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  • It's now safe to turn off your computer shop: Microsoft to shutter its bricks-and-mortar retail locations worldwide

    06/29/2020 9:02:21 AM PDT · by dayglored · 36 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 26, 2020 | Richard Speed
    'Reimagined' flagships to endure, but that place you used to go to when the Apple Store was too busy is going away Microsoft has a new approach to retail. One, it appears, that does not involve its physical store locations.In a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the company has announced what it calls "a strategic change in its retail operations".Or, in other words, shutting down its network of physical Microsoft Stores and going digital-only via Microsoft.com and Xbox.The company said it would be taking a pre-tax charge of approximately $450m to do the deed, which will...
  • Microsoft's carefully crafted Surfaces are having trouble with its carefully crafted Windows 10 May 2020 Update

    06/02/2020 12:17:06 PM PDT · by dayglored · 40 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 2, 2020 | Richard Speed
    Compatibility hold slapped on affected kit with fixes in 'upcoming release' It's only the second week of Windows 10's May 2020 Update and things are going... about as well as one might expect. Which, sadly for Microsoft hardware owners, is not ideal.The release popped up last week and we noted that it had its issues. Ten, to be precise. The bork count currently stands at 11 and, worryingly for owners of Microsoft's pricey Surface devices, now includes features the company's fancy fondleslabs.Microsoft is keen to brag about the "Always Connected" nature of its devices but it appears that some have...
  • Everything OK with Microsoft? Windows giant admits it was 'on the wrong side of history' with regard to open source

    05/18/2020 10:46:01 AM PDT · by dayglored · 39 replies
    The Register ^ | May 15, 2020 | Richard Speed
    Tell-all with president Brad Smith reveals Obama warned tech giants that a privacy reckoning was coming Microsoft president Brad Smith (pictured) has admitted that the Windows giant was "on the wrong side of history" when it came to open source.While nowadays the born-again company seems unable to resist the embrace (if that's the right word) of the open-source world, it was not always so.Former CEO Steve Ballmer memorably declared that "Linux is a cancer" back in the day. Goodness, how times have changed in Redmond."Microsoft," said Smith during a chat hosted by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL),...
  • Windows 10 Update: Would You Like Deleted Files And Blue Screens With That?

    04/26/2020 11:16:15 AM PDT · by dayglored · 95 replies
    Forbes ^ | Apr 25, 2020 | Davey Winder
    ... The April 14 Patch Tuesday updates included fixes for a total of 133 vulnerabilities, including seven critical security flaws in Windows 10. I have always said that users need to take the fixing of security vulnerabilities very seriously indeed. When new research suggests that the average Windows 10 PC has no less than 14 weaponized vulnerabilities, that is ones with known exploits in case you were wondering, that seriousness is reinforced... ...First things first, given the sheer number of Windows 10 users out there, the number of people complaining of these issues, in the hundreds, is relatively small. This...
  • Windows 10 will support Linux file systems inside File Explorer

    04/09/2020 8:27:49 AM PDT · by dayglored · 17 replies
    Engadget ^ | Apr 9, 2020 | Rachel England
    Tux is ready to give you easy access to your Linux files. Earlier this year Microsoft shared its plans to integrate a full Linux kernel in Windows 10 — now it’s introducing Linux file access into the File Explorer. Users have been able to access Linux files since Windows 1903, but the new feature in build 19603 means you’ll be able to get them more easily. Open up File Explorer and you’ll see Tux, Linux’s penguin mascot, in the left-hand navigation pane. This icon will show you a view of all your distros, and selecting those will place you in the Linux...
  • Tragic: Bill Gates Had A Cure For Coronavirus But It Was Erased By A Windows Virus (Babylon Bee)

    04/06/2020 10:54:54 PM PDT · by dayglored · 16 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | Apr 6, 2020 | Babylon Bee Staff
    MEDINA, WAWell, this is disappointing: Bill Gates had discovered a cure for coronavirus, but the hard drive he had it saved on was wiped out by a Windows virus. Not good! "I've got it!" he'd cried in the early morning hours on Sunday. "Hey Melinda -- I've figured out how to eradicate this nasty virus! Everyone mocked me for commenting on the virus while not even being a medical expert, but ha! I'll show them yet!" But just then, his monitor suddenly displayed a blue screen. A virus had infected his Windows 10 machine and crashed the whole thing, wiping...
  • Windows spotted flashing its unmentionables in a Chicago clothier (BSODs Behaving Badly)

