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Microsoft pleads for more enterprise Windows 10 Insider recruits

Oct 13, 2017 - 9:11 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has urged enterprises to boost the number of employee PCs that run the Insider preview of Windows 10, telling corporate customers that there have been "too few" participants in the testing program.

During an hour-long session at Microsoft's Ignite conference in Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago, Michael Niehaus, director of product marketing for Windows, told his audience that businesses need to add devices to the beta program, and that they should consider making it mandatory for everyone in an enterprise IT department.

"As many machines as you can possibly get into that Insider preview process, into the Insider preview program, the better," said Niehaus as he described Microsoft's advice.

Niehaus' session wasn't the first time Microsoft has banged the Insider drum. The company has promoted the basic program since 2014, and this spring launched an enterprise-specific spin-off, dubbed "Windows Insider Program for Business." Then, last month, Microsoft kicked off "Windows Insider Lab for Enterprise" to give IT professionals an opportunity to test-drive current and pre-release services and features targeting large customers.

And all along the Windows-as-a-service (WaaS) road, Microsoft has made it clear to companies that they should be running the Insider previews on some Windows 10 PCs.

At Ignite, Niehaus again made the case for enterprise participation, stressing both for companies' own good and to help Microsoft.

"You need to be looking at new features, and figuring out how do you want to deploy those new features, how do you want to implement those new features, how do you want to configure those new features?" said Niehaus of the two feature upgrades released to Windows 10 users each year. "That gets you prepared by the point of release to do those targeted pilot deployments."

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Microsoft gives up on Windows 10 Mobile

Oct 10, 2017 - 9:34 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft appears to have abandoned its smartphone operating system ambitions.

The company's Windows 10 chief has tweeted that developing new features and hardware for the Mobile version of the OS was no longer a "focus".

Joe Belfiore added that he had also switched to Android himself.

Windows 10 Mobile tried to attract users by letting them run the same "universal apps" on both their PCs and handsets, but the concept failed to catch on.

The OS accounted for just 0.03% of the global market - based on smartphone shipments - between April and June, according to research company IDC.

The market intelligence provider said the news had been a long time coming.

"There wasn't a wide range of devices running Windows 10 Mobile, so it wasn't attractive to retailers or operators," said IDC's Francisco Jeronimo.

"And from a consumer perspective, the operating system didn't provide as good an experience as Android or iOS."

Mr Belfiore began a series of tweets on Sunday by discussing the recent launch of a test version of Microsoft's Edge web browser for Android and iOS - the latest in a series of releases of its core software for rival mobile platforms.

He then went on to respond to questions about whether there was any point sticking with Windows 10 Mobile.

He said that while Microsoft would support the "many companies" that had adopted the platform, he had switched to Android for the diversity of its apps and hardware.

"Of course we'll continue to support the platform... bug fixes, security updates, et cetera," he said.

Mr Belfiore posted Microsoft had tried "very hard" to incentivise other companies to release universal apps - even writing their software for them in some cases - but the number of users had been too low for most... [Read More]
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Mozilla to stop all support for Firefox on Windows XP and Vista

Oct 07, 2017 - 8:49 AM - by Reverend
Mozilla plans to halt all Firefox security updates next year to personal computers powered by either Windows XP or Windows Vista, closing that chapter of its browser's history.

"Today we are announcing June 2018 as the final end-of-life date for Firefox support on Windows XP and Vista," Mozilla said in an unsigned post to a company blog.

Windows XP and Vista have both been retired by Microsoft, XP in April 2014 and Vista in April 2017. Once dropped from support, an operating system stops receiving security updates from Microsoft. Third-party application developers, however, may continue to support their products on retired versions of Windows.

Late last year, Mozilla told Firefox users running Windows XP or Vista that they would be automatically migrated to Firefox's Extended Support Release (ESR), a release track designed for enterprises and educational organizations. ESR builds are updated with security fixes every six weeks, but do not receive new features or enhancements. Instead, Firefox ESR remains feature-static for approximately a year, at which time a new ESR is issued.

Mozilla moved Windows XP and Vista users to Firefox ESR version 32 in March.

The June 2018 date Mozilla tagged as support "end-of-life" was linked to Firefox ERS 52, which is currently slated to receive its last security update on May 1, 2018. The next update is scheduled for June 26, 2018, which means that Firefox on XP and Vista PCs should be protected from attacks from May 1 to June 26, because the first time Mozilla patches Firefox ESR without servicing Windows XP or Vista will be the latter date.

