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  1. Researchers Develop Cross-Browser Fingerprinting Technique Researchers have developed a cross-browser fingerprinting technique that uses operating system and hardware level features. Fingerprinting has been limited for the most part to individual web browsers in the past. If a user switched browsers regularly, fingerprinting could not be used to link the user to these browsers. Fingerprinting tests like the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Panopticlick or BrowserPrint, try to gather data about the browser and underlying operating system. They use all the data to create a fingerprint of the browser/computer combination, and may be able to do the same in future sessions. Cross-browser fingerprinting was out of the picture up until now. While other methods existed to track users across browsers, for instance by requiring them to sign into accounts to use a service or recording IP addresses, no fingerprinting method came close to providing a working solution. Cross-browser fingerprinting The researchers who published the research paper (Cross-)Browser Fingerprinting via OS and Hardware Level Features think that they have found a way. They have created an online service that demonstrates the fingerprinting technique. It is called Unique Machine, and works on any device that supports JavaScript. A click on Get My Fingerprint starts the process. It works, if JavaScript is enabled, and if connections to a few sites are allowed. The scan takes a couple of seconds to complete. The result is a browser fingerprint, and also a computer fingerprint; the latter is not finalized yet and still in development. You may hit the details button on the Unique Machine website for the list of tested cross-browser features. The following features are tested currently: Time Zone. Number of CPU Cores. Fonts. Audio. Screen Ratio and depth. WebGL. Ad Blocking. Canvas. Cookies. Encoding. GPU. Hash values of GPU rendering results. Language. Plugins. The idea is now that you will get similar results when you use a different browser on the same system to run the fingerprinting test a second time. The researchers state that the technique identified 99.2% of users correctly. The sample size is a bit small, 1903 users and 3615 fingerprint samples. I ran tests on a machine using different browsers, and results were mixed. The computer fingerprint was identical when I ran the fingerprinting test in Chrome, Chrome Canary and Vivaldi, but different in Firefox and Edge. The three browsers the hash was identical in are all based on Chromium. This is probably the reason why the fingerprint was identical. The source code of the cross browser fingerprinting site is available on GitHub. Now You: Did you cross-browser fingerprinting work on your devices? Source
  2. Microsoft uses a lot of confusing verbiage to describe Windows 10 versions, branches, updates and builds; here's what it all means Credit: Microsoft Last week we finally saw the very first version of Windows 10 go through its complete lifecycle. Microsoft says if you have the original Windows 10 installed, it will reach "end of servicing" -- no more security patches -- in May. We've seen masses of sometimes-conflicting information about branches and servicing, as well as how and when Microsoft will cut off patches, but now the rubber has finally met the road. Based on that death announcement, we can finally draw some conclusions about the longevity of Windows 10 versions -- and, by implication, what you need to do in order to stay ahead of the bullet. I'm not going to inundate you with talk of branches and builds, as-a-service and reimagining, betas and marketing blarney. Instead, I'm going to talk about Windows versions and how they are born and die. Let's start with some perspective. Windows XP shipped on Oct. 25, 2001. If you kept up with the Service Packs (of which there were three), your last security patch arrived on April 8, 2014. Microsoft supported XP for 4,548 days -- nearly 12.5 years. Windows Vista shipped on Nov. 8, 2006. If you kept up with the Service Packs (of which there were two), your last security patch will arrive on April 11, 2017. If Microsoft doesn't move the end-of-support date, the company will support Vista for 3,807 days -- nearly 10.5 years. Windows 7 shipped on Oct. 22, 2009. If you installed the single Service Pack that was released, your last security patch will arrive on Jan. 14, 2020. If Microsoft doesn't extend support beyond that, it'll support Win7 for 3,736 days, or a little more than 10 years. Windows 8 shipped on Oct. 26, 2012. It didn't have any Service Packs -- Microsoft balked at the old terminology -- but if you upgraded to Windows 8.1, then Windows 8.1 Update 1, your last security patch, we're assured, will appear on Jan. 10, 2023. That's 3,728 days of security patches, or a little more than 10 years. Windows 10 ushered in a new method for numbering versions. It's the "last version" of Windows and, as such, needs a different way to keep track of who's on first. It shouldn't surprise you to discover that the