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Microsoft has gone to great lengths to foster adoption of its Windows 10 operating system, and for good reason. In addition to it likely being one of the best iterations of the Windows OS in a long time--with better security, support for DX12 and host of other features--it’s clearly also a platform for MSFT to better track its customer base for myriad of reasons. Many, including our team here at HotHardware, have droned on about some of the privacy concerns with Windows 10 and we even showed you how to keep Redmond’s nose out of your private bits here as well. Further, even Microsoft has reacted,... Read more...
Microsoft recently announced a refresh to its Surface Pro 4 models with upgrades to Intel's latest generation processors (Kaby Lake). Part of the promise in upgrading to 7th generation Core CPUs is better batty life—Microsoft said its updated models offer up to 50 percent more run time than the previous generation with Skylake inside. To help meet that promise, Microsoft released new firmware for its Surface Pro 4. The newest firmware addresses battery life when the Surface Pro 4 goes into Sleep mode. This probably will not have a dramatic effect on things, though every little bit of additional... Read more...
It hasn’t exactly been a sterling month with regards to security for Microsoft. The company was rocked by WannaCry, a ransomware outbreak that spread across the globe. Now we’re learning of a new vulnerability that revolves around a hidden Windows metadata file called $MFT. $MFT is used by the NTFS filesystem, and resides in the root directory of Windows operating systems.  Accessing it is a big no-no as far as Windows is concerned, and will result in the operating putting a permanent lock on the file. This locking behavior is exactly what happens in the case of the exploit initially discovered... Read more...
  Microsoft just announced that its Xbox Game Pass service is now ready for primetime. Starting today, all Xbox Live Gold members can sign up for the subscription gaming service, which will allow you to access over 100 games — whenever you want — for $9.99 per month. Now before you get the idea that Xbox Game Pass will only provide you will old and crusty Xbox 360 games; there will also be current hit titles available to play including Halo 5: Guardians, and titles from the Gears of War franchise. Other games that you can access include NBA 2K16, Mega Man Legacy Collection, LEGO Batman and... Read more...
  The new Surface Pro is here, and it looks nearly identical to the old Surface Pro 4. Microsoft has dropped the numerical suffix to its popular convertible, which explains why Microsoft’s Panos Panay remarked earlier this month that there would be no “Surface Pro 5”, but it has also added over 800 “new custom parts” to the winning formula. First and foremost, the new Surface Pro includes Kaby Lake processors, which replace the Skylake chips that were getting a bit long in the tooth on the Surface Pro 4. Customers can choose from Core m3, Core i5 and Core i7 models, with the first two being... Read more...
For a quick minute, it looked as though a strain of ransomware that was seemingly stolen from the United States National Security Agency (NSA) was going to be a major problem for PCs around the world, and in particular Windows XP systems. Microsoft even made the unusual move of releasing an emergency patch for Windows XP even though it stopped supporting the legacy OS a long time ago. But now a week after the initial WannaCry outbreak it's been discovered that Windows 7 PCs were the hardest hit. A researcher for Kaspersky Lab posted a message on Twitter saying "the Windows XP count is insignificant,"... Read more...
Microsoft hopes to soon rival the holograms featured in sci-fi works like Star Trek and Star Wars. The company just unveiled compact holographic AR wide-angle displays that it anticipates will advance HoloLens technology. Microsoft has been experimenting with true, phase-only holograms that are created through the interference of laser light. Holograms are often noisy, monochromatic images with low resolution and contrast. Microsoft also remarked that digital holograms often require time-consuming, offline calculations. Its latest technology addresses both image quality and computation speed. Microsoft... Read more...
When Microsoft announced a new SKU of Windows for education markets called Windows 10 S, it was very clear that it only support app installations from the Windows Store. Microsoft also recently announced that some Linux distros are headed to the Windows Store, and what wasn't so clear is whether users would be able to install them alongside Windows 10 S. Microsoft's answer is an emphatic "No!" in bold letters and an exclamation point. Microsoft's Rich Turner cleared up the confusion in a blog post. He notes that just because an app is available in the Windows Store does not automatically mean that... Read more...
Microsoft disrupted the hardware space when it took matters into its own hands and developed the Surface to showcase its vision for Windows 8. That feels like an millennia ago, and while Microsoft's hardware partners have stepped up to the plate with similar designs since then, the Surface lives on. Its latest model, the Surface Pro 4, is even expected to get a refresh next week.The form factor has not changed much since the original Surface, though the landscape sure has. These days it is all about Windows 10, which brings the focus back to the desktop while still offering a tablet interface for... Read more...
Microsoft is well on its way to shaping its second major Windows 10 release for 2017. The Windows 10 Creators Update was released in April, and the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is on track for release… in the fall. After releasing Build 16193 to Windows Insiders last week, Microsoft is at it again this week with the release of Build 16199 to the Fast ring. This time around, Microsoft is making some changes to way that emojis are displayed when chatting with friends in apps like Skype. If you are chatting with a contact that just so happens to be pinned in the taskbar, any emoji they send will... Read more...
Windows phone users have no need to worry about being abandoned; Microsoft recently stated that it will continue to support the platform. This announcement was in response to Microsoft’s increasing focus on support for iOS and Android devices. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore remarked at Build 2017, “We’re going to continue to support Windows phone. Windows is a platform that drives the experience on a whole range of devices. We live in a highly diverse world.” At the moment, Microsoft only has a 0.3% share of the smartphone global market. This past financial quarter, Microsoft earned $5 million in... Read more...
Last Friday, we reported on a major cyberattack involving ransomeware that hit a large number of computers - including some belonging to the UK's National Health Service. At first, the malware's reach wasn't too clear, but as the weekend went on, we learned that the number of affected PCs reached at least 200,000 worldwide. Given the nature of this beast, that is downright terrifying. The big question right now is, "Who's at fault?" The blame could easily be shifted to Microsoft, as the bug that allowed this to happen was directly attributed to its own code. While the company is to be commended... Read more...
Microsoft stopped supporting Windows XP several years ago, though because some users and businesses (including government agencies) are still clinging to the legacy operating system, it has been known to release patches for more serious security threats. It does not happen often, but it does happen. Case in point, Microsoft has issued a security patch to protect Windows XP systems from the WannaCrypt ransomware that is spreading across the globe. Also known as WannaCry, WCry, and a handful of other names, WannaCrypt is believed to be one of the cybersecurity tools a hacking group pilfered from... Read more...
With all the attention surrounding Windows 10 S right now, it’s easy to forget that Microsoft has another variant of Windows 10 arriving later this year. In late 2016, Microsoft announced that it is working on a Windows 10 SKU that will run natively on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. In a move that makes Windows 10 on ARM more capable than Windows 10 S, Microsoft announced this week at Build 2017 that the former will support all of your legacy Win32 apps. “You also have all of the apps that you’re used to,” said Microsoft Group Product Manager Hari Pulapaka during the Windows 10 on ARM Build... Read more...
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