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  • Remember Netbooks? Windows 10 makes them good again!

    02/08/2016 9:47:10 AM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    And rather better than a US$35 tablet, if you need a Windows 10 machine lurking around Among the many bizarre and stupid mistakes Microsoft made with Windows 8.x was the decision to require screens to have resolution of at least 1024 x 768. That decision meant that hordes of Netbooks, the very small laptops popular in the late noughties, had no obvious upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 8.x. Back in November 2013 I therefore tried to figure out how to extend the life of my own Netbook. Along the way I confirmed that Windows 8 was indeed a...
  • Windows 10 Nabs Number 2 Spot Behind Windows 7 among desktop environments

    02/06/2016 5:40:06 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Sci-Tech Today ^ | 02/06/2016 | Jeff Cozza
    It may have taken awhile, but the market is finally showing Windows 10 some love. Six months after its debut, the latest Microsoft operating system has climbed its way up to the number two spot among desktop environments, according to data from Net Market Share. With 11.85 percent of the market, Windows 10 has finally surpassed third place Windows XP, which still holds 11.42 percent of the desktop market. Neither Windows 10 nor XP comes close to the most popular operating system in the world, which remains Windows 7 with a whopping 52.47 percent of the desktop market. Microsoft ended...
  • Windows 10 telemetry network traffic analysis, part 1

    02/06/2016 11:12:22 AM PST · by Dalberg-Acton · 30 replies
    VOAT ^ | 2/3/2016 | "CheesusCrust"
    "Like many of you, I am concerned about the telemetry, spying and other surveillance features, known or unknown, of Windows 10. It has concerned me enough to push me to Linux Mint as my main operating system. Even so, I wanted to better understand Windows 10, but internet search results for a decent windows 10 traffic analysis leave a lot to be desired. As such, I decided to do my own investigating on what, exactly, Windows 10 is doing traffic-wise, and post the results. For this analysis, I wanted to simply analyse the network traffic of Windows 10 on a...
  • Microsoft Is About To Start Automatically Downloading Windows 10 Onto PCs

    02/03/2016 5:19:08 AM PST · by blam · 91 replies
    BI ^ | 2-3-2016 | Max Slater-Robins
    Max Slater-RobinsJanuary 3, 2016Microsoft has made Windows 10, the newest version of the operating system, a "recommended update," meaning that it will automatically download onto PCs, according to The Verge. PCs that are are running Windows 7 or 8.1, the two versions that preceded 10, will download the newest version of the operating system automatically, unless the user opts out of the update. Microsoft announced in October last year that Windows 10 would download automatically onto PCs, and has now started the process. Anyone who has a metered internet connection, with a data limit, will have to switch off the...
  • A BEATIFUL REFRESHING IS HERE[Charismatic Caucus]

    02/02/2016 10:11:08 AM PST · by Jedediah · 8 replies
    bible,The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 2-2-16 | Holy Spirit, bible
    I saw a huge waterfall pouring over a beautiful rock formation and the water looked like liquid glass so pure and transparent you could see all the rocks behind it . All around the base of the waterfall were people and they were enjoying the refreshing spray and droplets covering them as a beautiful misty spray and the droplets just seemed to hang in the air effortlessly and the sound of the waterfalls was the roar of His Voice. As I looked over where the water goes over the falls I saw Jesus with his bare feet standing in the...
  • Windows 10 Already Outclasses Windows 7 in the Enterprise, Gartner Says

    02/02/2016 9:32:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Softpedia ^ | 02/02/2016 | Bogdan Popa
    Windows 10 is already seeing early signs of success in the enterprise field, as more and more companies are looking at the new operating system and evaluating a possible upgrade in the coming months.That’s what research firm Gartner explains when looking at adoption figures in the enterprise field for both Windows 10 and Windows 7, saying that the new OS easily outclasses its predecessors.Gartner analyst Steve Kleynhans has told CW in an interview that the enterprise market has changed the way it prepares for upgrades now that Windows 10 is available, asking questions that are more related to the...
  • Windows 10 becomes recommended update to Win 7 and 8.1 as Microsoft stops making it free

