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Microsoft

  • Patch Tuesday March 2015: Stuxnet and FREAK patched, two updates causing issues [update]

    Update (18 March): Microsoft has re-released the KB3002657, but only for Windows Server 2003. The company advises that even if the patch didn’t cause issues, it is advised that version two of the patch be installed over it. Here’s an excerpt from the updated security bulletin: To avoid the possibility of future detection logic problems, Microsoft recommends that customers running Windows Server 2003 who have already successfully installed the 3002657 update also apply update 3002657-v2 even though they are already protected from this vulnerability. Customers running other Microsoft operating systems are not affected by this rerelease and do not need to...

  • Windows 10 will compress system files to increase user storage

    Microsoft really is gunning to reclaim its groupie love that was severed in Windows 10, often delving into some of the more innocuous annoyances of Windows 8, but in the decade where media storage is perhaps at its all time high, Microsoft is looking to eke even more juice from those drives of yours. Windows 10, as the company explained in a blog post, will be able to compress its system files giving the user more storage for those cat pictures and game fail clips. This may not sound like much, but considering that an install of Android on smartphones with...

  • Microsoft’s Einstein-boosted Cortana coming to Android and iOS too

    This genuinely brings a smile to my face, especially considering Apple‘s staunch closed ecosystem mentality and Android‘s Google Now dependency. Microsoft has announced that its Bing-powered personal digital assistant Cortana is flying the Microsoft coup, and coming to Android and iOS in the near future. In a Reuters exclusive, “people familiar with the matter” noted that Cortana will be rolled out to mobile devices running Apple’s and Google’s prized operating systems. But this doesn’t quite stop there. Microsoft is also working on a more “advanced” version of Cortana to rival Apple’s Siri, dubbed the Einstein Project. The MD of the company’s research division...

  • Microsoft Lumia 435 available in South Africa [update]

    Update: Microsoft has just clarified that the device shipping to South Africa will be the single SIM Lumia 435 only, which is a tad disappointing. Microsoft has announced that its first 400 Series Lumia, the Lumia 435, is now available in South Africa at a retail price of R1149. Staying true to the Lumia formula in general, the 435 features the bright pastel colours we have come to know from the 535, Windows Phone OS and an emphasis on imaging. The Microsoft Lumia 435 boasts Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, a 4-inch 800×480 screen, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200...

  • Bye-bye passwords: Windows 10 now supports FIDO biometric authentication

    Passwords will be a thing of the past very soon, at least if Windows 10 has anything to say about them. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 — the company’s upcoming operating system — will support a new biometric identification and authentication standard, as laid out by the FIDO Alliance. It might sound like a pet food brand, but FIDO is instrumental in pushing the “passwords are a terrible idea” agenda to the world’s technology. The Alliance outlined its new standard in a few brief words back in December 2014: The specifications outline a new standard for devices, servers and client software, including browsers,...

  • Windows 10 for phones preview now available for selected Lumia devices

    We’ve heard plenty from Microsoft about Windows 10 — the OS that will be fundamental to most of Microsoft’s hardware going forward — and now, Windows 10 for phones is now available for download for select devices. If you happen to own one of the following Lumia devices, you’re in luck, because the update is available today. Lumia 630 Lumia 635 Lumia 636 Lumia 638 Lumia 730 Lumia 830 If you’re running any other Nokia Lumia (interesting omissions include the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, two of the company’s flagships), you’ll have to wait and keep an eye open “over the next few months”, at least according...

  • February Patch Tuesday: update causes boot loop, JASBUG addressed [update]

    Update: Microsoft has reissued KB3001652 and for the most part, it seems to be working. The initial release of the patch caused a continuous boot loop upon failed completion. New developments suggest that the reissued patch causes no untoward issues as yet. Thanks to Microsoft‘s new vulnerability disclosure policy, it has been a rather quiet-than-usual lead-up to this month’s Patch Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the day passed without movement from the Redmond tech giant. Microsoft issued a total of 56 security patches for vulnerabilities, with 41 addressing Internet Explorer holes, six rated as important and three as critical. One of these...

  • 5 of Satya Nadella’s greatest first year hits as Microsoft CEO

    When Satya Nadella assumed the role of Microsoft CEO from the outgoing Steve Ballmer, the company had lost its way, especially in the operating system space. Its main cash cow wasn’t exactly mooing and the company’s hardware division was practically non-existent. So Nadella’s job was a big one. But his first year at the helm of one of Earth’s biggest tech companies has been rather successful. Marking a year since he took the reins today, we roundup the most inspired, most important and most impressive announcements, acquisitions and decisions that Nadella had overseen in his first year as Captain Microsoft. 1. Polishing...

  • HoloLens, Continuum and Cortana: Microsoft’s Windows 10 playbook

    We knew Microsoft was going to talk about Windows 10 at length today, but no one realised just how much the company had to show. Since its previous press event at the back end of 2014, the Windows 10 has grown in a number of aspects and spread its wings across platforms great and small. After a seriously long press conference in Redmond, we nurse our tired eyes to round up some of the most pertinent points for those who missed the announcements and suggest what the implications are for the end user, Microsoft’s products and its rival’s offerings. First thing’s...

  • 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,...

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