Posts Tagged ‘microsoft’

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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Speed up Edge by Disabling Flash

Monday, August 8th, 2016

Edge definitely runs relatively slow when compared to other browsers … but I’m not sure if disabling Flash is really a practical answer to that problem.

One of the annoyances of Microsoft Edge that I experience whenever I use the web browser is that it lags at times. This is noticeable for instance when websites are loaded from external sources but also at other occasions. When a website loads for instance, it lags until all content is loaded. The loading itself seems to take longer than when other browsers are used but I could never put my finger down on the cause for this as it only happens on some sites and not all of them.

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Microsoft Message Analyzer

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Network admins and NOC personnel will appreciate this new replacement for Microsoft Network Monitor …

Microsoft Message Analyzer is a tool for Windows 7 and newer Windows versions that is been designed to assist users in troubleshooting and diagnostic scenarios. The program ships with functionality to capture, list and analyze protocol traffic, e.g. http and https connections, events, as well as system or application messages. It replaced Microsoft Network Monitor 3.4, and may be used to capture live local or remote traffic, and to load previous captures for further analysis.

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Microsoft Gives Away Free eBooks

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

This sounds like an incredible opportunity for network professionals to pick up free copies of Microsoft technical manuals, application guides and other reference materials for Windows 10, Azure, Server, Powershell and a wide range of other Microsoft products too.

Microsoft is giving away hundreds of free ebooks currently covering a wide variety of topics that include Windows, Azure, Office, Windows Server, and SharePoint among others. What’s particularly interesting about the giveaway is that it features recent publications as well as older ones.

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Microsoft is Alienating Part of its Customer Base

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

If Microsoft had a close competitor in the operating system market, this might be a problem. But with nowhere else to go (except maybe Linux,) most personal computer users have no choice except to stick with Windows until an alternative comes along.

Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system is a success if you look at the operating system’s growth and the use figures that Microsoft releases every now and then. Windows 10 is doing pretty well right now but it has yet to be determined whether the growth of the operating system has been fueled largely by the free upgrade offer, and if it can stand on its own when the free upgrade offer ends on July 29, 2016.

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Microsoft Edge Full Policy List

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

I haven’t really taken the time to play around with Edge yet, but in the process of discussing the policy list, this article also provides a nice overview of some of Edge’s features, capabilities and characteristics.

The following guide provides you with information about all Microsoft Edge policies up to the release of Windows 10’s Anniversary Update in Summer 2016. Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10. Most who used it agree that it works better than Internet Explorer in many regards, but also see quite a few issues of which some will be resolved with this Summer’s Anniversary Update for Windows 10. Policies are designed to manage Microsoft Edge, and here in particular in business environments and the enterprise.

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Microsoft Fixes Outlook Spam Issues

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

I haven’t seen this myself, but perhaps you have …

If you are using one of Microsoft’s emailing services, Outlook.com for instance, you may have noticed a sharp increase in spam messages that were not filed as spam in the past couple of days. The main issue here was of course that spam was not flagged properly by Microsoft so that it landed in user inboxes instead of the junk folder where it belonged. You may have noticed as well that spam messages that were not identified as such did not land as frequently in the inbox today or not at all as it did yesterday or the days before.

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Microsoft wants to make Windows 7 and 8.1 Updating Easier

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

While these changes may or may not make updating easier, the separation of security and non-security patches will probably make the process slightly more confusing.

Microsoft announced three upcoming changes to update procedures of previous versions of the company’s Windows operating system today. The company created what it calls rollup packages for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 which are designed to bring the operating system to the newest patched version without having to install all updates released for it one by one.

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