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Windows 10 Event Set for Jan. 21

Microsoft is hosting a special Windows 10 event Jan. 21 at its Redmond, WA campus.

CEO Satya Nadella, operating systems chief Terry Myerson and Operating Systems Group corporate vice-president Joe Belfiore will all attend the RSVP event that will detail “the next chapter” of Windows 10.

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 7.57.34 AMThe company offered its first peak at its next operating system, Windows 10, at the end of September. Microsoft said at the time the firm was skipping from Windows 8 to Windows 10 because the new system is a huge step forward.

The new OS is to feature an easier flow from one task to another, a new and improved start menu with simpler search options and increased compatibility with Microsoft products. Users will be able to engage Windows 10 on a range of devices from the Xbox gaming console to PCs to Smartphones. The company is also delivering a converged application platform for developers on all devices with a unified app store. This will enable developers to write an application once and deploy it easily across multiple devices, making discovery, purchase and updating easier than ever for customers.

Nothing official has been stated, but a video making rounds on the Internet is, reportedly, confirmation the system will include Cortana software enabling voice-directed options. The intelligent personal assistant software is already included in Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1.

Microsoft chief operating officer Kevin Turner, in a recent speech at a Credit Suisse conference in Arizona, said Windows 10 will be coming to computers in the late summer or early fall of 2015. A “developer preview” of Windows 10 will be ready in early summer.

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Windows 10 Expected This Summer – Operating System Will Include Cortana Software

Double digits are coming for Windows.

WindowsCyan_WebIt appears, based on comments made by Microsoft‘s chief operating officer Kevin Turner, that Windows 10 will be coming to computers in the late summer or early fall of 2015. Turner said as much during a speech at a Credit Suisse conference in Arizona this past week.

Turner, CNet reported, stated a “developer preview” of Windows 10 will be coming in early summer. Following that, he said, the system will be available.

“And then by late summer and early fall we’ll be able to bring out this particular OS. That’s the current plan of record,” Turner was quoted as saying.

There hasn’t been a lot of details on just what changes Windows 10 will feature in comparison to previous operating systems, but PC-Tablet had an interesting report on the Cortana feature of the system which will allow users to give directions via speech.

Nothing official has been stated, but a video making rounds on the Internet is, reportedly, confirmation the system will include Cortana software enabling voice-directed options. The intelligent personal assistant software is already included in Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 and its Band.

It’s believed as Microsoft continues to tinker with the Cortana feature, it will be expanded into almost all of its products.

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Windows 8.1 Overtakes XP and Breaks 10% Mark for First Time Globally in … – Rock Hill Herald (press release)

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SAN FRANCISCO & DUBLIN — Windows 8.1 has broken the 10% mark and overtaken XP for the first time globally in terms of internet usage according to StatCounter, the independent website analytics company. The report from the company's research … By

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Microsoft Patches 33 Flaws, Including 19-Year-old Bug – Vulnerabilities Found in Windows as well as Internet Explorer and Office

 

Microsoft has released 14 security updates addressing 33 critical vulnerabilities in nearly every version of Windows as well as Internet Explorer and Office.

It is recommended that anyone using a Windows systems install the patches released by Microsoft late Tuesday as soon as possible. Two more fixes are expected to be rolled out soon.

The most dangerous flaw of them all is reportedly MS14-066 — it affects each and every supported version of the operating system from Windows 95 onward.

IBM researchers discovered the vulnerability in May and have since been working with Microsoft to fix the issues before going public. In this case, one flaw is at least 19 years old and has been remotely exploitable for the past 18 years.

Despite the length of the bug’s existence, however, IBM has found no proof to suggest exploitation of this particular bug in the wild.

IBM X-Force Research manager Robert Freeman said the flaw would have fetched more than six figures had it been sold to criminal hackers.

The flaw, he said, is both rare and complex — a “unicorn-like bug found in code that IE relies on but doesn’t necessarily belong to.”

“The bug can be used by an attacker for drive-by attacks to reliably run code remotely and take over the user’s machine — even sidestepping the Enhanced Protected Mode (EPM) sandbox in IE 11 as well as the highly regarded Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) anti-exploitation tool Microsoft offers for free,” Freeman wrote in a blog post.

Freeman said there could yet be other bugs discovered that “relate more to arbitrary data manipulation than more conventional vulnerabilities such as buffer overflows and use-after-free issues.”

“These data manipulation vulnerabilities could lead to substantial exploitation scenarios from the manipulation of data values to remote code execution,” he added. “In fact, there may be multiple exploitation techniques that lead to possible remote code execution, as is the case with this particular bug. Typically, attackers use remote code execution to install malware, which may have any number of malicious actions, such as keylogging, screen-grabbing and remote access.”

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Critical patch – Huge Windows vulnerability that affects all versions

Microsoft may have a HeartBleed-scale on its hands with a critical patch issued via Windows Update today.

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Nick Chambers (Wood), webmaster of a fan site devoted to movie starlet Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), has won the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to interview her privately over dinner. Eagerly awaiting the event at a hotel in Austin, he receives an

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Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 Use on the Rise

Use of Microsoft Windows 8.1 is finally picking up speed.

The market share of computers running Windows 8.1 rose to 10.9 last month, Net Applications is reporting — that’s up from 6.7 percent in September and 7.1 percent in August.

