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HORDES OF CLING-ONS menace UK.gov IT estate as special WinXP support ends

UK government departments still running Windows XP are now doing so entirely on their own. A framework support agreement between the Crown and Microsoft guaranteeing the release of special security patches for PCs still on Windows XP has ended after one year. That deal - revealed here - expired on April 14 and it’s been decided …
Gavin Clarke, 8 May 2015
Cowgril Jessie

Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

Review The Debian Project may not be that slow with new releases, but sometimes it feels like it. The project typically releases a new version "when it's ready," which seems to work out to about once every two years lately. Debian 8, branded Jessie, in keeping with the Toy Story naming scheme (Jessie was the cowgirl character in Toy …
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Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

Windows Media Center has come to the end of the road with Windows 10. Microsoft’s next client operating system won’t include Redmond’s media software, for recording and playing TV, music and video. General manager for OSG data and fundamentals Gabriel Aul Tweeted: We can confirm that due to decreased usage, Windows Media …
Gavin Clarke, 5 May 2015
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Relax, it's just Ubuntu 15.04. AARGH! IT'S FULL OF SYSTEMD!!!

Review Systemd is here. It’s arrived in Vivid Vervet, the latest, just-released distro of Ubuntu – 15.04. Most users will notice very little overall difference in this latest Ubuntu release, but it’s this change that packs the biggest punch. There are a couple of new things that make 15.04 worth the upgrade from previous versions, but …
Firefox for tellies home screen

House of Cards UI central to Mozilla's plans for Firefox on tellies

Mozilla has revealed how it reckons Firefox should look when it's on the tellie. Firefox OS user experience designer Hunter Luo reckons that the four basic functions of a smart television are watching shows, accessing apps, controlling devices and looking at list of your content. The user interface for Firefox-for-tellies …

Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shown off some of the new security mechanisms embedded in Windows 10, and revealed a change to its software updates. Windows supremo Terry Myerson reckons the revised security patch rollout – effectively ditching the monthly Patch Tuesday – will shame Google. "Google takes no responsibility to update customer …
Iain Thomson, 4 May 2015
Windows Server

Try to contain your joy: Microsoft emits Windows Server 2016 with nano-services

Ignite 2015 Microsoft has shipped the second Technical Preview of what it's now officially calling Windows Server 2016 and has announced Azure Stack, a new offering that bundles up Redmond's public cloud infrastructure into a version that can run in customers' own data centers. The new Windows Server build was released to coincide with …

Good luck displacing Windows 7, Microsoft, it's still growing

If it's the first Monday of the month, and it is, it must be time to have a look at desktop operating system market share as recorded by StatCounter and Netmarketshare. It looks like the skids are really under Windows XP now. Netmarketshare has it down from 16.94 per cent to 15.93 per cent. StatCounter has a dip to 10.91 per …
Windows 10

New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

Build 2015 At the Build shindig in San Francisco this week, Joe Belfiore – Microsoft's corporate veep for operating systems – talked The Register through the release of Windows 10: when it will arrive, how it will arrive, and why you should use it. Belfiore was keen to squash dates leaked by hardware manufacturers – AMD's chief suggested …
Tim Anderson, 1 May 2015
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iOS and Android apps on Windows 10: How is this supposed to work?

Build 2015 Microsoft has shared more details of its plans to enable Android and iOS apps to be ported to Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco. The goal in both cases is to plug the “app gap” by making it easier for developers to support Windows 10, but the approach taken in each case is radically different. Objective C …
Tim Anderson, 1 May 2015
Microsoft Build conference

Inside the guts of Nano Server, Microsoft's tiny new Cloud OS

Build 2015 Engineers from Microsoft's Windows Server team took the stage at the Build developer conference in San Francisco this week to share more details on Nano Server, the upcoming micro-sized version of the OS aimed at cloud deployments. "Nano Server is by far the most important, most significant change we've made in Server since …
Windows 10 IoT Core

