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Microsoft pulls another dodgy patch

Another Patch Update Tuesday, another red face for Microsoft, which has again been forced to pull a patch to prevent nasty side-effects. Explained at TechNet, the patch that aimed to add “SHA-2 Hashing” to Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 has instead raised some concerns among Redmond's customers. The company is therefore “ …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Oct 2014
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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

Microsoft is reportedly planning to spend $2.5bn on the rumoured buyout of Minecraft maker Mojang, with a deal speculatively set for Monday. As The Register noted earlier this week, such an acquisition would be the first big payout for new Redmond chief Satya Nadella. Reuters reported that Microsoft would scoop up the game …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Sep 2014

Test drive Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is running an online class on how to get started with Azure cloud this afternoon. Doors open at 3pm BST. The event is free and suitable for “developers, IT Pros, Architects, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning about Microsoft Azure”. Attendees will learn the basic skills and knowledge to get started …
Phil Mitchell, 14 Jul 2014

Learn about Microsoft Cloud OS platform

Microsoft UK is spreading the word on Windows Server 2003 EOS and Cloud OS with a series of free half-day events delivered jointly with strategic partners across the UK. Here is the pitch: Microsoft Cloud OS helps you transform your datacentre and leverage the cloud to reduce cost and provide the flexibility and scale to …
David Gordon, 12 Aug 2014

Nadella tells India: Microsoft data centres coming YOUR way

Microsoft is schmoozing like a pro in the Indian market, with boss Satya Nadella announcing new data centres for Azure and Office365 in the country during a brief visit to Hyderabad. Redmond says the local data centres will be running its cloud services in India by the end of 2015. As well as a response to concerns about data …
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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

Microsoft is closing its Trustworthy Computing Group as part of the loss of 2,100 jobs in a restructuring plan unveiled on Thursday. The Trustworthy Computing Group is to be disbanded, with responsibilities for security and privacy programs folded into its Cloud & Enterprise Division, and its Legal & Corporate Affairs group. …
John Leyden, 19 Sep 2014
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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

China's antitrust regulator has given Microsoft 20 days to hand over a written explanation of how the Windows OS works together with the bundled Office software suite as part of its probe into the firm’s alleged monopoly activities. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) said in a statement (translated by …
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Microsoft changes cert test providers, hints at fun new exams

Microsoft will part ways with Prometric, the outfit that currently provides exams for some of Redmond's certifications. Prometric is on the outer as of December 31st, 2014 and Pearson Vue has the gig as of September 4th. The good news is that if you hold an unexpired, prepaid Prometric exam voucher you can use it at either …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Sep 2014
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Microsoft bins Bing image widget after Getty sueball

Microsoft has taken down the Bing images widget that so offended Getty Images that it flung a sueball in Redmond's direction last week. As Getty's complaint (reg-and-paywalled) states, “The Bing Image Widget allows website publishers to embed a panel on their websites that will display digital images supplied by Defendant …
Simon Sharwood, 09 Sep 2014

Microsoft delays Xbox One launch... Big Trouble in Big China?

Microsoft pushed back the release of its Xbox One console in China to the end of 2014 on Sunday, without explaining why the launch of its product in the People's Republic had been delayed. The Indian launch is expected to take place tonight. GeekWire reported that Redmond needed "a bit more time to deliver the best experiences …
Team Register, 21 Sep 2014
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Microsoft introduces text search … for videos!

Microsoft's Azure has switched on a range of media services, including one that makes it possible to conduct text searches of audio and video content. The new Azure Media Services offer encoding and streaming services backed by a content distribution network that should make it possible to deliver video around the world without …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Sep 2014
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Microsoft boss Nadella makes fleeting visit to China for conciliatory competition talks

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella reportedly visited Chinese antitrust officials in Beijing on Friday. At the start of this month, the software giant was given 20 days to submit written details to China's competition authorities explaining how the company's Windows operating system works together with its bundled Office suite. …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Sep 2014
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Microsoft ropes in Opera Mini as default Nokia dumbphone browser

Opera will provide the browser for Microsoft's last dumbphones, under a new agreement between the two companies. Nokia's low-cost Asha devices and its feature phones currently use a proxy-based browser, Nokia Xpress, using Nokia's own servers. This will continue to work, but new devices will ship with Opera Mini, which uses …
Andrew Orlowski, 21 Aug 2014