Screen Shot 2014-11-02 at 11.58.26 PMThat puts Windows 8.1 as the third most-used operating system behind Windows 7 with 53.1 percent, followed by Windows XP at 17.2 percent. Use of XP has fallen significantly since Microsoft pulled support for the 12-year-old operating system. Use has dropped 6.7 percent from 23.9 percent in September.

Windows 8.1 boxed software hit retail stores around the world last October. The software addressed many of users’ concerns with Windows 8. The update brought back the Start button, provided shortcuts to commands and apps and offered the ability to boot to the traditional desktop layout.

Other changes included two new tile sizes (large and small) and the ability to sync customizations, apps and files across all Windows 8.1 devices.

Windows 8 had a 5.88 percent market share in October followed by Mac OS X 10.9 at 3.66 percent and Windows Vista at 2.82 percent.

 

 

 

 

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Will Windows 10 Rectify the Ailments of Windows 8?

I recently bought a laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed and I cried a little. I loved Windows 7, and suddenly I was stuck with an interface that was completely different from what I was used to.

It was obvious to me, and everyone else who was frustrated with the OS, that Microsoft had attempted to smush a touch screen interface into a non-touch screen environment, and had failed miserably. Critics observed that they should’ve just split the worlds so there was one interface for a tablet and one interface for a PC. Well, as most of us who have ridden this Microsoft train for a while now know, it takes them a few tries for them to “get it right.” It seems they may be back on the right track with Windows 10.

My first frustration with Windows 8 – and as I’ve learned, practically everyone else’s as well – was the missing Start Menu. Oh, sure, it looks like it’s there, but when you click on the familiar icon in the lower left corner of your screen, whatever you’re working on disappears entirely, replaced by this crazy tile mosaic that I had no idea how to navigate. How do I find that excel file I just created yesterday? Never fear. Windows 10 brings back a real Start Menu, complete with the navigation tools I am familiar with, while adding the tiles you navigated in Windows 8 to the sidebar to create a nice blend of the two worlds. The tile bar is customizable, too, so you can re-size it, move it to the bottom of your screen, re-color it to match your desktop background, and pin to it the applications you use most often, including the recycle bin. How cool is that?

Those who use a tablet-and-keyboard will not be disappointed by the roll-back, either. The tiled-app interface still exists for these users, and they’ve designed the Start Menu to re-appear and disappear with the addition/removal of the keyboard. They’ve also improved some of the cross-device applications with enlarged buttons which are more easily accessed through touch screens. This happens automatically when a touch screen is detected.

Hailed as a nod toward OS X Expose and Linux/Unix interfaces, Windows 10 adds a new feature called Task View. A button on the taskbar allows you to easily manage multiple applications across different virtual desktops, swapping between them seamlessly. When clicked, all running applications are displayed across the center of the screen, and in a row of thumbnails along the bottom.
Running apps are highlighted in the taskbar, regardless of which virtual desktop they’re running on. While these virtual desktops aren’t new to Windows, they were more difficult to manage with previous generations of the OS. Microsoft is hoping Windows 10 fixes that problem, allowing this functionality to be easier to use for more people.

Another surprise I discovered moving from Windows 7 to Windows 8 was the Charms bar that pops up on the right-hand side of my screen if I move my mouse in that direction, but only sometimes – and usually when I don’t want it. It’s a common complaint. Meant to be handy, it turned out to be quite frustrating for a number of users. Windows 10, with the ability to swap interfaces from touch-screen mode to keyboard-and-mouse mode, has modified the Charms bar to make it more user-friendly. Expect to see a smaller drop-down menu when navigating your PC, instead of something that takes up an inch of space on the right-hand side of your screen, and expect the bar to remain when you’re navigating your touch screen.

When using my computer at work, I often multi-task, utilizing multiple applications simultaneously. One of my favorite things to do is to line up windows vertically to each other to compare one to the other. Since Windows 7, you’ve been able to drag a window off the viewing area and have it snap to full or half-screen. Windows 10 adds a quarter-screen option, allowing four windows open and evenly-spaced at a time, by simply dragging the window into the corner of your viewing area. The improvement doesn’t stop there. Once you’ve auto-docked your second application, the new Snap Assist feature provides you with thumbnails of the other running applications to help you fill the other corners.

The full-fledged operating system will not be released to the general public until mid- to late-2015, but the company is allowing adventurous users an opportunity to check it out for free. They’re even encouraging feedback with an easy-to-use application that comes with the release. Before you get too excited by the allure of a free Windows OS, Microsoft explains that this release is meant for “PC experts who are comfortable downloading unfinished software.” If that sounds like something you’re up for, or if you want the chance to have a voice in tweaks made to the final product, Lifehacker has a nice walkthrough for installation here: http://lifehacker.com/windows-10-technical-preview-now-available-for-download-1641212531. Just make sure to back up your data before you install – preferably on a secondary machine you don’t depend on – and remember that unpolished software can be buggy and prone to crash, so experiment with caution.

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TAD 2014: Open Windows Review – DorkShelf.com

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Nick Chambers (Elijah Wood) is a nerdy webmaster who travels to a film festival to claim a date with his favourite actress, Jill Goddard (Sasha Grey), the spoils of getting the highest bid in a charity auction that he quickly finds out was cancelled or

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