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Microsoft well-positioned to beat Amazon in cloud, but it’s ‘not a birth right’, ex-CEO Ballmer says – CNBC

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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EU launches public consultation into fears about future of internet – The Guardian

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The EU is launching an unprecedented public consultation to find out what Europeans fear most about the future of the internet. A succession of surveys over the coming weeks will ask people for their views on everything from privacy and security to artificial intelligence, net neutrality, big data and the impact of the digital world on jobs, health, government and democracy. A dozen leading European publications, including the Guardian, are…

You can now sign into a Microsoft Account without a password – The Verge

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Microsoft Account holders can now use just their smartphone to sign in. Microsoft is enabling a new phone sign in option as part of the company’s iOS and Android Microsoft Authenticator app. While you’ve been able to use the app for two-factor authentication requests previously, the latest update lets you bypass ever having to enter your password at a Microsoft Account login prompt. To enable the feature you can download…

No, Microsoft is not ‘killing Windows 10 Mobile’ – The Register

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Microsoft has scotched reports that it has “abandoned” Windows Mobile. Windows 10 is in perpetual beta, and on Thursday the software giant issued new versions for both PC and Mobile, accompanied by some ambiguous notes from Insider Preview manager Donna Sarkar. Then everyone went home for Easter. Sarkar had written: The biggest difference being that the build number and branch won’t match the builds we will be releasing for PC….

Microsoft well-positioned to beat Amazon in cloud, but it’s ‘not a birth right’, ex-CEO Ballmer says – CNBC

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Firefox kills off Aurora channel to speed up release of new features – Ars Technica

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

reader comments 19 Firefox is killing off the Aurora release channel, which will improve the speed at which new features can be rolled out—hopefully by as much as six to eight weeks. As of April 18, there are now just three main stages for new Firefox features: Nightly (alpha), Beta (beta), and Release (stable). For the majority of Firefox’s history (2004 to 2011) it used a conventional release cycle, with major…

No, Microsoft is not ‘killing Windows 10 Mobile’ – The Register

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Microsoft has scotched reports that it has “abandoned” Windows Mobile. Windows 10 is in perpetual beta, and on Thursday the software giant issued new versions for both PC and Mobile, accompanied by some ambiguous notes from Insider Preview manager Donna Sarkar. Then everyone went home for Easter. Sarkar had written: The biggest difference being that the build number and branch won’t match the builds we will be releasing for PC….

Microsoft Says It’s Buying This Company to Build the Apps for the Future – Fortune

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Microsoft Needs To Sync And Automate Outlook Configuration – Forbes

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

One of the best things that has happened in recent years when it comes to setting up a new Windows PC is the ability to log in with a Microsoft Account and have your operating system settings and preferences synced automatically. One of the most tedious aspects of setting up a new Windows PC is installing Outlook and manually reconfiguring it and setting all of the preferences over again. Outlook…

Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak – BBC News

Monday, April 17, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaks indicate the Swift bank transfer messaging system was compromised via third-party services Microsoft says it had already fixed software flaws linked to an alleged breach of the global banking system before they were exposed last week. On Friday, a group called the Shadow Brokers published details of several hacking tools, indicating they had been used by the US National Security Agency (NSA)…

Windows admins, has Microsoft completely screwed up its security reports? – Ars Technica

Monday, April 17, 2017

reader comments 18 The last three Patch Tuesdays haven’t been the straightforward affairs we’re used to. February’s was a big deal because it was delayed and then cancelled outright, with Microsoft never explaining to us why it didn’t happen. Of course, that decision might have had something to do with the unexpected contents of March’s Patch Tuesday. That release fixed a bunch of previously undisclosed flaws that were then publicized by…

Why You Trust Email Way More Than You Should – New York Magazine

Monday, April 17, 2017

Photo: Hero Images Inc./Getty Images You probably don’t have to think very hard to come up with an email-related scandal that happened sometime in the last few years. New Jersey governor Chris Christie stepped in it when his deputy chief of staff emailed, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee.” We now know that before the financial crisis Wall Street bankers emailed each other that many of the assets…

Report: Microsoft exploring browser-like tabs for Windows 10 to simplify user experience – GeekWire

Monday, April 17, 2017

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at the Windows 10 consumer unveiling in 2015. Microsoft is looking at bringing one of the internet’s most familiar experiences, shuffling through browser tabs, to apps throughout the Windows 10 operating system. Windows Central reported that the company is experimenting internally with the feature, which could bring tabs to any app that uses a titlebar, from Microsoft Office to a device’s file browser. Such a move would help…

Future Firefox versions may slim down, use less memory thanks to new ‘Performance’ option – ExtremeTech

Monday, April 17, 2017

Firefox has long been playing defense against the unstoppable juggernaut of Google Chrome (to be fair, Microsoft isn’t in much better shape). Over the past year, we’ve reported on Mozilla’s attempts to add multi-threading support to its existing browser, and yes, the rather silly new logo that the organization came up with for itself: “Moz://a,” if you’ve been trying to forget it. Now the organization apparently has a new plan…

Microsoft launches updates to PowerApps and Flow – TechCrunch

Monday, April 17, 2017

Microsoft’s business-centric IFTTT competitor Flow and its ‘low-code’ PowerApps platform are both getting major updates today. While these are obviously different services that solve different issues, both aim to help non-developers make better use of their existing data and services without having to write their own code. While Flow, at its core, uses the if-this-then-that model, PowerApps allows you to build your own desktop and mobile applications from scratch. Out of those two…

Microsoft patched ‘NSA hack’ Windows flaws before leak – BBC News

Monday, April 17, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The leaks indicate the Swift bank transfer messaging system was compromised via third-party services Microsoft says it had already fixed software flaws linked to an alleged breach of the global banking system before they were exposed last week. On Friday, a group called the Shadow Brokers published details of several hacking tools, indicating they had been used by the US National Security Agency (NSA)…

Microsoft: You’re Safe From NSA Malware – Newser

Sunday, April 16, 2017

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Robert Taylor, a pioneer of modern computing and the internet, dies at 85 – Minnesota Public Radio News

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nearly 50 years ago, computer visionary Robert Taylor helped lay the foundations for what we know today as the internet. Taylor, who had Parkinson’s disease, died Thursday at his home in Woodside, Calif., his son Kurt Taylor tells NPR. Like many of his peers who helped build the internet, Bob Taylor, as he was known, wasn’t a computer scientist. The University of Texas at Austin graduate had a background in…

Congressman tells constituents that nobody has ‘got to use the internet’ – Sacramento Bee

Sunday, April 16, 2017

A Wisconsin congressman told a town hall attendee who was concerned about the elimination of online privacy protections that using the Internet is a choice – a statement that has since drawn criticism on social media. During the meeting in Wisconsin on Thursday, the attendee asked about the recent decision by Congress to wipe away an Obama-era policy that sought to limit what Internet service providers, such as Verizon, AT&T…

Selling Your Internet Browsing History – NPR

Sunday, April 16, 2017

LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: Congress last month repealed a set of regulations that would have put hefty restrictions on Internet service providers. So what do these companies know about us, and what can they do with that information? NPR tech reporter Alina Selyukh told us what the rules were and what the repeal means. ALINA SELYUKH, BYLINE: The rules were meant to give people more control over the data that the…