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Written by Wayne   
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:17

Windows 10 upgrade paths

In the last week we have learned that there will be six Windows 10 Editions when the new OS releases over the course of the next several months. Microsoft is yet to explain the exact details of how the free Windows 10 upgrade will work for users of Windows 7/8.1. While that info is expected as we get closer to Windows 10 RTM, which is currently sometime this summer, I may have found some good indicators of the various paths to Windows 10. While I was perusing the official MSDN RSS feeds earlier today I came across a blog post from the Microsoft Australia Partner Network site which was a recap of recent Windows 10 announcements. Based on that last bullet it appears the Windows 10 update will be provided to properly licensed versions of Windows 7/8.1 through Windows Update instead of the Windows Store. This is exactly how Microsoft initially pushed the Windows 10 Technical Preview to Insiders on Windows 7 and 8.1 so the system has been well tested. You might recall that Microsoft pushed the Windows 8.1 update to users on Windows 8 through the Windows Store and it proved to have its share of challenges. Hopefully, Microsoft will also provide properly licensed users of Windows 7/8.1 with a license key that can be used with an ISO of the correct version of Windows 10 for their system instead of having to install the old OS and subsequent updates in order to perform the upgrade to Windows 10 if a clean install is necessary...Are you looking for more detailed and complete information, please visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Windows Mobile PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Friday, 15 May 2015 06:09
Windows Mobile
What’s in a name? Well for Microsoft, almost 20 years of various successes and public failures. Yesterday, the Internet collectively chuckled as Microsoft’s company-wide rebranding efforts have the handset maker backtracking to an almost 20-year-old naming convention for its mobile efforts. As of today, the confusingly named Windows Phone mobile operating system that came preloaded on phones, will now just be called Windows 10 Mobile. Back in September, Microsoft quietly dropped the Windows Phone naming convention for phones. Without Windows Phone on phones, phones brandishing the Windows Phone OS started unofficially retaining the common sense title of Windows Mobile. The Windows Mobile title was a natural fit for two reasons, the first because it eloquently encompassed Microsoft’s vision for Windows and mobility. The second reason the unofficial name change became the go-to reference was, Microsoft officially used it no less than five years ago for roughly the same product. With Microsoft rolling back to the name Windows Mobile again, the over-corrected experiment of Windows Phone seemingly comes to an unclimatic end. Perhaps foolishly I am once again dazzled by the prospect of Windows Mobile. I am less enthused for the mirrored philosophy of ‘desktop parity’ both the old and new Windows Mobile offer, but more excited at the idea of Microsoft finally finding their footing again. I see the return of Windows Mobile as the official announcement that Windows Phone was a short-sighted reaction to the industry. A reaction that has arguably cost Microsoft a solid place in the future of mobile computing. Windows Mobile may only be a name change but the name Windows Mobile symbolized a hyper-functional smartphone OS ahead of its time, but lacked the technology to polish the experience...We have a lot more posted at windows8newsinfo forum.
 
Microsoft Passport in Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 May 2015 17:35

Microsoft Passport

Microsoft Passport has been around for quite a while. It serves as a single point entry to all of the Microsoft products such as Outlook.com, OneDrive, Messenger (when it was alive), People, contacts and more. In Windows 10, Microsoft Passport will replace passwords with strong two-factor authentication that consists of an enrolled device and a Windows Hello (biometric) or PIN. This post offers an overview of how Microsoft intends to use Microsoft Passport in Windows 10. Broadly speaking, Microsoft Passport consists of 2  services – a single Sign-in service that allows members to use a single name and password to log in, and a Wallet service that members can use to make fast, convenient online purchases. Microsoft introduced Two-factor authentication a couple of years back, when cyber criminals increased their activities on the Internet. However, there have been some problems using the two-factor authentication in its current state. First – you enter the password and then you receive a PIN that you have to enter. If on the phone, this becomes a problem, especially if phone’s RAM is low. Besides this, in its current scenario, when you wish to go for two-factor authentication, you have to create different passwords for different apps you use. You even have to create an “app password” for Microsoft Outlook email client and enter it instead of the real Microsoft password that you use for logging in via a web browser. All this is set to change with Microsoft Passport in Windows 10. Right now, the two-factor authentication is optional. Microsoft will make it mandatory for all to use two-factor authentication. It won’t be as tough as it is now. There will be two keys, one with Microsoft and one with the user. The user needs just the user key to get access to protected Microsoft apps. We’ve already talked about the PIN...We have more about the upcoming operating system and its features posted at windows8nwsinfo forum.

