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I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours

SFW Some of the dozens of users of Bing today spotted a lewd sand carving semi-hidden in the Microsoft search engine's front page splash photo. This looks perfectly innocent ... until you click to, er, enlarge The snap, an overhead shot of an idyllic beach, sits behind the search bar on Bing.com. The crude anatomical artwork was …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Aug 2017

Love cloudy HPC? Microsoft does, slurps Cycle Computing

Cycle Computing, a twelve-year-old company which has carved out a niche spinning up big-iron-like CPU collections on public clouds, has been acquired for an undisclosed sum by Microsoft. The company first came to our attention in 2011, showing off software that let it spin up 10,000 cores on Amazon's EC2 service, claiming a …
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Azure Stack will need special sysadmins, says Microsoft

Microsoft reckons its forthcoming Azure Stack on-premises cloud needs a special breed of sysadmin to keep it humming. The company describes that worthy as a “ Azure Stack Operator” and says they will be “Responsible for operating Azure Stack infrastructure end-to-end – planning, deployment and integration, packaging and …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Aug 2017

Outage outed: Bing dinged, Microsoft portal mortal, DuckDuckGo becomes DuckDuckNo

Updated Microsoft's Bing fell over on Tuesday morning, Pacific Time, causing a ripple effect that crippled other search engines. Visitors to Bing were hit with HTTP 503 error messages. We note that, while Bing appears to be working again as we write this, it's feeling a little slow. (Reg readers also dropped us tips that status.bing. …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Aug 2017
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HP Inc vows: We're not walking away from Continuum

Analysis While Windows roadmaps purportedly leaked to a blog last week appear to have a big hole in them where mobile should be, HP Inc tells us it has been assured by Redmond there are no plans to drop Continuum. HP is the sole major mobile vendor committed to the Windows Mobile Edition of Windows 10 and bet big on Continuum, the …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Aug 2017
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Microsoft does something unusual in Australia: Names the bit barn hosting Azure

Microsoft's cooking up a government-grade cloud in the Canberra, Australia's capital city. The two planned “Australia Central” Azure data centres will come online some time in 2018. True to form, Microsoft's not saying anything about capacity or the instance types it will offer at launch. Nor will it confirm what services it …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017

Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

Veteran Microsoft-watcher Paul Thurrott has made the sensational allegation that Microsoft's senior management "misled" their CEO about the cause of serious launch issues with its flagship Surface Pro 4 PC. Microsoft defended the reliability of the Surface range after Consumer Reports withdrew its Buy recommendation last week …
Andrew Orlowski, 14 Aug 2017

Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

Microsoft is reviving Windows Workstations with a new cut of Windows titled “Windows 10 Pro for Workstations”. The last time your vultures heard "Windows for Workstations" was the 1990s when Redmond used that moniker to market flavors of 16-bit Windows 3 with networking stacks. Then along came the 32-bit NT Workstation …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2017
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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports has a message for its readers: one in four of your shiny Microsoft's Surface laptops and tablets might not outlast their new computer smell. The US nonprofit consumer product review mag today U-turned on its recommendation of Redmond's kit. The last time Consumer Reports removed a recommendation for laptops …
Andrew Silver, 10 Aug 2017
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Kaspersky axes antitrust complaints against Microsoft after Windows giant vows to play nice

Kaspersky Labs is dropping its antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Russia and Europe. The Russian antivirus biz had claimed the US software giant was unfairly promoting the use of Windows Defender over third-party security products. In November last year, Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service probed a complaint by …
Andrew Silver, 10 Aug 2017
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Microsoft bins unloved Chinese cert shops

Microsoft's decided not to support digital certificates issued by Chinese outfits WoSign and StartCom, but the first-mentioned CA disputes the decision. Google, Apple and Mozilla binned WoSign certs in 2016. Microsoft says it has now “... concluded that the Chinese Certificate Authorities (CAs) WoSign and StartCom have failed …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Aug 2017

Microsoft's Surface Pro 2017, unhinged: Luxury fondleslab that's good...

Review Microsoft waited almost two years to update its boutique computer, the Surface Pro. In the meantime the line expanded to include a detachable tablet (Surface Book), a desktop (Surface Studio) and a proper laptop (Surface, er, Laptop), while the cheaper, Atom-powered POS (Plain Old Surface) fell into the bin and wasn't rescued. …

70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

Microsoft claims seven out of ten Windows 10 users are happy with Redmond gulping loads of telemetry from their computers – which isn't that astounding when you realize it's a default option. In other words, 30 per cent of people have found the switch to turn it off, and the rest haven't, don't realize it's there, or are …
Iain Thomson, 9 Aug 2017
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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

Microsoft has announced that Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is coming to Windows Server. Microsoft's adding it to Windows Server for the same reasons it added it to Windows: it wants developers to have whatever tools they prefer at their disposal. Sysadmins are also on Redmond's mind, it says. “If you’re a server engineer …
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It's 2017 and Hyper-V can be pwned by a guest app, Windows by a search query, Office by...

Patch Tuesday Microsoft has released the August edition of its Patch Tuesday update to address security holes in multiple products. Folks are urged to install the fixes as soon as possible before they are exploited. Among the flaws are remote code execution holes in Windows, Internet Explorer/Edge and Flash Player, plus a guest escape in …
Shaun Nichols, 8 Aug 2017
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Microsoft dumps mobility from its Vision

Microsoft has dropped any mention of mobility from its strategic vision. The change emerged last week in Redmond's Form 10-K, the annual warts-and-all documents public companies are required to lodge with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Microsoft's vision is usually outlined in a section of the 10-K …
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Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

Despite predictions of its demise, we've been happily using email in business since it first became widespread more than two decades ago. In many ways it's defined the way we compose, reply or send digital messages. A number of technologies have consolidated and extended it to something that became called "collaboration". …
Sonia Cuff, 4 Aug 2017
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CMD.EXE gets first makeover in 20 years in new Windows 10 build

Microsoft's making over the Windows Console, the tool that throws up a command line interface and which has hung around in Windows long after DOS was sent to the attic and told not to show itself in polite company. The company's revealed that in Windows 10 build 16257 the Console will get new … colours. Yup, that's all. …

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