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Google Chrome 66 now available to download for Windows users PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 14:47
google chrome 66Google has released a new update to its Chrome browser with version 66.0.3359.117 which is available to download on Windows desktop. The latest update comes with security fixes along with performance improvements. The update comes with a total of 62 security fixes along with fixes to mitigate the Spectre flaw. The latest update comes with many security fixes and is hence important for users to install the latest version. Google has fixed two critical security flaw in the Chrome 66 update which was discovered in the Disk Cache of the browser. The update also brings new mitigation’s against the Spectre vulnerability which was discovered in the processors of Intel, AMD, and ARM. The update is a minor security fix before a major update which is currently being tested internally by the tech giant for its Chrome browser. The update also fixes under the hood bugs for the browser certificates. The Chrome 66 update will now block website certificates which have been issued by Symantec’s legacy PKI before June 1st, 2016. Google Chrome is currently holding the number one position as far as web browsers are concerned and being used by the number of desktop users around the globe. The company explains: “Chrome 66 will not trust website certificates issued by Symantec’s legacy PKI before June 1st, 2016, continuing the phased distrust outlined in our previous announcements,”. Futher details can be found on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft wins patent for the Surface Studio’s innovative rotatable display PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 15:26
Surface StudioThe Surface Studio reinvented the All In One desktop category when it was announced on October 26, 2016. It was the first desktop computer which was manufactured entirely by Microsoft. It was launched at a time when nothing new and innovative was happening in the world of desktops. Microsoft’s Surface line up was either reinvents an old category or creates a whole new category. We can say that the Microsoft Surface Studio reinvented or rather reimagined the desktop. The Surface Studio featured a 28-inch 4.5K Pixel Sense display with a 3:2 aspect ratio and a resolution of 4500 x 3000 pixels which is equivalent to a pixel density of 192 dpi. Windows was originally created for 96 dpi so mathematically a 200% scaling can be done on the Surface Studio. This display was also color calibrated at the factory itself to ensure accurate and precise display color for high profile creators. After all, the Surface Studio was designed with creators in mind. Even though it came with the Windows 10 Anniversary update, it was optimized for the Creators Update.  The patent was filed in April 2016 at the U.S Patent Office. The good news is that Microsoft won this patent on April 3, 2018. For more navigate to OUR FORUM.
Windows 10 Build 17134 is now available for Insiders PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 23:37
Windows 10 Build 17134Microsoft has today released a new build for the Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Windows 10 Build 17134 comes with no new features as it is the RTM candidate for the upcoming update. The Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring are the first getting it, and the build will be pushed to more users in the coming days. As you might have guessed already, Windows 10 Build 17134 doesn’t bring any substantial change as compared to its predecessor. Microsoft has however included more bug fixes and improvements as this could be the final candidate for the Spring Creators Update (Redstone 4). Due to a last-minute bug, Microsoft eventually decided to hold back the release of the new Windows 10 update. Microsoft initially planned to roll out the feature update on April 10, but the company decided to delay the release until the bug is fixed. After a brief testing, Build 17134 ‘the RTM candidate’ will be shipped to all rings of the Windows Insider program. “This build has no new features and includes the fixes from KB4100375 as well as some fixes for general reliability of the OS. As Build 17133 progressed through the rings, we discovered some reliability issues we wanted to fix. In certain cases, these reliability issues could have led to a higher percentage of (BSOD) on PCs for example,” Microsoft said in a statement. Microsoft’s decision to delay the update makes sense as the software giant is trying to make that everything goes smoothly for all users. In the blog post, Microsoft says that build 17133 was rendering BSOD on some systems, and as that is something the users cannot deal with, the update was delayed. Want to know more Please visit OUR FORUM.
Cortana Web Search cannot be disabled in Windows 10 Version 1803 PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 April 2018 12:45
Cortana Web SearchCortana, being the intelligent digital assistant in Windows 10, can be used to search for anything in your PC be it your files or apps and can also search for anything outside your PC using the web. But, not everyone liked the idea of Cortana searching the web probably because they are concerned about their privacy. Users had the option to disable search the web option. But with Redstone 4 (Windows 10 Version 1803), Microsoft has decided to prevent users from opting to disable web search using Cortana. According to a Reddit post, users on the Windows 10 version 1709 or earlier had the group policy of disabling Cortana to show Bing search results while using the Windows Search but this policy has no effect on Windows 10 Pro version 1803. Enabling additional policies such as “Do not allow web search” and “Don’t search the web or display web results in Search” also has no effect and still shows web searches and suggestions. This has been the case with Windows 10 Home for the past few releases. As of now, there is no official way to disable web search and suggestions from showing up in Windows 10 Pro while using Windows Search. But there are ways to hack the registry in Windows to prevent web search and suggestions. Users of Windows 10 Enterprise and Education running version 1803 are not affected and they can still prevent web search and suggestions from showing up. But these versions of Windows are more expensive and may not be ideal for small business who are more concerned about privacy. More can be found on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft announce new program to Defend Democracy in upcoming 2018 US elections PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 15 April 2018 13:55
Microsoft to Defend Democracy It is becoming increasingly clear that people are rather easy to manipulate, making a joke of the concept and practice of democracy. This is particularly true when actors are able to target individuals and their particular anxieties and aspirations individually using big data, as we have seen with the recent Facebook and Cambridge Analytica issue. Microsoft has now stepped forward with a program which they say is designed to protect democracy from being hacked in this way.  The aim is for governments and technology companies to work together to safeguard the electoral processes. Microsoft’s new Defending Democracy Program is intended to work with all stakeholders in democratic countries globally. While global in its scope, Microsoft will initially focus on the important November 2018 midterm elections in the U.S. as well as the U.S. presidential elections in 2020. Other companies have announced similar efforts on an individual basis, and it is notable that in France increased efforts to prevent foreign-led disinformation campaigns is believed to have resulted in a loss for far-right candidates in their recent presidential elections. The move may, however, open Microsoft up to criticism from the right, who have increasingly felt targetted by Fake News initiatives designed to prevent disinformation and who have complained that tech companies have a pervasive left-wing bias. Visit OUR FORUM, to learn four primary points this program is setting out to protect.