Yes, we know Active Directory cloud sync is a MESS, says Microsoft

Microsoft has made a confession: “integrating your on premises identities with Azure AD is harder than it should be” and requires “too many pages of documentation to read, too many different tools to download and configure, and far too much on premises hardware required.” It has also done something about it, in the form of a new …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Aug 2014

Salesforce and Microsoft to unleash integrations ... next year

SaaS superpower Salesforce has revealed the details of its cloudy collaboration with Microsoft, and the main detail is that the fruits of the relationship won't be delivered until deep into 2015. Redmond's corporate veep for Windows marketing Tony Prophe appeared alongside Salesforce supremo Marc Benioff at the latter company's …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Oct 2014

Microsoft to patch ASP.NET mess even if you don't

Microsoft has taken the final step in sunsetting a dangerous server setting, announcing that all future versions of ASP.NET will enforce the deprecation of EnableViewStateMac=“false”. Since December 2013, when this security advisory landed, Redmond has warned sysadmins that the setting had a privilege escalation vulnerability. …

Warm breeze of consolidation blows through Microsoft channel

A trickle of activity in the Microsoft small biz channel has seen Gold partner minnow Core Technology Systems devour small but perfectly formed on-prem and cloudy CRM consultancy Excitation. In a canned statement, Conor Callanan, CEO at Core, claimed the buy gives it a ready made CRM practice and “rounds out” its web-based …
Paul Kunert, 08 Sep 2014
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Redmond top man Satya Nadella: 'Microsoft LOVES Linux'

"Microsoft loves Linux" is generally not something one expects to hear, but that was one of the messages that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella delivered at a San Francisco media event touting Redmond's cloud offerings on Monday. According to Nadella, 20 per cent of Microsoft's Azure cloud is already Linux and the software giant plans …
Neil McAllister, 20 Oct 2014
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Microsoft: Yeah, about that 50% post-Christmas customer price hike...

Microsoft has cooked up a post-Christmas gift for service providers to prolong their festive cheer – price hikes of up to 50 per cent on volume licensing agreements. The move has been interpreted by channel partners and hosting firms alike as Microsoft upping the cost for on-premise wares to make its cloudy stuff look more …
Paul Kunert, 07 Oct 2014
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Microsoft Australia floats 'death to TechEd' thought bubble

Microsoft Australia has hinted that it may follow the lead of its US parent and make TechEd a part of a larger conference. The Microsoft Mothership last month decided to bundle TechEd and conferences dedicated to SharePoint, Lync, Exchange and Project into a “unified Microsoft commercial technology conference.” TechEd will …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Aug 2014
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Developers: Microsoft has a cloud camp on 2 June just for you

Join Microsoft in Victoria, London for Developer Cloud Camp on 2 June. During this all-day training course, you will learn how to: Build, Deploy, Scale! Learn how to use ASP.NET to deploy Microsoft Azure Websites and Cloud Services in a multi-tier application using Microsoft Visual Studio 2013. Build mobile applications using …
David Gordon, 30 May 2014

Microsoft staff brace for next round of layoffs – expected Thursday

The coffee machines at Microsoft will be taking a hammering from nervous workers after a report that the company will lay off another tranche of staff on Thursday. Back in July Microsoft announced it will lay off 18,000 employees in a reorganization lasting six months; 12,500 have since been shown the door, with the vast …
Iain Thomson, 17 Sep 2014
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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

When Microsoft sent out invitations to a secret press event for September 30 in San Francisco, rumors spread that it would mark the next major release of Windows. Now the president of Microsoft France has blown apart Microsoft's attempt at Applesque PR – by letting slip that "Windows 9" is indeed coming. "Last year we had …
Iain Thomson, 23 Sep 2014
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Microsoft's axeman Nadella fills baskets with 2,100 fresh heads

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has brought down his axe again, sending off the next batch of the 18,000 employees he has promised will lose their jobs by the end of the year. The Redmond supremo issued about 2,100 pink slips on Thursday, the Seattle Times reports, bringing the total number of layoffs to approximately 15,100 and …
Neil McAllister, 18 Sep 2014
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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

Microsoft has quietly begun the process of transitioning its Lumia smartphones away from Nokia branding, beginning by moving the line's website to a new, in-house URL. Navigating to the UK version of Nokia.com now displays a landing page bearing the message, "Step inside our new home. Nokia devices and services have moved to a …
Neil McAllister, 19 Sep 2014

