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Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held more than a few surprises. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the KB 3000061 kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

By Woody Leonhard | 31 October, 2014 22:59

Tags: forum, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Kno

Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

Yesterday Microsoft released patch KB 3005628 for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. It's a trivial, non-security patch. The fact that it wasn't kept and issued in the normal cadence (patches usually arrive on Update Tuesday, which is next Tuesday) points to either an accidental release to the Automatic Update chute -- which we've seen before -- or an unwelcome switch in Microsoft's patching strategy. Either possibility is troubling.

By Woody Leonhard | 08 October, 2014 22:06

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Bull, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Automatic

7 reasons Apple should open-source Swift -- and 7 reasons it won't

Faster innovation, better security, new markets -- the case for opening Swift might be more compelling than Apple will admit

By Peter Wayner | 15 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: application development, Apple, applications, mobile technology, ios, software, open source software, operating systems

Here's what free upgrades could do for Windows 9's uptake

By making Windows 9, aka "Threshold," free, Microsoft will be able to push more than half of all Windows 8 users to the upgrade within a matter of months, an analysis of user share data shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 September, 2014 03:42

Tags: net applications, Microsoft, software, operating systems

Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

Windows 8's uptake came unstuck last month and shoved into a forward gear for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago, according to data published Monday.

By Gregg Keizer | 02 September, 2014 22:05

Tags: net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, software, operating systems, internet

Did Microsoft help seed the market for Windows Store scam apps?

Microsoft has finally begun cleaning out the Windows Store by killing 1,500 scams and copycat apps. But by turning the other way when bad apps were uploaded, and maybe even paying for them, Microsoft was part of the problem.

By Preston Gralla | 30 August, 2014 01:24

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

How risky will it be to run old IE after Microsoft's 2016 patch stoppage?

Microsoft's decision to stop patching older versions of Internet Explorer in 17 months may not be as big a show-stopper as many assume.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 06:28

Tags: applications, Microsoft, computerworld, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Deja vu all over again: Windows 7 will be the new XP

Even as enterprises try to get rid of their last Windows XP machines, Gartner analysts are urging them to start planning for the end of Windows 7.

By Gregg Keizer | 15 August, 2014 03:02

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

Microsoft wants you to forget Windows 8

Unless MIcrosoft radically changes its habits, it will throw Windows 8 down a deep memory hole even before a successor ships.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 July, 2014 01:20

Tags: Coca-Cola, Apple, Microsoft, IBM, beca, Windows, software, operating systems

Long replacement cycle drags down iPad sales

Apple announced it sold 13.3 million iPads in the second quarter, a year-over-year drop of 9%, the second straight quarter of declining numbers, and blamed a slowdown in developed markets.

By Gregg Keizer | 24 July, 2014 21:50

Tags: Apple, IDC, ios, hardware systems, wall street journal, software, tablets, operating systems

Why Microsoft isn't spooked by the Apple-IBM alliance

The Apple-IBM partnership will have little effect on Microsoft's dominance in the enterprise, or drastically change its mutating mobile strategy.

By Gregg Keizer | 17 July, 2014 06:28

Tags: IT industry, Apple, ios, Microsoft, IBM, Windows, software, operating systems

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

By Matt Hamblen | 17 July, 2014 02:57

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, Networking, ios, IBM, wireless, operating systems, LANDesk, mobile, Blackberry, Apple, Google, symantec, Mobile device management, Microsoft, SAP, software

What about Windows, Mr Nadella?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demoted Windows to a handful of terse mentions deep in his 3,100 all-hands strategy email of last week.

By Gregg Keizer | 14 July, 2014 23:04

Tags: IT industry, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Support clock ticks on Office for Mac 2011, but heir nowhere in sight

The clock is ticking on support for Office for the Mac 2011, and there's still no sign from Microsoft of a replacement.

By Gregg Keizer | 26 June, 2014 05:27

Tags: applications, Microsoft, computerworld, Mac OS X, software

Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive

Online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation apps can be surprisingly useful, or surprisingly lame, and not even Microsoft aces Office document compatibility

By Woody Leonhard | 11 June, 2014 20:08

Tags: SaaS, applications, Office Software, Mac OS X, internet, Software as a service, cloud computing, operating systems, Apple, Google, mobile technology, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, software

XPocalypse, not now

Two months after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP, the catastrophic wave of exploits security experts expected to wash over the aged operating system have failed to materialize.

By Gregg Keizer | 09 June, 2014 04:53

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems, Malware and Vulnerabilities

What's in a name? Aussie 'HealthKit' firm unhappy with Apple

An Australian company has made a big deal this week of taking umbridge over Apple's use of the name HealthKit. That's because the company is named HealthKit.

By Ryan Faas | 07 June, 2014 01:46

Tags: Apple, App Development, ios, WD, software, operating systems

Nearly 80 per cent of Macs will be able to run OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite will run on about eight of every 10 Macs, a boon for customers who want to upgrade this fall, but also another proof point that "good enough" has contributed to the personal computer business's stagnation.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 June, 2014 01:22

Tags: Apple, ios, Macintosh, desktop pcs, computerworld, hardware systems, software, operating systems, PCs

Apple counters Microsoft's convergence strategy with Continuity

Apple yesterday countered Microsoft's vision of the future, where multiple devices collapse into one, with a recognition that compromises and multiple devices are not only the reality, but could be lucrative.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 June, 2014 05:17

Tags: App Development, Apple, ios, Microsoft, software, Mac OS X, operating systems

Beats me: Everyone posits a theory on Apple's $3bn deal

Apple made it official Wednesday that it would acquire Beats Entertainment, but even after weeks of speculation, pundits still can't decide whether the deal is a smart move.

By Gregg Keizer | 30 May, 2014 21:58

Tags: Apple, ios, software, Mac OS X, operating systems, mobile apps

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