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Apple iTunes 12.9 (

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:19 AM - by Reverend
You can use iTunes to create your own personal digital music library and easily organize and listen to your collection of digital music files. You can also create your own custom audio CDs and transfer your music to an Apple iPod portable digital music player.

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Microsoft plans to sell post-2020 support for Windows 7

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:07 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft bowed to the reality that enterprises won't purge Windows 7 by its January 2020 retirement, and has announced it will sell extended support for three years past that deadline.

Called "Windows 7 Extended Security Updates" (ESU), the after-drop-dead deal will add support through January 2023, according to Microsoft. The news was part of a larger announcement Thursday by Jared Spataro, the executive who leads marketing for Office and Windows. "While many of you are already well on your way in deploying Windows 10, we understand that everyone is at a different point in the upgrade process," Spataro said in explaining the offer.

Left unsaid was the general status of Windows 7-to-Windows 10 migrations by commercial customers. The Windows 7 ESU was almost certainly a response to customers telling Microsoft that they would not make the Jan. 14, 2020, deadline, or at least a realization by the company that, for all its aggressive efforts to push aside the older OS, enterprises would not finish their upgrades in time.

Clues abound that Windows 7 will be tough to expunge. In July, Microsoft said that approximately 184 million commercial PCs still ran Windows 7 worldwide (although the number did not include systems in China, an omission Microsoft did not explain). But Microsoft's number - a tally derived from PC telemetry - was just a fraction of the latest estimate calculated by Computerworld using data from analytics vendor Net Applications. Computerworld's number for August: 378 million Windows 7 business PCs.

Other forecasts have pegged Windows 7's January 2020 user share at a remarkable 34%, meaning more than a third of all Windows PCs will rely on the then-unsupported operating system.

Windows 7 ESU, said Spataro, will be available only for PCs running Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Enterprise, and then only if those operating systems were obtained via a volume... [Read More]
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Firefox calls it quits on antiquated Windows XP, Vista

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:04 AM - by Reverend
Mozilla last week shut down Firefox's support for Windows XP and Windows Vista, ending browser security updates for the outdated operating systems.

"It required effort, and it required devoting resources to supporting XP well after Microsoft stopped doing so," Chris Hutten-Czapski, a Firefox engineer, said in a Sept. 5 post to his personal blog. "It meant we couldn't do other things, since we were busy with XP."

Support for the two past-expiration-date OSes - Microsoft dropped Windows XP in April 2014, Vista in April 2017 - ended with Firefox ESR 52.9, which was released June 26. That version was supplanted by Firefox ESR 60.2 on Sept. 4.

Firefox ESR, for "Extended Support Release," is a version Mozilla issues to customers - primarily business users - who value stability over sexy new features. Unlike the standard Firefox, each ESR version receives only security updates during its tenure. About once a year, Mozilla replaces the existing ESR with the then-current Firefox, then maintains both the old and new ESR versions during a 12-week overlap period. Firefox ESR 52's overlap with ESR 60 began May 7, when the latter launched, and ended Sept. 4, when that date's security patches were not provided for the former.

Mozilla automatically moved Firefox users still running Windows XP or Vista to ESR 32 in March 2017; they have been browsing with that version since.

Other browser makers - notably Google and Microsoft - erased Windows XP and Windows Vista from their support lists some time ago. Chrome scratched XP in late 2015, for example, while Internet Explorer (IE) did the same in April 2014. With Firefox's pull-the-plug move, the only Top 5 browser still supporting the ancient OS is Opera. The Norway-based browser quit adding features to the last XP- and Vista-compatible version, which was 2016's 36, but has continued to issue security updates for... [Read More]
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Microsoft Windows U-turn removes warning about installing Chrome, Firefox

Sep 16, 2018 - 10:01 AM - by Reverend
Microsoft has apparently reversed course on a Windows 10 test feature that sought to warn people from installing Chrome, Firefox and other browsers that challenged Microsoft's own Edge.

A new "fast-ring" test version of Windows, Insider Preview Build 17760, no longer interrupts the installation of rival browsers, a CNET test shows.

Earlier this week, an earlier test version of Windows would warn people who tried to install the Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Vivaldi web browsers, "You already have Microsoft Edge -- the safer, faster browser for Windows 10." The dialog box presented two options: "Open Microsoft Edge" -- the default -- and "Install anyway."