It's unclear what percentage of Firefox users run the browser on the two aged operating systems, but analytics vendors portray both XP and Vista as minor players. According to metrics company Net Applications, Windows XP powered just 5.7% of the world's personal computers last month,... [Read More]
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Mozilla Firefox 56.0.1

Oct 06, 2017 - 6:37 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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RIP AOL Instant Messenger

Oct 06, 2017 - 6:32 PM - by Reverend
AIM will officially shut down on December 15 after 20 years in service, its parent company announced Friday. The news marks the end of an era for anyone who came of age with the internet in the late 90s and early 2000s.

When AIM launched in 1997, using the World Wide Web required a desktop computer with a clunky dial-up connection that tied up the phone lines. Perhaps more than any other product, AIM helped establish the internet as a place to hang out rather than being a simple utility.

AIM offered a platform for people to express themselves with embarrassing screen names, profiles filled with colorful fonts and emotional lyrics, and as many messages as you could send before someone in your house kicked you offline.

The product earned a coveted spot in pop culture, making cameos in You've Got Mail and Sex and the City.

But the service that defined the internet for a generation of users failed to evolve with them.

A decade after AIM launched, Apple kicked off the smartphone era with the release of the original iPhone. Untethered from their computers, internet users shifted to a range of messaging apps and social networks like Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Twitter (TWTR, Tech30).

AIM, with a brand recognized by millions, could have capitalized on this shift and emerged as a lead player in the billion-dollar messaging space. Instead, it faded further and further from relevance.

Oath, the company created earlier this year from Verizon's merging of AOL and Yahoo, acknowledged this unfortunate fact in its announcement Friday of AIM's shutdown.

"AIM tapped into new digital technologies and ignited a cultural shift, but the way in which we communicate with each other has profoundly changed," Michael Albers, VP of communications product at Oath, wrote in a blog post.

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Yahoo 2013 data breach hit 'all three billion accounts'

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:22 PM - by Reverend
Yahoo has said that all of its three billion user accounts were affected in a hacking attack dating back to 2013.

The company, which was taken over by Verizon earlier this year, said an investigation had shown the breach went much further than originally thought.

The stolen data did not include passwords in clear text, payment card or bank account data, it added.

Previously the internet giant had said "more than one billion" of its accounts had been hit.

Yahoo said that while its latest announcement did not represent a new "security issue" it was sending emails to all the "additional affected user accounts".

The company added that it was "continuing to work closely with law enforcement".

Yahoo's takeover by the huge US telecoms firm Verizon was completed on 13 June.

The deal was first announced last year when the struggling company agreed to sell its main internet business to Verizon for $4.8bn. That figure was later cut to $4.5bn after Yahoo disclosed that it had been the victim, in 2013 and 2014, of two huge security breaches.

Verizon has combined its AOL subsidiary and Yahoo into a new business called Oath.

In Tuesday's statement Verizon's chief information security officer Chandra McMahon said: "Verizon is committed to the highest standards of accountability and transparency, and we proactively work to ensure the safety and security of our users and networks in an evolving landscape of online threats."

"Our investment in Yahoo is allowing that team to continue to take significant steps to enhance their security, as well as benefit from Verizon's experience and resources."

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Instagram Now Lets You Poll People in Stories

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:18 PM - by Reverend
Instagram Stories are about to get a little more interactive.

The Facebook-owned social media app on Tuesday introduced a new feature that lets you create and add a poll to your story. The polling feature, and some new creative tools for your stories, are available as part of Instagram version 17 and above in the App Store and Google Play.

"Whether you're trying to plan tomorrow's outfit, choosing which class to take or figuring out where to go for dinner, now it's easy to share a two-option poll right in your story," Instagram wrote in a blog post.

To try it out, just snap or select a photo or video for your story like usual, then select the "poll" sticker and place it wherever you like. "You can write out your own question and even customize the poll choices," Instagram wrote.

Then, just share your poll and friends and followers who view your story will be able to vote and see the results in real time. "Once someone has voted on your poll, they'll see which choice is in the lead at any given moment," Instagram explained. "And if they watch your story again later, they'll see the latest results."

To see the results of your own poll, swipe up like you normally would to see who viewed your story. There, you'll see how many votes each option received, who voted, and how they voted. Like Stories, polls disappear after 24 hours.

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Mozilla Firefox 56.0

Sep 28, 2017 - 9:56 PM - by Reverend
Firefox is a free, open-source and cross-platform web browser.

English (US): Windows 32-bit | Windows 64-bit | Linux | Mac OS X

Release notes

Firefox homepage
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