5.7 inches with the same camera and storage. Microsoft is expected to announce both handsets at a special Windows 10 event in New York City next week. Previously leaked photos and specifications of the devices also reveal that Microsoft's new Lumias will support...
  • Windows 10 is NOT spying on you, Microsoft says

    09/30/2015 12:23:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Naked Security ^ | 09/30/2015 | Lisa Vaas
    Since it was released, Windows 10 has incited a privacy furor. Hundreds of commenters on sites such as Hacker News and Reddit have criticised default settings that send personal information to Microsoft and use bandwidth to upload data to other Windows 10 computers.Concerns have risen over the Wi-Fi password sharing feature, Microsoft's plans to keep people from running counterfeit software, the inability to opt out of security updates, weekly dossiers sent to parents on their kids' online activity, and the fact that Windows 10 by default shares a lot of your personal information - contacts, calendar details, text and touch...
  • Why there will never be a year of the Linux desktop

    09/30/2015 4:57:21 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 79 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 29 September 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    I love the Linux desktop. As far as I'm concerned, the Linux Mint 17.2 is the best desktop around. Heck, I was once editor-in-chief of a website called Linux Desktop. But today, I believe there's no way the Linux desktop will ever become the top desktop operating system. The Linux desktop, here Mint 17.2 with Cinnamon, is great, but it will never be popular the way Windows was. That's right. There will be no "Year of the Linux desktop." Oh, don't get me wrong, Linux, as Android tablets and smartphones and Chrome OS Chromebooks, will become the most popular end-user...
  • Microsoft deploys first major server application on Ubuntu Linux

    09/29/2015 5:17:52 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 17 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 28 September 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Even after Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella proclaimed Microsoft loved Linux and Microsoft released a specialized Linux for switches, Azure Cloud Switch, many don't buy that Microsoft believes in Linux. What will it take? Maybe, it will be this: Microsoft has selected Ubuntu for its first Linux-based software-as-a service offering, HDInsight, Microsoft's big data Hadoop-on-Azure service. Windows and Ubuntu working together.Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, Ubuntu's parent company, and Hortonworks, a major developer of the Hadoop program. Hadoop enables distributed processing of big data over commodity server clusters and clouds. Together the three companies have made it possible to run HDInsight...
  • Microsoft preps Azure data lake flood gates for readiness (open source-friendly cloud services)

    09/28/2015 7:45:33 PM PDT · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 28, 2015 | Gavin Clarke
    Microsoft will later this year release its open-source friendly lake for big-data analytics in the cloud. Azure Data Lake Store – announced at Build in April – will be released as a preview, Microsoft said Monday. The store will be built on Apache YARN for developers and data scientists, to analyse information, and will use Azure HDInsight – a managed service for Hadoop, Spark, Storm and Hbase. HDInsight was developed by Microsoft working with Ubuntu-shop Canonical and Hadoop spinner Hortonworks, Microsoft and Canonical said. In preparation for the preview Microsoft Monday threw the doors open on managed Linux clusters. Microsoft’s...
  • Microsoft finally responds to accusations that Windows 10 spies on users

    09/28/2015 1:58:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/28/2015 | Jacob Siegal
    Ever since Windows 10 launched back in July, one topic of conversation has overshadowed everything the new operating system does right: privacy concerns. Everyone with a Windows device is (rightfully) terrified that Microsoft is monitoring everything they do, so on Monday, Microsoft decided to finally issue an official response in order to clear the air. In a blog post on, Microsoft executive VP Terry Myerson has taken the first step to earning back the trust of the individuals who are concerned about their privacy in regards to Windows 10. He noted that the data Microsoft collects “is encrypted in...
  • After two months: Windows 10 Hits the 100-Million Installations Mark

    09/28/2015 1:50:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    WCCF Tech ^ | 09/28/2015 | Shaikh Rafia
    Released on July 29, Windows 10 has reportedly surpassed the 100 million installs milestone, sometime last week.Microsoft released the new operating system version as a free upgrade to Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users and saw the adoption rate spiking through the first few weeks. While sluggish in the later days, Windows 10 has finally passed the 100 million mark last week, according to sources. We already saw reports of the operating system reaching 75 million and then 81 million downloads earlier this month. Citing unnamed sources, reports are now claiming that the OS has finally reached the 100 million installation milestone,...
  • China's Silicon Valley power play

