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Microsoft just made an official Xbox ring PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:15
xbox ringThe winning Super Bowl team gets championship rings to celebrate their tremendous achievement, but if you’re good enough at playing Madden NFL 18, you can get a special ring of your own. Microsoft and Xbox have created an official 10 carat white gold Xbox Ring with 188 diamonds, and you try to win it by entering a sweepstakes on Mixer. The sweepstakes runs from now until February 5th, and all it takes to enter is to enter is to play online in a head-to-head matchup in Madden NFL 18 on Xbox, while broadcasting on Mixer. A random winner will be selected on February 7th, so be sure to keep streaming for your chance to land the ring valued at over $10,000. Microsoft is also holding an Xbox Live Sessions with Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. This will be held today on the Mixer Xbox channel starting at 5:30 p.m. PT, and fans can also watch in person at the Microsoft Store at Mall of America. NFL fans are also invited to check out special Super Bowl themed events happening in Microsoft Stores across the US on Sunday, February 4th.
Microsoft Issues Windows Out-of-Band Update That Disables Spectre Mitigations PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 January 2018 11:05
meltdownMicrosoft has issued on Saturday an emergency out-of-band Windows update that disables patches for the Spectre Variant 2 bug (CVE-2017-5715). The update —KB4078130— targets Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8.1, all versions of Windows 10, and all supported Windows Server distributions. Microsoft shipped mitigations for the Meltdown and Spectre bugs on January 3. The company said it decided to disable mitigations for the Spectre Variant 2 bug after Intel publicly admitted that the microcode updates it developed for this bug caused "higher than expected reboots and other unpredictable system behavior" that led to "data loss or corruption." As a response, Microsoft decided to disable Spectre Variant 2 mitigations until Intel develops a more stable fix. In cases where these updates can't be rolled out to affected computers right away, Microsoft is also providing instructions on how to manually disable the Spectre Variant 2 mitigations via registry keys. Separate instructions are available for Windows desktop and server users. Microsoft is not the first company to roll back Spectre Variant 2 patches. After Intel's announcement, Dell advised customers to "revert back to a previous BIOS versions" that did not include Spectre patches. HP also took a similar step. After it previously made available BIOS updates containing Meltdown and Spectre (Variant 1 and Variant 2) patches, HP reissued BIOS updates this week that only contained Meltdown and Spectre Variant 1 patches, but not Variant 2. Red Hat Enterprises also decided to revert Spectre Variant 2 patches last weekend, even before Intel's formal announcement. Complete details can be found on OUR FORUM.
Malwarebytes gets defective update that slows computers PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 January 2018 17:15

too slowMalwarebytes is great software, designed to protect Windows, Mac, and Android devices. As someone who fixes computers for both friends and family, I often rely on the free version to detect malware on Windows machines -- it is a great tool to keep in your virtual "toolbox." Unfortunately, this software which normally helps computers to run well has started making them run poorly. You see, a recent update is causing high CPU and RAM usage, making the computer slow to a crawl. Luckily, a fix is already available. Keep in mind, the bug is caused by the web protection feature, which is only for "Premium" subscribers. Users of the free Malwarebytes software should be unaffected. Here's how to return your PC or business workstation to its full speed potential. "Earlier this morning, we published a protection update that caused connection issues for many of our customers. As a side effect of the web protection blocks, the product also spiked memory usage and possibly caused a crash.We have triaged this issue and pushed a protection update that resolves it," says Ken Liao, VP Product Marketing, Malwarebytes.  We got the fix posted on OUR FORUM.

Windows 10 Polaris is expected to arrive sometime in 2019. PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 28 January 2018 13:36

Maybe by next year, new consumer-focused PCs, desktops, and 2-in-1s could arrive with a lightweight version of Windows 10. No, it doesn’t have any links to the existing Windows 10 S – a spinoff of the Windows 10 Pro. According to a Windows Central report, Microsoft is working on a lightweight version of Windows 10 called ‘Polaris’. The new modular operating system will be powered by Windows Core OS and CShell. We have told you in earlier reports, Microsoft is making a similar attempt for mobile devices in the form of Andromeda OS. The modular operating system is being built from scratch for a rumored foldable Surface device. Polaris will only use UWP, ditching the legacy components such as Win32. Doing so would allow Redmond to reduce the size of the OS, improve performance, beef up security, and extend battery life. Stripping off the legacy stuff will leave the OS incapable of running the desktop apps natively. While even Windows 10 S can’t do so directly, it supports desktop apps on Microsoft Store, made compatible with the help of Project Centennial. For Polaris, Microsoft would try running Win32 apps via remote virtualization, similar to what is done in the case of HP Elite x3, but with containers to provide a “native” experience.