    02/02/2016 9:28:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    The Inquisitr ^ | 02/02/2016 | Jinger Jarrett
    Microsoft announced that Windows 10 has become a recommended update for Windows users. Windows 10 will no longer be a required update for users to upgrade to. Although some users have encountered problems with the new operating system, Windows 10 surpassed both Windows XP and 8.1 in terms of the number of users who now use the operating system. Windows 7 still has the most number of users.Beta News reported Microsoft has been accused of pushing Windows 10 on users, and users complained that it was being automatically downloaded to their computers without their permission. Microsoft sought to silence...
  • Stop using Microsoft Edge's InPrivate mode if you value your privacy

    02/01/2016 5:43:03 PM PST · by zeugma · 17 replies
    betanews ^ | 1/31/16 | Mark Wilson
    It's possible that you reached this article purely by chance, or you may have Googled 'how to change the default search engine in Microsoft Edge'. However you got here, the fact that you're reading this indicates that you're either interested in Windows 10's Edge, or actively use it -- and this means there's something you need to know. If you fall into the latter camp and use Edge's InPrivate mode to cover your online tracks, you might want to think about changing your web browser. Edge has already got some stick for its lack of extension support -- "it's coming,...
  • Windows 10 Surpasses Windows XP To Become Second Most-Used Operating System

    02/01/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 02/01/2016 | Mike Brown
    Windows 10 has surpassed Windows XP to become the second most-used operating system in the world. NetMarketShare figures from January show Microsoft's latest version is running on 11.85 percent of global PCs, edging out Windows XP, which runs on 11.42 percent of machines. The news will be a boost to Microsoft as it aims to get as many people to upgrade as possible. Microsoft wants 1 billion devices running the operating system globally in 2018. To reach this goal, the company is offering free upgrades to customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 for Windows 10's first year of availability....
  • No worries: a new Microsoft app is tallying all the Iowa caucus results

    02/01/2016 7:58:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/01/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    What could possibly go wrong?Microsoft is jumping into the presidential campaign business in a big way this year, starting with today’s long awaited Iowa caucuses. The tech giant has generously volunteered to proved (at no cost) a new app to both major parties which will be used to tally the votes from the more than 1,600 caucus sites across the state. If you’re suddenly feeling a sense of creeping dread, you’re not the only one. (The Hill) Microsoft volunteered to provide the technology to help tally up the results of Iowa’s caucus, free of charge. Now it will be...
  • Microsoft sinks to new depths with underwater data centre experiment

    02/01/2016 6:14:34 AM PST · by dayglored · 21 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 1, 2016 | Simon Sharwood
    Why schlep data cross-country when we live on the coast, near free cooling? Microsoft has revealed that it's trialled an underwater data centre. Project Natick saw Redmond sink a capsule about a mile offshore from Seattle, an approach felt to have potential because about half of humanity lives on or near coastlines. Microsoft's thinking is that it's a good idea to put data centres near their users, rather than taking data on latency-inducing cross-country journeys. Throw in the fact that immersion in water is a handy way to get temperatures down and the idea was felt to have merit by...
  • Common Core Exec: 'Damn the Second Amendment'Says conservatives are "idiots."

    01/22/2016 4:38:26 AM PST · by xzins · 35 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 21 Jan 16 | Trey Sanchez
    Project Veritas has released its third undercover video of another Common Core executive revealing the political ideology behind the national educational standards. And this time the anti-American agenda is made clear. The featured Common Core salesperson in this video is Kim Koerber of National Geographic Education (funded by the Gates Foundation, by the way) and a former Pearson Education publishing executive. Her expressions of hatred for America's founding documents coupled with her undying love for Common Core brings the problem to an entirely new level. Plus, she brings a new meaning to the word disgust when talking about those...
  • Microsoft on the hot seat in Iowa

