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Microsoft offers Windows 10 carrot, threatens with stick

Microsoft has extended the carrot. Later it will brandish the stick.

By Gregg Keizer | 23 May, 2015 03:16

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

Microsoft issues crash warning with latest Windows 10 update

Microsoft has released another update for Windows 10, but warned users with an Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) graphics chipset to expect "frequent crashes" of the new Edge browser.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 May, 2015 06:18

Tags: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Advanced Micro Devices, Windows, software, operating systems

Windows goes Node for Microsoft's Internet of Things

Microsoft is linking Node.js to Windows 10 and the Internet of things, leveraging its Chakra JavaScript engine to get Node.js running on Windows on ARM.

By Paul Krill | 20 May, 2015 23:53

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

Even with free annual upgrades, Apple faces stubborn OS X fragmentation

Although Apple has done a better job of moving its Mac users along with each new operating system than has rival Microsoft, the Cupertino, Calif. company has been unable to eradicate fragmentation as it accelerated upgrades to an annual cadence.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 May, 2015 23:38

Tags: Apple, net applications, Microsoft, 21, software, operating systems

Forecast update: 410m PCs on Windows 10 in 18 months

Microsoft should have Windows 10 on more than 410 million personal computers within 18 months of the new OS's release, an analysis of user share data and upgrade tempos shows.

By Gregg Keizer | 19 May, 2015 06:01

Tags: net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, hardware systems, Windows 10

Microsoft's latest on Windows 10 to pirates: No deal

Microsoft on Friday retreated from earlier statements that owners of counterfeit copies of Windows 7 and 8.1 will receive a free upgrade to Windows 10 this summer.

By Gregg Keizer | 18 May, 2015 20:09

Tags: myer, Microsoft Windows, Reuters, Microsoft, Windows, computerworld, software, operating systems

Whole lotta Windows 10 goin' on as Microsoft spells out 6 SKUs

Microsoft on Wednesday laid out the list of Windows 10 editions it will sell this summer, adding a new academic SKU, or stock keeping unit, and one for smartphones and smaller tablets in the enterprise.

By Gregg Keizer | 14 May, 2015 23:39

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

Critical VM escape vulnerability impacts business systems, data centers

A critical vulnerability in code used by several virtualization platforms can put business information stored in data centers at risk of compromise.

By Lucian Constantin | 14 May, 2015 02:07

Tags: patches, CrowdStrike, security, Rapid7, Risk Based Security, patch management, Red Hat, Exploits / vulnerabilities, data protection

Where will Microsoft find 1 billion devices for Windows 10?

To meet its goal of putting Windows 10 on a billion devices within three years, Microsoft will have to turn every personal computer now running Windows 7 onto the new OS, then find even more to migrate, calculations from recent statistics show.

By Gregg Keizer | 07 May, 2015 06:50

Tags: myer, net applications, Windows PCs, Microsoft, computerworld, Windows 10, software

Chrome reaches major user share milestone, climbs above 25%

Google's Chrome browser broke the 25% user share mark last month, putting it in the position that Firefox briefly attained but quickly lost.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 May, 2015 06:51

Tags: net applications, applications, Microsoft, beca, browsers, software, internet, chrome, web browsers, Firefox, Google

Microsoft wants Verizon to hand over names of suspected Windows pirates

Microsoft last week asked a federal court to let it serve a subpoena on Verizon to force the Internet provider to identify those behind a two-year scheme that allegedly activated hundreds of copies of Windows 7 illegally.

By Gregg Keizer | 06 May, 2015 00:10

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

Microsoft touts new update service as way for enterprises to go slow on Windows 10

Microsoft yesterday announced Windows Update for Business as one way enterprises can manage the accelerated update and upgrade cadence of Windows 10 after it launches this summer.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 May, 2015 22:03

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

Microsoft expands Office 2016 for Windows public preview to consumers, more business workers

Microsoft has launched a broader-based public preview of Office 2016 for Windows, expanding on the March sneak peek that was available only to subscribers of select business-grade Office 365 plans.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 May, 2015 04:19

Tags: Windows Apps, Microsoft, software, e3

Windows 10 can tap Cortana for help with data analysis

Users of the upcoming version of Windows will be able to call on its Cortana voice-driven virtual personal assistant to help them parse their organization's business intelligence data.

By Joab Jackson | 05 May, 2015 03:06

Tags: Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Why you should pay attention to Microsoft's Windows 10 revenue deferral

Microsoft last week said it would defer revenue from the sales of Windows 10 licenses, a move that will affect its financials and trigger a meeting later this year to explain the ins and outs to Wall Street.

By Gregg Keizer | 05 May, 2015 00:35

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

Microsoft fleshes out 'Windows as a service' revenue strategy

Microsoft executives last week further fleshed out the firm's "Windows as a service" strategy, an effort to shift money-making from the traditional practice of licensing the OS to one more reliant on revenue from search, games and apps.

By Gregg Keizer | 04 May, 2015 20:24

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

Ubuntu still vulnerable to time-twiddling hack

A security flaw in a common Unix software component remains unpatched in one of the most popular Linux distributions, more than a year after an official fix was published.

By Jon Gold | 01 May, 2015 06:34

Tags: Apple, Google, Canon, security, canonical, ubuntu

Microsoft updates Windows 10 in record time

Microsoft yesterday updated Windows 10 with the third refresh in the last 30 days.

By Gregg Keizer | 01 May, 2015 04:28

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

Microsoft woos Android, iOS devs with porting toolkit

It's no secret that Microsoft has had little success competing against Google Android or Apple iOS. But the PC software giant will give it another try with tools enabling developers to use code written for Android and iOS on Windows 10 devices.

By Paul Krill | 30 April, 2015 20:09

Tags: Apple, Microsoft Windows, Google, Microsoft, Windows, objective, software, operating systems, myer

Government updates iOS security guide

The Australian Signals Directorate has released an updated version iOS hardening guide for government agencies.

By Rohan Pearce | 30 April, 2015 09:44

Tags: Apple, ios, security, Australian Signals Directorate, mobile security, smartphones, Australian Signals Directorate (ASD)

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