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Microsoft is the world’s leading producer of computer software. Microsoft was incorporated in 1981, but the company’s roots go back at least as far as 1975, when the first commercially available personal computer appeared on the cover of Popular Electronics.


A new variant of the Petya ransomware (also called Petrwrap) began spreading internationally on Tuesday, June 27. The initial attack vector is unclear, but aggressive worm-like behaviour helps spread the ransomware. How does the Petya variant work? The ransomware exploits the vulnerability CVE-2017-0144 in Microsoft’s implementation of the Server Message […]

McAfee Threat Update – Petya Ransomware Variants


Desktop apps can be installed on Windows 10 Cloud with a little extra effort
Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a robust operating system that can do just about anything. Usually that’s a strength, but while Windows 10 competes well against Google’s Chrome OS platform on features and overall power, it’s at a disadvantage in terms of cost and manageability. That’s why Microsoft is releasing the […]

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Windows 10 Creators Update will bring a much-improved Microsoft Edge browser
If you’ve been holding off on switching to Microsoft’s new Edge browser, you may finally take the plunge thanks to changes that are due when Windows 10 Creators Update rolls out in April 2017. The Windows 10 Creators Update promises a host of new features aimed at creatives types and […]

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update protected users against two pre-patched exploits
Matt Oh and Elia Florio of the Windows Defender ATP Research Team said on Friday that Windows 10 Anniversary Update not only neutralized zero-day kernel exploits used by two recent attack campaigns, but revealed how they were used. The exploits were based on the CVE-2016-7255 and CVE-2016-7256 vulnerabilities, which were […]

Windows 10 Anniversary Update protected users against two pre-patched exploits


Windows 10 Game Mode coming later this week
The brand new Windows 10 Creators Update is just around the corner. It will have some special gaming features, and it’s nearly ready to roll-out. There will be a new insider build (so it is not stable) in the upcoming week and it’s going to have the mysterious “Game Mode” […]

Windows 10 Game Mode coming later this week


32-bit vs. 64-bit – what’s the difference, and what does it mean for your PC?
What are bits? The number of bits in a processor refers to the size of the data types that it handles and the size of its registry. Simply put, a 64-bit processor is more capable than a 32-bit processor because it can handle more data at once. A 64-bit processor […]

32-bit vs. 64-bit – what’s the difference, and what does ...



ARK: Survival Evolved
Patch 252 brings a feast of new content to ARK: Survival Evolved! Four new creatures will become available to discover and tame, including the slimy Achatina, nocturnal hunter Megalosaurus, harvesting-specialist Moschops and the pheromone-spewing Pachyrhinosaurus! Achatina Limusegnis, slow and steady, that’s the best way to describe the Achatina. A land […]

ARK: Survival Evolved Patch 252


All the major browsers are calling time on the SHA-1 hashing algorithm
The most popular web browsers are calling time on SHA-1, the hashing algorithm for securing data, and will soon begin blocking sites that use it. In a blog post, Microsoft stated that the algorithm was no longer secure and allowed attackers to carry out spoofs, phishing attacks, or man-in-the-middle attacks. […]

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Microsoft patches nasty Windows 10 security flaw outed by Google
On October 31, Google publicly outed Microsoft for a critical zero-day security flaw in Windows 10 just 10 days after reporting the vulnerability to the firm. Today, as promised in a subsequent (and angry) blog post, Microsoft has patched up the hole and more in a round of updates. The […]

Microsoft patches nasty Windows 10 security flaw outed by Google


Microsoft is busy making Cortana more chatty and humanlike
Microsoft is working on making Cortana seem more humanlike in terms of the responses the digital assistant gives to Windows users, according to a freshly uncovered patent. The idea is to move away from the same canned prompts so Cortana will use a range of different greetings perhaps depending on […]

Microsoft is busy making Cortana more chatty and humanlike


Microsoft warns of fake MSE installer Hicurdismos
Microsoft has issued a warning to Windows users to be on alert for Hicurdismos. Hicurdismos is a fake Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) installer that tricks users into thinking their PC has died. When Hicurdismos is launched it creates a fake Blue Screen of Death along with an error message telling […]

Microsoft warns of fake MSE installer Hicurdismos



Paying is for suckers: Here’s how to use Microsoft Office for Free
Use free online and mobile apps Microsoft has been gradually expanding the number of apps you can use online, for free, and now offers an impressive suite that can easily merge with downloaded apps if necessary, and has plenty of functionality for the average project. It’s also really easy to […]

Here’s how to use Microsoft Office for Free


‘Gears of War 4’ will offer local split-screen co-op gameplay on Windows 10
Last week during a preview event, developer The Coalition revealed that Gears of War 4 for the PC will provide local split-screen co-op. According to technical director Mike Rayner, this is difficult to support given the game must utilize multiple inputs, the placement of the user interface, and the camera’s […]

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Microsoft: Xbox Scorpio will support native 4K gaming
The Xbox’s Project Scorpio is still a year away, but Microsoft is already making some pretty bold claims about the console’s computing power. Unlike the majority of games running on Sony’s PlayStation 4 Pro, which upscale to 4K instead of delivering it natively, it appears that Microsoft’s upgraded system won’t […]

Microsoft: Xbox Scorpio will support native 4K gaming



Windows 7 and 8.1 move to Windows 10-style updates
Microsoft is changing patching for Windows 7/8.1 so instead of fixes and updates arriving in dribs and drabs, they’ll pitch up in one cumulative update, as is the case with Windows 10. In other words, users of these earlier versions of Windows can wave goodbye to the traditional ‘patch Tuesday’, […]

Windows 7 and 8.1 move to Windows 10-style updates


Microsoft finally rolls out Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update, new features
The new update doesn’t have as many new features as the desktop update for computers, but there are a few nice capabilities included, such as a new camera shortcut, and the ability to control media from the lock screen. Another big update comes to the Wallet app, which now supports […]

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So long, dongles: Microsoft will build one into your next Windows 10 PC
Xbox is phasing out unnecessary dongles for your Windows 10 PC, announcing a new line of computers that communicate wirelessly with your Xbox accessories without the need to buy any extraneous adapters. From there, the company also plans to bake Xbox Wireless connectivity directly into PC motherboards so that one […]

So long, dongles: Microsoft will build one into your next ...



Impressive mod turns the Xbox One S into a laptop
Unveiled at this year’s E3 event, the Xbox One S takes the power of Microsoft’s flagship home console and puts it in a smaller, more refined package, even if it doesn’t provide a bump in performance. That gave one DIY-minded gamer the idea to take the company’s efforts to streamline […]

Impressive mod turns the Xbox One S into a laptop


Microsoft has just acquired its own game streaming service
Following in the footsteps of Sony’s acquisition of game-streaming service Gaikai in 2012, Microsoft has acquired Beam. But unlike Gaikai, Beam’s service has an emphasis on bringing interactivity to watching live-gaming streams. Whereas services such as Twitch allow users to watch passively as game streamers play, Beam’s service allows viewers […]

Microsoft has just acquired its own game streaming service