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Microsoft goes retro with Vista, Zune-style Windows Neon makeover

Mockups of Microsoft's "Project Neon" redesign have been leaked – we're sure by accident. Neon, as we reported last year, is an attempt to steer Windows away from the "flat" look that has dominated UX design in recent years, and make the system friendly for augmented or mixed-reality users. In the mockups, Aero-style …

Still running IE10? Not for long, says Microsoft

Microsoft is advising Windows users to update their browsers ahead of a new policy that will see some versions of Internet Explorer no longer supported. The Redmond software giant said that beginning January 12, 2016, it will only support the newest version of its browser available in each operating system. "The newest …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Dec 2015

Reg reader escapes four-month lightning-struck Windows Vista farm nightmare

On-Call This week's instalment of On-Call, our regular reader-contributed tale of things that go pear-shaped in the small hours, comes from Carl who tells us that “a couple of years ago I had just been made redundant”. Carl's the kind of chap who sees opportunity in adversity, and so felt it was his time to step up from sysadmin to IT …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Oct 2015

Redmond's Patch Tuesday to kill off the Windows FREAK show

Microsoft has issued 14 security bulletins to protect against a total of 44 different CVE-listed security vulnerabilities in its monthly Patch Tuesday release. The patch bundle includes Microsoft's solution for the now-infamous FREAK security vulnerability and some major fixes for Internet Explorer. Five of the patches are …
Shaun Nichols, 10 Mar 2015
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Hungry Advanced Computer Software gets swallowed for £725m

Acquisition-hungry Advanced Computer Software (ACS) has itself been acquired by private equity firm Vista for £725m. Vin Murria, chief executive of the healthcare and biz management software and services firm, said the deal would help ACS move to its "next stage of its growth". She said: "ACS' value has grown from £32m to £ …
Kat Hall, 25 Nov 2014

Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

Microsoft has issued its usual warning to admins ahead of this month's Patch Tuesday – and servers are getting some serious fixes. Redmond will be pinging out six parcels of patches; two critical batches, three important and one rated moderate – the latter covering the service bus for Windows Server. But Windows RT, Server …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2014
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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

Windows versions are a bit like Star Trek movies – every other one tends to be a bit duff. It happened with ME, then XP impressed everyone, then it happened with Vista, then Windows 7 came along – and now we're at Windows 8.1. So far, adoption rates of Microsoft's latest hope for cross-device domination haven't been great. …
Jack Clark, 18 Oct 2013

ESO's nine-gigapixel galactic image has 84 MILLION stars

The European Southern Observatory has captured and catalogued a giant image of the centre of our galaxy that, if printed at “normal resolution”, would measure 9 x 7 meters. The nine-gigapixel image from the VISTA telescope at Paranal Observatory – this is just a Web version – has been catalogued by an international team of …

Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

Open ... and Shut Citing "slower than planned progress" at Microsoft's online services division and a 3 per cent decline in Windows revenue, Microsoft's board cut chief executive Steve Ballmer's pay to 91 per cent of his plan, or $1.3m. But that's the least of his concerns. Microsoft is about to embark on the biggest shift in its Windows …
Matt Asay, 11 Oct 2012

Microsoft: MED-V won't help you escape WinXP end-of-life

Slipping Windows XP inside Microsoft's Enterprise Desktop Virtualization (MED-V) to get around the PC operating system's end-of-life date won't work. That's the warning from Microsoft, which has advised customers to stop looking for ways to keep Windows XP going and finally migrate. Extended support for Windows XP finishes on …
Gavin Clarke, 1 Aug 2012
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Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

"Sticker shock" is a US phrase that denotes a shopper’s surprised and generally disgusted reaction upon discovering the true price of an item they’re buying. Microsoft experienced a different kind of sticker shock a few years back with Windows Vista: such a memory and CPU hog was Windows Vista that most PCs of that time …
Gavin Clarke, 22 Feb 2012
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'A prime example of our complete failure'

QuotW This was the week when Research in Motion’s BlackBerry services, including email, BBM and internet were in, and then out and in, out and shaking all about. To many readers’ horror, the London Olympics 2012 seemed likely to run on Windows Vista, and then it wasn’t and Operation Hackerazzi bagged a suspect, allowing naked …
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US woman sues again over XP 'downgrade', seeks class action

A US woman who earlier this year unsuccessfully tried to sue Microsoft for allegedly charging her extra to downgrade from Windows Vista to XP has brought another lawsuit against the software giant. Emma Alvarado of Los Angeles, California, filed a complaint in a federal court last week, reports Computer World. She has now …
Kelly Fiveash, 31 Dec 2010
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Microsoft reshuffles Windows 7 Family Pack

Microsoft has decided to rerun its Windows 7 Family Pack promotion, which was iced by Redmond at the end of last year. The software vendor said today that US customers would be able to buy the Family Pack edition of Microsoft’s current operating system on 3 October. Other parts of the world including the UK, Canada, France, …
Kelly Fiveash, 1 Sep 2010
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Vista-hating Microsoft throws poo at Apple's iPhone 4

Microsoft really, really hates its dud Vista operating system - so much so that it can now openly badmouth its own product while taking a bitchy stab at Apple and its current iPhone 4 antenna woes. The company’s COO Kevin Turner took to the stage at Microsoft’s annual partner shindig yesterday to offload some snarky soundbites …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Jul 2010
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Will hybrid SSD/HDD products succeed?

Comment Toshiba is mulling over a combined flash drive and spinning disk product. Will such a hybrid SSHD succeed or is it doomed to fail? Zsolt Kerekes of StorageSearch, who follows the SSD market closely, thinks it would fail if brought to market. He said: "I've always thought that 2.5-inch hybrids (SSD + HDD) were a waste of space …
Chris Mellor, 14 May 2010
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Microsoft slams coffin lid on Vista

Microsoft has killed support for its unloved Windows Vista operating system today. The company announced in February that the service pack-free version of its post-XP, pre-Windows 7 OS would hit end of life support in April. This means that from today, the OS which hit manufacturers in late 2006 is left entirely at the mercy …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Apr 2010
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Microsoft slams nails in Windows Vista, XP SP2, 2000

Microsoft will kill support for its unloved Windows Vista operating system a few months ahead of its Windows XP SP2 and Windows 2000 planned end-of-the-road-for-updates deadline. The company said yesterday that a Vista service pack-free OS will no longer get MS support after 13 April this year, leaving the flaky platform …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Feb 2010

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