Ha! Win 10 preview for Raspberry Pi 2 pops out of the Microsoft oven

Build 2015 Microsoft has released a preview of Windows 10 Internet of Things Core for the diminutive ARM-Cortex-powered Raspberry Pi 2 and the MinnowBoard Max, a computer driven by an Intel Bay Trail Atom. The operating system image for the Raspberry Pi 2 requires an 8GB micro SD card, though the OS itself is only about 1GB, with the …
Tim Anderson, 30 Apr 2015
Microsoft Edge, the new web browser

Windows 10 hands on: Build 10074 is for the brave - but it's pretty snazzy

Build 2015 Microsoft has released preview Build 10074 of Windows 10 at its Build developer event in San Francisco. It is only a week since the previous preview build (10061) arrived, but this one is a milestone available even to users who prefer to stick with the more stable releases – the “slow” update cycle in Windows Insider terms. This …
Tim Anderson, 30 Apr 2015
Microsoft's Terry Myerson, speaking at Build 2015

Microsoft: It's TRUE, you'll get Android and iOS apps in WINDOWS

Build 2015 Microsoft will get Android code working with Windows 10, confirming the rumors are true, sort of. But what the software giant actually has planned is more nuanced than just borrowing apps from the Google Play store, and it involves courting iOS developers, too. At the Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft's Joe Belfiore, speaking at Build 2015

This is Sparta? No - it's Microsoft Edge, Son of Internet Explorer

Build 2015 Microsoft has announced the official name for its new, modern web browser for Windows 10, hitherto known as Project Spartan: Microsoft Edge. Microsoft operating systems veep Joe Belfiore announced the new branding during his keynote presentation at Redmond's Build developer conference in San Francisco on Wednesday. "The 'E' …
Neil McAllister, 29 Apr 2015
Microsoft Build conference

'Android on Windows': Microsoft tightens noose around neck, climbs on chair

Build 2015 Microsoft’s annual developer conference Build kicks off later today, and rumours are swirling that Redmond has a bold plan to rescue Windows Phone from irrelevance. Aside from a modest 10 to 15 per cent share in some markets, the platform has gone nowhere, despite billions of dollars of support from Nokia and Microsoft. The plan …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Apr 2015

Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

The Debian project is touting new ports for ARM and POWER architectures, a bunch of software updates, an upgraded Gnome desktop and better security in its just-unleashed Jessie release. However, El Reg fully expects that the switch to systemd as the default init system will divert at least some attention from the release. …
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft: Profit DECIMATED because you people aren't buying PCs

Microsoft has weathered a difficult three months: despite signs of growth in cloud computing, overall sales were dragged down by dwindling demand from consumers. Revenues of $21.73bn in Microsoft's third quarter of fiscal 2015, ended March 31, met analysts' expectations. However, sustainable growth still eludes the software …
Neil McAllister, 24 Apr 2015
Human cannonball

What's broken in this week's Windows 10 build? Try the Start Menu, for one

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 10 for PCs to the Windows Insider program, but the software giant is only recommending it for particularly eager testers for now. Redmond never promoted the last Technical Preview release, Build 10049, to the Slow release ring of its testing program, owing to a bug that caused the OS …
Neil McAllister, 23 Apr 2015

Google guru: Android doesn't have malware, it has Potentially Harmful Applications™ instead

RSA 2015 Malware doesn't exist on Android, Google says, but Potentially Harmful Applications™ do. That linguistic flip is one of many at play in the Chocolate Factory's Android security division, which has dumped various general infosec terms overboard. Lead Android engineer Adrian Ludwig told the RSA Conference in San Francisco today …
Darren Pauli, 21 Apr 2015

OS X Yosemite still open to Rootpipe hijacking, says ex-NSA bod

Apple's attempt to fix a serious security weakness in OS X has fallen short, leaving users still vulnerable to malware seizing their Macs, it is claimed. Patrick Wardle, director of research at Synack, reckons Cupertino has not been able to fully kill off the so-called "Rootpipe" backdoor that was supposed to be eradicated in …
Shaun Nichols, 21 Apr 2015

