Technology

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Never give a sucker an even break. Yesterday, on a very out-of-band Wednesday, Microsoft released preview patches for Windows 8.1 (but not 7!), Server 2012, and Windows 10 1709 (for bricked AMD machines only), with preview cumulative updates for Win10 1703 and 1607. There are also nine different .NET preview patches. What should you do? Nothing. More accurately, make sure you DON’T install any of them. Fortunately, all of these patches require that you download and install them — and…

Gadgets

More Windows patches, primarily previews, point to escalating problems this month

Never give a sucker an even break. Yesterday, on a very out-of-band Wednesday, Microsoft released preview patches for Windows 8.1 (but not 7!), Server 2012, and Windows 10 1709 (for bricked AMD machines only), with preview cumulative updates for Win10 1703 and 1607. There are also nine different .NET preview patches. What should you do? Nothing. More accurately, make sure you DON’T install any of them. Fortunately, all of these patches require that you download and install them — and…

Gadgets

New ARM Always Connected Windows PCs Debut, AMD Ryzen On the Way

Just under a year ago, Microsoft announced it would once again bring ARM-based laptops and mobile devices to market running Windows 10. The last time MS tried to bridge the gap between its x86 OS and ARM CPUs it didn’t end well. Windows RT shipped on an underpowered tablet and consumers were confused by Windows RT’s seemingly identical appearance to standard Windows, despite the fact that it couldn’t run any standard Windows programs. Windows 10 Mobile obviously ran on ARM, but this…

Software

Windows Server moves to a semi-annual release schedule

Microsoft today announced a major change to how it will deliver new releases of Windows Server going forward. Instead of a release every few years (the last few major versions arrived in 2008, 2012 and 2016), Microsoft will now move to a semi-annual cycle that will see the company launch feature updates every spring and fall. This new release cadence, which is similar to what Microsoft is doing with Office and Windows 10, will allow the company to bring new…

Software

Windows has a heart of trash

I did a bad thing. I opened a bad file and it borked my PC. So now, in concordance with the grand tradition of frustrated tech bloggers calling on enormous companies to conform to their wishes, here is my rant on how terrible computers are — Windows ones, this time anyway — and how they ought to be. Now, I’m no PC spring chicken. I build my desktops, I seat the CPU, I fiddle with the registry and fiddle with…

HARDWARE

Chrome 54 Uses Microsoft Optimisation for Faster Startup, Load Times on Windows

HIGHLIGHTS New tab page loads 14.8 percent faster Chrome page loads are 5.9 percent faster Chrome startup time is 16.8 percent faster Google is ramping up its efforts to make its widely used Chrome browser faster. With this mind, Google has announced the integration of Microsoft’s Profile Guided Optimisation to make Chrome up to 15 percent faster on Windows. This new integration realises which functions on Chrome are used most often, and which aren’t. PGO then gives more leverage to…

Technology

Microsoft Windows 10 Anniversary Update is coming August 2nd

The first major update of Windows 10 will be released at the beginning of August or at least such is the information that Microsoft release and later remove from his blog. First the company publish material without text, but with a title that says “Microsoft announces Windows 10 Anniversary Update available Aug. 2,” then the post was removed. The date may have been wrong, but maybe not and most likely it comes to early publication on the blog. In any…

Technology

Microsoft will soon stop offering you to upgrade to Windows 10

The period for the free update to Windows 10 almost ran, and Microsoft will soon begin to deactivate app Get Windows 10. This will happen after July 29, when to be able to upgrade to Windows 10 from your Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 PC you will need to pay a certain amount. This is an early warning that you have very little time to think about whether to switch to Windows 10 or to continue using the old version.…

Technology

Developer Gets Windows 95 Running on an Apple Watch

Lately we have witnessed a series of interesting ports on older operating systems and even console emulators for smart watches, so you would hardly be surprised if I say that Windows 95 is another thing that can run on Apple Watch. Apple Watch had the ability to run one of the most revered desktop operating systems Redmond has ever produced. As long as you’re willing to wait until the installation finish you can enjoy authentic retro pleasure to run once…

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Windows 7 Has Finally Fallen Below 50% Market Share

Windows 7 is still the most popular version of the operating system, but its dominance is not as it was. Nine months after the release of Windows 10, the share of Windows 7 finally fell below 50%, while the presence of the veteran Windows XP now is calculated with a single digit number. This is undoubtedly good news for Microsoft, as the company aggressively trying to impose the new Windows 10 on as many as possible platforms. According to Net…

Technology

Microsoft Blocks Google Search from Cortana in Windows 10

Microsoft announced in his blog that today blocked the ability to perform searches with the Google Search in digital assistant Cortana. The move comes in response to a number of recent solutions with which users can use extensions to set Google as the default search engine for Cortana, instead of Bing. Starting today, to ensure we can deliver the integrated search experience designed for Windows 10, Microsoft Edge will be the only browser that will launch when you search from…

Computer

Windows Security Flaw Lets Hackers Install Malicious Apps

Microsoft introduced the AppLocker feature in Windows 7, providing company administrators with the ability to whitelist and blacklist apps, ensuring that risk-laden apps are kept of the enterprise’s networks. A researcher has however discovered a flaw in Windows AppLocker that lets hackers bypass the protection, and install any app they want. Discovered by security researcher Casey Smith, the flaw allows hackers to use the Regsvr32.eve to install the app, by directing it to a hosted file or script. The app…