One of the primary vehicles used by bad guys to access our systems is stealing log-in credentials in order to impersonate real users. All the security processes and tools in the world are circumvented when someone has your username and password. That's where two-factor authentication (2FA) comes into play. 2FA works by adding another authentication challenge to the equation. It's not just about what you know - your password, it's also about something you have. That's where the authenticator apps from Microsoft and Google come into play.
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An article at MIT Technology Review says some early work at Microsoft Research is looking at how to encode documents in DNA. The aim is to have some sort of working model by the end of this decade, with the tagline "Your Storage with DNA" being bandied about.
Trying to develop a cross-platform app with a decent UI in any .NET language is hard. There's never been an optimal way to deploy everywhere and while attempts have been made to provide usable libraries, they're all works in progress. Even Microsoft's Xamarin.Forms is mobile-only. That, however, will change with version 3.0, with Microsoft promising support for Windows, macOS and Linux.
A new report indicates that Apple is planning to update its line of MacBooks at its Worldwide Developers Conference next month, but will the same machines with minor tweaks be enough to win back mindshare from its fresher competition?
A yearly iterative rejig is nothing new or unexpected for Apple's devices, but what's different this time is that rival Microsoft is also currently making moves in the laptop and home computer space, providing a point of comparison that Apple's not used to. Like many Apple products the various MacBooks were revolutionary at their introduction, but a procession of very similar units has left them feeling stale.
Microsoft's annual Build Tour will be making its last stop of the year in Sydney on June 29 and 30. The Microsoft Build Tour is for developers using Microsoft platform and tools. The event will topics across Windows, Cloud, AI and cross-platform development. It will also deliver the latest news around .NET, web apps, the Universal Windows Platform, Win32 apps, Mixed Reality, Visual Studio, Xamarin, Microsoft Azure, Cognitive services and more.
Microsoft's President and Chief Legal Officer, Brad Smith, says this week's WannaCry attack "provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem". And while Smith says Microsoft and other tech companies need to take the lead on combatting these widespread attacks, he highlights the shared responsibility required to protect, detect and respond to threats.
Earlier today, Microsoft announced a new Windows PC. Unlike the previous members of the Surface family, the Surface Laptop doesn’t have a detachable keyboard. And it also lacks Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. Instead, it ships with a cutback version of Windows dubbed Windows 10 S. That means a Surface laptop will be limited to only running apps available through the Windows Store and not desktop apps. What makes this confusing is that an upgrade to Windows 10 Pro is free - for a limited time at least.
Microsoft is releasing a new Surface laptop, imaginatively called the Surface Laptop. At first blush, it feels very nice. That should be the case given how much Microsoft talked up the build quality of its new take on the traditional clamshell, but that premium feel did carry over in the short time I was able to play with the device at the company’s New York City event on Tuesday. Read on for our first impressions and photos.
Google Chrome has become so good that when it comes to affordable, quality laptops, it's a better buy than a cheap Windows device. So Microsoft needs a lightweight OS to compete, and it's really hoping that the education-focused Windows 10 S will be that OS.
Ever since Bill Gates launched the Trustworthy Computing strategy at Microsoft, the software company has done a good job at addressing security issues in a timely manner. Regular patching, complemented by out-of-cycle releases when critical issues are detected and resolved are now commonplace. So when news broke that it took Microsoft nine months to fix a serous flaw, it was something of a surprise to me.
With its Creators Update for Windows 10, Microsoft promised that users would have the option to postpone future updates for a limited period of time, and many rejoiced. But now that the update has started rolling out, it's become apparent that there are still some stability issues and performing a manual installation isn't recommended right now.
Who doesn't love a game of Buzzword Bingo? It seems that the folks in Redmond are keen to win, launching a new cloud-based SaaS for managing IoT devices. Microsoft IoT Central that claims it will reduce the complexity of IoT deployments.
Windows/Web/iOS/Android: Microsoft has released a public preview for its new to-do app, aptly called To-Do. This is ostensibly Microsoft's version of Wunderlist, which the company acquired back in 2015.
Two-factor authentication is often touted as a great tool for thwarting threat actors who steal or guess account credentials in order to break into systems. Microsoft Authenticator is a new app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone that ditches passwords for Windows log-ins with one-time passcode that are delivered to your smartphone.
This week, Microsoft ended support of Windows Vista, ten years after it arrived on our computers in frosted-glass splendor. Was it bloated? Perhaps. The demands of the interface were unforgiving on old hardware. But it felt like a glimpse of the future.
So you're still using Microsoft Word. Seems like an odd decision in the year 2017, but I didn't come here to judge. I'm legitimately curious why some people continue to pump their money into the MS Office Suite, despite mounting evidence that the software offers shitty security and a historically terrible user experience. So why bother?
A new blog post by Microsoft's Terry Myerson and Marisa Roger from the Windows and Devices Group has outlined what data is collected and sent from the newly released Windows 10 Creators Update, and how you can control what is collected and sent to Microsoft.