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Microsoft tests 'Centennial' tool to port legacy Windows app PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 April 2016 15:32

Microsoft wants to beef up the library of Universal Windows Platform apps, but developers haven’t been so eager to put in the time and effort to convert their work to UWP programs. Today, Microsoft introduced the preview version of a tool to make that process easier. Desktop App Converter, previously known as Project Centennial, converts app installers from older .NET and Win32 configurations to AppX packages that work with Windows 10. The tool, Microsoft hopes, will help populate the Windows Store with more desktop apps that users were familiar with in older operating systems. Microsoft is working hard to get developers to create UWP apps, touting releases from Hulu and Box, while also making it easier to port iOS apps to the platform with open-source tools. This new tool will make it easier for developers of old, but useful apps, to quickly convert them so they can get back to working on new things. That means users who were holding on to previous versions of Windows can upgrade to Windows 10 without losing access to their favorite apps.

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Windows 10 users at risk from Adobe flaw being exploited in the wild. PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 08 April 2016 18:56

Adobe is preparing a patch for a zero-day vulnerability affecting Chrome, Linux, OS X and all Windows systems, including Windows 10, that is being actively exploited. Adobe said in a security advisory on Tuesday that it's been made aware of a "critical vulnerability" in Flash Player 21.0.0.197 and earlier that could "cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system". The company warned that all versions of Windows are being targeted using the flaw. "Adobe is aware of reports that CVE-2016-1019 is being actively exploited on systems running Windows 10 and earlier with Flash Player version 20.0.0.306 and earlier," the firm said. "A mitigation introduced in Flash Player 21.0.0.182 currently prevents exploitation of this vulnerability, protecting users running Flash Player 21.0.0.182 and later." The firm also recommended updating all browsers installed on machines to mitigate the risk. The scope of the platforms being targeted originally focused just on Windows XP and Windows 7, but clearly new information has come to light.

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Microsoft's focus on Windows 10 upgrades is a mistake PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 April 2016 11:51

Microsoft made a mistake at its recent developers conference when it didn't use the opportunity to push customers to buy new hardware, an analyst said today. "On behalf of the Windows 10 team, we're happy to welcome all of these customers to Windows 10, whether they have a new PC, a five-year-old PC, or a Mac [emphasis added]," said Terry Myerson, the executive who leads the company's devices and operating systems group, after touting a new number of active Windows 10 users. Carolina Milanesi, principal analyst at Creative Strategies, picked up on Myerson's "five-year-old PC," and didn't like what she heard. "While Microsoft stated it is fine with some of those users having five-year-old PCs, a clear response to Phil Schiller's recent comment on the topic during Apple's last launch event, we strongly believe Microsoft should actually be concerned about the issue," Milanesi wrote in an analysis published on Creative Strategies' website. Milanesi referred to Schiller -- Apple's head of marketing -- because during the unveiling of the 9.7-in. iPad Pro two weeks ago he trumpeted the device as "the ultimate PC replacement."

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One in four PCs run Windows 10 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 08:40

According to NetMarketShare, more and more users are upgrading from Windows 7,Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. According to the web analytics firm, Windows 10 is currently installed on 14.15% of the computers that run on Windows OS. According to Microsoft, though, in February 2016 Windows 10 was reported to be running on 24% of all Windows computers and tablet devices, with the percentage increasing by 2% per month. Microsoft claims that the Windows 10 is being most used by gamers, adding that 35% of the people that play games on a Windows PC have Windows 10 installed on it. The huge difference between Microsoft’s and NetMarketShare’s disparate figures and is due to NetMarketShare recording OS usage figures. So it not only takes into consideration the number of people using the mentioned Windows 10, but also the number of people using Linux and Mac. Microsoft measures the Windows market share by determining how many people have the OS installed on their computers.