 

 
Enterprise Data Protection in Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 May 2015 04:45

Enterprise Data Protection in Windows 10

Companies are encouraging a single device for both organizational and personal use. It could be Bring your Own Device (BYOD), or the companies providing devices for both personal and enterprise use. Between the two, users of these devices will tend to store both enterprise data and personal data on same device. Besides this, there are company apps, company approved apps, as well as personal apps that the user might download for his or her own use and entertainment. Under such circumstances, it becomes essential that enterprises manage their data and apps securely without spoiling the user experience for the employees. Too many security restrictions, preventing users from downloading apps for personal use, may turn off the employee. Windows 10 offers a way that keeps both admins and employees happy. This article checks out Enterprise Data Protection in Windows 10. This is the name for the module that protects enterprise data against unintended or malicious use. The first thing here is proper encryption, so that even if the data is leaked or compromised, the data remains safe as others cannot decode it. The EDP module identifies enterprise and personal apps and lets the employees use them both at the same time without messing up. The EDP module allows for simultaneous display of both personal as well enterprise apps on the same screen. Eg. the Outlook app for checking personal mail as well as company mail. Employee experience will be enhanced, as they will not have to switch between enterprise and personal logins. If a personal document is marked as corporate, due to an error, the employee can initiate a process to claim it back (using the Audit method). Corporate data is protected even on employee-owned devices. If an employee marks a new document as being work related, it is automatically protected as enterprise data. When employees leave the organization or move to another department, you can remotely wipe off all the traces of corporate data on his or her device – without affecting their personal data. This makes sure that they cannot misuse enterprise data...Learn more on our forum.

 

 
Microsoft's Edge browser PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 April 2015 05:26

Microsoft's Edge browser

Earlier today, Microsoft announced Microsoft Edge, a brand new browser for Windows 10. Previously known as Project Spartan, Edge lets you write directly on web pages and share them, read online articles without distractions, and use offline reading for greater convenience. So what makes Edge so special? Microsoft's new browser will be the only internet browser with a personal assistant built-in. Cortana will help you get more done on the web, helping you find what you need as you surf the internet. For example, curious about the particular web page you are on or need more information on a topic? Just right click and Ask Cortana! Edge also features distraction-free offline reading, as well as built-in note taking and sharing. Gone are the old boring days of just surfing the internet -- now you can immediately get help or look up a topic, all while browsing the internet. Not sure what a particular word means on a website? Just ask Cortana and find out without having to leave that page. Edge was built for Windows 10, on the new Universal App platform for phones, tablets, and desktops. Microsoft plans to update Edge frequently, along with Windows 10, placing greater emphasis on ensuring you have the latest, most secure browser. Edge is free from legacy IE extensibility points like ActiveX, toolbars, and browser helper objects. Edge is also built on top of modern security protections, such as 64-bit architecture, AppContainer, and Enhanced Protected Mode, ensuring you have a secure and safe browsing experience. If necessary, you can launch Internet Explorer for backwards compatibility for websites that need it. Edge also takes advantage of "Project Westminster" which allows you to publish your website to the Windows Store, allowing you to call native Universal APIs from JavaScript directly from your website. You can mix in native code, and make it accessible from the website. This brings a whole new meaning to Web Apps...Follow Build 2015 and all developments around Windows 10 and its components at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
Reason Core Security Free for Windows PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 May 2015 04:35

Reason Core Security

There are unlimited malicious software waiting to attack your computer the moment you get a little low on your defense. A computer on Internet without an antivirus is sure to be infected within five – ten minutes of operation. The same is the case with adware. These are programs that show ads whenever you click on links or anything. They pop up out of nowhere and you do not even know how to deal with it if your antivirus cannot identify them. It is always advisable to use a second line of defense on all computers. One should be a regular antivirus and other should be a complementary anti-malware that can co-exist with the anti-virus. One such defense is Reason Core Security. This review of Reason Core Security free version helps you understand if it is worth using. Reason Core Security is lead by Andrew Newman, who was the co-founder of GIANT Company Software, which was acquired by Microsoft. Reason Core Security comes in two versions: Free and paid. Irrespective of which version you download, you get one full month of all functionalities as a trial. The installer will show you that you are downloading a trial version. If you downloaded the free version, some of the protections will stop functioning after the period of 30 days is over. The free version does not include real-time protection and automated scanning. You can still continue to use it for scanning your Windows computer manually for second opinions. The real-time protection expires after the first 30 days trial period if you do not pay for the license. Likewise, the real-time protection against potentially unwanted programs, too is removed from the free version if you fail to upgrade. You can scan for both adware and PUPs manually though. The software does work well when detecting adware. When you install it, it runs an initial scan to see if the computer is infected. If any are found, a full scan is recommended by the program and it can take much time if your primary drive is huge...For more and the download link visit windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 