    09/23/2015 9:45:32 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/23/15 | Cory Bennett and Katie Bo Williams
    Chinese officials have summoned top American tech executives to Seattle for a forum on Wednesday in a show of force that could make the Obama administration’s standing in Silicon Valley appear weak by comparison. Beijing moved up the date of the annual event to coincide with President Xi Jinping’s U.S. visit and reportedly pressured major Silicon Valley players to send their chief executives to what is normally an annual summit for midlevel management, threatening regulatory scrutiny if they didn’t comply. “It’s not really voluntary,” said Atlantic Council Senior Fellow Jason Healey, a former director of cyber infrastructure protection at the...
  • Windows 10 : Microsoft's Waterloo?

    09/22/2015 3:13:30 PM PDT · by publius911 · 82 replies
    Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 for over a year now, and it seems to be "successful."
  • Microsoft's love affair with Linux deepens

    09/22/2015 5:16:46 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 9 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 21 September 2015 | Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
    Hell must be getting chilly. Microsoft is no longer just supporting Linux as Hyper-V virtual machines (VM) and Azure clouds, the Redmond giant is producing its very own Linux "distribution" -- Azure Cloud Switch (ACS) . Notice the quotes around distribution. Microsoft has not created its own server or desktop distribution. Indeed, you can't buy, lease, or download ACS. This way Microsoft gets to offer Linux-based services while staying on the right side of Linux's GNU General Public License, version 2 (GPLv2) legal requirements. Linux's GPLv2 requires that the code be made freely available only if you're actually shipping your...
  • 14-year-old clockmaker Ahmed Mohamed, arrested for 'hoax bomb', receives 3D printer from Microsoft

    09/21/2015 5:06:42 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 87 replies ^ | 09/21/2015 | Benedict
    14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, who made headlines last week after he was arrested for bringing a homemade clock into school, has already received praise from a number of familiar names such as Barack Obama and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Now, to Mohamed’s further delight, tech giants Microsoft have pledged their allegiance to the whizz-kid in generous fashion. The multinational technology firm expressed their support for Ahmed, not through kind words, but by sending the young engineer a huge hamper of tech goodies, including a Cube 3D printer.
  • Windows 10 begins to eat into Windows 7's usage share

    09/21/2015 11:17:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Tech World ^ | 09/21/2015 | Gregg Keizer
    Although it initially tempted Windows 8.1 users, Windows 10 has increasingly grown its usage share at the expense of the much more widely used Windows 7, an encouraging sign for Microsoft's efforts to convince the old guard to switch. Using data from Irish analytics company StatCounter, Computerworld calculated the changes in usage share -- a measurement of desktop-and-laptop-driven online activity -- of the various editions of Windows since 10's debut on July 29. For the first four weeks after Windows 10's release, Windows 8.1 led in losses, beating Windows 7 by a wide margin. During that month-long span, Windows 8.1...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Release: A Month Later.

    09/19/2015 6:05:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    BIDNESS ^ | 09/18/2015 | By: Larry Darrell
    The last four years have been quite troublesome for Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT). The company has been rapidly losing market share, especially since the release of Windows 8. Users were not happy with the live tile ecosystem offered and felt that the company did not provide a a user-friendly interface, which had been the main reason for Microsoft’s success in the past. Many users shifted to available alternatives i.e. Linux, iOS and Android. Windows 7 was a huge success and users soon got accustomed to using it. Later, Windows 8 was released with one foot each each in mobile and computing...
  • Microsoft has created its own version of Linux — a product Steve Ballmer once likened to 'cancer'

    09/18/2015 3:23:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/18/2015 | Matt Weinberger
    This week, Microsoft unveiled Azure Cloud Switch, a boring-sounding product that's only interesting to developers and IT professionals working on the bleeding edge of networking technology. The scandalous part is actually under the hood: Azure Cloud Switch is, at the core, a specialized version of Linux — a free operating system that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once referred to as "a cancer." Linux, created in the early 1990s by incredibly influential programming firebrand Linus Torvalds and further developed by a veritable army of volunteers from around the world, never quite toppled the dominance of Microsoft Windows on the desktop....
  • Microsoft has developed its own Linux. Repeat. Microsoft has developed its own Linux

