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A lot of the attention Windows 10 has received from the media has focused on consumer features and amenities, but there's quite a bit for enterprise users to look forward to as well. One of them is called Device Guard, a previously unnamed feature from Microsoft that gives organizations the ability to lock down devices in a way that's designed to offer advanced malware protection. "It provides better security against malware and zero days for Windows 10 by blocking anything other than trusted apps—which are apps that are signed by specific software vendors, the Windows Store, or even your own organization," Microsoft explains. "You’re in control of what sources Device Guard considers trustworthy... Read more...
Cyanogen and Microsoft have struck a deal after all, it just doesn't entail a $70 million investment from the latter into the former as discussed earlier this year. Microsoft ultimately decided against trading a cash infusion in exchange for a stake in Cyanogen, though the two have now come to terms on a deal that will see Microsoft's service integrated across Cyanogen OS. As part of this newly formed partnership, Cyanogen will integrate and distribute Microsoft's consumer apps and services across core categories -- these include productivity, messaging, utilities, and cloud-based services. Or more specifically, look for Bing services, Skype, OneDrive, OneNote, Outlook, and Microsoft Office to... Read more...
When you fire up your iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch today, you may be greeted with a message letting you know there's an update to iOS available. That's because Apple completed its beta testing of iOS 8.3 and has begun rolling out the final version this week, which among other things contains a boatload of new emoji characters. It seems Apple put a lot of thought and effort into its emoji implementation. Not only are there new ones to choose from, but they're now organized into categories that you can scroll through. They're also more diverse, though if you find a specific one that doesn't look the way you want to it, you can adjust its skin tone. Outside of people emoji... Read more...
It's hardly a secret that Microsoft is infatuated with the cloud and is building a future that entails transitioning offline software into online services. We see it at every turn, from productivity such as Office 365 to gaming, and now it's even beginning on the Windows Server side in the form of Nano Server.What exactly is Nano Server? In Microsoft's words, it's a "purpose-built operating system designed to run born-in-the-cloud applications and containers." It will be part of the next Windows Server release, and when installing Nano Server, Windows Server gets stripped down to just the essentials, resulting in an ultra-small footprint that requires fewer patch and update events, restarts faster,... Read more...
Microsoft ended support for Windows XP a year ago, but that hasn't stopped nearly two out of every 10 Windows users from clinging to the legacy operating system, according to data collected by Net Applications. What's even more interesting about Windows XP's 16.94 percent of the desktop PC market is that it once again has eclipsed the number of Windows 8 and 8.1 users combined.Here's the deal -- based on Net Application's numbers, Windows 8.1 ended March with a 10.55 percent share of the desktop PC market while Windows 8 crossed over in April with a 3.52 percent share. Between the to, that works out to a 14.07 percent share of the market, which is 2.87 percent less than Windows XP, a 14-year-old... Read more...
Software pirates worldwide are no doubt dancing a jig with this morning's news out of China that the upcoming Microsoft Windows 10 release will be a free upgrade not only for users running genuine copies of Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 but for all who are running less-than-legitimate copies of those OS versions as well. Speaking at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Community) technology conference in Shenzhen, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Operating Systems Terry Myerson told Reuters, "We are upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10." He went on to offer the first glimpse of a release date for Windows 10, sharing the news... Read more...
Whether you remembered to mark your calendars for this day or not, today (January 13, 2015) is when mainstream support for Windows 7 comes to an end. That includes Windows 7 Enterprise, Enterprise N, Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, Professional for Embedded Systems, Professional N, Starter, Starter N, Ultimate, Ultimate for Embedded Systems, Ultimate N, and Windows Automated Installation Kit for Windows 7.Before you fetch the panic button and pound on it with all the might of an angry Hulk smash, be advised that your Windows 7 PC will continue to function as normal -- it's not going to turn itself off for a permanent nap, nor will it act any differently than it did yesterday or the day... Read more...
