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Microsoft does not seem real committed to its own Windows Phone platform these days (no matter what it says publicly), but it is acutely aware that smartphones have become a part of everyday life, with Android representing the most popular mobile platform in the world. In recognition of this, the latest Windows Insider Preview (build 16251) lets you link your phone to your PC, the company announced in a blog post. The new build is focuses on cross-device web browsing and Microsoft is asking Insiders to lend a helping hand by testing the experience with their Android phones. Support for iPhone handsets... Read more...
Amazon stock has been on a winning streak over the past month, and that upward momentum means that there is a shakeup afoot when it comes to the ranking of the world’s richest people. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has consistently been at the top (or near the top) of the list, thanks to his [still] heavy investment in the company’s stock, for the past three decades. However, Amazon’s stock performance — capped off by another surge this morning — means that CEO Jeff Bezos is now ranked as the world’s richest person. Amazon shares are up over 2 percent this morning (to $1,078 as of this writing),... Read more...
Barring an unexpected change in strategy, Windows 10 is and will remain the last monolithic release of Windows. With that being the case, it is in Microsoft's best interest—as well as its customers—to ensure that it remains the most secure release. To help with that, Microsoft is upping the ante for bug hunters—certain exploits brought to Microsoft's attention are now worth as much as a quarter of a million dollars. Imagine finding a bug in Windows 10, reporting it to Microsoft, and then be paid $250,000 for your discovery. That is now a possibility with Microsoft making Windows a 10 a permanent... Read more...
Microsoft wasn't always particularly pro-open source. In fact, for much of its history, the software giant was very much focused on its own offerings often to the detriment of anything open source. That isn't the case today with Microsoft contributing to open source projects and developing versions of its popular programs like Skype specifically for Linux. One of Microsoft's bread and butter products is Office, and there is a version of the Office suite that can be used on Linux thanks to Android. Android support is something Microsoft was forced to adopt due to Windows Phone's abysmal market... Read more...
Next to Minesweeper and Facebook, Microsoft's nifty little Paint utility might go down as the one of the all-time great time wasters while toiling away at work. While the clock goes tick-tock, one way to pass the time is to doodle on your desktop using Paint, and there is actually some very good artwork that has been created with the simplistic program. Sadly (for some), Paint may be about to kick the bucket—it is among the list of features that Microsoft plans to remove or deprecate when rolling out the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10.Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Regularvalenti) If you... Read more...
In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
When mischievous hackers cause trouble, the fix sometimes can't be conventional. Microsoft has proven that this week with its move to thwart the efforts of the Russian hacker group "Fancy Bear", whose members have not been unmasked. Fancy Bear was responsible for last year's DNC hack, although politics are not the reason why Microsoft got involved. To make their attacks seem as normal as possible, Fancy Bear uses a control center that heavily utilizes URLs meant to mimic Microsoft's own; eg: "livemicrosoft.net". Often, control centers will use explicit IPs to avoid issue, but because Fancy Bear... Read more...
Microsoft this week reported earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2017, and what a quarter it was. Non-GAAP revenue came in a healthy $24.7 billion, with earnings per share checking in at 98 cents, beating most estimates. Microsoft's operating income for the past three months was $7 billion, while its profit for the quarter came to $7.7 billion, a large part of which was attributable to Microsoft's cloud business. "Innovation across our cloud platforms drove strong results this quarter," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft, "Customers are looking to Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft is making a move into the smart thermostat category, a sector that is currently led by solutions like Nest and Ecobee, though it is not jumping in alone. The Redmond outfit has teamed up with thermostat maker Johnson Controls to build GLAS, Microsoft's first smart thermostat. It features Cortana integration and is powered by the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system and Azure Cloud computing services. The combination of Cortana, Windows 10 IoT Core, and Azure Cloud gives GLAS some unique functionality, such as being able to detect when you're in a room and then adjust the temperature based... Read more...
Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when it was revealed that Microsoft would not be fully supporting PC systems equipped with Intel “Clover Trail” Atom processors. If these machines are running Windows 10, they can’t upgrade from the Anniversary Update to the Creators Update. Affected Intel Clover Trail processors include: Atom Z2760Atom Z2520Atom Z2560Atom Z2580 Adding salt to the wounds of these customers, Microsoft said that security updates for these systems would only extend into 2018. Most of these systems came preinstalled with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, and had they stayed with Windows... Read more...
While most of us have gotten used to Windows 10’s many benefits (and quirks) over the past two years, one incredibly frustrating experience still remains: its approach to major OS updates. The way that Microsoft has approached Windows updates means that users are often left twiddling their thumbs after the first reboot while various user files are restored and drivers are migrated. However, Microsoft's Jason Howard took to the Windows 10 Feedback Hub to detail new changes that are being made to Windows 10 Insider Preview builds (for the Fall Creators Update). Microsoft wants to ensure that users... Read more...
Do you remember the last time you saw someone with a Windows Phone handset? For me it was yesterday—I was outside chatting with my neighbor, who was taking pictures with her smartphone. I noticed the Windows logo on the bottom and thought to myself, "Heh, you don't see those much anymore." That is not just my observation, either. According to IDC and its latest quarterly tracking data, the Windows Phone platform accounts for just 0.1 percent of all smartphones in existence. Windows Phone was never really a competitive solution to begin with, at least from a market share perspective. However, this... Read more...
If you own a PC system that is running one of Intel’s Clover Trail-based Atom processors, we have some rather disappointing news to deliver if you’re running the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft is no longer supporting these Atom processors when running Windows 10, which means that customers will no longer be able to new download products updates from Windows Update. In fact, customers running this particular hardware combination can’t even install the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released to the public back in April. According to ZDNet, owners of notebooks, convertibles, and SFF... Read more...
During its Build 2017 conference in May, Microsoft announced that Windows Server would be joining the Windows insider program, which allows users to download and test pre-release builds containing new features that are not available to the general public. Making good on that promise, Microsoft has now made available the first preview build of Windows Server (build 16237) to Insiders. To access the preview build, users need to register at the Windows Insiders for Business program or the Windows Insider program—either one will suffice. After doing that, interested users can download the first preview... Read more...
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