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Bankrupt school ITT pleads 'don't let Microsoft wipe our cloud data!'

The estate of bankrupt US trade school ITT Technical Institutes is today asking a court to stop Microsoft from erasing its cloud data. In a filing [PDF] to the US District Bankruptcy Court of Southern Indiana, the caretakers of the defunct for-profit university seek an order to bar the Redmond giant from wiping the contents of …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2017
The Seventh Seal

The eternal battle for OpenStack's soul will conclude in three years. Again

Comment After six years as a formal project, OpenStack has survived numerous raids and famines and now finds itself in a not-too-weird space of being boring, on-premises infrastructure. That is, “boring” in the good way of focusing on what users want and fixing existing problems, only chasing shiny objects – cough, PaaS, cough, …
Michael Coté, 22 May 2017
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WannaCrypt: Roots, reasons and why scramble patching won't save you now

I became a Solaris system administrator in the 1990s: first proper job out of university. I read a lot about the Morris Worm – believed to be the first of its type, and of interest to me because the Sun-3 kit I looked after was vulnerable. Not long after, I was asked to take part in a radio interview about the "scary" new …
Dave Cartwright, 19 May 2017
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Windows Server's footprint shrunk to reduce Azure bills

Microsoft's quietly revealed that it's shrunk Windows Server's footprint, at least when you run it in Azure. The newly-reduced versions of Windows Server are destined for use in Azure's Managed Disks, a storage option that allows the creation of disks without first creating a storage account and without the need to manually …
Mark Pesce, 19 May 2017
Arca OS 5.0, aka Blue Lion

What is dead may never die: a new version of OS/2 just arrived

An outfit called Arca Noae has released a new version of IBM's venerable OS/2 operating system, named ArcaOS 5.0. The Register understands that Arca Noae has a licence from IBM to do a distribution of OS/2, the OS that Big Blue pitched against Windows 95 back in the day. OS/2's fourth release was widely regarded as technically …
Simon Sharwood, 19 May 2017
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Windows 10: Triumphs and tragedies from Microsoft Build

Microsoft presented its latest Windows 10 strategy to developers at its Build event in Seattle last week. Microsoft states that Windows 10 is now installed on more than 500 million devices, halfway towards the goal of 1 billion by 2018 that it set itself at Build 2015. In July 2016 the company acknowledged that its target was …
Tim Anderson, 18 May 2017
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Sorry Google, it's boring old workloads that are pumping up AWS and Azure, not sexy AI

Comment Google Cloud Platforms's chief thinks the service will surpass AWS by 2022. Speaking at Forbes CIO Summit in Half Moon Bay, California, last month, Diane Greene claimed Google has "a huge advantage in our data centers, in our infrastructure, availability, security and how we automate things. We just haven't packaged it up …
Matt Asay, 18 May 2017
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Azure users told they're not WannaCrypt-proof

Microsoft Windows users already know what to do to defeat WannaCrypt (unless they've been asleep for a week). Now the company's published its advice for its Azure customers. Since there aren't any surprises in Microsoft's note for Azure users, Vulture South suspects this is a prod for people who are slow to respond or …
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IoT needs security, says Microsoft without even a small trace of irony

Still reeling from criticism over the WannaCrypt attack, Microsoft has stuck its hat on a stick and raised it out of the trench to see how its proposals for Internet of Things security might be received. Since IoT security is almost uniformly awful, it's probably a good thing that the creator of Windows XP Embedded wants to …
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Realm opens up to Windows apps

Realm, maker of an object-based database of the same name, is extending its mobile-oriented software to work with wares from a company not known for its mobile offerings, Microsoft. "We really think the platform Microsoft is building is vibrant and has a lot of potential for growth," said chief marketing officer Paul Kopacki …
Thomas Claburn, 16 May 2017
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Microsoft Azure almost doubles infrastructure cloud market presence

Competition for enterprise IT spend is intensifying with Microsoft and Google applying pressure to AWS. Microsoft's share of the cloud infrastructure market nearly doubled in the first three months of this year, according to analysts Canalys. Microsoft managed IaaS market growth of 93 per cent to just under $1.5bn compared to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2017

Do we need Windows patch legislation?

Poll Microsoft has got off remarkably lightly from WannaCry, as the finger pointing between Whitehall and NHS trusts began. But that might be beginning to change. The NHS had 70,000 Windows XP PCs, but only after the ransomware hit did Microsoft issue a patch. Officially, support had ended in 2014, spurring an upgrade cycle. In a …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2017
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Why Microsoft's Windows game plan makes us WannaCry

Analysis In the circular firing squad of WannaCrypt, the world's largest recorded ransomware outbreak, nobody looks good. Not end-users for clinging to dated and unprotected Windows PCs despite warnings, not the government whose National Health Service saw 61 organisations compromised, and certainly not Microsoft – the actual author of …
Gavin Clarke, 16 May 2017

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

Review Well, no one saw this one coming. Samsung has succeeded where Microsoft and HP have struggled (so far) in turning a phone into a PC. When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S8 last month, its new multimode capability DeX (for "desktop experience") barely got a mention. With a new dock, the DeX Station, the Galaxy could plug into a …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 May 2017
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Dell EMC's Azure Stack: Get thee behind me, Microsoft subscriptions

Dell EMC will release a four-node Azure stack. This potentially places Microsoft's cloud-in-a-can within reach of the SMB. The subscription model thing could get in the way. Microsoft recently released pricing information for Azure Stack, loudly and proudly championing the subscription model. This is different from what many …
Trevor Pott, 15 May 2017
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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

Special report The WannaCrypt ransomware worm, aka WanaCrypt or Wcry, today exploded across 74 countries, infecting hospitals, businesses including Fedex, rail stations, universities, at least one national telco, and more organizations. In response, Microsoft has released emergency security patches to defend against the malware for …
Iain Thomson, 13 May 2017
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Microsoft's Windows 10 ARM-twist comes closer with first demonstration

Last December, Qualcomm said Windows 10 would soon arrive on the ARM architecture, and it's had its first demo. The news hit at MS Build, with software architect Arun Kishan and Lead Program Manager in the Window Core Kernel Platform Group Hari Pulapaka showing the capability off in this video. It's an x86 emulation layer …
Windows Story Remix

A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

Build At its Build 2017 developer conference in Seattle, US, on Wednesday, Microsoft turned its attention to Windows and cozied up to competitors. The day before, CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft now sees its business in the context of edge devices and cloud services, informed by artificial intelligence algorithms. Terry Myerson, …
Thomas Claburn, 11 May 2017

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