There's no denying that Android is the dominant platform in the mobile world -- market share figures from different sources all tip the scales heavily in the open source operating system's favor. However, market share is only part of the equation. The other part is profits, and according to analyst Chetan Sharma, global profits in the Android hardware sector dropped in 2014 by half compared to the year prior. This is notable because it's the first year there has been any kind of significant drop in Android hardware profits. And that's not a knock against the mobile OS, though it is a reflection of how the market is playing out. Image Source: Flickr (samthor) It's also worth pointing out that Samsung shoulders... Read more...
Rather than debate what's good or bad about Windows 8, let's just all agree that it failed to capture the collective audience that Microsoft hoped it would. Despite big ambitions, it was just last month that Windows 8 and 8.1 combined finally overtook Windows XP in market share, though it still resides on less than two out of 10 desktops, according to data from Net Applications. Our point? There's a lot riding on Windows 10, which we'll learn more about during a scheduled event on January 21, 2015. Microsoft has begun sending out invitations to members of the press to join the company on its Redmond campus where it will discuss the next chapter of Windows 10. Several Microsoft bigwigs will speak... Read more...
Microsoft made clear that its Windows 10 Technical Preview is a work in progress and that the whole point of giving users early access to the next generation operating system through the Windows Insider program is to collect feedback (in other words, Microsoft doesn't want another Windows 8 situation on its hands). Well, after just three weeks of being out in the wild, Microsoft is rolling out its first new build. This isn't just a minor update, either. Just the opposite, Build 9860 is a 2GB to 2.74GB download (depending on CPU architecture and language) that includes nearly 7,000 improvements and fixes, many of which are based on problem reports submitted in the Community forum or through the... Read more...
Consider this your friendly reminder that we're fast approaching Microsoft's cutoff date for providing its hardware partners with copies of Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, or Ultimate to pre-install on new systems. Once October 31, 2014 (Halloween) comes and goes, OEMs like Dell and Hewlett-Packard can still sell whatever inventory is left of PCs running any of those three versions of Windows 7, but they won't be able to order any more copies. If you're bothered by this, take solace in the fact that Microsoft's arbitrary end-of-sales deadline doesn't apply to Windows 7 Professional -- Microsoft hasn't yet announced when it will stop selling copies of Windows 7 Pro to OEM partners, so for... Read more...
September is shaping up to be one heck of a busy month. The kids will be back in school (if not already, depending on where you live), Apple will launch its iPhone 6, and if the latest rumor turns out to be true, Microsoft on September 30th will introduce the world to Windows 9, otherwise known as Threshold, during a press event. This is a tentative date, according to the un-named sources The Verge spoke with. These sources are supposedly "familiar with Microsoft's plans," and since this isn't the first we've heard of Microsoft giving users a glimpse of Windows 9 in September, we're optimistic (albeit cautiously) that the info is accurate. What will Windows 9 look like? Probably not like this,... Read more...
Speculation is sure to follow Samsung's confirmation that it's postponing the launch of a high-end handset running its own home brewed Tizen operating system in Russia. Officially, the reason for the delay is because the platform requires a bit more work, though we can't help but wonder if the recent pressure from Google has anything to do with it. We say that because Samsung's been pushing Tizen on its Galaxy Gear smartwatch rather than going all-in with Google's Android Wear platform. This hasn't sat well with Google, and word around the web is that this has been a point of contention between the two organizations. Of course, Samsung's under no obligation to fully embrace Android, but at the... Read more...
Apple CEO Tim Cook took a risk by going to WWDC without any hardware announcements -- no new iPad or iPhone, for example -- but in the absence of new gadgets, the Cupertino outfit generated some excitement by overhauling Mac OS X 10. The new version -- OS X 10.10 Yosemite -- brings to the table a redesigned UI with a few slick new features. Best of all for Mac users, OS X 10.10 will be rolled out for free in the fall. Yosemite has a flatter look than Mavericks, which isn't surprising since Apple did the same with iOS in version 7. One of the features Apple was really excited about was the inclusion of semi-translucent windows that adjust their color temperature based on the background. Toolbars... Read more...
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