Microsoft today embraced Google’s Chromium open source project for Edge development on the desktop. The company also announced it is decoupling the browser updates from Windows 10 updates, and that Edge is coming to all supported versions of Windows and to macOS. Microsoft launched Edge in July 2015 as the default browser for, and exclusive to, Windows 10. But it never saw much adoption. Sure, Microsoft claimed Edge had 330 million active devices back in September 2017, but it never did reveal an active user figure beyond “hundreds of millions” (Google said Chrome passed 1 billion active users in May 2015). Edge has 4.34 percent market share today, according to the latest figures from Net Applications. So Microsoft wants to make some big changes, which it says will happen “over the next year or so.” The first preview builds of the Chromium-powered Edge will arrive in early 2019, according to Microsoft. Chromium-based Microsoft Edge Adopting the Chromium … [Read more...] about Microsoft is embracing Chromium, bringing Edge to Windows 7, Windows 8, and macOS
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Multi-user computing environments are a reality for every organisation in today’s digitally-powered world. Offices, schools, colleges, and other institutions have multiple users accessing a single system throughout a workday. This makes devices vulnerable to user-made changes, unauthorised downloads, and a host of other threats to the system’s operational integrity. Maintaining security and optimal functionality of such systems is critical as any interruption in operability can lead to extended downtime and deter important, sometimes life-saving tasks.Such multi-user infrastructure requires a comprehensive and swiftly functioning workstation management solution. Such a solution must be easily operable and yield results quickly, thereby reducing the instances of downtime and the need for IT intervention.System restore in Windows 7This is one of the most frequently used tools for system recovery in the Windows 7 arsenal. System Restore is an efficient tool for troubleshooting … [Read more...] about System restore in Windows 7 vs restore on reboot
Microsoft plans to extend support for its Windows Defender ATP service to devices running older operating systems, including Windows 7.The decision, announced this week, is a turn-about for Microsoft, which had limited the service to Windows 10 machines. In a post to a company blog, a Microsoft director cited customers' heterogeneous set-ups to explain the change."We know that while in their transition, some [customers] may have a mix of Windows 10 and Windows 7 devices in their environments," wrote Rob Lefferts of the Windows group's security and enterprise team. "We want to help our customers achieve the best security possible on their way to Windows 10 ahead of the end of support for Windows 7 in January 2020."Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) is a service that detects ongoing attacks on corporate networks, then follows up to investigate the attack or breach, and provides response recommendations. Software baked into Windows 10 detects attacks, while a central … [Read more...] about Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service
More than a year after Microsoft changed its decades-long security updating practices, enterprises running Windows 7 continue to struggle with the new system, patch experts said today."I still see people asking for individual updates, even on the [Windows] 10 operating system," said Susan Bradley in an email reply to questions. Bradley is known in Windows circles for her expertise on Microsoft's patching processes: She writes on the topic for the Windows Secrets newsletter and moderates the PatchMangement.org mailing list, where IT administrators discuss update tradecraft.Bradley was referring to Microsoft's debut last year of radically-different cumulative updates for Windows 7 and 8.1, a change to the long-established practice of letting customers choose which patches they applied. From October 2016 on, updates for the two older Windows versions were comprehensive wholes, not collections of separate patches that could be selectively applied.The model, which Microsoft first used with … [Read more...] about One year later, enterprises still wrestle with Windows 7’s cumulative updates
Owners of the Nokia Lumia 800 were happy to have received the Windows Phone 7.8 update. While it didn't have most of the new features of Windows Phone 8, the update brought the resizeable Live Tiles, the ability to use Bing wallpaper on the lock screen, and the twenty themes found on Windows Phone 8, to name a few. One thing that owners of the mid-ranger aren't too pleased about, is the apparent drop in volume strength that is being complained about on the Nokia Discussion Forums.Music that was loud at the volume level of 15 prior to the update, now has to be cranked up to 30 to reach the same level of volume, according to complaints. Low music cannot be heard at all. And since reflashing Windows Phone 7.5 back on the affected handsets eliminates the volume problem, the issue is not with the phone itself, but with the update. The Nokia Lumia series has had problems with volume. The current flagship model and its mid-range brother, the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 … [Read more...] about Windows Phone 7.8 update causing volume problems with the Nokia Lumia 800?