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Windows 10 data collection is all in the game PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:59

Windows 10 collects a lot of user data but Microsoft says it is all in an effort to deliver the best user experience. In HBO's critically acclaimed series, The Wire, Omar Little has a saying he uses to justify his crimes: "it's all in the game." Omar's saying refers to the Baltimore drug trade, but it can be applied to the recent outcry against Windows 10 data collection. Windows 10 sends telemetry, personalization and services, and advertising data back to Microsoft's servers, but that's the tradeoff users must accept if they want Windows 10 features such as Cortana to work to their full potential. And the reality is Apple iOS and Mac OS X, Chrome and Android all collect similar information. Nothing is really completely private: it's all in the game. What to expect from Windows 10 data collection? For starters, Windows 10 collects telemetry data, including security settings, memory snapshots, crashes and application usage. In Microsoft's privacy statement the company says Windows 10 also collects data from emails, text messages, contact lists, passwords, user names, IP addresses, website visits,

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Windows 10: Why These 10 New Features Matter PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 11 April 2016 14:36

Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Build 14316, giving Insiders the option to try Cortana updates, Skype UWP preview, and native Bash on Ubuntu on Windows. Here are 10 features worth trying out. At its annual Build developers conference, held last week in San Francisco, Microsoft execs highlighted new and updated products and services relevant to its developer audience. The introductory keynotes on day one started with some major news for Windows 10. In July 2016, Microsoft will roll out a Windows 10 Anniversary Update to bring new features to consumers and developers alike. In the eight months since Windows 10 officially launched, Microsoft claims its newest OS has more than 270 million active users. It says it aims to reach one billion of them by the anniversary date in 2018. [Will Surface Phone arrive in 2017? Sources are saying yes.]

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Windows 10 1511 Update Now Available On Current Branch for Business (CBB) PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 10 April 2016 23:31

While each new Windows 10 update will be made available to all the consumers after it was tested by Windows Insiders, Microsoft offers various servicing options for enterprise customers. Current Branch (CB), Current Branch for Business (CBB), and Long-Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) are three options for enterprise to control when their users should receive Windows 10 updates. Each new Windows 10 feature update is initially considered a Current Branch (CB) release, to be used by organizations for initial pilot deployments. The feature update will later be declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), once we have received feedback and confirmation from organizations, OEMs, and partners, confirming that the feature update is ready for broad deployment. Today, Microsoft announced that the Windows 10 version 1511 feature update (build 10586), released in November 2015, has been now declared as Current Branch for Business (CBB), ready for organizations to begin deploying broadly.

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Microsoft tests 'Centennial' tool to port legacy Windows app PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 April 2016 15:32

Microsoft wants to beef up the library of Universal Windows Platform apps, but developers haven’t been so eager to put in the time and effort to convert their work to UWP programs. Today, Microsoft introduced the preview version of a tool to make that process easier. Desktop App Converter, previously known as Project Centennial, converts app installers from older .NET and Win32 configurations to AppX packages that work with Windows 10. The tool, Microsoft hopes, will help populate the Windows Store with more desktop apps that users were familiar with in older operating systems. Microsoft is working hard to get developers to create UWP apps, touting releases from Hulu and Box, while also making it easier to port iOS apps to the platform with open-source tools. This new tool will make it easier for developers of old, but useful apps, to quickly convert them so they can get back to working on new things. That means users who were holding on to previous versions of Windows can upgrade to Windows 10 without losing access to their favorite apps.

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Windows 10 users at risk from Adobe flaw being exploited in the wild. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 April 2016 18:56

Adobe is preparing a patch for a zero-day vulnerability affecting Chrome, Linux, OS X and all Windows systems, including Windows 10, that is being actively exploited. Adobe said in a security advisory on Tuesday that it's been made aware of a "critical vulnerability" in Flash Player 21.0.0.197 and earlier that could "cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system". The company warned that all versions of Windows are being targeted using the flaw. "Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2016-1019 is being actively exploited on systems running Windows 10 and earlier with Flash Player version 20.0.0.306 and earlier," the firm said. "A mitigation introduced in Flash Player 21.0.0.182 currently prevents exploitation of this vulnerability, protecting users running Flash Player 21.0.0.182 and later." The firm also recommended updating all browsers installed on machines to mitigate the risk. The scope of the platforms being targeted originally focused just on Windows XP and Windows 7, but clearly new information has come to light.

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Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 upgrades is a mistake PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:51

Microsoft made a mistake at its recent developers conference when it didn't use the opportunity to push customers to buy new hardware, an analyst said today. "On behalf of the Windows 10 team, we're happy to welcome all of these customers to Windows 10, whether they have a new PC, a five-year-old PC, or a Mac [emphasis added]," said Terry Myerson, the executive who leads the company's devices and operating systems group, after touting a new number of active Windows 10 users. Carolina Milanesi, principal analyst at Creative Strategies, picked up on Myerson's "five-year-old PC," and didn't like what she heard. "While Microsoft stated it is fine with some of those users having five-year-old PCs, a clear response to Phil Schiller's recent comment on the topic during Apple's last launch event, we strongly believe Microsoft should actually be concerned about the issue," Milanesi wrote in an analysis published on Creative Strategies' website. Milanesi referred to Schiller -- Apple's head of marketing -- because during the unveiling of the 9.7-in. iPad Pro two weeks ago he trumpeted the device as "the ultimate PC replacement."

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One in four PCs run Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 08:40

According to NetMarketShare, more and more users are upgrading from Windows 7,Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. According to the web analytics firm, Windows 10 is currently installed on 14.15% of the computers that run on Windows OS. According to Microsoft, though, in February 2016 Windows 10 was reported to be running on 24% of all Windows computers and tablet devices, with the percentage increasing by 2% per month. Microsoft claims that the Windows 10 is being most used by gamers, adding that 35% of the people that play games on a Windows PC have Windows 10 installed on it. The huge difference between Microsoft’s and NetMarketShare’s disparate figures and is due to NetMarketShare recording OS usage figures. So it not only takes into consideration the number of people using the mentioned Windows 10, but also the number of people using Linux and Mac. Microsoft measures the Windows market share by determining how many people have the OS installed on their computers.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:34

'Insider' update includes Linux along with new Skype, dark theme and more Microsoft's latest "Insider" Windows 10 preview Build 14316, includes the Windows Subsystem for Linux along with a flurry of other new features. The addition of a Linux command-line to Windows was announced at Microsoft's Build conference last week. The feature is aimed at developers, allowing them to use Linux utilities without having to run up a virtual machine or log into a remote system. Installing the Subsystem for Linux is a matter of first enabling Developer Mode, par of the Update and Security settings, and then selecting Linux from the Windows Features dialog. Once it is enabled, you can open a command prompt, type bash, and be prompted to install "Ubuntu on Windows". The subsystem is then downloaded from the Windows Store. The subsystem is not an emulator, but rather redirects Linux syscalls to Windows equivalents. When you are in bash, you are running Ubuntu 14.04 "trusty" and can use the Apt package manager to install the tools you need.

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