    01/31/2016 3:13:30 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/31/16 | Mario Trujillo
    Microsoft volunteered to provide the technology to help tally up the results of Iowa's caucus, free of charge. Now it will be put to the test Monday night. The contests in both parties are expected to go down to the wire. And the spotlight will be on precinct officials who have been trained on a new Microsoft app, which is meant to cut down on human error and speed up the reporting process. Both the Republican and Democratic parties in Iowa have expressed strong confidence in Microsoft, dismissing late suspicion of corporate influence from the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders...
  • How Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella did what Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates couldn't

    01/31/2016 7:41:13 AM PST · by Scutter · 64 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/30/2016 | Matt Weinberger
    On Thursday, February 4, Satya Nadella will celebrate his second anniversary as the CEO of Microsoft. It's been an eventful couple of years. Microsoft has grown its crucial cloud business, released Windows 10 to a much better reception than its loathed predecessor, launched a bunch of great apps for iPhone and Android, and generally made people like it a lot more. But the real victory of Satya Nadella — the truly monumental shift — has been within the company. Under Nadella, Microsoft is pointed in one direction for first time in modern memory.
  • Brave Browser: Ousted Mozilla CEO Is Changing the Web Again

    01/30/2016 9:22:23 AM PST · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 29 January 2016 | C. Mitchell Shaw
    After Brendan Eich resigned as CEO of the Mozilla Corporation amid controversy when it was revealed that he had given $1,000 to support a California ban on same-sex marriage, he set out to do again what he had done with Mozilla's Firefox browser: revolutionize the way people access the Internet.His newest venture is as bold as what he did when he co-founded the Mozilla project, the Mozilla Foundation, and the Mozilla Corporation. He has started a new company that is producing a browser that promises to strike a balance between web-based advertising and privacy. Coming from anyone else, this promise...
  • Billionaire Paul Allen's yacht damaged Caribbean protected coral

    01/28/2016 10:52:46 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1-29-2016 | ERIC M. JOHNSON
    A massive luxury yacht owned by Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen destroyed most of a protected coral reef during a visit to the Cayman Islands in the Caribbean earlier this month, media reported. An anchor chain from the vessel damaged nearly 14,000 square feet (1,300 square meters), or about 80 percent, of reef near two scuba diving sites in the West Bay, the islands' environment department said, according to the Cayman News Service. Allen's Seattle-based Vulcan Inc organization, which manages his fortune, said on Wednesday that the M/V Tatoosh was moored on Jan. 14 in a "position explicitly directed" by...
  • The real reason Microsoft open sourced .NET

    01/28/2016 2:53:37 PM PST · by ShadowAce · 11 replies
    CIO.com ^ | 27 January 2016 | Mary Branscombe
    With its engineers involved in more than 2,000 open source projects, you'd have to agree that open source has more than a foothold at Microsoft these days. Most recently, for example, the browser team made the Chakra JavaScript engine that powers both Edge and Internet Explorer open source, for a very practical reason. Node, the popular JavaScript runtime, currently works only with Google's V8 JavaScript engine. With Chakra now open source, Microsoft can take the fork of Node that it created to run on Chakra and contribute it back to the project -- which means developers who use Node will...
  • Sanders camp suspicious of Microsoft’s influence in Iowa Caucus

    01/28/2016 5:50:54 AM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 14 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 1/27/2016 | Alex Seitz-Wald
    The campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is raising questions about the involvement of Microsoft in the Iowa Caucuses, now just five days away, and has built a independent system to check the official results. For the first time this year, Microsoft partnered with the Iowa Democratic and Republican Parties to provide a technology platform with which the parties will run their caucuses. The software giant created separate mobile apps for each party, which officials at hundreds of caucuses across the state will use to report out results from individual precincts to party headquarters for tabulation. The arrangement has...
  • Tech help needed

    01/27/2016 7:39:46 AM PST · by conservativesister · 44 replies
    I have an old XP computer that I need to keep running and something updated and I've lost all printer drivers My error message is: Operation could not be completed. The print spooler service is not running. I've tried system restore and it doesn't fix it. I've tried to download drivers and spooler. Any suggestions........and I'm not getting rid of this computer there are things I can do on XP that I can't begin to figure out how to do on Windows 7 which is on the rest of my computers.
  • Problem with Internet Exploder

