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Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Tuesday, 26 May 2015 04:26

Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125

When it comes to Windows 10, there are the official builds—the latest being 10122, which was provided to Fast Ring testers last week—and then there are the leaked builds. Windows 10125 falls into the latter category, and given where we are in the development cycle of this new OS, it won’t surprise you to discover that there are only minor differences between this build and the latest official build. “From here on out you’ll see fewer big feature changes from build to build, and more tuning, tweaking, stabilizing, and polishing,” he wrote in the blog posted announcing the release of build 10122. “The Insider Previews continue to be aimed at very technical people who want to play with pre-released code, but I think you’ll feel more and more comfortable using this build and future builds on your day to day systems.” That wasn’t my experience with build 10122 at all, to be honest. Despite some obvious polish and improvements, Windows 10 remains too buggy for daily use. But what about build 10125? Is it worth braving the torrent world to attempt such an upgrade? No. And as always, my advice is to hold off for the official builds. I do this because I have to, because this is what I do for a living. And while I’m happy to share what I’ve discovered, you won’t have long to wait before we get a truly usable Insider Preview build. And let’s face it, we’re less than two months from the expected release of Windows 10. This thing is going to have to mature pretty quickly...Drop by windows8newsinfo forum for more hands on and to download this most recent leak.

 

 
Windows 3.0 turns 25 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne   
Monday, 25 May 2015 01:22

 Windows 3.0

There are few who doubt Windows has been a successful product for Microsoft. One of the first truly successful versions of Windows was Windows 3.0 and the classic OS is now 25 years old (Windows 3.0 was released back in May 22nd of 1990). During this time, Microsoft has evolved Windows into a product which doesn’t look too different from the early GUI. Obviously interfaces of computers in 1990 were simpler but there are a surprising number of common elements. UI elements like the minimize button, scroll bars, and the ‘File’ drop down remain in most desktop applications today. Windows 10 still contains Notepad, Calculator, and a DOS prompt for users to accomplish simple productivity much like Windows 3.0 did. Mostly Windows has evolved as a platform; supporting faster processors and video cards, more ram and larger hard drives, and new interface methods. The majority of improvements exist below the GUI where users cannot see such as support for more advanced programming languages as well as more sophisticated security. Early GUIs brought computers to everyday people who weren’t interested in memorizing DOS commands. Windows 3.0’s large adoption was assisted by it being pre-installed on hard drives instead of just including disks in the box. This began Microsoft’s reign by default which has continued for many years. Looking back, we can all smile and be glad our computers can display more than 256 colors and sample higher than 44.1 kHz of audio...Happy Birthday Windows 3.0!

 

 
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.

 

 
Windows 10 upgrade paths PDF Print E-mail
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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.

 

 
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.

 

 
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