    09/17/2015 9:16:56 PM PDT · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 18, 2015 | Simon Sharwood
    Redmond reveals Azure Cloud Switch, its in-house software-defined networking OS Sitting down? Nothing in your mouth? Microsoft has developed its own Linux distribution. And Azure runs it to do networking. Redmond's revealed that it's built something called Azure Cloud Switch (ACS), describing it as “a cross-platform modular operating system for data center networking built on Linux” and “our foray into building our own software for running network devices like switches.” Kamala Subramanian, Redmond's principal architect for Azure Networking, writes that: “At Microsoft, we believe there are many excellent switch hardware platforms available on the market, with healthy competition between many...
  • Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball (open source encryption code!)

    09/14/2015 10:02:20 PM PDT · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 15, 2015 | Richard Chirgwin
    While Washington mulls ways to make crypto less effective, the industry, thank heavens, continues to push in the other direction. Microsoft Research has just published an elliptic curve library it reckons is considerably faster than what's currently available. Outlined in this International Association for Cryptologic Research (IACR) paper, the implementation, the FourQLib, comes from noted Redmondian researchers Craig Costello and Patrick Longa. The aim with FourQ sis to update today's elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) – implementations like the National Institute of Science and Technology's (NIST's) P-256 and the non-NIST-influenced Curve25519 – since one inevitability of crypto tech is that it...
  • The truth about Windows 7 and 8.1 'spy patches' KB 3068708, 3022345, 3075249, 3080149

    09/14/2015 1:05:28 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 34 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | September 9, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    Conspiracy theories are gaining steam as accusations about Microsoft "spy patches" heat up. But a much larger part of the story may sound familiar to any experienced Windows or Office user. The tinfoil ball started rolling on Aug. 24, when Sergey Tkachenko at published an incendiary discovery: Four recent Windows 7 and 8.1 patches -- KB 3022345, 3068708, 3075249, and 3080149 -- were sending a potful of data to Microsoft's servers. In at least one case, the spying patches transmit data through hard-coded servers, bypassing the Hosts file and making it even harder to block their activity. On Aug....
  • Like It Or Not, Microsoft Silently Downloads Windows 10, Grabbing Valuable Disk Space

    09/11/2015 9:18:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Hot Hardware ^ | 09/11/2015 | Brandon Hill
    Just when we thought that all the hoopla surrounding privacy in Windows 10 and questionable disclosure practices was starting to die down, Microsoft has to go and stir the pot once again with another seemingly overzealous move. It’s not enough that Windows 10 is installed on over 75 million PCs and counting; Microsoft is aiming for one billion installs within the next two to three years. And to get to that one billion figure, Microsoft wants to entice customers to upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines to Windows 10. Making the upgrade free during the first year...
  • Microsoft case: DoJ says it can demand every email from any US-based provider

    09/11/2015 9:17:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 09/09/15 | Sam Thielman
    Microsoft counsel addresses question of US search warrant for Hotmail emails stored in Ireland: ‘We would go crazy if China did this to us’ The United States government has the right to demand the emails of anyone in the world from any email provider headquartered within US borders, Department of Justice (DoJ) lawyers told a federal appeals court on Wednesday. The case being heard in the second circuit court of appeals is between the US and Microsoft and concerns a search warrant that the government argues should compel Microsoft to retrieve emails held on a Hotmail server in Ireland. Microsoft...
  • How to keep your privacy with Window 10 (vanity)

    09/10/2015 2:08:56 PM PDT · by Signalman · 29 replies
    self | 9/10/2015 | self
    If you have Windows 10 and you want Microsoft to stay the hell out of your computer activities, do the following: 1. Click the windows icon located at the bottom left-hand corner of the main screen. 2. In the Search Windows dialog box, type "privacy". 3. When the Change Privacy window appears, turn all options "off". 4. After that is completed, click "Manage my Microsoft Advertising and other personalization info". 5. When that appears, click the purple box labeled "choose" and turn it off. 6 click the green box regarding personalized ads (you have to sign in with this one)...
  • Microsoft’s Windows 10 under fire for user data collection