    01/25/2016 9:26:02 PM PST · by mountn man · 19 replies
    Me | Today | Me
    I'm having problems with Internet Explorer.I am looking for help.Before I go on...Yes, I am logged on.Seems I have a text sizing issue with IE.Suddenly started last week. Text sizing won't stay consistent. I open a new tab or window and I get tiny text. Usually when I refresh a time or two or three, it'll straighten itself out.Then other times, it goes larger instead of correct size.I've messed with zoom. I've messed with text size.I also have a problem with boxes that I have to type in. No matter the zoom level or text size setting, I have a...
  • Microsoft's Surface takes a hit during NFL playoff game

    01/25/2016 3:03:56 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 69 replies
    CNET ^ | 01/24/16 | Steven Musil
    Tablets on New England Patriots' sideline fail, preventing coaches and players from using the devices to review plays. Microsoft's tablet partnership with the National Football League has not always been smooth. After Microsoft struck a reported $400 million deal in 2013 with the NFL to have its Surfaces exclusively on team sidelines for reviewing plays, TV commentators kept referring to them as "iPads." At the time, it was said that networks were constantly reminding their talkers that the Surface looks nothing like an iPad and should therefore be referred to by its actual name. Microsoft suffered another public black eye...
  • Hot Potato exploit mashes old vulns into Windows System 'sploit

    01/24/2016 7:36:54 PM PST · by Utilizer · 10 replies
    The Register ^ | 20 Jan 2016 at 08:39 | Darren Pauli
    Shmoocon Foxglove Security bod Stephen Breen has strung together dusty unpatched Windows vulnerabilities to gain local system-level access on Windows versions up to 8.1. The unholy zero-day concoction, reported to Microsoft in September and still unpatched, is a reliable way of p0wning Windows for attackers that have managed to pop user machines. Breen released exploit code for his attack dubbed Hot Potato following his talk at the Shmoocon conference in Washington over the weekend. "Hot Potato takes advantage of known issues in Windows to gain local privilege escalation in default configurations, namely NTLM relay -\- specifically HTTP-SMB relay - and...
  • Microsoft cuts short support for downgraded Windows Skylake PCs

    01/24/2016 6:59:32 PM PST · by Utilizer · 22 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 25 2016 10:00AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft and its hardware partners have revealed the list of Intel Skylake-based PCs that will lose support after 18 months if the computers are downgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 7 or 8.1. The software giant along with Dell, HP, Lenovo and NEC today outlined a list of 100 PCs that will fall victim to a policy change outlined by Microsoft earlier this month. The company previously said it would support downgrades to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 until January 2020 and January 2023. But on January 16, Microsoft backtracked on its pledge for newer hardware featuring Intel's Skylake processors....
  • Microsoft Sacrifices Lumia 950 And 950 XL For A Stronger Surface Phone

    01/24/2016 6:05:02 PM PST · by dayglored · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Ewan Spence
    Announced in October 2015, and released a month later, Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones have not set the world alight. The first 'out of the box' Windows 10 powered smartphones occupy a curious pivot point in Microsoft's plans. What do they tell us about the direction of Microsoft and how it will approach mobile in 2016? Between them they represent the end of a line of smartphones that stretches back to Nokia's 2011 decision to go with Windows Phone rather than Android, They also represent Microsoft's future attitudes to smartphones as a single element of a wide...
  • Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam

    01/24/2016 3:25:57 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 11 replies
    The Register UK ^ | Jan 22, 2016 | John Leyden
    Gotcha: Symantec fires reseller nabbed in tech support scam Malwarebytes sting operation catches out Silurian Tech Support 22 Jan 2016 at 10:52, John Leyden An authorised Symantec reseller has been caught hoodwinking users into buying security software by employing underhand marketing tactics. Silurian Tech Support was spotted flinging fake Norton-themed security warnings in an attempt to drum up business by Symantec rival Malwarebytes. The alerts were used to direct users towards a tech support service that researchers discovered offered to fix non-existent problems for a flat fee of $199 or more. All the well-worn themes of the far-too-prevalent tech support...
  • Bill Gates: US 'should take more' refugees

