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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...
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...
Microsoft is seemingly quickening the pace in which it releases new builds of the Fall Creators Update, with the latest being Build 16241. Like the builds that came before it, this latest stop on the long journey to RTM for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update adds a number of new features and tweaks that are meant to spruce up the UI and improve functionality across the board. The headlining feature of Build 16241 is a further refinement to the Windows Shell. Cloud Self Service Password Reset (Cloud SSPR), which comes with Azure AD Premium (AADP), now supports full integration with Windows 10.... Read more...
Imagine rocking a system with a 24-core processor that supports Hyper Threading, 64GB of RAM, and a fast solid state drive. Pretty rad setup, right? The last thing you would expect is that performance would be a problem, but for an engineer who owned such a configuration, it was not enough to prevent his mouse from developing a hitch and sometimes even freezing for seconds at a time. In fact, having such a burly CPU may have actually exacerbated the issue. How so? The real culprit is Windows 10, and specifically a "serious process-destruction performance bug" in the operating system that was discovered... Read more...
Roughly a year after Microsoft launched its rather dryly named Secure Productive Enterprise cloud services bundle, the company today is launching its successor, which has snazzier branding. Microsoft 365 was announced today at the Microsoft Inspire 2017, which is expected to draw over 17,000 attendees, with Microsoft 365 Enterprise replacing Secure Productive Enterprise. Microsoft 365 Enterprise includes Windows 10 Enterprise, Office 365 Enterprise, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. In addition, Microsoft will offer both E3 and E5 pricing plans, both of which will be available beginning August... Read more...
Things are progressing nicely with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which has now progressed to Insider Preview Build 16237. There aren’t any major additions to this newest build of the Fall Creators Update, but there are plenty of changes along the way in this build. Microsoft has updated the Edge browser to include “read out loud” support. Read out loud is enabled for both websites and PDFs that feature word and line highlighting. There are also some other minor tweaks to Microsoft Edge, including its Share UI which will not match your current browser design theme and a new animation when... Read more...
Samsung has updated its two-year-old Flow app to now support unlocking Windows 10 devices using compatible smartphone devices and Windows Hello, a handy security feature that is baked into Microsoft's latest operating system. For this to work, the Samsung-brand smartphone must have a fingerprint scanner, and of course Samsung Flow needs to be installed (it is a free download from Google Play). While not all smartphones support this feature, there are nearly a dozen that do. They include the following handsets (as listed by Samsung on the app's Google Play listing): Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ Samsung... Read more...
If you’re running an older build of Windows 10 and haven’t yet migrated to the Creators Update, Microsoft will soon start reminding you that it is time to upgrade. However, Microsoft’s approach towards prompting you to upgrade will differ depending on which build you’re currently running. For customers running the November update (1511) which was released in 2015, or the Anniversary Update, which was released July 2016, Microsoft will begin showing a popup that will remind you to review your privacy settings. Microsoft will give you up to five opportunities to postpone this process, after which... Read more...
IT admins rejoice! Microsoft just announced Windows AutoPilot this week, which is new service promises that users will receive new Windows 10 PC’s without having to fiddle with reimaging and drivers.  A Microsoft representative noted, “The Surface team is working with customers and partners to roll out the Windows AutoPilot Deployment program and expects to make it broadly available to customers later this year”. Image from: Vernon Chan, Wikimedia Commons This service will reportedly offer a “zero-touch” set-up. When a device is ordered, a PC vendor will send a “device ID file”. This file... Read more...
Microsoft is back at it again with a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build, the latest in the long trek towards the Fall Creators Update. The last update brought some new functionality that was aimed at consumers including a GPU resource tracker in Task Manager and new emojis. Insider Preview 16232 brings a number of new features to the fray, most of which are aimed at improving security. Given the recent outbreaks of WannaCry and Petya ransomware, it’s refreshing that Microsoft is introducing a feature to help protect your apps and data files from malware attacks. Microsoft calls the feature “Controlled... Read more...
Recent ransomware scares such as the WannaCry outbreak have collectively put a spotlight on PC security. It has even prompted Microsoft to release patches for unsupported operating systems, including Windows XP and Windows Vista. However, it is Windows 10 that receives the lion's share of Microsoft's security efforts, and we will see that on display when the Fall Creators Update arrives in a few months. Among other things, the Fall Creators Update will represent a "hardening" of the Windows platform. Security has always been a major focal point with Windows 10, but in a blog post outlining some... Read more...
Well, this is not good. Chunks of source code related to internal Windows builds that have not yet been released to the general public were leaked online. According to The Register, a "massive treasure trove" totaling 32TB of official and non-public installation images and software blueprints was compressed down to 8TB and uploaded to BetaArchive.com, an online repository for beta software and what is known as abandonware.Image Source: Flickr (Julien GONG Min) Why this is potentially a big deal is because having access to source code—in this case, code that is normally closely guarded—allows hackers... Read more...
Getting on-board with an operating system like Windows 10 S may be difficult for some users. Only a certain type of user would purposefully opt to use a whittled-down, locked-down OS by choice, but for the security conscious, it makes a lot of sense. After all, 10 S is still Windows -- it's just supposed to be safer. That's been Microsoft's message since the OS' launch, and its logic is sound: the more locked-down an OS, the lower the chances are that a piece of malware -- including ransomware -- will make it onto the system. To put it simply, using Windows 10 S is akin to locking your doors... Read more...
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