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Microsoft Automatically Installing Upgrade Preparatory Package for Windows 10

Microsoft have finally released Windows 10 and are rolling out preparatory automatic installs on Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines. Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will be free for life for specific Windows 7 and 8 users and Windows 10 Beta Testers as long as they upgrade within a year of the release (until 29 July 2016). The minimum system requirements for this are 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM with 20GB of free space needed. The Windows 10 download is between 4 and 5GB. Features of Windows 10 include: Cortana- ‘your own personal assistant to help you get things done’…


Mainstream Support to Windows 7 has Ended

It’s been almost a month but the mainstream support to Windows 7 has finished with the end of ‘expected support’ scheduled to end January 14th 2020. From October 31st 2013, PC’s were no longer sold with Windows 7 installed; instead users would have been given Windows 8. Microsoft describes all of its operating systems as having a ‘life support’ which ‘begins when a product is released and ends when it’s no longer supported.’ The term ‘end of support’ refers to the date when Microsoft no longer provides automatic fixes, updates, or online technical assistance to its products and services. In this…


Microsoft Unveils Windows 10

After the ‘failure’ of Windows 8, Microsoft has finally unveiled a draft look at the design and features of its next operating platform- Windows 10. At a Windows 10 product launch, Microsoft unveiled Windows 10 as a platform that will be smoother and a more cohesive experience for users when they alternate between different devices. The platform will be launched “later in the year” in 2015 and will be available free for the first year for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to help aid it’s adoption. Further information about prices was not mentioned. After the lack of interest and…


Microsoft Appeals against US Demands for Cloud Data Stored in Ireland

Microsoft has launched an appeal in a US courtroom after refusing to provide the US with Cloud Data stored in Ireland because of a warrant that exists in the US. This appeal has been launch in conjunction with a ruling Judge Francis gave in April 2014 stating that the Government shouldn’t have to arrange a fresh warrant each time it requires data. Francis commented that “the burden on the government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded if warrants for data did not cover this information”. Microsoft’s Deputy General Counsel David Howard replied saying “the US…


Windows Server 2003 Support Ending

In just under a year, support for Windows Server 2003 will expire meaning the platform won’t receive any new updates to its operating system. As with Windows XP, Microsoft is reducing support to some of their outdated technologies allowing them to focus their resources on current and future solutions. With Microsoft withdrawing their support of Windows Server 2003, they will not be issuing further patches or security updates from July 2015.  This will leave users of this platform vulnerable. Many business need to be aware of the impact this can have to their organisation. If a company is found to be…


Internet Explorer 8 Support Due to End in January 2016

On January 12th 2016, Microsoft will withdraw its support for Internet Explorer 8 leaving users who operate on the internet browser, vulnerable and insecure. After this date, Microsoft will only be providing support for the following Internet models: Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2: Internet Explorer 9 Windows Server 2012: Internet Explorer 10 Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2012 R2: Internet Explorer 11 This leaves users of Internet Explorer 8 with 18 months to upgrade to a new version. In a recent blog post, Microsoft commented that “after January 12,…


Microsoft to Unify Windows

After receiving much criticism from its users and competition, Microsoft has finally announced that it is working to unify Windows and its operating systems. Despite Microsoft’s recently reported 7% fall in profits during the second quarter of 2014 (blamed on Nokia) Satya Nadella, the Chief Executive of Microsoft commented that “we will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes.” Satya went on to comment that one of his aims was for designers to be able to write an app that could adapt its layout and controls to…


You could test the latest beta Microsoft Office!

Microsoft is giving everyday home and professional users of Office a chance to experience the newest versions of the software for free before their official release date, in exchange for constructive criticism. The pre released beta versions of Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Vision and Word will be available to users in their purest non-tested form, in return users must provide developers at Microsoft with feedback on the new version software. Business users will also be offered the opportunity to test premium business products such as Exchange, Project and SharePoint as well as online cloud services. In order to…


Cisco Look to Link with Lync

In a recent blog posted by Cisco it’s been revealed that the telephony and switching giant will work towards collaborating their leading technologies with Microsoft Lync. The blog, posted yesterday by Senior Cisco Director Jacob Nordan explained that achieving open standards and maximum scalability in order to achieve simple, user friendly and intuitive collaboration was Cisco’s mission. It read, “Cisco has a proven track record of supporting open standards, designed for maximum scalability and effectiveness.  Our mission is to enable any to any collaboration – in a simple, intuitive and user friendly way. Unfortunately not all vendors are adapting to…


XP Users Included in the Internet Explorer Fix

Last week we reported a major vulnerability for users of the Internet Explorer browser and noted that Windows XP users wouldn’t be secure. Microsoft announced in April 2013 that it would no longer be supporting Windows XP users, however the latest patch to Internet Explorer covers Windows XP users as well as Windows 7 and 8 users. Microsoft has commented that “we have made the decision to issue a security update for Windows XP users. Windows XP is no longer supported by Microsoft, and we continue to encourage customers to migrate to a modern operating system, such as Windows 7 or 8.1….

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