Microsoft rolls up more Windows Server 2012 R2 updates

Microsoft has issued a new “rollup” of enhancements and fixes to Windows Server 2012 R2. The new rollup is the third for the OS and, as is described here, offers downloads for more than 40 issues. Perhaps the most notable addition is the Office 365 management pack, as it gives Windows Server admins the chance to “monitor the …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jul 2014

China: Microsoft, don't shy away from our probe

China's antitrust regulator has confirmed it met Microsoft's lawyers over its investigation into the US firm, warning it to abide by Chinese law and not to interfere with the probe. China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce said in a statement (translated by Google) that it had spoken with deputy general counsel …
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OH SNAP: Getty Images sues Microsoft over Bing pics widget

Getty Images has flung a sueball at Microsoft, alleging that the new Bing Image Widget breaches its copyright. Microsoft says the widget “enhances your web site with the power of Bing Image Search and provides your users with beautiful, configurable image collages and slideshows.” The widget is easy to use: at this page you feed …
Simon Sharwood, 05 Sep 2014

Missed it? Here's the latest on Microsoft's mobile strategy

Youtube Video For those of you who missed Microsoft UK's summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy in London on June 4, here’s your chance to view the proceedings at your leisure. In the vid you can watch Microsoft discuss mobile devices and the role they will play in the company’s “mobile first, cloud first” …
David Gordon, 12 Jun 2014
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Damage control (noun): When Microsoft's CEO kickstarts diversity plan after women pay gaffe

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who earlier this month made astonishingly sexist comments to a room full of women, has decided it's about time to make his workforce more diverse. The Microsoft boss said in a leaked memo to employees that the software giant would begin a series of initiatives including making sure that employees …
Shaun Nichols, 18 Oct 2014
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Microsoft's MCSE and MCSD will become HARDER to win

Microsoft has decided it won't replace the Masters-level certifications it once described as the "pinnacle" of a Redmond-centric IT pro's education. Redmond ”retired” the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM), and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) certifications last year. At the time …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Jul 2014
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Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week

Microsoft is expected to reveal a new moniker for its Windows operating system at an invite-only event next Tuesday. In recent years, under the stewardship of Steve Ballmer, we've seen Windows 7 and Windows 8 names appear on Redmond's flagship product, after the launch of the disastrous Vista brand. But now, with new boss Satya …
Kelly Fiveash, 27 Sep 2014
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Microsoft to shutter security email feed on July 1

Microsoft will suspend a 12 year-old email mailing list that offers news of security updates, in a decision possibly tied to tougher Canadian anti-spam laws. As of July 1st 2014, sysadmins and infosec bods will get their news from a Redmond RSS feed to receive update of new Microsoft security alerts. "As of July 1, 2014, due to …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2014
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Microsoft adds wireless industry legend John Stanton to its board

Microsoft has added some mobile expertise to its board of directors, signing up wireless pioneer John Stanton, the former chairman of broadband firm Clearwire. Redmond chief Satya Nadella made it clear in his chat about the firm’s full year results earlier this month that Microsoft wants to be “mobile first, cloud first” under …
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Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft

Microsoft has announced new container support in the next version of Windows Server, along with an open source implementation of the Docker Engine. Docker is a way of packaging applications into an isolated and standardised bundle, enabling multiple “Dockerized” apps to run on a single server. Standardisation means that app …
Tim Anderson, 15 Oct 2014
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Claim: Microsoft Alt-F4'd Chilean government open-source install bid

Microsoft successfully lobbied against a law that would have seen Chile's government adopt open-source software, says Elmostrador, a newspaper in the South American nation. The publication's report tells the tale of Vlado Mirosevic, a left-leaning politician who is the leader of the Chilean Liberal Party and its only …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2014
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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

Microsoft says it's still committed to its Surface tablets despite disappointing sales, and that it will keep pushing the kit through at least one more generation of the hardware. The software giant wasted no time in responding to a report by Taiwanese business rag DigiTimes that claimed Microsoft was "not very aggressive about …
Neil McAllister, 09 Oct 2014
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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