More details about Windows 10 Modular OS leaks online. PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 27 January 2018 13:01

Microsoft is working on yet another revamped version of their Windows operating system, with reports claiming that the new version of Windows 10 will be called ‘Windows Core OS’. The new modular version of Windows would run on all form-factor devices including PCs, Laptops, foldable phones and other mobile computing devices. The rumours recently shed both light and hope on the future of Windows Phone. In other words, Windows Core OS is the first step towards unifying the Windows 10 platform, basically the operating system would be able to adapt to its environment i.e it would run on a phone, tablet, or computer. Since Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, and there would be no Windows 11, Microsoft introduced several new Windows 10 SKUs last year – For example ‘Windows 10 S’ which is locked to Windows Store, though it could be upgraded to Windows 10 Pro. Despite Windows 10 S can only run Store apps, it isn’t really any different from Windows 10 Pro. In other words, Windows 10 S is the same operating system, while Windows Core OS is a revamped version of Windows 10 with Store apps, performance and security. The software giant is radically simplifying how Windows 10 works, and to improve the performance of the operating system, Microsoft needs to get rid of all the legacy stuff including the Win32 application, File Explorer and Control Panel. Last year we saw reports and evidence of Windows Core OS for Phones, today, a report from reliable source sheds light on Windows Core OS for desktop... read more on our forum

Hands-on with Windows 10 build 17083 PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 26 January 2018 12:52
Talk of the next Windows 10 release later this Spring is already being heard as the development of Redstone 4 continues. We’re getting to that stage where the final feature set is being decided, and preview experiences such as ‘Sets’ have been completely switched off. Despite this, Build 17083 contains several new features that won’t go unnoticed. The death of Control Panel draws nearer with each update of Windows 10. One switch at a time, it won’t be long before the last lights are shut off and the Windows Settings claims it’s title as the center of configuration on your PC. Recently, we saw a section of Sound added to the Settings. Now, we have a page of Fonts. Here, you’ll be able to see all the Fonts you have installed on your PC, which are listed with some sample text that helps you contrast one from another. Clicking on one of the previews will take you to a details page for that font. This new details page is much more helpful than the one found in the Control Panel. Here, you can see all the different weights and styles of a font family in a list whose size can be adjusted with a slider. The ability to type custom preview text is also much more helpful than the pangram (The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog). You might recall my demonstration of Bahnschrift, the new OpenType Variable-font included with Windows. I elaborated on the infinite possibilities of a typeface whose properties could be manipulated so freely, asking you to imagine being able to adjust the weight of a font with a slider. While the text in that video was simply animated, that slider actually now exists! With an OpenType Variable-font, you can use the new details page to discover the flexibility of fonts such as Bahnschrift with a slider to manipulate its properties with a preview. This makes me happier than it should.You're going want to finish reading this publication, so Please visit OUR FORUM.
Microsoft is building a 'modern' version of Windows 10 for PCs codenamed Polaris PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:58
windows 10 polarisMicrosoft is building a new version of Windows 10, codenamed Polaris, for traditional PC form factors that strips out legacy components in favor of a more modern OS. Last September, I exclusively revealed "Windows Core OS," an internal project at Microsoft that aims to turn Windows 10 into a truly modular OS. This new modular base opens the door to many new configurations of Windows 10, giving Microsoft the flexibility to build new Windows experiences for device form-factors that exist today and, more importantly, will exist in the future. In that article, I mentioned that Microsoft is looking to build a truly modern version of Windows 10 for desktops, codenamed Polaris. Our friends over at Surface-Phone.IT later reported hearing the same. So far, however, I've only really talked in detail about Microsoft's plans for Windows Core OS in the mobile space, which I'm told will be the first Windows Core OS based variant to ship publicly. This new mobile version of Windows 10 is codenamed 'Andromeda OS' and is built from the ground up for dual-screened, foldable, pen first form-factors. Sources say that Microsoft is looking into bringing Win32 app support to Polaris via remote virtualization, kind of like how HP did on the Elite x3, but with containers that make for a more "native" experience. I don't have all the details on this just yet, but I am told that it is something Microsoft is seriously invested in for Polaris as it will allow users to use Win32 programs when required...Yes, we do have more posted on OUR FORUM.
Latest Windows 10 Insider Preview builds reveal new privacy tools PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 25 January 2018 17:38

In a step up towards addressing the spate of privacy concerns surrounding Windows 10, Microsoft is introducing new privacy tools that will enable users to see the exact data being sent as telemetry information. The latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds feature options to view the telemetry information sent to Microsoft and if required, delete them from the computer. The feature was spotted in the latest Redstone 4 (RS4) builds 17063 and 17074. Currently, the commands are just placeholders but will likely be enabled as the OS inches closer to release sometime in H1 2018. Ever since Microsoft made Windows 10 as a service (WaaS), the OS gained notoriety for collecting a lot of telemetry data. Microsoft published a comprehensive list of the information that it collects and has also been insisting that the data is only being used to improve the OS iteratively and that it will not be sold to third parties. While telemetry collected can never be zero, Microsoft has been proactively including options for more transparency. The Fall Creators Update, for example, enabled users to select privacy options during the installation process itself. Apart from the above two new privacy tools, RS4 will possibly include a new 'View User Dictionary' option under Speech, Inking & Typing that shows a list of new words that the user has saved to the dictionary. This could be important for the those concerned with the logging of proper nouns such as names of people and places in the dictionary. It is a welcome move by Microsoft to include these changes in Windows 10 as an answer to some of the sharp criticism it has received over the years regarding the amount of telemetry data collected. Hopefully, this will (at least slightly) improve the adoption of Windows 10 in enterprises working with highly sensitive data. Via


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