News tagged: Windows
Windows may be the operating system that's affected by the WannaCrypt ransomware, but Microsoft isn't taking all of the blame. Brad Smith, the company's chief legal officer, has pointed a finger at the US government. The NSA knew about the exploit's existence.
Half a billion devices are using Windows 10 each month, Microsoft revealed during its Build developer conference. The operating system has been growing at about twice the rate of Windows 8. Windows 10 was at 200 million in January 2016 and it reached 270 million in March 2016.
Microsoft is cutting off support for the original version of Windows 10, which was released nearly two years ago in July 2015. Three large updates to the OS have rolled out to users since then. As of May 9, the first version is no longer being updated.
Microsoft has issued a special patch to address a "crazy bad" Windows Defender exploit first reported by Google's Project Zero over the weekend. Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich, two Project Zero researchers, reported the security hole on Twitter.
Two researchers with Google's Project Zero, Tavis Ormandy and Natalie Silvanovich, have discovered what might be "the worst Windows remote code exec in recent memory." They revealed their discovery in a tweet over the weekend. The vulnerability is "crazy bad."
Windows 10 reached an install base of 200 million devices in January 2016. More than a year later, the operating system is now being used by around 300 million people each day. Microsoft says it's the best adoption rate it's ever seen for a Windows operating system.
With the official launch of Chrome 58, Google is preparing to make some big changes with the next update. The company is looking ahead to Chrome 59, which will bring some significant changes such as more user-friendly design, but more importantly 64-bit support.
After months of rumours, Microsoft has finally unveiled a modified version of Windows 10 operating system that is aimed at the education market. Previously known as Windows 10 Cloud, the new operating powers cheap notebooks starting at $189 and that competes with Chromebooks.
Windows 10's Redstone 3 update is going to arrive in September and Microsoft has confirmed it plans to release updates twice per year. Those releases are being planned for March and September of each year. Each will be supported for 18 months. Preview builds are coming out now.
In order to save your battery life, Microsoft is adding a background app throttling feature to Windows 10. The feature has appeared in preview build 16176 and it may be able to save up to 11% of battery usage. Your computer must be running an Intel 6th gen processor.
The latest NSA exploits revealed by The Shadow Brokers that pertain to Windows have been patched, says Microsoft. Within hours of the hacking group revealing a range of vulnerabilities, Microsoft responded by noting the vulnerabilities had already been addressed.
Microsoft is officially ending its support for Windows Vista today. The operating system is only being used by 0.72% of the desktop market, indicating the end of support won't be highly problematic. However, that market share still covers up to 10 million people.
Microsoft has announced the Spring Sale, a week-long event that'll include discounts on Windows apps, Xbox games, videos, music, and more. The event is running from April 11 to April 17. Among the discounted items is software like Adobe Photoshop Elements 15.
Offline streaming is now included in the Netflix app for Windows 10. It's been possible to download videos for later viewing on Android and iOS since late 2016, and now that ability has come to Windows. Only certain parts of the Netflix library are available.
The top operating system among internet users is no longer Windows. Instead, data from Statcounter indicates Android has become the most popular OS, accounting for 37.93% of activity during March 2017. That was barely just ahead of Microsoft Windows' 37.91%.
Just days after the German police in Hamburg purchased 900 Lumia smartphones at the cost of €100,000, Microsoft has decided to remove all Lumia smartphones from its online store in the United Kingdom. Currently, there are only two choices left if you want to purchase a Windows
The United States Army has ordered a massive number of rugged Windows 10 tablets. The Global Combat Support System (GCSS-Army) branch of the Army put in an order for 9,783 Getac F110 G3 tablets with docking stations. The device was put through a lot of testing.
Microsoft's support for Windows Vista is rapidly coming to an end. The operating system will no longer be supported come April 11, which means those who are still on the platform will stop getting security updates, non-security updates, and assisted support options.
Microsoft has launched a preview of Playable Ads, a new format that lets people try a Windows 10 app before actually downloading it. The format is similar to Google's Instant Apps, which give people a chance to run Android software without an installation.