    09/10/2015 11:39:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    The Star ^ | 09/10/2015 | Peter Henderson The Canadian Press
    Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system has been praised for improving upon the flaws of its predecessor, but the company is facing widespread criticism for what some are calling invasive data collection. Under its default privacy settings, Windows 10 tracks the way users type, what applications they use, their browsing history and other personal information. Windows 10 also sends a weekly “activity update” on childrens’ web browsing and computer history to their parents. Some parents have publicly described receiving those emails from Microsoft as “creepy,” while others warn it could serve to humiliate teens at a vulnerable period in their...
  • Microsoft Blatantly Ripped Off By Apple, Apple Announces Surface Pen And Touch Cover Clones For iPad

    09/09/2015 11:59:03 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 51 replies
    Microsoft News ^ | September 9, 2015 17:38 GMT | Pradeep
    Apple today announced two new accessories which are blatant rip-offs from Microsoft. In addition to announcing iPad Pro to take on Surface Pro, Apple also announced Smart Cover (Touch Cover clone) and Apple Pencil (Surface Pen). Apple Smart Cover will attach to iPad Pro using Magnets. And Apple Pencil will support pressure sensitivity just like Surface Pen.
  • 81 Million PCs Already on Windows 10 - Report

    09/09/2015 12:16:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 09/09/2015
    Windows 10 adoption is going really well, stats show. Microsoft has an ambitious goal of bringing Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2017, and while that might sound like a really big number, the early adoption figures of the new operating system show that Redmond has all the chances in the world to meet the expectations. New reports coming from Petri reveal that Windows 10 has already been installed on 81 million PCs in the world, up from the 75 million figure we received a couple of weeks ago. This is impressive since Windows 10 was released just one...
  • Don’t check that box! Windows 7 patch KB 3083324 sneaks in (a patch for Windows Update??)

    09/04/2015 7:43:38 PM PDT · by dayglored · 29 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Sep 4, 2015 | Woody Leonhard
    People all over the world are waking up this morning to a little present in their Windows 7 (and Server 2008 R2) Windows Update boxes: KB 3083324, which describes itself as “Windows Update Client for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: September 2015.” Here’s what the KB article says: This article describes an update that contains some improvements to Windows Update Client in Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. That’s it. If there’s any further description, I can’t find it. In particular, as of this writing anyway, it isn’t even listed in the...
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Ranked Fourth Among Most-Used Desktop OS One Month After Release

    09/02/2015 12:41:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    BIDNESS ETC ^ | 09/02/2015 | MARTIN BLANC
    Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) may have had several ups and downs following the release of Windows 10 last month, but statistics revealed by NetMarketShare indicate the company’s final OS is placed fourth among all desktop operating systems. According to a report by CNet earlier today, Microsoft’s latest OS has garnered 5.2% share of all web traffic generated from desktop-based systems this month. Previously, Windows 10 was released as a technical preview since October. However, the preview did not help register many users until it was revealed as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8.1, starting July 29. In its first...
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation – but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...
  • Amazon and Microsoft just scored a huge $100 million cloud deal that can't be making IBM too happy

    08/31/2015 12:19:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 08/31/2015 | Julie Bort
    Amazon and Microsoft are quickly becoming the king and queen of cloud computing. Here's another case in point: the two of them just won a huge contract with the FAA, led by IT consultant CSC. This contract will consolidate the FCC's data centers, moving data to both Amazon's cloud Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft's cloud, Azure. CSC says the contract is worth $108 million out of the gate, and because its a long-term contract, could be worth as much as $1 billion over the next 10 years. The FAA isn't getting rid of its data centers altogether to run...
  • Is Windows 10 already an enterprise success? 1.5 mn installations in a month and 75 M devices say so