Windows 10 MURDERED your Lumia? Microsoft says it may have a fix

Microsoft has made some changes to the Windows Phone Recovery Tool that should keep it from accidentally disabling users' phones, but Lumia owners whose devices have already been trashed by the tool aren't necessarily out of the woods yet. Complaints began surfacing last week that customers who tried to roll their devices back …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015
AMD CEO Lisa Su

Loose lips slip when Windows 10 ships: 'End of July' says AMD CEO

AMD's chief exec Lisa Su may have inadvertently narrowed down the shipping date of Microsoft's Windows 10 in a conference call with financial analysts. During a chat to discuss her firm's first-quarter earnings, Su was asked to discuss the chipmaker's business outlook for its next fiscal quarter. Her comments appeared to include …
Neil McAllister, 20 Apr 2015

Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

The SANS Institute has warned Windows IIS web server admins to get patching as miscreants are now exploiting a flaw in the software to crash websites. The security bug (CVE-2015-1635) allows attackers to knock web servers offline by sending a simple HTTP request. Microsoft fixed this denial-of-service vulnerability on Tuesday …
Iain Thomson, 16 Apr 2015
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Cram my freebies into Android phones and get a royalty discount, says Microsoft (allegedly)

A new report claims Microsoft hasn't been offering Android device vendors any money to bundle its mobile apps on their phones and slabs; rather, it has offered to reduce the tolls it collects from the mobe-makers. Citing sources among supply chain players in China and Taiwan, DigiTimes Research says Redmond has offered to cut …
Neil McAllister, 16 Apr 2015
Android icon desktop toys

Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

Banks have a new option for finally unhitching from Windows XP on tens of thousands of ATMs – Google’s Android. NCR, the country’s largest supplier of cash machines, was today due to unveil a Linux-powered cash-machine running Google’s smartphone operating system. Called Kalpana*, NCR has developed a secure, customised version …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Apr 2015
Linux kernel development

Linux 4.0 debuts with the usual no fanfare

Linux 4.0 is upon us. Linux Lord Linus Torvalds made it official with a typically brief post and slightly longer explanation to the Linux kernel mailing list. The new number isn't a sign of a major upgrade. As we've chronicled, Torvalds thinks that it looks a bit silly when version numbers go beyond x.19. He therefore decided …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Apr 2015
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Wanna run Windows 10 Preview on your Lumia? Of course you do. Now 33 mobes supported

Microsoft has issued another build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, around two months since the last build was released. The new version, Build 10051, is only being made available to members of the Fast release ring of the Windows Insider program for now, so you can bet it has a few rough edges. The most striking …
Neil McAllister, 10 Apr 2015
One Windows: Windows 10 will be delivered on multiple device types

Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

Microsoft is installing an update on Windows 7 and 8 machines which will push users to upgrade to Windows 10. The update – KB 3035583 – is vague about its purpose. The official description states: This update enables additional capabilities for Windows Update notifications when new updates are available to the user. It applies …
Tim Anderson, 9 Apr 2015

Do your switches run Cumulus Linux? Puppet will pull your strings

Cumulus Networks, home of a Linux-of-choice for white-box switches, has linked arms with Puppet Labs and joined its Puppet Supported Program. While it's “just another” certification from one angle, Puppet's Carl Caum told The Register it's important to the company. He said while there are plenty of tools to manage equipment in …

Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

FOUR THINGS ye must know about the Apple Watch: First, it is from APPLE. Second, it is a bit like a WATCH. For instance, it goes on your wrist. Third, without an iPhone 5 or 6 it is USELESS. Actually maybe that should have been first. Sorry. Fourth, the world's media are now publishing many, many reviews and commentaries on …
Lewis Page, 9 Apr 2015

Fsck those new emojis! Install iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3 NOW to squash all these security bugs