The feature raised some hackles and brought back memories of Microsoft's strong-arm tactics promoting its old Internet Explorer browser in the first browser wars two decades ago. But Microsoft isn't alone in such tactics: Google promotes its Chrome browser as faster and safer to people who visit its own websites with other browsers.

Microsoft didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the change of direction.

The company is struggling to reclaim even a shadow of the dominance it once held with its Internet Explorer browser. For years, Google's Chrome has steadily eaten away at IE's share of usage, according to analytics firm StatCounter, and Microsoft's Edge hasn't even outpaced IE despite its more modern design.

Years ago, IE dominance got Microsoft in trouble, with the US Justice Department and the European Commission dragging the company through antitrust proceedings. The browser and operating system markets look very different now, though, with Microsoft Windows absent on mobile phones and with Chrome dominant on personal computers.

Edge accounts for 2 percent of usage today compared with 3 percent for IE and 60 percent for Chrome, but its usage share has... [Read More]
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Mozilla Firefox 62.0

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:45 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

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Xbox One Now Connects to Alexa and Cortana Devices

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:38 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is releasing an Xbox Skill for Alexa and Cortana-enabled devices, adding remote voice controls for Xbox One.

Announced on Xbox Wire, the skill will allow you to turn your console on and off, launch games and apps, start and stop Mixer broadcasts, control volume, control media playback, navigate menus and capture screenshots and videos.

The Skill also bypasses steps, so if you tell your Amazon Echo to start a game when your console is off, it'll turn on the console, sign you in, and boot the game.

The Skill will be coming today to some members of the Xbox Insiders program in the US, with unannounced release dates for the rest of the world. To check if it's been added to your console, head to Settings on your Xbox One, then hit 'Devices' - if you see 'Digital Assistant' listed, you're good to go.

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Windows 10 support extended again: September releases now get 30 months

Sep 06, 2018 - 6:33 PM - by Reverend
In its continued efforts to encourage corporate customers to make the switch to Windows 10, Microsoft is shaking up its support and life cycle plans again. Support for some Windows 10 releases is being extended, and the company is offering new services to help detect and address compatibility issues should they arise.

The new policy builds on and extends the commitments made in February this year. Microsoft has settled on two annual feature updates (the "Semi-Annual Channel," SAC) to Windows 10, one finalized in March (and delivered in April) and the other finalized in September (and delivered in October). Initially, the company promised 18 months of support for each feature update, a policy that would allow customers to defer deployment of feature updates or even skip some updates entirely. Going forward, the September releases are going to see even longer support periods; for Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education, each September release will receive 30 months of servicing. In principle, an organization that stuck to the September releases could go two years between feature updates.

Customers of Windows 10 Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstations will continue to receive only 18 months of updates for both March and September releases.

This 30-month window is also being retroactively applied to the Enterprise and Education editions of all prior Windows 10 feature releases that are currently supported: 1607, 1703, 1709, and 1803.

As ever, for customers wanting even longer service periods, the Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) releases will be made approximately every three years; these releases will receive the traditional five years of mainstream support (during which security, reliability, and compatibility fixes are released) and five years of extended support (during which only security fixes are published).

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Microsoft to end device limits for consumer Office 365 subscribers

Sep 01, 2018 - 6:01 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft will soon drop the device limit on its consumer-grade Office 365 subscriptions and increase the number of users allowed under a single Office 365 Home plan, the company announced today.

"Starting October 2, subscribers can install Office on an unlimited number of devices," wrote Jared Spataro, a Microsoft executive in the Office and Windows division, in a post to a company blog.

Under current rules, Office 365 Home, which costs $100 per year, allows for installation of the suite's applications — Word, Outlook, Excel and the rest — on only 10 devices, or an allowance of two devices for each of the five users who can shelter under the umbrella of a single subscription. Meanwhile, Office 365 Personal — a $70 annual plan with rights for just one individual — capped the device count at two total.

Those device limitations will disappear in little more than a month; the only restriction will be that each user can be signed into their account on a maximum of five devices simultaneously.

Also changing is the five-user rule for Office 365 Home. Beginning October 2, that subscription plan will license up to six users. Because each user receives their own 1TB of OneDrive storage space, the total space allocated for a single Home subscription will climb to 6TB.

Office 365 Home and Office 365 Personal are designed solely for consumers. The rights extended to subscribers, for instance, do not allow the applications to be used to generate content — documents, spreadsheets, presentations and the like — for business purposes. "The service/software may not be used for commercial, non-profit, or revenue-generating activities," Microsoft's licensing agreement states.

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