    08/31/2015 11:29:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    FIRST POST BUSINESS ^ | 08/31/2015 | Arti Singh
    Less than a month after rollout of Windows 10, Microsoft has shared that its new operating system had already been installed on 75 million devices. And, interestingly nearly 1.5 million of those systems are running Windows 10 Enterprise. The company, however, didn't disclose the scale and size of enterprise customers, but said "some of them are rolling out hundreds of machines in some very large pilots." Also, it's not clear how many Indian organisations have deployed Windows 10 Enterprise edition. According to analysts, firms here will adopt 'wait-and-watch' strategy. "Many Indian organisations have recently moved from XP to Windows 7...
  • Microsoft's Cortana virtual assistant officially launches for Android (Beta release)

    08/24/2015 8:14:05 PM PDT · by dayglored · 26 replies
    IBN Live ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | (none)
    Android users will now be able to use Microsoft’s digital assistant on their devices. After announcing in May, software giant Microsoft has officially rolled out the beta version of its voice-based assistant Cortana to Google’s popular platform. The Cortana app on Android will basically extend the digital assistant’s functionality across any device you carry and will do most of the things it does on your PC or Windows Phone. It will now allow Android users to easily search the web on-the-go, track flight details, set reminders, and also complete tasks across all the devices. You can now change the home...
  • You know the stock market is in trouble when Apple's Tim Cook is emailing Jim Cramer

    08/24/2015 6:21:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    The Verge ^ | 08/24/2015 | By Ben Popper
    Stock markets around the world have been posting big losses for the last few days. The route was especially rough this morning, with the DOW Jones at one point falling 1,000 points in less than an hour. At the heart of the current slide is an issue which could impact many tech companies: economic weakness in China. Two weeks ago China's government made an aggressive move to devalue its currency. This followed several weeks of tumult in the Chinese stock market, during which the government had also interceded with force. Taken together, investors saw a Chinese market where growth was flagging. That...
  • Paul Allen Launches 'Vulcan Aerospace' to Boost Private Space Travel

    04/16/2015 9:41:05 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 5 replies ^ | April 16, 2015 | Mike Wall
    Billionaire Paul Allen has formed a new company to help make spaceflight more affordable and efficient. Vulcan Aerospace, which was unveiled Monday (April 13), will spearhead the space projects of Vulcan, Inc., a company Allen and his sister Jody formed in 1986. "Vulcan Aerospace is the company within Vulcan that plans and executes projects to shift how the world conceptualizes space travel through cost reduction and on‐demand access," Vulcan Aerospace president Chuck Beames and his colleague Kyu Hwang wrote in a paper describing the company that was presented at the 31 st Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this week. "Vulcan...
  • New photos reveal mammoth structure of Paul Allen’s six-engine Stratolaunch

    02/25/2015 2:25:40 PM PST · by ckilmer · 35 replies ^ | Feb 24, 2015, 12:26pm PST | Steve Wilhelm
    New photos reveal mammoth structure of Paul Allen’s six-engine Stratolaunch Feb 24, 2015, 12:26pm PST Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 4:03pm PST   View Photos KGET image One of the Stratolaunch's twin carbon composite hulls, nearly done.   Steve Wilhelm Paul Allen's giant satellite launch plane, called Stratolaunch, has been kept mostly under wraps since the project began – or at least as much under wraps as you can keep something with a 380-foot wingspan.But now, new images from a California television station have revealed some interesting details about the aircraft.Stratolaunch is Allen's bid to compete in launching satellites into...
  • Stratolaunch plane could make space tourism affordable

    12/14/2011 11:40:54 AM PST · by americanophile · 12 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | 12/14/11 | Donna Blankinship and Seth Borenstein
    The tycoons of cyberspace are looking to bankroll America's resurgence in outer space, reviving "Star Trek" dreams that first interested them in science. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made the latest step Tuesday, unveiling plans for a new commercial spaceship that, instead of blasting off a launch pad, would be carried high into the atmosphere by the widest plane ever built before it fires its rockets. He joins Silicon Valley powerhouses Elon Musk of PayPal and Jeff Bezos of Inc. in a new private space race that attempts to fill the gap left when the U.S. government ended the space...
  • Microsoft Co-Founder To Build Giant Plane To Launch People, Cargo Into Space

