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Few operating systems are quite as iconic as Windows 95, which turned 20 just this past August. Compared to its predecessor, Windows 3.x, Windows 95 was an update unlike most others. The desktop environment was completely overhauled to offer easier navigation and a better experience overall. It was also the first Windows release to have a Start menu, a feature that has since remained in the bottom left-hand corner, and has been updated again and again (to the chagrin of some). There's lots about Windows 95 that can make people feel nostalgic. Take, for example, the classic game Hover, which Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft caused a lot of confusion and anger in the enthusiast community when it was announced that customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on Skylake hardware would no longer be officially supported after July 17th, 2017. That means critical security updates will no longer be delivered to these systems, and even if they are provided, Microsoft will do so only “if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Although it wasn’t entirely clear at the time (because we couldn’t fathom that Microsoft would take this drastic of an action... Read more...
Microsoft is really pushing its Windows 10 operating system, and many people are actually taking the plunge. After all, Windows 10 is free upgrade for customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, so it’s a compelling option for those that want to have the latest and greatest operating system at their fingertips. Windows 10 adoption is growing at a steady clip, with one recent report suggesting that global installs have topped 200 million. However, the same cannot be said for Microsoft’s Edge browser, the successor to the venerable Internet Explorer (now on version 11). New data from NetMarketShare... Read more...
With its Windows OS, Microsoft is likely the biggest victim of piracy on Earth, and it's no secret that China plays a major role in that. But, so too do other issues, such as the Chinese government's distaste or distrust of American companies. This ties into the reason that China is working to get its own CPU off the ground, as well as its own OS. Microsoft realizes this problem well, but can't ignore the huge potential of penetrating the Chinese government market. So it has decided to go out of its comfort zone to cater to the Chinese government's requirements. It's doing so by establishing a... Read more...
Earlier this week, some funky things started happening with the Windows 10 November Update. For starters, some people noticed that the update removed some of their apps without permission. In addition, Microsoft removed the Media Creation Tool (MCT), which prevented users from being able to download Windows 10 ISOs. At the time, Microsoft explained the removal of the MCT with the following statement: The November update was originally available via the MCT tool, but we've decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 using the MCT tool if they... Read more...
A few botched updates from Microsoft this week have us questioning their forced update strategy with Windows 10.  If you've had issues logging into your Windows 7 computer, if Outlook is crashing randomly, or if you are unable to open documents from Sharepoint, the fixes are below.  The troublesome KB's in question are KB3055034, KB3101521, and KB3097877.KB3055034 was actually released in October but most users probably haven't encountered any issues stemming from it because it seems to only break Office programs when files are opened from Sharepoint.  We are covering it now because... Read more...
Microsoft launched its Windows 10 operating system on July 29th, and it was praised for its wealth of new features, remarkable stability, performance, and return of the Start menu. However, the operating system has been dogged by issues surrounding user privacy. From machine IDs, to key logging, to silently downloading a multi-gigabyte ISO of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines without user permission, Microsoft has a lot to answer for. Today, Windows chief Terry Myerson took to the official Windows blog to help clear the air with respect to Windows 10 and user privacy. Myerson starts... Read more...
Microsoft has just released a new Windows 10 build for those folks using the 'fast' ring (and have opted to receive preview builds). As you'd expect with a build that's come out after the final release has, there's not that much to talk about here. Most of Microsoft's efforts going forward are going to relate to bug-fixing as well as refinement. An example of that refinement can be seen in the show below. According to Microsoft, it's received feedback about inconsistencies in contextual menus - mostly with regards to how they don't fit the overall theme of the OS. As it appears in this shot, the... Read more...
Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize the leaks as much as possible have been requested. To this end, we've put together a quick guide to help out. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the... Read more...
Microsoft is plugging a security hole with a new Critical-rated security update. The patch will fix an issue in Windows and OpenType fonts that could expose users to malicious website content. So long as you have automatic updates enabled, your PC will download and install the patch, if it hasn’t already. “This security update resolves a vulnerability in Windows that could allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or goes to an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts,” Microsoft said in a statement. It deems the hole dangerous enough to have released... Read more...
We reported earlier this week that Samsung had pulled a page from Lenovo's book by installingn crapware to customer PCs, and as you'd suspect, consumers were none-too-pleased. Making matters worse, words out of Samsung made it sound like the company didn't even consider it to be a big deal. However, it seems that the company has had a change of heart, as it's now decided to roll out an update to its SW Update tool that will restore Windows Updates' default settings. In a statement to VentureBeat, Samsung began with an ironic "Samsung has a commitment to security" and continued with "and... Read more...
Microsoft's third iteration of the Surface Pro was a monumental improvement over the first two incarnations. For many, the third time really was the charm. It was powerful enough to replace most laptops, and versatile enough to serve as two device types without major compromises on either side. A year later now, and Microsoft presents us with the third iteration of the standard Surface. You know, the one without the "Pro" dangling from the end. It's cheaper, slimmer, and toned down, but it's also aimed at a broader swath of consumers. The base Surface 3 checks in at an alluring $499, but that's... Read more...
Just a little over a week since it released build 10122 of its Windows 10 Preview, Microsoft hits us with another: build 10130. As with 10122, 10130 is part of the fast ring, so in order to get it, you'll need to make sure that's the option chosen on the update screen of the Settings app. As it alluded to in the last post, Microsoft once again stresses that from here on out, newly rolled-out builds are going to be more about refinement than anything else. At this point in the game, it's unlikely we're to learn about brand-new full-blown features, but what's already... Read more...
It seems hard to fathom, but it's been two and a half decades since Microsoft released its first true mainstream operating system, Windows 3.0. Yes, there were two major releases that preceded it, but Windows 3.0 was the first to version to strike a cord and see widespread use. Together with Windows 3.1, Microsoft sold 10 million copies in the first two years.By the time Windows 3.0 debuted on this day in 1990, computers had already become a part of daily life. PCs were getting faster, and Windows offered a friendly user interface that was far more welcoming to new users than having to type commands... Read more...
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