    04/03/2020 10:54:58 AM PDT · by dayglored · 37 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 3, 2020 | Richard Speed
    This season's colours are blue, white and bork Bork!Bork!Bork! Chicago! A town famed for what some might regard as a jumped-up quiche masquerading as pizza and home of the first skyscraper. Could there be a better venue for today's bork?We like Chicago, although we're less keen on the landing approach to the city's O'Hare airport, which left this hack feeling a tad poorly on one occasion as Boeing's finest tumbled through the turbulence.Also unwell, and snapped by a Register reader, is this example of digital signage, caught borking in the window of LOFT, a women's clothing emporium. Sadly, a jaunt...
  • Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

    04/02/2020 9:41:53 AM PDT · by dayglored · 97 replies
    The Register ^ | Apr 2, 2020 | Gareth Corfield
    US air safety bods call it 'potentially catastrophic' if reboot directive not implemented The US Federal Aviation Administration has ordered Boeing 787 operators to switch their aircraft off and on every 51 days to prevent what it called "several potentially catastrophic failure scenarios" including the crashing of onboard network switches.The airworthiness directive, due to be enforced from later this month, orders airlines to power-cycle their B787s before the aircraft reaches the specified days of continuous power-on operation.The power cycling is needed to prevent stale data from populating the aircraft's systems, a problem that has occurred on different 787 systems...
  • Microsoft's Cortana turns its back on consumers as skills are stripped from Windows 10

    03/02/2020 9:32:53 PM PST · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | Mar 2, 2020 | Richard Speed
    Unloved assistant to smarten up its act in Microsoft 365. US only, naturally Microsoft has jammed yet another knife into the consumer incarnation of its unloved electronic assistant, Cortana.As the release of Windows 10 20H1 (or 2004) looms, the company snuck out a blog late on Friday letting the dozen or so customers still using the thing know that "consumer skills including music, connected home and third-party skills will no longer be available in the updated Cortana experience in Windows 10."Cortana services in the Microsoft Launcher on Android will also be axed as a sad-faced engineer resets the "Days since...
  • Microsoft uses its expertise in malware to help with fileless attack detection on Linux

    02/25/2020 8:32:01 AM PST · by dayglored · 34 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 25, 2020 | Richard Speed
    Aw, how generous Hey, Linux fans! Microsoft has got your back over fileless threats. Assuming you've bought into the whole Azure Security Center thing.Hot on the heels of a similar release for Windows (if by "hot" you mean "nearly 18 months after") comes a preview aimed at detecting that breed of malware that inserts itself into memory before attempting to hide its tracks.A fileless attack tends to hit via a software vulnerability, inject a stinky payload into an otherwise fragrant system process and then lurk in memory. The malware also attempts to remove any trace of itself on disk, which...
  • Microsoft to invest $1.1 billion in Mexico over next five years: CEO

    02/20/2020 3:17:17 PM PST · by dayglored · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb 20, 2020 | Reuters Team
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Microsoft (MSFT.O) Chief Executive Satya Nadella said the technology giant will invest $1.1 billion in Mexico over the next five years, according to a promotional video released by the Mexican government on Thursday.Nadella said the investment is focused on expanding access to digital technology for people and organizations across the country.Microsoft will build a new data center to deliver client services to help every organization to really get an advantage and drive digital transformation, added Nadella.The U.S. company will also invest in training labs and skills programs, Nadella said.Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, speaking during...
  • Microsoft to bravely defend US democracy for a slack handful of voters in Fulton, Wisconsin ("ElectionGuard")

    02/18/2020 7:51:42 AM PST · by dayglored · 18 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 18, 2020 | Richard Speed
    ElectionGuard guards real-life election Microsoft is in Fulton, Wisconsin, today to try its ElectionGuard electronic vote system in the primary election for the US state's Supreme Court candidates.Tom Burt, Microsoft corporate veep for Customer Security and Trust, unleashed the news overnight, hopefully giving locals time to roll out the bunting before Microsoft turned up to wheel out the thing for its first attempt at an actual election.The electronic vote system was demonstrated at the Aspen Security Forum back in July 2019 and is aimed at enabling an end-to-end verification of the voting process. The code and development kit were tossed...
  • Microsoft pulls security update after reports of issues affecting some PCs

    02/15/2020 7:20:59 PM PST · by dayglored · 43 replies
    ZDNet ^ | Feb 15, 2020 | Ed Bott
    A standalone security update released as part of the February Patch Tuesday cycle has created headaches for some owners of PCs running Windows 10. After investigating reports of those issues, Microsoft has yanked KB4524244 from its update servers. Update 15-Feb-2020: The mess gets messier: Judging from a series of cryptic tweets by security experts, this update and its revocation are tied to a situation involving Kaspersky Rescue Disk and a signed bootloader that can circumvent the Secure Boot feature that is the bedrock of security on modern PCs. I'm still trying to figure out the sequence of events here. Stay...
  • Another week, another bunch of Windows 10 machines punched by a patch (user profiles scrambled)

