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IDG Contributor Network: 94% of Microsoft vulnerabilities can be easily mitigated

If you want to shut out the overwhelming majority of vulnerabilities in Microsoft products, turn off admin rights on the PC.That's the conclusion …

Information Security

Microsoft's Satya Nadella is counting on culture shock to drive growth

REDMOND, Wash. — Last March, Microsoft unveiled Tay.ai, a Twitter bot that promised to usher in a new era of human-to-artificial-intelligence conversation.<p>Within hours, hackers turned Tay into a venom-spewing racist, and the project was quickly shuttered with a public apology.<p>In the old days of …

Bill Gates

Windows 10 Cloud Expected to Compete With Chrome OS

Is Microsoft's answer to Chromebooks cheap laptops running Windows Cloud?<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions …

MacBook Pro

“You took so much time to joke me”—two hours trolling a Windows support scammer | Ars Technica

"Albert Morris" and team get taken for a ride while we tried to track their tradecraft.<p>Technical support scams are the bottom of the barrel for …

Remote Controls

Windows 10 Start Menu Alternatives

The Windows 10 Start menu lacks at least one key feature compared to Windows 7: the ability to organize it. Here's how.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Windows 10 to Feature Smarter Cortana, Bluetooth Enhancements

Microsoft's Cortana now allows users to pick up where they left off and Bluetooth features that put the OS in touch with the latest smart devices.

Enterprise Tech

5 Useful Flipboard Topics for Professional Bloggers

Bloggers, take a deep breath. Can you smell that? It’s the scent of a brand new year. So fresh and full of potential. As you start to plan out your blogging year, we have a few suggestions for core Flipboard topics that might help inspire you and keep you on track to reach your professional …

Nissan and BMW bring Microsoft's Cortana assistant to cars

Just days after teasing a Nissan and Cortana partnership, the car maker is unveiling its plans to integrate Microsoft's digital assistant into some vehicles. Nissan is working directly with Microsoft on its Connected Vehicle Platform, which utilizes Azure, Cortana, and Office 365. Cortana will be …

Cortana

Get Wiley's 'Windows 10 Simplified' (worth $17) FREE for a limited time

Whether you’re new to Windows 10, know someone who might need a little help mastering the new OS, or just want to get more from it yourself, Windows …

PowerShell: The smart person's guide

This comprehensive guide covers essential PowerShell information, including features, usage requirements, and how Microsoft's framework extends to …

Forensics

Leaders must serve first

Servant leadership is an important concept and tool in inspiring the people who work for you to find meaning and fulfillment -More-

Leadership

Black Hats Leveraging PowerShell

It appears as if Microsoft might have another ActiveX on its hands.<p>Those with long memories might remember that in 1996, Microsoft added support in …

Cybersecurity

Most External PowerShell Scripts Are Malicious: Symantec

<b>PowerShell, the scripting language and shell framework that is installed by default on most Windows computers, is becoming a favored attack tool for</b> …

Nadella says next Microsoft phone will be the "ultimate mobile device"

Microsoft hasn’t had much luck when it comes to smartphones. Windows phones are a tiny part of the market, even though Microsoft continues to advance its mobile OS, and there have been a handful of flagship devices.<p>But CEO Satya Nadella isn’t ready to give up. If anything, it seems he’s approaching …

Code.gov is the US government's open-source software hub

Back in August, the Obama Administration announced a new policy that requires 20 percent of the federal government's software projects be open source. To make all of that material easily accessible, there's now a place for you to view all of the code. Code.gov is the web-based hub for the …

Microsoft was working on its own MacBook Touch Bar

Apple unveiled its new MacBook Touch Bar last week, and many were quick to compare it to Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon adaptive keys from 2014. While Lenovo scrapped its touch keys after feedback due to the poor implementation, Microsoft has been investigating the use of adaptive keyboards for more …

MacBook

LastPass' cross-platform password manager goes free across all devices

Last August, LastPass announced that it would allow users to manage their passwords for free on any one type of device (like desktops, or smartphones). It’s now simplified its pricing structure so it’s even easier to securely log in across all your gadgets.<p>The password management service is now …

Microsoft Surface Studio Is Finally Here To Take On The iMac

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>You're reading Entrepreneur Middle East, an international franchise of Entrepreneur Media.<p>In a bid to enter the AIO market as well as take on the iMac, Microsoft has announced its Surface Studio, which comes with its fair share of …

Microsoft Surface

Take a look inside Microsoft’s Quincy, Wash. data center

For some IT people, looking into one data center is like looking into a thousand different data centers: They all look, feel and even smell the same. …

What to Expect From Microsoft's October Windows Event

Microsoft reportedly has plenty of Windows-focused announcements on the way. But what new hardware will we see?<p>PCMag reviews products independently, …

Kaby Lake

How to watch

Microsoft's Panos Panay is back in New York City, and he's pumped! Panay always gets pumped when something is about to go down, so we'll be there covering it all live. Microsoft is, of course, expected to introduce a new Surface all-in-one PC at an event in New York City this morning. That won't be …

New York City

Surface Studio name emerges ahead of Microsoft’s PC event

Microsoft is expected to unveil a Surface-branded all-in-one PC on Wednesday at an event in New York City. While a PC is expected, we haven't heard rumors of possible names for the device until today. Trademark attorney Brian Conroy may have uncovered potential names for Microsoft's Surface PC, or …

New York City

Microsoft Expected To Move Surface Brand To Desktop With Surface PC

Microsoft is hosting a media event in New York this week. Official details for what Microsoft plans to unveil are sparse, but the general expectation is that it will be a Surface launch. Speculation, however, suggests that Microsoft will actually reveal a new desktop version of its Surface …

Gears of War

Microsoft preps for October Windows event

The last two months has already seen big events from Apple and Google. Now it's Microsoft's turn.<p>On Friday, the computer giant sent out invites to its own special event on October 26 in New York City. Not much is revealed from the invite, which features a window looking out onto the city with the …

New York City

Microsoft's Love For FPGA Accelerators May Be Contagious

Microsoft has announced more details about their use of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) to accelerate servers in their massive datacenters. CEO Satya Nadella made the announcements at their Ignite Conference in Atlanta (which MI&S colleague Patrick Moorhead attended), sharing details about …

Machine Learning

Amazon adds free ebooks to its Prime membership perks

A nice addition, although the selection looks pretty limited<p>Amazon has added a new perk to its $99-a-year Prime membership scheme: free comics, magazines, short stories, and ebooks. Announced today, Amazon Prime Reading gives US customers access to "over a thousand popular books," including <i>The</i> …

Free Shipping

NSA contractor arrested for allegedly compromising highly classified computer codes

A National Security Agency contractor has been arrested and charged with allegedly compromising highly classified computer codes, CBS News confirmed …

Microsoft points to a transition of Windows 10 Mobile to 64-bit

There's a lot to like in Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile for smartphones, but it has one glaring weakness: It still is a 32-bit OS.But a transition to 64-bit for the OS was inevitable as memory capacity in smartphones goes up, Microsoft said during a presentation at the Ignite conference last week. …

Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft disbands the Band: fitness device pulled from stores, no Band 3 this year | Ars Technica

Microsoft says it’s still exploring wearables space, but has stopped making wearables.<p>Microsoft's strange foray into wearables may be at an end. Mary …

Wearable Tech

It looks like Microsoft has given up on its Band fitness tracker

Microsoft has sold out of its Band 2 activity tracker and has no immediate plans to replace it, the company said this week.<p>The device disappeared …

Fitness Technology