    01/22/2016 11:15:42 PM PST · by lowbridge · 61 replies
    bbc ^ | january 22, 2016 | joe miller
    The billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has told the BBC that the United States "should set a better example" by taking in more refugees. Mr Gates said his home country "had the capacity" to follow the examples of Germany and Sweden, who were "to be congratulated" for welcoming migrants. But he acknowledged that relaxing immigration laws "was not easy". Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Mr Gates added that governments were dealing with "tight budgets". However, he emphasised that the issue was largely a political one, and that "the total number of refugees is not a world record".
  • Linux Trojan captures audio and takes screenshots

    01/20/2016 8:26:27 PM PST · by Utilizer · 4 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Jan 20, 2016 | Jim Lynch
    Security is something that is always on the minds of users these days, and that includes those who use Linux. TechWeek Europe has a disturbing article about a Linux trojan that captures audio and takes screenshots. It remains to be seen how widespread this Trojan is among Linux users and what the exact attack vector is for it. Steve McCaskill reports for TechWeek Europe: Security researchers have found a new Linux Trojan capable of taking screenshots of infected systems and even recording sound. Russian anti-virus firm Dr Web says that once the Linux.Ekoms.1 malware is launched it checks for two...
  • Intel warns of major flaw in driver update software

    01/20/2016 7:33:51 PM PST · by Utilizer · 12 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 21 2016 9:00AM (AUS) | Allie Coyne
    Intel has patched a major flaw in its driver utility tool that could allow attackers to install malware on victim PCs remotely. The chipmaker has issued a patch advisory for its Driver Update Utility, urging customers to download the new version of the software. The tool analyses system drivers on a user's computer and reports on and downloads any new drivers that are available. The flaw - which exists because the software requests new drivers from Intel servers over an unencrypted connection - allows attackers to instigate man-in-the-middle attacks and cause the download of malicious files and software on victim...
  • Is Privacy A Right Or A Privilege?

    01/20/2016 12:37:07 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 20, 2016 | Steve Sherman
    Many people feel they have a right to privacy, but do they? Does the Constitution protect the notion of privacy? Well yes and no. The general right to privacy is derived loosely from three places in the Bill of Rights and the 14th Amendment known as The Liberty Clause. None of them are enough to protect privacy in the modern age. The 1st Amendment protects privacy of beliefs among other things like speech, press, religion, the ability to meet peaceably, and petition the government. The 3rd Amendment protects your home from being taken over by the government. The 4th Amendment...
  • Microsoft patches critical vulnerabilities in January update

    01/19/2016 6:56:29 PM PST · by Utilizer · 21 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 13 2016 6:55AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    Microsoft's first Patch Wednesday update for the year has taken care of multiple vulnerabilities rated as critical. No known exploits are available for the vulnerabilities, but Microsoft recommends that users apply the patches through Windows Update as soon as possible. Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 see two common vulnerabilities and exploits (CVEs) fixed - CVE-2016-0002 and CVE-2016-0005 - as part of a cumulative update. Supported version of the Windows client and server operating systems are all affected by the vulnerabilities, which Microsoft rates as critical and exploitable. Microsoft's new Edge browser in Windows 10 is also being...
  • Apple, Microsoft, Samsung Linked To Child Mining In DRC, Says Amnesty International Report

    01/19/2016 10:51:00 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    forbes ^ | 1-19-2016 | Abigail Tracy
    Tech giants - Apple, Samsung and Microsoft among them - are under fire following the release of a new report that links the companies to the child mining of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As portable electronics such as smartphones, tablets and laptops become more and more ubiquitous, the global demand for rechargeable batteries and in turn cobalt - a major component in lithium-ion batteries - continues to grow. According to estimates, the African country is responsible for more than 50% of the world's cobalt production, a portion of which is sourced from artisanal mines in the...
  • Windows 10 will only work on newest PCs, says Microsoft

