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Microsoft promises smaller Windows 10 upgrades

17 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Second feature upgrade of 2017 will be issued as a delta rather than full install Microsoft today promised it will reduce the size of Windows 10 “feature updates,” the upgrades the company issues once or twice a year. “One of the biggest community and customer benefits of UUP is the

Microsoft postpones Windows anti-exploit tool’s retirement

17 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Extends Enterprise Mitigation Experience Toolkit support until July 2018 Microsoft last week announced that it would support the Enterprise Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) through July 2018, a year-and-a-half extension for the anti-exploit utility. At the same time, the Redmond, Wash. company dismissed EMET as a behind-the-times tool, and again urged

15 tips every Mac user should know

16 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Hints everyone might need from time to time There are so many different ways to get things done using a Mac and I hope this selection of useful tips will offer most Mac users at least one or two features you may not have encountered before: Command-Space email thinkstock Make

What to expect from Apple’s new Mac ‘hello’

16 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Next week we’ll find out what our next PC is going to be The word “hello” means something in the Apple universe. It was the first word on the first Mac, the first word on the iMac, and was part of the company’s WWDC invitation, where it announced adoption of

Microsoft patches 68 vulnerabilities, two actively exploited ones

16 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Two of the patched flaws are already being exploited and three have been publicly disclosed Microsoft has patched 68 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Edge, Internet Explorer and SQL Server, two of which have already been exploited by attackers and three that have been publicly disclosed. email thinkstock Make your emails

Windows 10 growth slowdown has bright side

3 Sep No Comments webmaster NEWS

Downturn in August smaller than expected; may signal start of enterprise migrations Although Windows 10’s growth slowed in August, the one-year-old operating system didn’t slam on the brakes as expected, according to data from multiple analytics sources. The smaller-than-anticipated slowdown may signal the start of enterprise deployments, a move that

No let-up in devastating decline of Microsoft’s browsers

3 Sep No Comments webmaster NEWS

Desertions from IE continue unabated Microsoft’s browsers continued to hemorrhage users last month, with no sign that the bleeding will stop. According to Internet analytics vendor Net Applications, the combined user share of Internet Explorer and Edge fell 2.2 percentage points in August, ending the month at 32.5%. It was

Dropbox prompts certain users to change their passwords

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

The move appears to be a precautionary measure Dropbox is asking users who signed up before mid-2012 to change their passwords if they haven’t done so since then. The cloud storage service said it was asking users to change their passwords as a preventive measure, and not because there is

Facebook will use Whatsapp users’ personal data to target ads

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to exchange information about account holders with parent Facebook Two years after its acquisition by Facebook, WhatsApp is changing its privacy policy to allow it to share more information about its mobile app users with its owner. There’s no risk of

8 macOS Sierra Menu bar tips you’ll use

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Hidden in plain sight Apple’s triumph is the creation of operating systems that are easy to use that are also equipped with a range of additional features for more sophisticated users. Take a look at what’s tucked away inside the macOS Sierra Menu bar. Icon management A little known macOS

Microsoft upgrades Mac Office to 64-bit for all customers

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Finally gets parity with the Windows edition on the bit front Microsoft yesterday released 64-bit versions of its Office 2016 applications for the Mac, following a series of previews offered testers since April. The five apps – Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word – will be updated to 64-bit for

Windows smartphone sales collapse

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Sales fall by 76% in the June quarter, says Gartner Sales of Windows smartphones plunged 76% in the second quarter, plummeting from 8.2 million in 2015 to less than 2 million this year, researcher Gartner said today. The dramatic decline was more fallout from Microsoft’s botched acquisition of Nokia’s handset

Microsoft breaks own design rules in dupe-the-user Windows 10 upgrade tactic

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

‘Never give [the Close button] the same effect as OK,’ Microsoft tells third-party developers; but it did just that Microsoft’s interpretation of the “Close” button in a notification of an impending upgrade to Windows 10 is contrary to company design guidelines and other recommendations, according to documents on the firm’s

How Windows 10 became malware

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Any software — even a premier operating system — that gets onto computers through stealth means has crossed over to the dark side Several weeks ago my wife came fuming into my office. “Windows 10 just hijacked my computer,” she complained. “Without asking, Microsoft upgraded me from Windows 7, even

Chrome eats up to 70% more battery power than Edge browser, Microsoft claims

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Microsoft is crowing about Edge browser battery-saving capabilities, claiming you can surf longer while unplugged as it has ’17-70% more battery life’ than Chrome, Firefox and Opera. Do you use Microsoft Edge, the default browser included in Windows 10? Some people have used it once, to go get another browser

Microsoft’s new plan to save Edge: reward points

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Will award redeemable points for ‘active’ hours in Windows 10’s default browser Microsoft today made a play to boost usage of Edge with an awards program that gives users points for browsing with the Windows 10 application. “Earn points for every hour of active browsing … up to 30 hours

End to free upgrade halts rapid Windows 10 growth

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Early numbers for August put gains at between a quarter and a third of the last two months As expected, Windows 10’s usage share growth sank after Microsoft ended the free upgrade it had offered customers for the past year. According to analytics vendor StatCounter, Windows 10’s week-over-week gains in

Microsoft patches 27 flaws in Windows, Office, IE and Edge

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Many of the flaws could allow for remote code execution attacks through websites and malicious documents Microsoft released another batch of security patches Tuesday, fixing 27 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and its new Edge browser. The patches are organized in nine security bulletins, five of which are

Microsoft pledges two Windows 10 upgrades in 2017

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

This year’s sole upgrade – last week’s 1607 – will simplify enterprise migrations if they get going soon Microsoft has committed to delivering two Windows 10 feature upgrades to customers next year after issuing only one in 2016. The company released the one Windows 10 upgrade for this year last

Microsoft adds year to Windows 10 support

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Serious about ‘last version of Windows,’ now will patch Enterprise ‘Long-term Servicing Branch’ until October 2026 Microsoft last week bolstered its claim that Windows 10 will be its last operating system by extending the OS’s support lifetime to 2026. After the release last week of Windows 10 Anniversary Update –

Microsoft reduces Windows 10 roll-back grace period

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

After free upgrade offer expires, shaves return-to-old-OS to 10 days Microsoft has reduced the I-changed-my-mind period in Windows 10 by two-thirds, cutting it from 30 days to 10, the company confirmed. Users who upgraded to Windows 10 were able to roll back to the preceding Windows as long as they

Windows 10 finishes first year on 1-in-4 Windows PCs

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Wraps up freshman year with growth spurt likely fueled by those rushing to get in under the free deal’s wire Windows 10 wrapped up its first year powering nearly one-in-four Windows PCs, a record adoption pace fueled by the now-expired free upgrade for consumers and many businesses. According to U.S.

Microsoft mandates Windows 10 hardware change for PC security

27 Aug No Comments webmaster NEWS

Starting on July 28, Microsoft is making TPM 2.0 hardware-based security layer a requirement on Windows 10 smartphones, PCs and tablets Microsoft is rolling out a change in minimum hardware requirements for Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices, and expects hardware makers to comply in order to make their devices