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If you're looking for bad news about Microsoft, top tip: look away now

Microsoft's boss Satya Nadella march into the cloud seems to be paying off for the Windows 10 and Office 365 giant: on Thursday, the biz announced its sales for Q3 2018 jumped 16 per cent. For the quarter ending March 31, the third of Redmond's 2018 fiscal year, can be summarized thus: Revenues of $26.8bn were up 16 per cent …
Shaun Nichols, 26 Apr 2018
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PC recycler gets 15 months in the clink for whipping up 28,000 bootleg Windows 7, XP recovery discs

PC reseller Eric Lundgren will spend up to 15 months behind bars after a US Court of Appeals upheld his sentence on charges of conspiracy to traffic in counterfeit goods and criminal copyright infringement. A three-judge panel with the Eleventh Circuit this month ruled in favor of a southern Florida district court's 15-month …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Apr 2018
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Reg writer Richard went to the cupboard, seeking a Windows Phone...

Microsoft's US store appeared to have finally sold out of the Seattle software maker's relatively unloved mobile phone last week, but Redmond may yet find a few more hidden behind the sofa. The remaining two devices, an HP Elite x3 and Alcatel IDOL 4S, had been on sale for prices that would have set the teeth grinding of users …
Richard Speed, 24 Apr 2018
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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

Video Let us pause for a moment and reflect on the fact that 20 years have passed since Windows 98 memorably fell over during Bill Gates' presentation at Comdex. A nervous-looking Chris Capossela, now chief marketing officer at Microsoft, attempted to plug a scanner into a Windows 98 PC while Gates looked on. The intent was to …
Richard Speed, 20 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
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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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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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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

Windows has sported different looks across the decades – transparency in XP and 7, and flat design in 8 and 10 – each driven by different guidelines and ideas about pixel placement. As we head into the third iteration of Microsoft's Creators Update, Spring, Microsoft is pushing "Fluent Design". The Fluent Design System is …
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Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

Comment It's come full circle. Young reporters joining a prestigious tech publication 20 years ago were quietly advised to focus on only three companies in what we then called "Client Computing". Who were they? Intel, because no other chip company mattered – nobody could produce powerful PC chips at scale. Microsoft, because, well, it …
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Shaking up the Nad Men: Microsoft splits up into 'cloud' and 'edge'

Microsoft boss Satya Nadella has announced a business reorganization at Redmond to go along with his executive shake-up. In a now-public e-mail to staff on Thursday, Nadella outlined how Microsoft will operate with two major divisions - one focusing on end-users with 'experiences and devices' and another that will handle the ' …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Mar 2018
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Microsoft's Windows supremo Terry Myerson is now Terry BYE-rson

Windows supremo Terry Myerson is departing Microsoft after decades of service, according to a memo sent to all employees today by CEO Satya Nadella. Nadella is attempting yet another reorganisation at the software giant, creating two new engineering teams to take the business into the future. Familiar names such as Panos Panay …
Richard Speed, 29 Mar 2018
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Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

Poll At some point next month, just in time for Spring, Microsoft will start to emit the Windows 10 Spring Creators Update to everyone's PC. Avid Reg readers will be aware of what's forthcoming for the Redmond operating system. If you're just tuning in, well, see the aforementioned link, and strap in for these highlights. When the …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Mar 2018
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Windows Server 2019 coming next year and the price is going up

Microsoft has released more information about the new version of Windows Server, including a time-frame for release and a warning on prices. "It is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL). We will provide more details when available," Redmond warned. Wes Miller, research VP with …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Mar 2018
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Patch LOSE-day: Microsoft secures servers of the world. By disconnecting them

Microsoft’s Tuesday patch-fest may have reacted quite negatively with Windows Server 2008 R2 running VMware, leaving servers offline and administrators scrambling to recover IP addresses. Twitter user @Sikorsky78 noted the problem just after the patches hit: It seems that the latest MS patches ate my vmxnet3 adapters on …
Richard Speed, 14 Mar 2018
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It's March 2018, and your Windows PC can be pwned by a web article (well, none of OURS)

Patch Tuesday Microsoft delivered another hefty bundle of patches with its scheduled monthly update. Redmond bulks up for Vancouver The March edition of Patch Tuesday lands just hours before researchers are expected to flaunt their latest and greatest exploits at the CanSecWest Pwn2Own hacking competition in Vancouver. Hopefully nobody was …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Mar 2018

Windows Mixed Reality: Windows Mobile deja vu?

Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality technology hit the shelves five months ago and the signs aren't good: dropped by retailers and ignored by developers, Redmond could be facing another Windows Mobile moment. Unveiled in October 2016 and making it to market a year later, early reviews of the devices were so-so, with little to …
Richard Speed, 13 Mar 2018
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Microsoft throttles on-prem tech donation scheme for nonprofits

Big-hearted Microsoft has confirmed pending changes that will make it easier for charities to use its cloud services but will hike prices for anyone daring to use its on-premises wares. Charities – for their sins – got used to having copies of software donated by the Seattle-based corp. For an "administration fee", charities …
Richard Speed, 9 Mar 2018
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Microsoft lobs Skylake Spectre microcode fixes out through its Windows

Microsoft is pushing out another round of security updates to mitigate data-leaking Spectre side-channel vulnerabilities in modern Intel x64 chips. Redmond said those who run Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and Windows Server Core with Skylake (aka 6th-generation Core) CPUs can go through the Microsoft Update Catalogue to get …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Mar 2018

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