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Windows 10 to become a cloud based OS? PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 12 July 2014 14:40
Microsoft Windows 10 might become a cloud based operating system (OS) according to a leaked road-map. The road-map shows that Microsoft will no longer release service packs but instead will release major updates every year which also increases the version number of the OS. The next major improvement should be Windows 9, this should bring back the Aero interface in a new form. This should also be a version in which Microsoft will merge its ARM CPU based Windows RT platform with Windows Phone. This version of Windows could also be the last version of Windows as we know it. According to the road-map is Microsoft planning to release Windows 10 with heavy cloud support, something Google is currently doing with ChromeOS. This means that many functionality on the computer no longer requires heavy hardware on the client side, lots of processing could be done on the servers of the cloud service.
Back to School Deal Gets Windows 8 Buyers $150 In Savings PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 19:20
Many grade-level and college student won’t return to class until August, but already Microsoft is moving to make laptops and 2-in-1s running its Windows 8 operating system a best buy for Back to School shoppers. As of now, its Microsoft Stores are giving new PC buyers $150 off their purchase – if they’re picking up a Windows 8 laptop or 2-in-1 with a subscription to Office 365. Microsoft began publicizing the new Back to School deal with text messages to users who’d subscribed to its deals messaging service earlier today. The deal covers about a dozen machines, ranging from laptops that start at $999 to 2-in-1 computers and desktops that run about the same price. On the surface it appears that users can choose whatever machine they want in store — as long as the machine is valued at $599 or more. Microsoft isn’t forcing users to purchase a more expensive version of Office 365 either, users can choose between Office 365 Home, Office 365 Personal and Office 365 University.
Tablets will overtake PC sales by 2015 but desktop is far from being dead PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 19:15
The tablet market is making quick moves to overtake the PC market, and this has a lot to do with the relative failure that is Windows 8. However, while the PC market has been on a downward spiral for several years now, things might not be as bad in 2014 as previously thought. Latest report from Gartner shows the PC market is poised to stage a small revival in 2014. In 2013, the PC market experienced a massive 9.5 percent in decline. However, in 2014, the PC market is expected to decline by just 2.9 percent. "2014 will be marked by a relative revival of the global PC market," said Gartner Research Director Ranjit Atwal in a statement. "Business upgrades from Windows XP and the general business replacement cycle will lessen the downward trend, especially in Western Europe. This year, we anticipate nearly 60 million professional PC replacements in mature markets." This is good news for Microsoft, as the company is finding
Surface Pro 3 WiFi Fix Released PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 05:30

Surface Pro 3 WiFi Fix Released

Word on the grapevine last week was that Microsoft was to preparing a fix for the Surface Pro 3 WiFi issue that has been bugging the tablet owners every time they woke up their slates from sleep. In fact, judging by the comments, several users have reported this limited WiFi connectivity problem. And just as the reports suggested, Microsoft released a bunch of updates for the new tablet late yesterday. The company has not actually detailed the Surface Pro 3 fixes, but the update history page for the tablet reveals that the firmware update for the month does bring a fix for the WiFi bug. Going by the name of Wireless Network Controller and Bluetooth 15.68.3042.79 pack, this release comes with fixes that not only enhance system stability, reduce power consumption in low-power states, but also improve some Wi-Fi connection scenarios. Sounds good enough — though we will have to wait for user feedback on whether this patch does indeed fix this rather irritating problem...We have the download link posted at windows8newsinfo forum.