At Microsoft's own request, a judge has held the software giant in contempt of court for failing to comply with an order to give US authorities access to customer emails housed in a data center in Dublin, Ireland. Redmond's request was made jointly with government prosecutors, with the aim of expediting its appeal of the July 31 …
Neil McAllister, 10 Sep 2014
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Microsoft refuses to nip 'Windows 9' unzip lip slip

Microsoft is putting on its poker face amid growing rumors that it plans to unveil "Windows 9" at the end of next month. For weeks and weeks now, it's been speculated that Redmond's next major operating system release, known thus far by its code name "Threshold", will make a public debut in 2014: it's believed Microsoft will …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Aug 2014
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Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™

Microsoft has urged users to remove a buggy update as it yanked download links to the offending patch, after reports emerged it caused the dreaded blue screen of death. The fixes issued on Patch Update Tuesday addressed privilege escalation bugs but an apparent font cache clearing issue lead to Windows boxes turning the colour …
Darren Pauli, 17 Aug 2014

Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

Microsoft has turned 1,500 applications out of the Windows Store, the app bazaar for Windows 8 devices. In a post titled How we’re addressing misleading apps in Windows Store, Microsoft explains it has conducted a promised spring clean by changing the rules for admission to the store and will henceforth insist on the following …
Simon Sharwood, 28 Aug 2014
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Weekly webinar: How to get started with Microsoft Azure

Microsoft UK is running a series of Azure training sessions and seminars this month, kicking off the The Azure Weekly webinar on Tuesday 16, 12:30-13:30 (BST). Tune in for practical hints and tips from Steve ‘Planky’ Plank, a Microsoft technical evangelist. His broadcasts are aimed at the “techie who has not yet had any/much …
David Gordon, 15 Sep 2014
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Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet

Microsoft's Service Deployment and Operations (SDO) team has detailed its scheme to modernise the company's own data centres and says that the result will be lots of – but not all – workloads in the cloud. The easy-to-understand graph below tells the story of Redmond's future plans. Microsoft's data centre strategy Microsoft's …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Aug 2014
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Your move, sucker! Microsoft tests cloud gaming system that cuts through network lag

Microsoft researchers have developed software that, they say, cuts through network delay issues in cloud gaming systems. The tech, dubbed "DeLorean", speculates what a gamer will do next, renders those frames and then pushes them out to the client "one entire RTT [round-trip delay time] ahead of time". Redmond's researchers …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Aug 2014

Microsoft brings own security info exchange to the world

Microsoft has announced a “a security and threat information exchange platform for analysts and researchers working in cybersecurity.” Dubbed “Interflow”, Redmond says the new service is “a distributed system where users decide what communities to form, what data feeds to bring to their communities, and with whom to share data …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Jun 2014
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Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group

After a year of participating in the American Legislative Exchange Council, Microsoft has decided that even tangential alignment with a high-profile oil-funded lobby is not what it wants. ALEC has been criticised by groups such as Greenpeace for lobbying against state-level clean energy and climate policies in America. Redmond …

Look, ma, FOUR HANDS! Microsoft bigs up pixeltastic TWO-USER mega-screen

Microsoft is getting ready to big up very large-screen systems sporting multi-touch tech it bought in 2012. Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft-exec-turned-Nokia-CEO-turned-Microsoft exec, reportedly told Australians his old/new employer is about to start ramping up production. Microsoft's devices group executive vice president …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Sep 2014
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Microsoft to Samsung: COUGH UP $6.9m in unpaid interest over Android PATENT SPAT

Microsoft is pursuing $6.9m in unpaid interest on smartphone royalty payments of more than $1bn from electronics giant Samsung, a freshly unsealed lawsuit revealed on Friday. The ugly spat comes after Redmond accused Sammy of violating a so-called arms length business contract between the two companies. Since then, Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Oct 2014
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Webinar: Enterprise mobile management with the Microsoft stack

Join Microsoft on June 4, 10am UK time for a live summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy. You can check out the full agenda and register for this event here. Can't attend on the day? Just sign up and we'll ping you when the session is available on demand. In this virtual event, Microsoft will discuss Windows Phone …
David Gordon, 23 May 2014
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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

Microsoft's users in China have been told that the firm's MSN Messenger product will be axed at the end of October - spelling the end of the road for the 15-year-old IM service. The software giant already confirmed it was retiring the product - latterly known as Windows Live Messenger - in other regions of the world back in late …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Aug 2014