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Supreme Court punts on Microsoft email seizure decision after Cloud Act passes US Congress

The US Supreme Court has dodged a critical legal question about the reach of America's courts in the internet era, deciding to drop a test case between Microsoft and the Department of Justice. In a decision [PDF] on Monday, the Justices decided that the case, in which Microsoft refused to hand over to the Feds emails held on …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Apr 2018
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Windows 10 Spring Creators Update team explains the hold-up: You little BSOD!

Windows 10 Springwatch – as it shall henceforth be known – has entered its second week and Microsoft has dropped the first clue as to what caused the delay: bugs. Though Microsoft has never actually confirmed a release date or name for the elusive Windows 10 Spring Creators Update (aka version 1803), many expected it to arrive …
Richard Speed, 17 Apr 2018
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Microsoft has designed an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip. Repeat, an Arm Linux IoT cloud chip

Microsoft has designed a family of Arm-based system-on-chips for Internet-of-Things devices that runs its own flavor of Linux – and securely connects to an Azure-hosted backend. Dubbed Azure Sphere, the platform is Microsoft's foray into the trendy edge-computing space, while craftily locking gadget makers into cloud …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Apr 2018
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Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

The organization that tries to advance web technology standards – the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C – has run into a roadblock: Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla. Earlier this week, the four major browser makers expressed dissatisfaction with the W3C's DOM 4.1 specification, which defines a variety of new capabilities …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Apr 2018
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Hawaii Live-Go! Microsoft launches Honolulu admin tool for cloud and on-prem

Microsoft on Thursday moved its 'Project Honolulu' administration tools into general availability, dubbing the system Windows Admin Center. A web-based system (you'll need either Edge or Chrome), Admin Center bills itself as a 'hybrid IT' management tool capable of handling both on-premise servers and Azure instances, along …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2018
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Using Outlook? You should probably do some patching

Microsoft emitted a patch for all supported versions of Outlook on Patch Tuesday this month to prevent attackers harvesting credentials from users who simply preview a carefully crafted Rich Text (RTF) email. The vulnerability (CVE-2018-0950) exploited Outlook’s unfortunate habit of retrieving remotely hosted Object Linking …
Richard Speed, 12 Apr 2018
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Was April 10th 'Add storage features to enterprise OSes day'?

May 5th is World Naked Gardening Day* and Wednesday April 10th might just have been “Add better storage features to enterprises OSes day” because Microsoft and Red Hat both did just that. Microsoft teased the storage stuff coming in Windows 2019, with the headline act being a new “Storage Migration Service (SMS)”. Microsoft …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2018
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It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

Microsoft has yet to release the Spring Creators Update to Windows 10. We've been sitting here waiting with a story about the launch ready to go, and nothing. Now people are starting to talk. Rumored to arrive on April 10 alongside Patch Tuesday, the Spring Creators Update, aka version 1803 aka Red Stone 4, is due to deliver …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Apr 2018

Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

Microsoft has confirmed that some versions of its Skype for Business app are prone to crashes, and the issue won't be easy to resolve. The Redmond software outfit says that it has heard from users who say the 32-bit version of Skype tends to crash when run for an extended amount of time or when sharing screens, and it has …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Apr 2018

Snubbed R Us: Microsoft eschews Vulture Consultants in Playmobil tech research

Despite a failure to consult Reg Playmobil academia, Microsoft Research has unleashed new toy findings: a playmat for little ones that combines capacitive sensing, Near Field Communication (NFC), a kid-friendly user interface and Playmobil. Google's SECRET London office Revealed: Google's SECRET London office READ MORE In …
Richard Speed, 11 Apr 2018
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Microsoft's Pelican brief, MAID in Azure* and femtosecond laser glass storage

Analysis Following last week's announcement that Microsoft's Azure planned to reinvent MAID disk arrays, The Reg took a deep breath and dove into Azure CTO Mark Russinovich’s presentation. What did we find? Some interesting bits and pieces about IBM tape library use, the aforementioned Pelican MAI, and a project to store 50TB in a slab …
Chris Mellor, 11 Apr 2018
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It's April 2018 – and Patch Tuesday shows Windows security is still foiled by fiendish fonts

Microsoft has released the April edition of its monthly security update, this time addressing a total of 63 CVE-listed vulnerabilities. This month's update includes critical fixes for the usual suspects: Windows, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Office, as well as one flaw Redmond previously fixed with an unscheduled update. You …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Apr 2018
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Azure needs extra security controls before it's fit for government use, says Australia

UPDATE So this is awkward: last week Microsoft trumpeted its new Australian Azure regions for government clients. But three days later Australian authorities said the new regions Australian government organisations need extra security controls before they're sufficiently secure before using any Azure services. The “can do better” …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Apr 2018
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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

First released as part of Windows 3.0 in 1990 before shuffling into the digital deadzone following the end of support for Windows NT 4.0, the venerable File Manager application has made a surprising comeback on Windows 10 following a release of the source code on GitHub. A tool beloved by those too timid to go near the command …
Richard Speed, 9 Apr 2018
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T-Mobile Austria stores passwords as plain text, Outlook gets message crypto, and more

Roundup While Facebook caught most of the security-related flak this week, there were other infosec stories out there. Here's a summary of stuff happening, beyond what we've already covered. Don't get pwned. Word. Dude Microsoft, which used to be a byword for insecure software until Bill Gates' trustworthy computing memo that turned …
Iain Thomson, 7 Apr 2018
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Microsoft Office 365 and Azure Active Directory go TITSUP*

Updated It seems Microsoft's Office 365 is having an unscheduled nap as users across the world report difficulties logging into the administration portal. Office 365 is having issues since 04:51 AM ESThttps://t.co/3GGuh8EZs8 RT if you're also affected #office365down pic.twitter.com/ixHgD7YHv1 — Outage Report (@ReportOutage) April 6, …
Richard Speed, 6 Apr 2018
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Microsoft's five-billion-buck IoT R&D plan is just business as usual

Microsoft’s announced it will spend $US5 billion on internet of things research over the next four years. But don’t get too excited: they are diverted dollars rather than a new cash splash Redmond’s announcement explains the money will go towards “securing IoT, creating development tools and intelligent services for IoT and …
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Microsoft outlines some ground rules to prevent it from nicking your IP

Big-hearted Microsoft has tried to make reassuring noises to calm the nerves of others who might be thinking of getting between the Intellectual Property (IP) sheets with the Seattle software giant. Going into a tech tie-up can be a risky business for any IP owner. Fears that key IP and knowledge might be stolen and even used …
Richard Speed, 5 Apr 2018

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