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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

Exclusive A massive trove of Microsoft's internal Windows operating system builds and chunks of its core source code have leaked online. The data – some 32TB of official and non-public installation images and software blueprints that compress down to 8TB – were uploaded to betaarchive.com, the latest load of files provided just earlier …
Chris Williams, 23 Jun 2017
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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

Flaws in Microsoft PatchGuard create a means for hackers to plant rootkits on Windows 10, 64-bit OS devices. The newly discovered attack technique, dubbed GhostHook, allows attackers to completely bypass PatchGuard, security researchers at CyberArk Labs warn. PatchGuard (formally known as Kernel Patch Protection) was …
John Leyden, 22 Jun 2017
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Two Brits nabbed in connection with global plot to hack Microsoft network

Detectives have arrested two men in the UK this morning in connection with an international "conspiracy" to break into the Microsoft network. The two 20-somethings are in police custody. The coppers, based in the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, are investigating "unauthorised intrusion into networks that Microsoft …
Andrew Silver, 22 Jun 2017
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Anyone want a private YouTube collab-o-tron? Microsoft hopes you do

Microsoft's launched “Stream”, a cloud service perhaps best understood as a private YouTube, with extras. Stream was announced last year and has taken over a year to debut formally. In its final form the service lets you upload videos, whereupon Microsoft will automatically transcribe them and figure out who is speaking when …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Jun 2017
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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues. Redmond is currently being investigated in the EU, Germany and Russia over alleged anti-competitive behavior because it bundles the Windows Defender security suite into its latest …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017

Microsoft says Skype outages are over – a few hours too early

Microsoft thought it had fixed global outages for Skype that began yesterday, but so far, no such luck. Skype is still going through ups and downs. In a tweet at 1408 GMT June 19, Skype support admitted that, “There is an ongoing incident affecting the ability to connect to the application.” In another tweet at 1745, Skype …
Andrew Silver, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft throws its weight behind Parisian AI startup factory

Today, Microsoft announced that it'll be throwing its resources behind fledgling AI devs at a soon-to-launch startup space in Paris called Station F. Five initial companies will get a year's helping of Microsoft's "scientific, technological, and business expertise". By the end of the year, it hopes to have created an AI …
Andrew Silver, 20 Jun 2017
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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

It appears as if Microsoft has been following the Apple playbook in creating another laptop whose components you can never replace. DIY site iFixIt tried to take apart the new Microsoft Surface laptop – an ultra-thin and light unit which starts at £979 – and seemingly couldn’t do it without completely and utterly destroying it …
Andrew Silver, 19 Jun 2017
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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

“Move it all to Microsoft’s cloud,” they said. “It’ll be fine,” they said. You’ve done your research and the monthly operational cost has been approved. There’s a glimmer of hope that you’ll be able to hit the power button to turn some ageing servers off, permanently. All that stands in the way is a migration project. And that …
Sonia Cuff, 19 Jun 2017
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Amazon.com just became a 90,000-seat Azure case study

Amazon's purchase of US luxury healthstuff retailer Whole Foods will also see it using rival Microsoft's Azure cloud – at least for the time being. We know this because Microsoft offers a case study about Whole Foods' use of Azure. The retailer is a big user of Azure Active Directory Premium, which it used to create a hybrid …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2017
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Windows Server to get twice-yearly updates, plus stable and fast-moving branches

Poll Windows Server and System Center will soon receive twice-yearly updates and come in two “channels”, one for the latest stuff and another less-frequently-updated channel. Microsoft's explanation suggests the new arrangement represents “cloud cadence” while its announcement says this is all about enabling faster innovation while …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Jun 2017
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AR and VR in data visualisation – can it ever be useful to our puny human minds?

Advocates of data visualisation using virtual or augmented reality argue that both let your brain do what it does best. Namely, pick out and memorise patterns by walking through the data using 3D and assisted by colour, movement, sound and even touch to represent extra dimensions. See that cluster of bright red, bobbing orbs …
David Matthews, 15 Jun 2017

Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

Analysis Back in a bygone era – September last year – Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told a developer conference: "We are not pursuing AI to beat humans at games." This week, we learned Redmond has done more or less that – lashed together a proof-of-concept AI that can trounce gamers at Ms Pac-Man, and snatch some headlines along the way …

It's 2017 and someone's probably still using WINS naming. If so, stop

Sysadmins should already have purged WINS from their Microsoft Windows Server environments – but if they haven't, there's a new reason to take it for one last walk out behind the shed. Fortinet's Honggang Ren says a WINS Server remote memory corruption vulnerability in the MS-proprietary name server isn't going to get fixed, …
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Researcher says fixes to Windows Defender's engine incomplete

In spite of a flurry of patches designed to fix Windows Defender, at least one security researcher reckons there's still work to be done. James Lee, who has presented at conferences like Zer0con, has contacted The Register to say the key vulnerable component, MsMpEng, is still subject to remote code execution. As with the …
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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

Microsoft today addressed 96 CVE-listed vulnerabilities in its products – plus issued more emergency patches for unsupported versions of Windows menaced by leaked NSA exploits. A special bulletin from Microsoft on Tuesday explained the emergency update includes fixes for legacy versions of Windows and Windows Server dating …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jun 2017
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Microsoft dumps docs.com cloud file locker, sets December death-date

Microsoft's decided that Docs.com has to die in December. Docs.com is a file-sharing site that allows users to post files in the various Microsoft Office formats to the web, where they can be viewed by anyone. That feature set will be rather familiar to users of SlideShare, the file-sharing site owned by LinkedIn. With …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Jun 2017
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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

Microsoft has released a new preview of Windows 10's Fall Creators Update, showing off elements of its new Fluent Design System and introducing a host of features. At the Build developer event last month, the company announced the Fluent Design System as a move away from the flat design language which characterised the "Metro …
Tim Anderson, 9 Jun 2017

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