    01/18/2016 9:44:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 18, 2016 | Brooke Crothers
    Microsoft just dropped a bombshell. Older versions of Windows will not be supported on the newest chips from Intel and others. The crux of a statement from Terry Myerson, executive vice president at Microsoft, is that new processors won't run older versions of Windows reliably -- and won't be supported. "Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that time for support," Myerson wrote, in a blog post addressed to "enterprise customers," aka, businesses. So, in the future, don't expect to be able to run Windows 7, for example, on the newest...
  • Microsoft is working with some of its biggest partners to kill Windows 7 and 8

    01/18/2016 3:51:31 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/18/2016 | Max Slater-Robins
    Microsoft is working with Intel, AMD, nVidia, and Qualcomm to support Windows 10 at a chipset level, effectively killing the future of Windows 7 and 8. The changes, which were announced in a company blog post, are the next step in Microsoft's big push to get everyone, from personal users to businesses, onto the latest version of the operating system. The partnership with the chip makers is surprising, as cutting support for Windows 7 and 8.1 on future PCs could adversely affect sales. "Going forward, as new silicon generations are introduced, they will require the latest Windows platform at that...
  • Microsoft updates support policy: New CPUs will require Windows 10

    01/18/2016 1:33:08 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 41 replies
    Microsoft ^ | 01/15/16 | Ed Bott
    In a change to its longstanding support policy, Microsoft says PCs based on new CPU architectures, including Intel's Skylake chips, will require Windows 10. A list of preferred systems will support older Windows versions on new hardware, but only for 18 months. Enterprise customers are still the bulwark of Microsoft's Windows business, in both the client and server segments. Historically, those customers have also been among the most conservative, lagging years behind the latest releases of an operating system release. Those practices have been encouraged by Microsoft's support lifecycle, which offers a generous ten years of support for each Windows...
  • With no warning, Microsoft stops use of Windows 7 & 8.1 on new PCs. How dumb is that?

    01/17/2016 9:37:25 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    Computer World ^ | Jan 17, 2016 11:15 AM PT | Richi Jennings
    Microsoft made this totally stupid change to its Windows support policy. With no notice, older versions of Windows lose support on the latest PC hardware. Yep, that's right: You can't run Windows 7 or 8.1 on Skylake CPUs (or later). There's a woolly, limited get-out-of-jail-free card for a short while, but this is just the latest irritating Microsoft scheme to get everyone onto Windows 10. The way it's always been in the past is that enterprises could buy today's hardware, but put their current image on it, only upgrading when it made sense. But with this move, Microsoft changes everything...
  • Here’s why a jaw-dropping 200 million devices run Microsoft Windows 10 [One word: Speed]

    01/15/2016 1:05:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | 01/15/2016 | By John Brandon
    200 million devices are now running Windows 10 all over the world, or almost two-thirds of the entire U.S. population. It's a bit surprising, given that much of this growth (about 40%) has occurred just since Thanksgiving. According to recent published data, Windows 10 is is on a trajectory of growth that beats Windows 7 (by 140%) and Windows 8 (by 400%). The question you might ask is: Why all of the raging success? And why now? [SNIP] My theory is more about speed. We notice when a computer is slow or fast, and we have almost zero patience for...
  • IDC Survey: Majority of Windows 10 users are happy with the OS

    01/15/2016 12:59:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    BETA NEWS ^ | 01/15/2016 | By Mihaita Bamburic
    When we look at how many PCs across the globe run Windows 10, we see Microsoft's latest operating system having a relatively modest usage share of around 10 percent. That is even though it is offered as a free upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, both of which have remained more popular so far.However, things are quite different in US, where a new IDC survey claims that nearly 30 percent of PC users have embraced Windows 10. That figure may not accurately represent the entire PC user base in the country, due to the nature of the survey, but...
  • No escape: Microsoft injects 'Get Windows 10' nagware into biz PCs (including Active Directory)