TSA Requires Fully Charged, Powered-On Devices PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 July 2014 08:06

TSA Requires Fully Charged, Powered-On Devices

New travel rules presented by the TSA could make you think twice before leaving home without addressing the power needs of your devices. If you travel overseas, or support business professionals that regularly travel between the U.S. and a foreign country, you'll want to pass this tip along. The Associated Press is reporting that passengers on all in-bound flights to the U.S., will have mobile devices more heavily scrutinized. According to U.S. security officials, there is fear that Yemen-based al Qaeda might have invented ways to turn mobile devices into bombs while avoiding security detection. Originally targeted toward Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy smartphones, the new rules have expanded to all mobile devices. The new rules mean that any carry-on device must be charged and powered-on so that TSA agents can verify the devices are not intended for something dire. As is usually the case, the U.S. is working off of acquired intelligence and no specific plots have been identified...For more on this new TSA regulation visit windows8newsinfof forum.


Microsoft announced today the release date for the latest version of Office 365. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 11 July 2014 19:17
Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) announced today the release date for the latest version of its office suite —Office 365. The journey from MS Office to Office 365 is one of Microsoft’s many success stories; from rebranding the suite to changing its offerings, all in a rapidly changing environment where consumers' technological needs are always evolving. We at Bidness Etc are interested in finding out whether the company can do the same for the upcoming version of its most popular product, Windows. With PC sales having dropped significantly in the past few years, Windows has been facing headwinds. Microsoft tried adapting to the changing industry with its Windows 8, but the move did not bode as well as expected. Below, Bidness Etc takes a look at some of the latest offerings from Microsoft's Office 365, and provides an update on the much anticipated Windows 9.
Russian Windows leaker denies link to ex-Microsoft worker who stole trade secret PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 July 2014 18:58
But Wzor acknowledges that the case prompted move to go underground and break off communication with sources Source: Computerworld - Notorious Russian leaker Wzor recently denied any link between the frequent publication of internal Microsoft information and the former employee who was arrested in March for stealing trade secrets -- including early builds of Windows -- and sharing them with others. "Personally, I do not know him, and I do not think he ever wants to meet me, especially in light of events that happened to him," Wzor wrote on a Russian-language discussion board last month, according to a machine translation. Wzor, whose identity is unknown -- to the point whether it's unclear if the nickname is for one individual or a group -- has been assumed to be Russian. That is also the nationality of Alex Kibkalo, the former Microsoft architect who was arrested in March and charged with stealing trade
July 2014 Patch Tuesday PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 09 July 2014 08:06

July 2014 Patch Tuesda

July’s Advance Notice by Microsoft has just arrived. This month, Microsoft is publishing six bulletins in July, affecting all versions of Internet Explorer, Windows and one server components. Two bulletins are rated “critical,”, as they allow for Remote Code Execution (RCE), three are rated “important” as they allow for elevation of privilege inside on Windows. The most critical patch to consider is Bulletin 1 is for all versions of Internet Explorer (IE), all the way from Internet Explorer 6, but only supported on Windows Server 2003 since XP has been retired, to the newest IE 11 on Windows 8.1 and R. This patch should be top of your list, since most attacks involve your web browser in some way. Take a look at the most recent numbers in Microsoft SIR report v16, which illustrate clearly that web- based attacks, which include Java and Adobe Flash are the most common. Bulletin 2 is a critical update for Windows and all desktop versions of Vista, WIndows 7, 8 and RT are affected...Get all caught up on our forum.


Most data captured by the NSA belongs to ordinary internet users PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 July 2014 07:48

Most data captured by the NSA belongs to ordinary internet users

The vast majority of information collected by the NSA’s controversial surveillance programs belongs to ordinary internet users. That’s according to a four-month Washington Post investigation analyzing documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The Post analyzed a ‘cache’ of information in which nine of the ten ‘account holders’ “were not the intended surveillance targets but were caught in a net the agency had cast for somebody else”. The paper also found that half of the individuals featured in the 160,000 intercepted email and instant message conversations that it reviewed were US citizens or residents — a far higher rate than the agency has publicly admitted to. The NSA has fewer regulations for data belonging to non-US citizens, so it is concerning that the Post claims emails written in a non-English language, or an IM contact based overseas are enough for the NSA to “presume” the individual is foreign...Follow the link posted on our forum to the full report.



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