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Met Police laggards still have 18,000 Windows XP machines in use

Thousands of Metropolitan Police computers are still running Windows XP more than a year after the force promised to upgrade them, mayor Sadiq Khan has admitted in response to a Greater London Assembly question. Moreover, just eight London police machines are running Windows 10, the latest version of the operating system. Of …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Jun 2017
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Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

Analysis Microsoft for decades not only defined personal productivity and team collaboration using Office, Outlook and Exchange – it kept the competition at arm’s length. Today, however, there’s a large community of businesses that don’t look to Microsoft for collaboration or productivity solutions at all. In fact, Microsoft doesn’t …
Sonia Cuff, 28 Jun 2017

Microsoft brings caregiver leave home to US, plans to finish global rollout soon

Microsoft has decided that family caregivers deserve support, so it's decided to take its paid leave program global. Redmond's HR veep Kathleen Hogan explained the decision in a LinkedIn post (Do we have to? Oh, all right, here's the link), as the company began offering the program in the USA. Saying “times when life happens …

Make sure your Skype is up to date because FYI there's a nasty hole in it

Infosec researchers have discovered a nasty and exploitable security vulnerability in older versions of Skype on Windows. The stack buffer overflow flaw allows miscreants to inject malicious code into Windows boxes running older versions of Skype, bug hunters at Vulnerability Laboratory warn: The issue can be exploited …
John Leyden, 27 Jun 2017
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Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube create anti-terror group

Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube have created a super-team to tackle terrorism. The fearless foursome currently face a tricky foe: public and government sentiment that their social licence could be revoked if they don't do something about their platforms being used to spread hate speech that radicalises users and …
Simon Sharwood, 27 Jun 2017

We'll drag Microsoft in front of Supremes over Irish email spat – DoJ

The US Department of Justice has formally asked the Supreme Court to hear its appeal in Microsoft's Ireland warrant legal row. Prosecutors want the country's top court to reconsider a 2016 ruling that government agents could not use a search warrant, granted in New York, to demand Microsoft hand over people's personal emails …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Jun 2017
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Tavis Ormandy to Microsoft: Have another Windows Defender vuln

Google Project Zero bug-hunter Tavis Ormandy has alerted the world to yet another way Microsoft's anti-virus tool Windows Defender could be attacked. Ormandy went public with the bug on Friday after Microsoft shipped its fix. He reported the issue to Redmond on June 9th. The bug is in the non-sandboxed x86 emulator Windows …
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Microsoft recommends you ignore Microsoft-recommended update

Earlier this month, Microsoft gave the world .NET Framework 4.7 and urged users to install it for the usual reasons: more fun bits to play with and a security improvements. But two days later the company urged Exchange users not to install it ASAP, because it hadn't validated it yet. Last Friday - 10 days after the launch of …

Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

Exclusive A massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online. The data – some 32TB of official and non-public installation images and software blueprints that compress down to 8TB – were uploaded to betaarchive.com, the latest load of files provided just earlier …
Chris Williams, 23 Jun 2017
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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices. The newly discovered attack technique, dubbed GhostHook, allows attackers to completely bypass PatchGuard, security researchers at CyberArk Labs warn. PatchGuard (formally known as Kernel Patch Protection) was …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2017
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Two Brits nabbed amid probe into global plot to hack Microsoft network

Updated Detectives have arrested two men in the UK this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network. The two 20-somethings are in police custody. The coppers, based in the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, are investigating "unauthorised intrusion into networks that Microsoft …
Andrew Silver, 22 Jun 2017
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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Microsoft's launched “Stream”, a cloud service perhaps best understood as a private YouTube, with extras. Stream was announced last year and has taken over a year to debut formally. In its final form the service lets you upload videos, whereupon Microsoft will automatically transcribe them and figure out who is speaking when …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues. Redmond is currently being investigated in the EU, Germany and Russia over alleged anti-competitive behavior because it bundles the Windows Defender security suite into its latest …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017

Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early

Microsoft thought it had fixed global outages for Skype that began yesterday, but so far, no such luck. Skype is still going through ups and downs. In a tweet at 1408 GMT June 19, Skype support admitted that, “There is an ongoing incident affecting the ability to connect to the application.” In another tweet at 1745, Skype …
Andrew Silver, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft throws its weight behind Parisian AI startup factory

Today, Microsoft announced that it'll be throwing its resources behind fledgling AI devs at a soon-to-launch startup space in Paris called Station F. Five initial companies will get a year's helping of Microsoft's "scientific, technological, and business expertise". By the end of the year, it hopes to have created an AI …
Andrew Silver, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

It appears as if Microsoft has been following the Apple playbook in creating another laptop whose components you can never replace. DIY site iFixIt tried to take apart the new Microsoft Surface laptop – an ultra-thin and light unit which starts at £979 – and seemingly couldn’t do it without completely and utterly destroying it …
Andrew Silver, 19 Jun 2017
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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

“Move it all to Microsoft’s cloud,” they said. “It’ll be fine,” they said. You’ve done your research and the monthly operational cost has been approved. There’s a glimmer of hope that you’ll be able to hit the power button to turn some ageing servers off, permanently. All that stands in the way is a migration project. And that …
Sonia Cuff, 19 Jun 2017
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Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

Amazon's purchase of US luxury healthstuff retailer Whole Foods will also see it using rival Microsoft's Azure cloud – at least for the time being. We know this because Microsoft offers a case study about Whole Foods' use of Azure. The retailer is a big user of Azure Active Directory Premium, which it used to create a hybrid …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2017

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