 
Microsoft Edge browser known issues PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 May 2015 04:46

Microsoft Edge

The Microsoft Edge browser is currently included in the latest preview build of Windows 10 through the Windows Insider Program, although currently labeled as Project Spartan. As Microsoft looks to move towards a more open company, even going as far as saying they love Linux, the Redmond giant has launched an official changelog site for the Edge browser. It's a new area on Microsoft's dev platform website (located at dev.modern.ie). The changelog website is located at dev.modern.ie/platform/changelog and features a changelog for the latest version of Microsoft Edge, including any known issues. This changelog is available on the same website used for consumer feedback and requests. Web developers can now look and see if Microsoft has implemented any new features or added support for specific technologies as each new build of Microsoft Edge is made available -- especially during the preview phase of Windows 10. For example, the current version of Edge is available on Windows 10 build 10074 as Project Spartan. New features in Edge in build 10074 include Media Capture & Stream (getUserMedia), ASM.js, ES6, Generators, ES6 Default Parameter, and ES6 RegEx Built-ins. Currently, known issues include a lack of basic authentication, inability to access localhost, and issues with full screen. This is clearly a great move on Microsoft's part, looking to cater towards web developers in hopes to convince them that Edge is infact a superior browser to Internet Explorer. July is rapidly approaching and the closer we get to that release date the more becomes available on Windows 10 and the release of this new browser...We are following Microsoft Edge closely on our forum and will post all information good, bad, or indifferent as it becomes available.

 

 
Windows 10 build 10074 ISO PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 April 2015 05:42

Windows 10 build 10074 ISO

Microsoft has made available Windows 10 build 10074 for participants of the Windows Insider Program. We brought you an exclusive first-look at this build yesterday, and now you can get your hands on it too. Build 10074 features improvements to Cortana, the user interface, new Windows sounds, and much more. Oh, and the return of Aero Glass! "ISO files of the April Update (build 10074) are now available for download. You'll still receive this update automatically via Windows Update, but if you prefer a clean install or you want to install on a virtual machine, you can download an ISO file instead." So how do you download it? You can also head over to Windows Update and download the new build, regardless if you are a fast or slow ring participant. If you'd rather have more control over your installation, you can snag the ISO instead. You can also watch our video walk-through of the new build below. I realize this posting is short, but Please direct your attention to windows8newsinfo forum to download this latest iteration of Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10074.

 

 
Can't open Win32 apps from the Start Menu PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 25 April 2015 18:07

Can't open Win32 apps from the Start Menu

As I tested out the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10061 for the first time, I noticed a slight problem. When I tried to open Windows applications (Win32) like Microsoft Office, which I use a lot, it simply would not open. The first couple times I thought it was something wrong with my PC or I was missing something, so I tried to open other Win32 desktop apps, to no avail. So I tried the newer apps that came out with Windows 10, like Mail and Calendar and they opened up just fine. So I started to wonder what was going on until I read up on the write-up by Gabe Aul on Windows 10 build 10061. Aul details new improvements and features, and finally I get to the part where there are know issues and bugs. I stopped dead in my tracks. Saying that the inability to launch Win32 applications from the Start menu "is a bit painful" is an understatement. I use many Win32 applications (not all of them daily), so I can't imagine pinning every one I use to the Taskbar. I don't think I have enough room and I have an enough of a hard time trying to find Win32 applications by icons alone. It would be nice to just open the Start menu and open the application I want to use with no problems. So, it looks like for now, I will have to wait until the next build or until an update releases to fit the issue. It's not "painful," it's a very annoying pain in the ass. For now, I will just have to deal with it like everyone else, and I have to keep in mind that I am just using a preview build. So for now, at least, I will have to allow this known bug to drive me insane...This shows that things can go wrong when using a Preview Version on any new program...Stay up to date for fix to different Windows 10 issues at windows8newsinfo forum.

 

 
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