Operating Systems

Patch Tuesday: Not dead yet

Patch Tuesday is not dead.

By Gregg Keizer | 25 July, 2015 06:15

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Final Windows 10 upgrade forecast sees OS on 440M PCs by early '17

By February 2017, Microsoft should have Windows 10 on more than 440 million personal computers, according to a new analysis of user share data and upgrade tempo.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 July, 2015 20:58

Tags: net applications, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, computerworld, 21, Windows 10, software, operating systems

The more customers Microsoft adds to Office 365, the less it makes from each subscriber

The more consumers that Microsoft puts on its Office 365 subscription rolls, the less it makes from each customer, data the company disclosed Tuesday showed.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 July, 2015 00:00

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

The end is near for OS X Mountain Lion support

The security clock is ticking down for Apple's OS X Mountain Lion, which will probably be retired from support this fall before the Cupertino, Calif. company releases El Capitan.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 July, 2015 23:47

Tags: Apple, OS X Mountain Lion, Microsoft, software, operating systems, Capita

9 reasons not to upgrade to Windows 10 -- yet

Windows 10 is just about here -- and many users (especially those who have been wrestling with Windows 8) are probably eager to upgrade. But even if you can get it now -- the upgrade will be sent first to those who signed up for the Windows Insider beta program and then in "slow waves" to everyone else -- you may want to hold off.

By Preston Gralla | 21 July, 2015 20:35

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, WD, Windows, Mode, Windows 10, software, 21, operating systems

Microsoft cloaks the details of Windows 10 updates

Microsoft last week demonstrated how much of a black box a Windows 10 update may be to the millions of users expected to upgrade to the new operating system.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 July, 2015 02:30

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, 21, Windows 10, software, twitter, operating systems

The 'when' of Windows 10: Microsoft's update and upgrade schedule explained

If Microsoft follows through on its announced plans for updating and upgrading Windows 10 after the new OS launches in two weeks, it will issue the first update no later than the end of November or early December, then follow with three more in 2016, repeating with a trio each year following.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 July, 2015 02:10

Tags: Firefox, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Windows 10 fragmentation? What fragmentation?

Microsoft's Windows 10 will not have a fragmentation problem, analysts argued, even though its rapid development tempo and a host of update cadences will spin off so many versions that not everyone will be running the same code, or even have the same features, at any one time.

By Gregg Keizer | 13 July, 2015 22:04

Tags: Gartner, Microsoft, beca, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft takes yet another shot at defining 'free' for Windows 10 testers

Microsoft on Monday took another shot at clarifying its Windows 10 upgrade policy, telling Windows Insider participants that they had to remain in the preview program if they had not upgraded from an eligible PC but wanted to continue running the OS free of charge.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 June, 2015 21:25

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, twitter, operating systems

Standards are coming for containers

A list of leading cloud, storage and virtualization companies are backing a new effort named the Open Container Project, which aims to create a set of standards for the fast-growing technology.

By Brandon Butler | 23 June, 2015 04:24

Tags: IBM, goldman sachs, containers, cloud computing, internet, CoreOS, HP, Docker, Google, Microsoft, Pivotal, Red Hat, Joyent, intel, VMware, emc, Amazon Web Services

Clear as mud: Microsoft struggles to define 'free' for Windows 10

Microsoft's Keystone Kops-like revelation that Windows 10 testers would get a free copy of the OS -- yes, no, then yes, probably, but with strings -- may be confusing compared to Apple's approach to OS X, but reflects the much more complicated ecosystem the Redmond, Wash. company maintains.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 June, 2015 02:04

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, twitter, operating systems

FAQ: How Microsoft will update Windows 10

Microsoft is just weeks away from pushing customers into a radical overhaul of how they receive security, maintenance and new feature updates.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 June, 2015 20:23

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft goes vague on Windows 10 support

Microsoft is hanging a lot of Windows 10 on a single phrase: "supported lifetime of the device."

By Gregg Keizer | 08 June, 2015 00:08

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft can't kick the OS-for-money habit

Old habits die hard.

By Gregg Keizer | 03 June, 2015 01:34

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

What if Windows went open source tomorrow?

Thinking out loud about Microsoft making Windows an open source project is a great way to get your friends and colleagues wondering seriously about your mental health. It's an idea strange enough to sound practically paradoxical, like "hot ice" or "short Pink Floyd songs."

By Jon Gold | 13 May, 2015 02:10

Tags: suse, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

If Windows 10 is the 'last version,' it needs names

With Microsoft saying that Windows 10 "is the last version of Windows", the company may have a naming problem.

By Gregg Keizer | 11 May, 2015 20:56

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Microsoft's Spartan browser vs. the rest: How will it stack up?

Microsoft's upcoming Spartan browser is set to be the first big new release in the desktop browser market for quite some time, upsetting a tentative equilibrium that has existed for roughly the past two years.

By Jon Gold | 14 April, 2015 20:57

Tags: Firefox, applications, Google, Microsoft, Windows, browsers, software, operating systems

Which is more secure, Android or iOS? The answer isn't that simple

This vendor-written tech primer has been edited by Network World to eliminate product promotion, but readers should note it will likely favor the submitter's approach.

By By Aaron Cockerill, VP of products, Lookout | 14 April, 2015 04:12

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, htc, ios, smartphones, Android, software, operating systems

Widespread outages hit Windows 8/8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, Windows Phone 8.1 mail

Last night at about 12:30 a.m. EDT, Microsoft issued a bulletin warning of widespread outages for Windows 8 and 8.1 Metro Mail, Windows Live Mail, and Windows Phone 8.1 mail. The bulletin stated:

By Woody Leonhard | 08 April, 2015 21:11

Tags: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Windows 8.1

Leaked Windows 10 build 10051 finally shows new Mail, Calendar apps

Over the weekend, Russian leaker(s) WZor once again proved their mettle by posting a new leaked Windows 10 build, the 64-bit only 10051, on the mail.ru website. Others rapidly took the leaked WIM file (stuffed in a RAR!) and turned it into an ISO for general consumption.

By Woody Leonhard | 06 April, 2015 21:51

Tags: Microsoft, software, Windows 10, operating systems

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