Microsoft is bringing tabs to Office Suite in Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 April 2018 17:35
windows 10 tabsMicrosoft has already started working on the next Windows 10 update codenamed Redstone 5 launching this fall. As Windows 10 Redstone 4 will be released by end of April, Microsoft appears to be accelerating the development of Windows 10 Redstone 5 feature update. Yesterday Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 17643 for the Windows Insiders in the Skip Ahead ring. The build comes with several new features, including Windows 10 Sets improvements that finally brings Tabs to Office suite. With the next version of Windows 10, Microsoft will bring web-browser like tabs to Office applications for utmost productivity. Microsoft a while ago announced Sets, this new feature in Windows 10 is projected to bring web-browser like tabs to UWP and legacy apps including the File Explorer. Microsoft is finally bringing the Sets interface to Office suite, which means you can run Word, Excel or PowerPoint in the same window. The Word, Excel or PowerPoint tabs in a window is similar to tabs in Microsoft Edge browser. Regardless of the applications, the Sets should work with a default or non-customized title bar. Microsoft has enabled tabs for most of the Win32 apps, however certain apps such as Paint.exe would not work with Tabs for the time being. Microsoft might bring tabs to all legacy apps regardless of the title bar in near future. Get better informed from OUR FORUM.
Windows 10 Spring Creators Update could possibly get a new name PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 13 April 2018 21:12
Windows 10 Spring Creators UpdateWindows 10 Spring Creators Update public rollout was expected on April 10, but Microsoft has decided to delay the Redstone 4 update due to a last-minute bug. By the looks of things, Microsoft is considering a new name for the newest version of Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft was expected to launch the next version of Windows 10 as Spring Creators Update (also known as Redstone 4 or version 803) earlier this week. Microsoft however discovered a bug and the company is now making changes to the operating system. Microsoft could possibly release the update with a new name. Microsoft hasn’t officially announced the name, build and released date of the next version of Windows 10 yet but the company is expected to publish a blog with more details later this month. It is worth noting that Windows Build 17133 has also been released to all Windows Insiders, and the next obvious step was the public rollout that has been delayed. Windows 10 Build 17133 has been considered to be the RTM build of the next update, and Microsoft has already released cumulative updates. However, it appears that Microsoft is still looking for a new RTM build and new builds will be released to the Windows Insiders until then. The ever-reliable BuildFeed has spotted Windows 10 build 17134, although it’s not clear if this is a new RTM build, however, BuildFeed has confirmed that the Redstone 4 won’t be called the Spring Creators Update. It’s certainly unexpected to see a newer name at this point but it could be because of the negative feedback that Microsoft received from the Insiders about the odd naming scheme. As “Spring Creators Update is probably no longer a thing” Microsoft might opt for a different name that would make more sense and it will be announced when Windows 10 version 1803 RTM is ready. Follow this thread on OUR FORUM.
Microsoft: Qualcomm is just the beginning of ‘Always Connected PC’ PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:54
always connected pcsIt’s no secret that the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-powered laptops are getting a bad rap for their purported performance versus price ratio. So, Microsoft wants to set the record straight, telling us that these first devices are just the beginning of its larger ‘Always Connected PC’ (ACPC) initiative. “We don't equate ‘Always Connected PC’ with Qualcomm,” Microsoft Windows general manager Erin Chapple says. “We’re about choice in the ecosystem and working across our partners.” Now, this isn’t Microsoft distancing itself from Qualcomm or this first run of ACPC products – in fact, it’s anything but. “There will be future [ACPC] devices based on future versions of the Qualcomm silicon,” Chapple teases. However, according to Microsoft, an ACPC isn’t simply a Windows 10 laptop with an ARM-based processor inside. Chapple reiterates to us that an ACPC is a type of computer that achieves always-on connectivity through LTE (or 5G in the future), can go to sleep without losing progress in internet-connected apps and lasts for more than a dozen hours on a charge. In short, an ACPC is a Windows 10 laptop or tablet that, for all intents and purposes, behaves more like a smartphone. However, that definition doesn’t dictate the hardware inside, with Chapple making an interesting point in illustrating this fact. Check it out on OUR FORUM.

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