Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

Blocking Telemetry in Windows 7 and 8.1

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

If you’re concerned about privacy, (and have a bit of free time on your hands,) you might want to check out this neat trick for managing Microsoft updates and controlling the sort of information that your system is allowed to share.

Microsoft pushed patches to devices running Windows 7 and 8.1 in recent time that collect information and transfer data to Microsoft regularly. One of the main issues that Windows users may have with telemetry is that Microsoft does not reveal what it is collecting, and what is included when telemetry data is transferred to the company. The following tutorial provides suggestions on limiting Windows data collecting and transferring. There is no guarantee that nothing is collected and/or submitted after making privacy related changes to the operating system, but a guarantee that data collecting is severely limited at the very least.

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Microsoft – February 2017 Non-Security Office Update Release

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Here’s a quick recap of this month’s Microsoft bug fixes for Office …

February 2017 Non-Security Office Update Release. Microsoft released non-security patches for Microsoft Office yesterday. The first Tuesday of any month is Office patch day, or more precisely, patch day for non-security patches as security updates are still delivered on the second Tuesday along with Windows and other Microsoft product security updates. Microsoft released 26 non-security patches for Office yesterday. A total of 10 updates were released for Office 2013, and 16 updates for Office 2016.

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Microsoft – Windows 10 Hardening Against 0-Day Exploits

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Windows 10 does indeed do a fine job with security issues … but I still wish they could learn to resist the temptation to tweak my Start Menu and Task Bar every three or four upgrades or so.

One key focus of Microsoft when it comes to promoting the company’s latest operating system Windows 10 is to hammer home that Windows 10 is better for security. The company published a blog post recently on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center blog which exemplified that by analyzing how Windows 10 handled two 0-day exploits, or better, how it protected customer systems from those exploits.

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Microsoft Security Updates – January 2017

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Here’s a quick summary of the first Microsoft Security Updates of 2017.

It’s the second Tuesday of the month, and that means it is once again Patch Day over at Microsoft. The company has released security updates and non-security updates for client and server versions of its Windows operating system, as well as for other company products today. Our guide provides you with information on these updates. It lists all security bulletins that Microsoft released this month, and all non-security updates and security advisories.

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Microsoft: Don’t Edit Linux Files in Windows

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Yeah, this is definitely inconvenient, but fortunately there are ways around it.

Microsoft warned all Windows 10 users who have installed the Windows Subsystem for Linux recently that they should not modify Linux files on Windows using apps, tools, scripts or other means. The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) is part of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system. It is not installed by default however and needs to be enabled by a user or administrator before it becomes available.

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Enough with the Popups, Microsoft

Friday, November 18th, 2016

Given Microsoft’s successful marketing of Windows 10, unfortunately, this is probably just another sign of things to come. In the near future, most software will constantly nag users to purchase upgrades or additional features.

Microsoft customers on Windows may have experienced yet another popup notification while running their device. Microsoft’s latest informational message is directed towards Office365 subscribers and is pushed to various versions of Windows including Windows 7 and 10. This may come as a surprise considering that those users are already paying customers. The popup launches right above the Windows system tray area. It is labeled Office365, and informs customers that “your upgrade to Office 2016 is ready”. It reveals furthermore that the upgrade is free (Free with your Office 365 subscription).

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Microsoft Publishes December 2016 Patch Previews

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

When Microsoft recently announced the end of its Security Bulletins program for Windows 7 and 8.1, many were left wondering what would replace it. This month, we’ll finally get a peak at how the new updates program will work.

Microsoft has just released preview patches for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 which interested users and administrators can download for preview testing before they are pushed out via Windows Update on the second Tuesday of December. The company changed how updates are made available for Windows 7 and 8.1 systems recently; it switched from releasing individual updates for issues to so-called rollups which include all patches released for a given month.

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Microsoft Resurrects Telemetry Updates KB2952664 and KB2976978

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

So you’re a loyal Windows 7 or 8 user, and you thought those annoying “Get Windows 10” notices would no longer be a problem after the free upgrade period ended? Think again.

The past year has not been easy for system owners or administrators on devices running Windows 7 or Windows 8 who don’t want their systems to be upgraded to Windows 10. The main reason for this was that Microsoft pushed a myriad of patches to devices running previous versions of Windows with the sole aim to get those Windows versions upgraded to Windows 10.

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Microsoft: You won’t be Using that Qwerty Keyboard Forever

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Given the vast number of users who are proficient with Qwerty keyboards, the presence of a Qwerty-like interface on most mobile devices, and the lack of a viable replacement for the Qwerty keyboard … I kind of doubt this will happen in our lifetimes.

Microsoft’s chief envisioning officer Dave Coplin believes that the days of using a Qwerty keyboard to interact with computing devices are numbered. In an interview with the UK’s Evening Standard newspaper, Coplin stated that it was bizarre that today’s workforce was still relying on technology invented in the 19th century. Coplin mentioned the Qwerty keyboard as one of those technologies that is a “sub-optimal design”.

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Why aren’t there More Microsoft Edge Extensions?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

This is a valid question … it almost makes me wonder if perhaps the user-base for Edge has turned out to be smaller than Microsoft had anticipated.

One of the big new features of the Anniversary Update was extension support in Windows 10’s default system browser Microsoft Edge. Microsoft showcased several of the extensions during development of the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, and got at least some users excited about the prospect of running ad blockers, password managers and other useful tools in Edge directly. The update launched with about ten extensions for Edge that were listed in Windows Store.

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