    01/14/2016 5:53:06 AM PST · by dayglored · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 14, 2016 | Chris Williams
    This is like the Night of the Living Dead Microsoft's relentless campaign to push Windows 10 onto every PC on the planet knows no bounds: now business desktops will be nagged to upgrade. When Redmond started quietly installing Windows 10 on computers via Windows Update, it was aimed at getting home users off Windows 7 and 8. If you were using Windows Pro or Enterprise, or managed your machines using a domain, you weren't supposed to be pestered with dialog boxes offering the free upgrade. Until now. According to Microsoft on Wednesday, the controversial try-hard "Get Windows 10" nagware is...
  • Microsoft may have cancelled the PC sales apocalypse

    01/13/2016 10:41:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Yahoo News via Business Insider ^ | 01/13/2016 | By Matt Weinberger
    It's no secret that PC sales are shrinking, as everybody and their mothers turn to smartphones and tablets. That has led to miserable holiday PC sales, with worldwide PC shipments down 10.6% year-over-year in the final three months of 2015, research firm IDC announced on Tuesday. Sales of PCs for all of 2015 came in at the lowest level since 2008, IDC said in a press release. By the second half of 2016, IDC says, things should stabilize a little bit in the PC market: Enterprises and consumers alike will turn to Microsoft Windows 10, the latest version of the...
  • Researcher finds gaping holes in Trend Micro antivirus

    01/12/2016 6:43:44 PM PST · by Utilizer · 12 replies
    iTnews aus ^ | Jan 13 2016 6:40AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    A Google Project Zero researcher has left security vendor Trend Micro with egg on its face, after discovering its software contains multiple, serious vulnerabilities that are easy to exploit without user interaction or notification. Tavis Ormandy of Project Zero noted that when Trend Micro antivirus is installed on Windows, the password manager component - written mostly in Javascript using the node.js framework that's included by default - allows any any website to run arbitrary code on users' machines. The flaw in password manager allegedly took Ormandy only about 30 seconds to discover. He said the vulnerability is trivial to exploit,...
  • Microsoft ends support for Windows 8, Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 (time to upgrade to 8.1)

    01/12/2016 6:19:23 AM PST · by dayglored · 29 replies
    CBC News ^ | Jan 12, 2016 | (none)
    Users need to upgrade to Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 Microsoft is ending support for Windows 8 and older versions of Internet Explorer today. Windows 8 users who haven't upgraded to Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer users who aren't running the latest version of the web browser -- IE 11, in most cases -- will no longer have access to patches and updates to keep their software secure from malware and hackers when new vulnerabilities are discovered. While Windows 8 was released in 2012, and Microsoft typically supports an operating system for a minimum of 10 years after its release,...
  • Banishing 'Get Windows 10' nagware isn't as easy as you think

    01/11/2016 7:02:41 PM PST · by Utilizer · 47 replies
    InfoWorld ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Woody Leonhard
    If you're running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a computer that isn't attached to a domain, you're no doubt familiar with the "Get Windows 10" ads that try to convince you -- sometimes subtly, sometimes forcefully -- to install Windows 10. Microsoft's intrusive campaign has drawn much well-deserved ire among Windows customers. I think it represents a new low in Microsoft marketing -- right down there in the Scroogled end of the gene pool. Back in August, Microsoft posted KB 3080351, a discussion of new Group Policy settings and two obscure registry entries -- DisableOSUpgrade and ReservationsAllowed -- that, taken...
  • Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10 out of support this week

    01/10/2016 8:20:13 PM PST · by Utilizer · 32 replies
    iTnews ^ | Jan 11 2016 9:26AM (AUS) | Juha Saarinen
    January 13 is the last day for business and individual users to move off older versions of the Internet Explorer web browser, before Microsoft pulls the plug on support including security patches. The deadline this week comes 18 months after Microsoft warned that it would cease to support Internet Explorer 8, 9 and 10, giving users time to upgrade. Microsoft suggests users upgrade to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 and 8.1, or use the new Edge browser if they're on Windows 10. Edge is able to launch Internet Explorer 11 when needed, for backwards compatibility.
  • Apple's competition is going to have a tough year in 2016

