Computerworld Microsoft News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 07:20:17 GMT 2014-04-23T07:20:17Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple kicks off public OS X beta testing Apple today followed Microsoft in opening up pre-release, or beta, versions of its personal computer operating system to all comers. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 01:52:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-23T01:52:00Z Russian leaker resurfaces, claims Microsoft will issue second Windows update this year A notorious Windows leaker dubbed 'Wzor' says Microsoft will issue yet another update to Windows 8.1 later this year, evidence of an even-faster acceleration in the company's development tempo. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:38:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-22T18:38:00Z The iPad's expected ebb, and the search for why Apple is expected Wednesday to confirm Wall Street's fears, that iPad sales growth not only slackened in the March quarter, but reversed course with fewer of the iconic tablets sold than the year before. Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:16:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-22T16:16:00Z Microsoft gets Motorola Solutions to pay licensing fee for Android use Microsoft has extended its controversial yet successful crusade to extract licensing fees from vendors that use Google&#39;s Android and Chrome operating systems, adding Motorola Solutions to the list of vendors agreeing to patent deals. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 20:01:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-04-21T20:01:00Z Microsoft to wrap Nokia deal Friday, name subsidiary 'Microsoft Mobile' Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia's handset business on Friday, about eight months after revealing the deal. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:14:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-21T17:14:00Z Microsoft takes Iowa from corn to .com Microsoft is building some 1.16 million square feet of new data center space in Iowa. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:41:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-19T12:41:00Z Analysts Have Mixed Emotions in Bidding Farewell to Windows XP Microsoft&#39;s end-of-support deadline for Windows XP last week came with mixed emotions. After 13 years of XP use on desktops worldwide, saying goodbye to the most dominating operating systems of its time begs a question: Should we continue to use and turn a blind eye to our beloved XP, saving the real innovation for the tablets and smartphones we increasingly rely on? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:01:00 GMT (Derek Brink, Jim Rapoza) 2014-04-18T17:01:00Z IE6: Retired but not dead yet Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:46:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-18T10:46:00Z Windows' new normal shows software-as-a-service ambitions Microsoft's new updating "normal" for Windows -- a faster-paced tempo that demands customers apply releases within weeks -- is a first step in moving the OS to a services-style model. But companies may be leery of the change. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:15:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-17T20:15:00Z Microsoft extends Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for business Microsoft on Wednesday extended the Windows 8.1 Update migration deadline for businesses by three months, but again told consumers they had less than four weeks to make the move before the company shuts off their patch faucet. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:32:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-17T10:32:00Z Microsoft slashes Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported today. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:52:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-16T13:52:00Z Microsoft launches toolset for capturing 'ambient intelligence' Microsoft is targeting the growing volume of data being generated by both machines and humans: CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday showed off tools that could help organizations better understand -- and profit from -- this trove of information. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:29:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-04-16T11:29:00Z Intel looks to Android, not Microsoft, to boost tablet business In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:36:00 GMT (Agam Shah) 2014-04-16T10:36:00Z Microsoft kicks off sales of lower-priced Office subscription in bid for iPad dollars Five weeks after announcing a lower-cost subscription to Office, Microsoft today started selling Office 365 Personal to consumers. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 12:31:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-15T12:31:00Z Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers <i>are</i> capable of doing real work, a reversal of its 'Scroogled' campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:31:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-15T11:31:00Z Microsoft beefs up Office Online Microsoft is updating its Web-based Office Online suite, narrowing the features gap with the main Office 365 and Office 2013 suites installed on users&#39; devices. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:52:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-04-14T19:52:00Z Microsoft&#39;s Office for iPad Shakes Up Mobile Enterprise It&#39;s hard to overstate the impact of the Microsoft Office for iPad. The arrival of the dominant productivity suite on the dominant tablet promises to change how iPads are viewed in the enterprise. Office for iPad may also crush competitive apps, shut out cloud storage providers and limit MDM vendors. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:43:00 GMT (Tom Kaneshige) 2014-04-14T19:43:00Z How to get Windows Phone 8.1 today Microsoft released Windows Phone 8.1 today, and contrary to its label of "Windows Phone Preview for Developers," anyone can upgrade their current Windows Phone 8-powered handset. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:51:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-14T17:51:00Z Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices Microsoft has revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:33:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-14T10:33:00Z Update: IRS misses XP deadline, will spend $30M to upgrade remaining PCs The U.S. Internal Revenue Service acknowledged last week that it missed the April 8 cut-off for Windows XP support and will be paying Microsoft for an extra year of security patches. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:54:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-11T18:54:00Z The Mainframe Isn&#39;t Dead, and Neither Is the PC The mainframe was supposed to go extinct decades ago, but it&#39;s abundant in many habitats. Same goes for the PC, which seems to have adapted for survival better than once thought. Both the mainframe and the PC offer evolutionary advantages that newer, more sophisticated species still struggle to match. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:59:00 GMT (Rob Enderle) 2014-04-11T13:59:00Z Microsoft drags customers 'kicking and screaming' into its world of faster updates Microsoft's demand that Windows 8.1 users install this week's major update was another signal that the company is serious about forcing customers to adopt its faster release strategy, experts said today. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:29:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-10T20:29:00Z Windows 8.1 Update deep-dive review: An OS that makes more sense In Windows 8.1 Update, Microsoft may be finally getting it right: The latest version of its operating system finally bridges the gap between touch and traditional computing. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:39:00 GMT (Preston Gralla) 2014-04-10T13:39:00Z Collaboration 2.0: Old meets new Today's tools are a lot like yesterday's in some respects, except they add features for cloud, social, Web and mobile. They're also a whole lot easier to use. IDG Insider Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Nancy Gohring) 2014-04-10T10:30:00Z MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50 MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:00:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-09T15:00:00Z Microsoft suspends Windows 8.1 Update release to businesses Microsoft suspended serving Windows 8.1 Update to businesses that rely on WSUS (Windows Server Update Services), saying that a bug would prevent devices from recognizing future updates. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-09T11:30:00Z Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP This month&#39;s &quot;Patch Tuesday&quot; includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:20:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-04-08T20:20:00Z Windows 8.1 Update arrives today Microsoft will deliver the much-awaited update to Windows 8.1 Tuesday, and with it comes a packed goody bag of treats for laptop and PC users. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 16:35:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-04-08T16:35:00Z Microsoft requires migration to Windows 8.1 Update within 5 weeks Windows 8.1 users have a narrow window to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Update, the refresh that begins rolling out to customers today, to continue receiving future bug fixes, patches and enhancements. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 15:27:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-08T15:27:00Z How to run Windows XP in a virtual machine If the imminent end-of-support deadline for Windows XP has finally spurred you to make the update to Windows 8, you might be concerned about whether you&#39;ll still be able to run your old programs. Fortunately, there&#39;s a way you can run any Windows XP software you wish, using virtualization. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:10:00 GMT (Alex Castle) 2014-04-08T14:10:00Z FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:36:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-08T13:36:00Z China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation&#39;s Android device makers. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:11:00 GMT (Michael Kan) 2014-04-08T10:11:00Z Windows XP: The end is nigh When Microsoft ends support for Windows XP on Tuesday, a security sinkhole will likely open and gradually widen, threatening hundreds of millions of PCs worldwide in homes, companies, government agencies and schools. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:51:00 GMT (Juan Carlos Perez) 2014-04-07T21:51:00Z Low adoption rate of HSTS website security mechanism is worrying, EFF says Almost a year and a half after the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) mechanism was established as a standard, its adoption rate by websites remains low because developers are not aware of its benefits and Internet Explorer still doesn&#39;t support it, according to advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:52:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-04-07T14:52:00Z Microsoft touts next-gen Windows for connected cars Microsoft is moving Windows to the car, again. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:56:00 GMT (Mark Hachman) 2014-04-07T13:56:00Z Salted Links: 7 April 2014 The Hash is on the road this week, but while yours truly is flying the friendly skies, the following round-up will keep you in the loop on current events and interesting research. Today&#39;s cache includes a unique attack on Microsoft Outlook, using XSS to launch DoS attacks, and a note on the end of Windows XP. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:56:00 GMT (Steve Ragan) 2014-04-07T13:56:00Z How to Support Windows XP Now That Microsoft Isn&#39;t Official Microsoft support for Windows XP ends tomorrow. However, as many as 20 percent of business endpoints still use the popular operating system. If your company ranks among those still using XP, here&#39;s how you can protect your machines from the forthcoming onslaught of security vulnerabilities. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:54:00 GMT (Paul Rubens) 2014-04-07T13:54:00Z Microsoft to restore Start menu to Windows Microsoft this week gave customers a bare-bones peek at the future of Windows, saying that the next iteration after Windows 8.1 Update will restore a Start menu and let users run "Metro" apps on the classic desktop. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 12:44:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-05T12:44:00Z 4 reasons Microsoft is a new company There's no question that today's Microsoft is a whole new company. Many of the changes announced under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella were initiated under his predecessor, Steve Ballmer. But it's clear that it's a whole new Microsoft. Sat, 05 Apr 2014 11:15:00 GMT (Mike Elgan) 2014-04-05T11:15:00Z 5-year-old hacks Xbox, now he's a Microsoft &#39;security researcher&#39; A 5-year-old San Diego boy has been commended by Microsoft for his security skills after finding a vulnerability in the company&#39;s Xbox games console. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 23:48:00 GMT (Zach Miners) 2014-04-04T23:48:00Z Microsoft will block adware without easy uninstall Microsoft has toughened its criteria for classifying programs as adware and gave developers three months to conform with the new principles or risk having their programs blocked by the company's security products. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:17:00 GMT (Lucian Constantin) 2014-04-04T13:17:00Z Microsoft unveils App Studio to ease development of Windows and Windows Phone apps Microsoft's App Studio beta test has been expanded to allow novice developers to build applications for Windows tablets and PCs, in addition to Windows Phone. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:14:00 GMT (Mikael Rickn&#228;s) 2014-04-04T12:14:00Z At Build, mobility gets a boost with universal Windows apps Microsoft's announcement of universal Windows apps demonstrates the company's commitment to improving its share of the tablet and smartphone markets. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-04T10:15:00Z Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:09:00 GMT (Ryan Faas) 2014-04-04T10:09:00Z Microsoft releases Windows Library for JavaScript as open source Potentially helping developers more quickly build cross-platform applications, Microsoft is releasing as open source its WinJS JavaScript library for building Windows-styled controls. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:20:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-04-03T22:20:00Z Build: Microsoft Azure embraces external technologies As it rolled out tools and features for coders at its Build developer conference Thursday, Microsoft showed that it is ready to embrace technologies and platforms not invented within its walls. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:59:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-04-03T20:59:00Z Microsoft sketches out final Windows XP security updates for next week Microsoft today said it will ship four security updates to customers next week that will include the final public fixes for flaws in Windows XP and Office 2003, both slated for retirement from security support on Tuesday. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 19:06:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-03T19:06:00Z Microsoft teases touch-first Office for Windows Microsoft teased a touch-first Office for Windows 8.1, but contrary to many experts' expectations, previewed only one app and declined to define a release window. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:17:00 GMT (Gregg Keizer) 2014-04-03T13:17:00Z Cortana's voice is synthesized in part from an AI character in Halo Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, gets her name from a fictional character in the popular <i>Halo</i> video game series. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:07:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-02T21:07:00Z Microsoft signals strategy shift at Build conference Instead of relegating desktops to a lower priority while pursuing the mobile device market, Microsoft will integrate its PC dominance into its current core strategy to become a devices and services company, opening keynotes at the company&#39;s 2014 Build developer conference suggest. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:56:00 GMT (Joab Jackson) 2014-04-02T20:56:00Z