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Windows 10 with Ubuntu now in public preview PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 08:34

'Insider' update includes Linux along with new Skype, dark theme and more Microsoft's latest "Insider" Windows 10 preview Build 14316, includes the Windows Subsystem for Linux along with a flurry of other new features. The addition of a Linux command-line to Windows was announced at Microsoft's Build conference last week. The feature is aimed at developers, allowing them to use Linux utilities without having to run up a virtual machine or log into a remote system. Installing the Subsystem for Linux is a matter of first enabling Developer Mode, par of the Update and Security settings, and then selecting Linux from the Windows Features dialog. Once it is enabled, you can open a command prompt, type bash, and be prompted to install "Ubuntu on Windows". The subsystem is then downloaded from the Windows Store. The subsystem is not an emulator, but rather redirects Linux syscalls to Windows equivalents. When you are in bash, you are running Ubuntu 14.04 "trusty" and can use the Apt package manager to install the tools you need.

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Windows 10 Redstone To Feature Improved Backup To OneDrive PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 March 2016 19:22

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Microsoft’s OneDrive cloud storage service has quickly grown in popularity since its integration into the Windows platform. With Windows 10 having the cloud storage service being deeply integrated into the OS, it’s a bit surprising that there is not a way to back up your machine to the cloud service. Thanks to a leaked build last week, it looks like Microsoft is preparing to offer an improved backup solution that will give you better control of the items that are stored in the cloud service. As you can see from the screenshot above from build 14278, you will soon have the ability to turn off and on having Onedrive store your apps, passwords, settings and accounts. The one feature that is currently not available that some users may want is to fully backup your device to the cloud. Seeing as this functionality is now starting to show up in Windows 10, it’s certainly possible the company could enable this feature in an upcoming release. If they would allow a consumer to fully duplicate their local drive to the cloud, the company dropping unlimited cloud storage for Onedrive users who also subscribe to Office 365 begins to make a lot more sense as the usage will skyrocket once enabled. Seeing as most users have far more content on their local drive than what they have in the ‘OneDrive’ folder, the company needed a way to protect itself from the increase in high-volume users...Learn more on our forum.

 

 
Upgrade Your Outlets for USB Charging PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 08 March 2016 21:11

Upgrade Your Outlets for USB Charging

 

When you have more than one or two gadgets, the outlets near that kitchen counter can get very cluttered. If you want to clean things up, you can upgrade your outlets to support not just standard 120-volt power cords but 5v USB charging too. USB is now the ubiquitous standard for charging smartphones, fitness gadgets and everything in between. Further, all the gadgets we use are increasingly power hungry and we spend a lot of effort ensuring they are fully charged and nearby. If you have a location in your home or office where you frequently chew up a few outlets with charging devices, you might prefer to upgrade the outlet to support USB charging. With an upgraded outlet, you can use both 120 volt outlets for non-USB devices (like a nightstand lamp or the TV on your kitchen counter) as well as charge multiple USB devices. It’s a great no-clutter way to charge your devices without busting out a power strip, sacrificing use of the outlet, or taking up counter space with a full charging station. For readers who are handy and familiar with basic electrical wiring safety precautions, it’s a trivial task to swap out a standard 120v wall outlet with a 120v wall outlet + USB charging. For readers who aren’t comfortable doing their own electrical work, we highly recommend getting a qualified electrician..This step by step how to is posted at windows10newsinfo forum.

 

 
The spaceship rises PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 07 March 2016 23:48

The spaceship rises

 

Apple's new campus has received significant attention during its development phase, from design renderings and blueprints to aerial footage captured by drones. Apple has shared with Mashable exclusive details and photos of its new corporate offices, including the theater that will serve as the venue for future Apple product launches. While we've been hearing about the design of the campus and its facilities for nearly five years, installation of the massive, curved glass panels that surround the Main Building’s spaceship-like design is about 33% complete. Overall construction is projected to wrap by the end of this year, with the opening scheduled for 2017. The company has paid as much attention to the precise details of Apple Campus 2 (located a few miles from its existing headquarters) as it does to its products. In fact, the new campus required the creation of custom-made machines — which Apple calls “manipulators” — to handle the lifting and placing of nearly 900 curved glass panels, some of which measure an incredible 46 feet long and 10.5 feet wide. The project is not only a massive undertaking on the ground, but Apple is working with design firms, material suppliers and other vendors across 19 countries. While more details about Apple's Main Building, which will house about 13,000 employees, have trickled out in the last year, little has been revealed around the “Theatre” until now...More details and images can be found at windows10newsinfo forum.

 

 
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