    01/10/2016 7:41:05 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 70 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | Saturday, January 09, 2016 | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    In 2015 Apple grabbed a 94 percent share of the world's global smartphone profits, sold the only profitable tablets and smartwatch, increased its Mac unit sales,, launched a successful NFC payment platform, took a huge slice of the music streaming market and introduced a new platform for the living room. How can it possibly beat that performance in 2016? That's the premise set out by clickbait legend Jay Yarow of Business Insider, who penned a compendium of worries of potential scenarios of doom for the world's largest and most successful tech company, bravely entitled "Apple is going to have a...
  • Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

    01/09/2016 11:50:01 AM PST · by ConservativeMind · 100 replies
    The Register - UK ^ | January 8, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8, you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10. And you may be worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update. Microsoft will start pushing out a Windows 10 upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system – don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get security...
  • Confirmed: How to stop Windows 10 forcing itself onto PCs – your essential guide

    01/07/2016 10:08:43 PM PST · by dayglored · 71 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 8, 2016 | Iain Thomson
    Official from the Redmond horse's mouth If you're using a PC running Windows 7 or 8 you may be getting a little sick of endless popup screens telling you to upgrade to version 10, and worried about inadvertently installing the upgrade as part of a security update. Microsoft will start pushing out the upgrade as a recommended, virtually mandatory, update very soon (it's right now only an optional download). Some people are tempted to turn off Windows Update completely to avoid getting the new operating system - don't. It'll leave your computer vulnerable to attack as you'll no longer get...
  • Microsoft officially dumps Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10 (Thank G-d, We're Free At Last!)

    01/06/2016 6:08:12 PM PST · by dayglored · 19 replies
    PC World ^ | Jan 6, 2016 | Ian Paul
    Internet Explorer 11 is the only version of the browser Microsoft wants most Windows users to run. Microsoft recently announced another step that puts Internet Explorer that much closer to oblivion. Beginning next Tuesday, January 12, Microsoft will officially retire Internet Explorer versions 8, 9, and 10 for most Windows operating systems, according to a Microsoft support page. Internet Explorer 11 will be the only officially supported version of the browser for Windows 7, 8.1, and 10. The only exception will be Windows Vista users, who will stick with Internet Explorer 9. Vista's mainstream support ended more than a year...
  • Automakers choose Microsoft as connected car partner

    01/05/2016 10:19:40 PM PST · by Utilizer · 14 replies
    The Official Microsoft Blog ^ | January 5, 2016 | Peggy Johnson
    When Microsoft talks about mobility, our interest is the mobility of the person, not of any single device. After all, people now want their technology experience to move with them, from place to place and device to device, at home, at work, and on the move. Nowhere is this more evident than in today's connected cars. People expect their car's computing power to match its horsepower. And automakers are leading the way, bringing mobility solutions to their cars to meet drivers' changing expectations, as well as enhance safety. These automakers see their cars as technology platforms, and they are choosing...
  • Microsoft's new tally for Windows 10: 200M

    01/04/2016 4:44:07 PM PST · by dayglored · 44 replies
    ComputerWorld ^ | Jan 4, 2016 | Gregg Keizer
    Subtitle: But third-party metrics don't support the company's contention that Windows 10's adoption has outpaced Windows 7's in late 2009-early 2010 Microsoft today updated its Windows 10 claim, saying that the new operating system is on more than 200 million devices that have been used at least once in the past month. The number included not only personal computers and tablets, a company spokesman confirmed, but also Xbox One video game consoles -- the box got Windows 10 in November -- and smartphones now running a preview of Windows 10 Mobile. "As of today, there are more than 200 million...
  • Microsoft Warns Windows 7 Has Serious Problems

    01/02/2016 11:59:32 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 87 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 2, 2016 | By Gordon Kelly
    Windows 7 runs on 55% of all the computers on the planet, but according to news this week that is actually a bad and potentially dangerous thing. Says who? Actually Microsoft. . . Speaking to Windows Weekly, Microsoft Marketing chief Chris Capossela explained that users who choose Windows 7 do so "at your own risk, at your own peril" and he revealed Microsoft has concerns about its future software and hardware compatibility, security and more. "We do worry when people are running an operating system that's 10 years old that the next printer they buy isn't going to work well,...