    02/14/2020 9:54:54 AM PST · by dayglored · 42 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 14, 2020 | Richard Speed
    As 1809 is nudged toward the darkness, the Baron of Bork has plans for 1903 and 1909 There are three certainties in life: death, taxes and duff patches from Microsoft. So, yes, some Windows 10 users have found their PC unhappy following Tuesday's patch shenanigans.A helpful forum posting from one of Microsoft's loyal MVPs concerning the arrival of KB4532693 for Windows 10 1903 and 1909, and KB4532691 for 1809, has seen some customers reporting that the updates had left their systems a little distressed.Users have found things reset to a seemingly default state and a temporary user account used for...
  • It's a Bing thing: Microsoft drops plans to shove unloved search engine down throats of unsuspecting enterprises (good news)

    02/12/2020 7:15:23 AM PST · by dayglored · 31 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Tim Anderson
    Default-hijacking browser extension pulled from Office Pro Plus installations Microsoft has U-turned on plans to automatically switch browser search defaults to Bing when users install Office 365 Pro Plus.In January, Microsoft let slip its plans to install a browser extension for Chrome that makes Bing the default search engine when users installed or updated Office Pro Plus, a key part of enterprise subscriptions to Office 365. The move was buried in documentation, rather than being delivered in the usual enthusiastic blog post, suggesting perhaps the company knew it would not go down well.The stated rationale was to let users, er,...
  • Microsoft ups the ante with fix-fixing patch that leaves some Windows Server 2008 machines unable to boot

    02/11/2020 7:18:23 AM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Richard Speed
    She applied the fix to fix the fix... I don't know why she did the apply. Perhaps it'll die Like a needy ex-partner that just won't let go, Microsoft's legacy OSes continue to cling to the Windows behemoth's ankles. Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 have once again been bashed with the borkage bat.Users are reporting that the fix to fix the fix that broke the desktop wallpaper in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 has left systems unbootable after an apparent boot file deletion.The fix-fixing fix (KB4539602) was unleashed at the end of last week, and some administrators...
  • Windows 7 will not go gentle into that good night: Ageing OS refuses to shut down (UAC problem?)

    02/10/2020 10:55:39 AM PST · by dayglored · 86 replies
    The Register ^ | Feb 10, 2020 | Tim Anderson
    Users rage, rage against the dying of the light (and support) It's not only end of support that Windows 7 diehards have to contend with. Late last week a new problem emerged systems that refuse to shut down.Complaints have been widespread on Reddit, Microsoft's official Answers forum and on on SevenForums. Some users also reported other issues, such as not being able to view their documents folder in Explorer.Fortunately the problem seems to be fixable in most cases. The favourite solution is to tweak the UAC (User Account Control) settings with the Group Policy setting "Run all administrators in...
  • Windows 10 Warning: Anger At Microsoft Rises With Serious New Failure

    02/08/2020 7:59:18 AM PST · by dayglored · 113 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 6, 2020 | Gordon Kelly
    Windows 10 may now be essential but users new and old have had a rough ride in recent weeks. And it has just gotten a lot worse after a new, high-profile Windows 10 failure has left more questions than answers and some seriously angry users. The drama began yesterday [2/5] as Windows 10 users suddenly found that Search was broken with a black bar showing where search results should be, even for those who tried to perform a local search of their files. Breaking with tradition (1,2,3,4,5), Microsoft was fast to act blaming a temporary server-side issue. But the explanation...
  • Petition asking Microsoft to open-source Windows 7 sails past 7,777-signature goal

    01/29/2020 2:30:33 PM PST · by dayglored · 32 replies
    The Register ^ | Jan 29, 2020 | Richard Speed
    The Free Software Foundation really set the bar high there Good news everybody! The Free Software Foundation has blown through its self-imposed target of 7,777 signatories in its efforts to persuade Microsoft to make Windows 7 open source.We noted last week the GNU-gang's attempt to coax the born-again open-sourcerer formerly known as "The Beast Of Redmond" into making a surprise deposit into GitHub.The thinking was that since Windows 7 has now come to the end of the road, as far as free security updates are concerned, then perhaps Microsoft might release it as open software?We put it to the Free...
  • Ballmer: 'Linux is a cancer' (2001)

    01/24/2020 2:53:39 PM PST · by dayglored · 25 replies
    The Register ^ | Jun 2, 2001 | Thomas C. Greene
    Dayglored Note: This is a real article from 2001. Ballmer really did say this, and believe it... Contaminates all other software with Hippie GPL rubbish Microsoft CEO and incontinent over-stater of facts Steve Ballmer said that "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches," during a commercial spot masquerading as a interview with the Chicago Sun-Times on June 1, 2001.Ballmer was trying to articulate his concern, whether real or imagined, that limited recourse to the GNU GPL requires that all software be made open source."The way the license is written, if you...