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Microsoft scoops Search UI out from the gaping black maw of Cortana

Microsoft is experimenting with taking Search out of Cortana and making it more Mac-like in the newest Windows 10 build. Searching currently is funnelled through the Cortana UI, whose emblem, appropriately enough, is a black hole. Cortana bungs together many things besides search – tasks and notes and even bots. Cortana is …
Andrew Orlowski, 22 Nov 2017
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Microsoft to run VMware on Azure, on bare metal. Repeat. Microsoft to run VMware on Azure.

Microsoft has announced it will offer "the full VMware stack on Azure hardware" with the help of an as-yet-unnamed VMware partner. Redmond's announcement stated that the company has commenced a preview of "a bare-metal solution … co-located with other Azure services" and "in partnership with premier VMware-certified partners …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Nov 2017
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Microsoft says Win 8/10's weak randomisation is 'working as intended'

Microsoft has rebutted analysis that suggested its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) technology could be exploited. Redmond's response, posted here, was that ASLR is working as intended, and that the lack of randomisation discovered by Will Dormann - with assistance from Matt Miller of Microsoft - was a feature, not a …
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Microsoft's memory randomization security defense is a little busted in Windows 8, 10

A Carnegie-Mellon CERT researcher has discovered that Microsoft broke some use-cases for its Address Space Layout Randomisation (ASLR) mechanism, designed to severely hamper hackers' attempts to exploit security bugs. The programming blunder is simple: as of Windows 8, a flaw in Microsoft's system-wide mandatory ASLR …
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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

Microsoft has axed a Bing search result advert that masqueraded as a legit online banking website – but was in fact a sophisticated phishing operation. Searching for "TSB" – as in the UK's TSB Bank – on the Great Britain edition of Bing would bring up, right at the top of the page, a search ad for a phishing website described …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2017
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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

Apple fanbois being fanbois, Apple's new iPhone X isn’t "super expensive" but rather "totally worth it". Or, as chief executive Tim Cook styled it, "a value price... for the technology you’re getting". Indeed, some have gone so far as to compare the iPhone’s bloated price tag to overpriced coffee, arguing to this coddled …
Matt Asay, 20 Nov 2017
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Windows Update borks elderly printers in typical Patch Tuesday style

Updated Microsoft's latest batch of software updates for Windows has been blamed for a mysterious ailment befalling some poor old Epson dot-matrix printers. Reg readers let us know that, after installing this week's Patch Tuesday payload from Redmond, their Windows boxes no longer work with Epson's dot matrix printers (which are still …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2017
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Microsoft can't give away beta cert exams, so starts charging

Microsoft can't give away enough of its beta exams, so it will start charging for them. That odd state of affairs was revealed in a post from Microsoft Learning that brought us news that the “No show rate is at historic highs” for beta exams. That's a problem for Microsoft because the company uses beta exams to secure a pool …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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Azure turns on reserved cloudy VMs, without Hotel California clause

Microsoft's added reserved instances to Azure, with an out-clause for cloudy quitters. Reserved instances are a pay-up-front option for cloudy servers that see public clouds offer decent discounts on if you sign up for years of service. AWS has offered them for years, as has Google. IBM offers monthly pricing on servers. …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Nov 2017
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Sparks fly as Databricks buddies up with Microsoft in the cloud

Databricks and Microsoft are getting cosy in the cloud, in a move that will give the Spark-wrangling company access to a new set of customers. The pair have launched Azure Databricks, which deploys the analytic company's tech as a first-party service on Microsoft's cloud platform. That's a much closer relationship than …
Rebecca Hill, 16 Nov 2017
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Microsoft touts real-time over-the-network pair programming in Visual Studio, GitHub ships it

Microsoft and GitHub on Wednesday announced real-time collaboration in their respective code editors, almost as if they'd been collaborating. Microsoft offered a placeholder rather than a product. Said program tools director Amanda Silver: "We’re working on 'Visual Studio Live Share,' which enables developers using Visual …
Thomas Claburn, 16 Nov 2017

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

Skype has failed in its appeal against a 2016 fine in Belgium for failing to help authorities tap calls in a criminal investigation, with the court saying it must comply with the country's telecommunications laws. Last year, a court in Mechelen imposed the €30,000 fine, because Skype was unable to hand over anything more than …
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Storage Spaces returns to Windows Server's semi-annual channel

Microsoft's revealed that Storage Spaces Direct will return in the next semi-annual version of Windows Server. Storage Spaces is Microsoft's software-defined and/or hyperconverged storage tool and mysteriously disappeared from Windows Server 1709. Microsoft's since teased further “hyper-converged innovation” in “another …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2017

Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

Apple's iPhone X is one of several technologies bringing facial biometrics into the mainstream. It seems to have everything bar a heat scanner; the TrueDepth camera projects an impressive-sounding 30,000 infrared dots on to your phiz, scanning every blackhead in minute 3D detail. The company claims some impressive figures, and …
Danny Bradbury, 14 Nov 2017
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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

Munich city council's administrative and personnel committee has decided to move any remaining Linux systems to Windows 10 in 2020. A coalition of Social Democrats and Conservatives on the committee voted (PDF, auf Deutsch, natürlich) for the Windows migration on Wednesday, Social Democrat councillor Anne Hübner told The …
Andrew Silver, 13 Nov 2017
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Android at 10: How Google won the smartphone wars

Part One It was an anniversary that prompted much reflection. The Platform had completely triumphed and was now ubiquitous, relied on by people all over the world. You could find the Platform in almost every conceivable kind of device, from cars to TVs. Although Apple had once been the pioneer, it now had to settle for life in the …
Andrew Orlowski, 10 Nov 2017
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System Center's first semi-annual release debuts

Microsoft's released the first semi-annual version of System Center. The new Tech Preview delivers on Microsoft's pledge to match Windows Server's twice-yearly updates, plus more occasional big-bang releases. Redmond reckons this release cadence is the way for you to get super-agile, even though it involves an upgrade …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Nov 2017
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Want to provision a new VM on Azure? Get in line

Multiple Microsoft customers have for the past nineteen hours been unable to provision new virtual machines in Azure's UK West and UK South regions. Although there has been no formal notification on the Azure status page, The Register has seen a copy of a Microsoft issue summary report indicating issues since Wednesday morning …
Andrew Silver, 9 Nov 2017

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