Apple has released software updates to add features to and fix many bugs in its OS X and iOS operating systems. The iOS 8.3 overhaul will correct dozens of programming blunders, including glitches and dropouts with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Users reported problems with establishing and maintaining connections to wireless networks and …
Shaun Nichols, 9 Apr 2015
The Black Knight, defeated

Microsoft goes cloud KERR-AZY, chops Windows Server to bits

Updated Microsoft has taken wraps off its latest tools for the modern data center, including a new application container tech for Windows and a micro-sized version of Windows Server that's tailored for cloud deployments. We first heard rumors of Microsoft's so-called Nano Server in March, when a leaked slide deck suggested that Redmond …
Windows "Redstone"

Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

Windows 10 isn't even fully baked yet, but reports have it that Microsoft is already planning its next OS release, which will arrive after Windows 10 ships later this year. Neowin was the first to leak that a new Windows release for next year, codenamed "Redstone," is in the works, and prolific Redmond-watcher Mary Jo Foley …
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Microsoft sounds 100-day DOOM KLAXON for Windows Server 2003

Microsoft's sounded the 100-day warning bell for Windows Server 2003, which exits supported status on July 14th. Redmond's rolling out the usual arguments for making the move to anything other than Server 2003: you're going to be insecure; you're missing out on the joy of virtualisation and automation, and the savings they …
Windows OEM devices on stage at Computex

Pro-tip: Steal a TARDIS to survive Windows Server preview death

Microsoft's decision to deliver the next version of Windows Server in 2016 has created an odd problem: the current tech preview of the new OS will expire before it ships the next pre-beta build. This state of affairs has come about because Microsoft released the first tech preview way back in October 2014, with a six-month …
EARTHQUAKE!

CoreOS bags $12m, touts Tectonic – a DIY Google cloud for big biz

Container-happy Linux upstart CoreOS has launched a beta program for a new distribution of software designed to let enterprises run their own infrastructures the way large-scale software companies like Google run theirs. Dubbed Tectonic, the new offering combines the lightweight, container-centric CoreOS Linux distribution and …
Xfce 4.12 desktop

Torvalds' temptress comes of age: Xfce 4.12 hits the streets

Review April brings not just showers but traditionally a new release of Ubuntu, this time 15.04. With Ubuntu 15.04 will come Xubuntu and with that an update to Linus Torvalds’ briefly favoured Linux desktop (Xfce), version 4.12. Some of what's new in Xfce 4.12 has already been a part of Xubuntu for some time, but Ubuntu 15.04 will see …
Percentage of mobile malware on Android

Got an Android mobe with a virus? Congrats, you're The One Per Cent

Android has been known to be the mobile malware industry's operating system of choice. Now Google has published a report claiming infection rates on Android devices are much lower than you might expect. While the overwhelming majority of mobile malware is written for Google-powered gadgets, the report claims that in 2014 less …
Iain Thomson, 3 Apr 2015

Is this what Windows XP's death throes look like?

It's the first of the month (US time), so off we go to Netmarketshare and Statcounter to see what operating systems are getting a run on the world's desktop computers. Our long series of stories on the two analysts' output has shown, time and again, that Windows XP is just-about-unkillable. Despite Microsoft ceasing support, the …
Chromebook Flip

New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

While Google is trying to push Chromebooks upmarket with its flashy Pixel, its Chrome OS partners continue to target budget-conscious buyers with a new batch of devices priced at $250 and lower. Chinese electronics manufacturers are leading the latest charge, with both Haier and Hisense making new Chromebooks available for …
Neil McAllister, 31 Mar 2015
Surface 3 in red

Microsoft dumps ARM for Atom with cut-price Surface 3 fondleslab

Pic + vid Microsoft's brief flirtation with ARM-powered Windows RT tablets looks to be over: the Redmond giant has unveiled its latest fondleslab, the Surface 3, which is a dinky Atom-powered slate running a full version of Windows on Intel hardware. Up until this latest tablet, Surfaces have sported ARM-compatible processors, and Surface …
Iain Thomson, 31 Mar 2015