    12/13/2011 3:46:04 PM PST · by mandaladon · 62 replies
    CBS Seattle ^ | 13 Dec 2011
    Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aerospace pioneer Burt Rutan are building the world’s biggest plane to help launch cargo and astronauts into space, in the latest of several ventures fueled by technology tycoons clamoring to write America’s next chapter in spaceflight. Their plans, unveiled Tuesday, call for a twin-fuselage aircraft with wings longer than a football field to carry a rocket high into the atmosphere and drop it, avoiding the need for a launch pad and the expense of additional rocket fuel. Allen, who teamed up with Rutan in 2004 to send the first privately financed, manned spacecraft into space,...
  • SpaceShipOne soars toward $10 million X Prize as first private, manned rocket into space

    10/04/2004 8:07:36 AM PDT · by VoteHarryBrowne2000 · 47 replies · 1,171+ views ^ | 10/4/2004 |
    (Mojave, Calif.-AP, Oct 4, 2004 Updated 10:54 AM) _ A stubby rocket plane was slung from the belly of a carrier plane toward space Monday in the final leg of a trip toward the edge of the Earth's atmosphere and a $10 million prize. A new pilot and potential astronaut, Brian Binnie, was chosen to fly the second flight into space in six days for SpaceShipOne, the rocket plane funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. The carrier plane took off from a desert runway and the plane was released in midair and fired its rocket to continue on its...
  • Mac user installs Windows 10 and he can’t stop raving about it

    08/20/2015 1:25:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 08/20/2015 | Brad Reed
    One obvious reason that Windows 8 was such a disaster for Microsoft was that a lot of longtime Windows users absolutely hated it. To express their frustrations with Windows 8, many of these users either switched back to Windows 7 or changed computing platforms all together by switching to Macs. One such person was Vivek Wadhwa, the director of research at Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke, who fled Windows 8 in terror for Apple before giving Microsoft another shot with Windows 10. Writing in The Washington Post, Wadhwa explains that he recently installed Windows 10 onto his...
  • Windows 10's usage share ascent routs Windows 7's ascension six years ago

    08/19/2015 4:20:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    MIS Asia ^ | 08/19/2015 | Gregg Keizer (Computerworld (US)
    Microsoft's Windows 10 has easily surpassed the global usage share ascension of Windows 7 six years ago, putting it on track to become the company's most successful OS introduction ever. Windows 10's usage share neared 6.6 percent on Sunday, data from analytics vendor StatCounter showed. That was a 23 percent increase over what the OS logged the Sunday prior, continuing the unbroken stretch of double-digit-or-more, week-over-week increases since Windows 10's July 29 debut. The operating system's usage share increase has comfortably exceeded that of its closest rival, Windows 7, during the latter's first 18 days of availability in the fall...
  • Windows 10 reportedly reaches 53 million downloads [Three weeks after launch]

    08/17/2015 10:00:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    WinBeta ^ | 08/17/2015 | BY SEAN MICHAEL
    We reported over the weekend that Windows 10 is running on over 50 million devices. A new report from Neowin backs up our initial statistic and clarifies that Windows 10 has reached 53 million installs according to their sources. Additionally, StatCounter states that number of devices running Windows 10 constitutes 4.95% of the operating system market.Windows 10 is a free upgrade to many users and is easy to upgrade to from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The instillation is rolling out in waves so its download numbers will likely continue to rise. Additionally, it will take some time for enterprises...
  • China to start build of 4th generation nuclear reactor-- maybe w/help from Gate's Terrapower

    08/16/2015 8:30:52 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 11 replies ^ | August 16, 2015
    August 16, 2015 China will start construction of a 600 MWe fourth generation nuclear reactor and it could be Terrapower traveling wave reactor china, energy, future, microsoft, nuclear, science, technology Facebook Twitter linkedin google Reddit Construction of the Xipu fast neutron reactor nuclear power demonstrative project in east China's Fujian province is designed to start at the end of 2017, China Business News quoted Xu Mi, an academician with Chinese Academy of Engineering, as saying. The demonstrative nuclear power project, designed with 600,000kw (600 MWe) installed capacity, will be a fourth generation reactor designs. The Shanghai newspaper speculated that this...