Back in the 1990s, one company pretty much dominated mobile computing. That company was Palm. But, by the end of the last millennium, Microsoft decided that mobile computing was a big deal and they sunk a bunch of effort in developing Windows CE, then Pocket PC and eventually, Windows Mobile. Palm disappeared and Microsoft ruled the roost for a while. But then Apple released the iPhone, Google released Android and Microsoft found themselves dumped from leadership to being an also-ran in very short time. And after trying to reassert themselves, Microsoft has finally given up on Windows Phone. Which is a shame.
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OK, time to cool your jets: Yes, Windows 10 can run natively on ARM platforms... with some limitations. Microsoft has released documentation outlining exactly what those restrictions are and well, there's a lot.
Microsoft has announced that Sydney will become the location of the eighth Microsoft ScaleUp program technology startups. Other ScaleUp cities include Seattle, Beijing, Berlin, and London. The new initiative was officially opened by the NSW Premier, the honourable Gladys Berejiklian, today. Microsoft also recently announced that Sydney-based Annie Parker, the former CEO of Fishburners and co-founder of muru-D, has been appointed to lead Microsoft’s startup programs globally, including Microsoft ScaleUp.
A significant software re-write will be needed to fix a bug with Skype for Windows. Vulnerability in the application's update feature means a malicious actor can gain access to the computer's system account and grant themselves privileges to do whatever they like. The vulnerability is fixable but will require a significant rewrite with an indication that Microsoft will need to issue a new version of Skype rather than a patch.
Microsoft's Advanced Threat protection is part of Windows 10. And while the company would love for everyone to keep up and run the latest version of their operating system, there are still plenty of people running older versions of Windows. In order to protect them, Microsoft will be extending availability of Advanced Threat Protection to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
We've been fortunate over the last few years to learn more about the processes behind the creation of Windows, in particular the failures of Vista. Now it's time for something positive: a look at the revolutionary user interface design of Windows 95, from the perspective of former Microsoft employee Kent Sullivan.
Microsoft's purchase of LinkedIn just over a year ago seemed like a weird deal to me but perhaps we're starting to see some of the fruit. The Microsoft Word Resume Assistant is rolling out to Office 365 consumer and commercial subscribers on Windows and will use insights from LinkedIn to create your new resume. Microsoft says about 80% of resumes are crafted in Word. By leveraging the information in your LinkedIn profile, it's easier to keep things up to date as you search for a new job.
Microsoft and Google are running their main developer events at the same time this year, forcing developers to choose between the two events. While many businesses prefer a multi-cloud solution so they aren't locked in to a single provider, developers will have decide which platform will carry their conference attention in 2018.
After last week's earnings report, where it was revealed that Surface sales were falling but that revenues were stable for Microsoft as people were buying more expensive devices, the company has revealed a new processor for the Surface Laptop. The Intel Core m3 powered model trims about 20% from the price of the previously entry-level Core i5-powered model.
Uninstalling an update that addresses a security vulnerability like Spectre or Meltdown sounds like a bad idea. But if the alternative is a PC that constantly crashes, you might be happy to take the small risk in exchange for stability. For Windows users, Microsoft now offers a patch that reverses Intel's microcode fix, but you won't find it via Windows Update.
The writing may have been on the wall when Windows Vista was released to the public, but it's only after many, many years we're starting to hear the stories of those who worked on the ill-fated operating system, providing insight into exactly what went wrong. Like any complex project, there wasn't just a single point of failure.
If your Surface Pro 4 is starting to bug out, you're not alone. Over a thousand people have reported issues with the Microsoft-made device's screen flickering to the point that it's barely usable, and some have even taken to freezing the gadget to get it working again. One person claims they got 30 minutes of use after leaving the Surface Pro 4 in their freezer for 10 minutes.
Microsoft's history with hardware has been mixed. They've made some great keyboards and mice and some that were designed to be used by extraterrestrials. And then there's the Zune. But the Surface convertible has been a massive success that created an entirely new computer category. But in their latest quarterly report, we learned that the company is selling fewer devices although their margins are higher.
OneDrive for iOS has been given a significant update, with a refreshed UI, better support for accessing SharePoint files, drag and drop support, a bunch of new file previewers and tighter integration with the iOS Files app. These are welcome changes that make Microsoft's file sync and share service feel more like an integrated part of iOS than a bolt-on app.
Privacy-conscious users will be happy to hear about Microsoft's latest addition to Windows 10, which adds transparency in terms of data collection, and finally let users see what information is being sent for analysis to Microsoft. The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer makes it more convenient for users to see what data Microsoft is gathering, but won't do much to actually help users stop the company from getting their hands on the data in the first place. To halt data collection, you'll need a different version of Windows 10, one you can't exactly buy from your local Harvey Norman.
After months of testing, speculation and preparation, Microsoft has removed the "Preview" tag from their Office apps in the Microsoft Store. This may seem like a small step but it's a clear signal that the only ways you'll be able to buy Microsoft Office in future will either be as part of an Office 365 subscription or by download through the Windows Store.
I’ve often looked at those checkboxes software makers have about sharing diagnostic data and wondered exactly what data they were talking about and how it will be used. In the lead up to Data Privacy Day, Microsoft says their new and updated tools will tell you more about what is being collected and how it is used.
The biggest tech news of the summer has, arguably, been the revelation that CPUs in a massive number of computer systems are susceptible to three different vulnerabilities. Two of these, CVE 2017-5753 and CVE 2017-5715, have been dubbed Spectre with the third, CVE 2017-5754, given the Meltdown moniker. Tech companies around the world have been scrambling to provide mitigations to these vulnerabilities. Microsoft has provided some detail on what they've done and what performance impact you can expect.