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  • Microsoft’s ‘Spartan’ browser may support Google Chrome extensions

    It’s no secret that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was a massive flop this decade, taking a beating from the likes of Chrome and Firefox in the power user stakes. Realising this, Microsoft has been developing its next-gen browser behind closed doors to form part of its Windows 10 ecosystem. Codenamed “Spartan“, piece of code will likely go a long way to rectifying IE’s terrible street cred, and news has surfaced of Microsoft’s cunning plan. Read more: 10 things you should know before Microsoft’s Windows 10 mobile event Neowin has today reported that Spartan and Google Chrome extensions may hold hands in the future,...

  • January Patch Tuesday: one critical, seven important updates for Windows

    In what was a landmark Patch Tuesday for Microsoft, and not simply because it was the first of 2015, the company announced that it would not be making its advanced patch warnings public for its Patch Tuesday rosters, and this came into effect this week. While Google and Microsoft have been enjoying their little spat, the latter has pushed patches to Windows this month, with eight in total and one labeled as critical. The latter is namely a hole in the Telnet client, which could allow an attacker to remotely execute malicious code on your machine. It’s pretty detrimental to...

  • ‘Windows 10 Mobile’ preview coming later this month, reports suggest

    Windows 10 is maturing nicely and Microsoft is now ready to unveil a preview for handheld devices later this month, according to The Verge’s sources. The company has outed an app for Windows Phone users dubbed Phone Insider which will allow users to receive the latest build of the Windows 10 OS on their phones. Although the app only works for Microsoft employees at the moment, reports The Verge, the app should be open to Windows Insiders in the near future — much like Windows 10’s desktop Insider Program. It is believed that Redmond will showcase a few of the OS’s...

  • Nokia 215 is Microsoft’s new $29 ‘internet ready’ feature phone

    Microsoft has announced a new entry level mobile phone to compete against the horde of low cost Android handsets released last year. Interestingly, the new phone wears a Nokia badge. The Nokia 215, dubbed the “most affordable Internet-ready entry level phone yet” by its creator, is aimed at the first time mobile buyers in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe and will go on sale Q1 2015. It’s not a smartphone as such and features no fancy Windows Phone OS bells and whistles. As a result, it’s priced at just US$29, but it covers the entry level user bases rather...

  • Microsoft’s Lumia Denim update gives snappers 4K video recording

    Microsoft‘s Lumia Denim update has arrived just before Christmas, and with good reason, bringing with it improvements to imaging, the introduction of 4K video recording and an all-round faster camera app. Unfortunately the update’s only arriving for users of the Lumia 830, 930, 1520 or Icon in India and Europe at the time of writing. What those lucky users do get however is a slew of new camera refinements, including a “faster and more intuitive Lumia Camera app” and “Rich Capture” mode to simplify snapping in HDR, with Dynamic Flash and Dynamic Exposure. Perhaps the most interesting update is the “Moment Capture”...

  • December Patch Tuesday: Microsoft issues critical updates for Windows, Internet Explorer

    December’s Patch Tuesday has passed without so much as a squeak, but that doesn’t mean important updates and patches weren’t pushed to Microsoft Windows machines. Redmond has released a bundle of patches that addresses security and stability issues in its Windows products and supported software, including the company’s Office suite and the Internet Explorer browser. For the actual Windows ecosystem however, only seven bulletins have been published with three rated as “critical”, or “don’t think twice about installing that patch” urgent. Other Microsoft products also received updates, including the Internet Explorer browser, which has been given a cumulative update, while the Office...

  • Microsoft issues emergency update for Windows desktop and Server systems

    If you just got to work and Windows Update hasn’t been buzzing away in the background, you should probably check on it immediately. Microsoft has published an emergency update for users of all Windows systems from Vista and Server 2003 upwards, addressing a critical security hole. Even though November’s Patch Tuesday — Microsoft’s usual round of monthly updates addressing operating system (OS) holes — has come and gone, Microsoft is constantly looking for potential exploitation opportunities within its OS framework. The “Out-of-Band” patch addresses a Keberos (a network authentication protocol) flaw which could allow “an attacker to elevate unprivileged domain user...

  • Windows Phone 8 devices will get Windows 10 upgrade, Microsoft reveals

    It’s official — Satya Nadella wasn’t bluffing when he said that Windows 10 will be the OS for all future Microsoft devices. Replying to a tweet from a curious consumer, the company revealed that all current devices running Windows Phone 8 will be bumped up to Windows 10 in the future. Huzzah! Microsoft clearly doesn’t want to upset the masses again with a misplaced OS move, desktop or mobile. Remember how upset Windows Phone 7 users were when they couldn’t upgrade to the then benchmark Windows Phone 8? This was mainly due to more than the company’s smugness, nevertheless, customers don’t...

  • Microsoft drops first Lumia branded device: a cheap, colourful selfie-shooter

    Microsoft’s first branded Lumia has just been revealed. Sans the Nokia brand of course, the Lumia 535 is a low-cost, colourful smartphone with a grand focus on all the software Microsoft has to offer. Apart from the 5MP LED flash at the rear, the colourful selfie-shooter carries a 5MP front cam that’s meant to be used alongside the Lumia Selfie App. The app enables you to “enhance” your selfies with filters and easily share them with friends from the app to OneDrive, Instagram, Twitter and so forth. The friendly five incher carries a quad-core 1.2GHz processor together with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal...

  • Microsoft and Makro release Nextbook tablets for South African consumers

    Software giant Microsoft has formed a partnership with South African retailer Makro to release a range of low-cost Nextbook tablets. The tablet range is available at all Makro stores in South Africa from today. The Nextbook range comes in two screen sizes: an 8-inch version without a keyboard and 10.1-inch version with a keyboard. The 10.1-inch device has an attachable keyboard that allows users to have a notebook like experience. This device sells for R2 999 and the 8-inch sells for R1 499. The devices have the full Windows 8.1 operating system. Both tablets feature a USB port and come...

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