last version of Windows has versions. We've seen three Win10 versions to date: The original Windows 10, released on July 29, 2015. It didn't have a name when it was released, but folks have taken to calling it "1507" (for July 2015) or "RTM." We now know that the last security patches for 1507 will arrive in May, presumably May 9, 2017. That would be 650 days, or less than two years. Windows 10 Fall Update (now usually called November Update), version 1511, released Nov. 10, 2015. We don't yet know when it'll die. Windows 10 Anniversary Update version 1607, released Aug. 2, 2016. It's the latest and greatest. And there's a fourth version nearing the end of its beta testing round: Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703, likely to be released in March or April 2017. You can see which version of Windows 10 you're using by following these instructions. It's important to understand that all four of these versions of Win10 are completely separate, like Win7 and Win8 before them. You can't mix and match. Microsoft gave them similar-sounding names, but they're as different as dolphins and dodos. (The Long Term Servicing Branch is a different kettle of fish altogether -- more about it at the end of this post.) We can argue back and forth about whether it's harder to move from WinXP to Win7, or 1507 to 1511, or 1607 to 1703, but there's no question that upgrading involves significant change in the operating environment, and there's a definite learning curve at each bump. The upgrades don't come easy. I hear three questions about Win10 all the time: Q: If I upgrade to Win10 or buy a copy, which version do I get? A: There's no easy way to tell. Currently, if you perform a free upgrade from Win7 to Win10 (yes, the upgrade is still free, in spite of what you've read), you end up with 1607. If you buy a copy of Win10 (rare, but it does happen), you may get 1507 or 1511, but your first run through Windows Update will put you in the latest version of Win10. Q: How long until my Win10 version bites the dust? Do I have to upgrade? Microsoft has published a complex formula for calculating the end-of-life date for a specific version -- several formulas, actually -- and thrown them all away when dealing with 1507, the only Win10 version with an official end-of-life date. Right now, my best estimate is that a particular version of Win10 will stop receiving security patches roughly 18 to 24 months after it's released. That assumes Microsoft continues to push out new versions of Win10 every eight months or so, which is the current pace. It wouldn't surprise me a bit if Microsoft changed its calculation method again. They last changed it last week. (Drop by AskWoody.com if you want to discuss how I came up with that 18-to-24 estimate.) Once your version of Win10 is declared dead, yes, you have to upgrade, if you want to continue to receive security patches. Q: If I decide to go with Win10, which version is best? InfoWorld's Eric Knorr covered that question a couple of days ago. In short, you need to choose a version of Win10 that's been given the "Current Branch for Business" designation by Microsoft. If you want to wade through the definitions of the various branches, knock yourself out. But it all boils down to a simple (if embarrassing) fact: Microsoft releases new versions of Windows specifically, so they'll get tested on tens (hundreds?) of millions of machines before they're deemed ready for business -- that's the "Current Branch for Business" award. If you want to join the legions of unpaid beta testers, you can install the latest version of Win10. If you want to spare yourself some headache, stick to the CBB version. Right now, the latest CBB version is 1607. I've avoided discussing the Long Term Servicing Branch in this article for good reason. Microsoft doesn't want you to install the LTSB version, unless you're working with machines that have a specific purpose: ATMs, point-of-sale systems, medical equipment. If you put Office on a machine or run a browser, Microsoft specifically doesn't want you to use LTSB on that machine. That should give you pause, if not shake you off entirely. LTSB versions of Win10 are sold differently from other versions. They don't include Edge or access to the Windows Store. At this point, there are two LTSB versions of Win10, called LTSB 2015 and LTSB 2016. You may be tempted to think of them as analogous to regular versions of Win10, but they're not. Security patches for the LTSB versions of Win10 continue for 10 years after the product rolls out. You can't use those security patches on other versions of Windows. Questions -- and discussion -- continue on the AskWoody Lounge. Source: What you need to know about Windows 10 versions and lifespan (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  3. Update : This Post is Active Now ! No doubt november_ra1n is Awesome and i am also a BIG FAN of HIM but sometimes, it feels that my download links should be directly from the Developer. So, here anyone can request MSDN's Original Downloads Links for almost all Microsoft Products (except some VL Editions) and anyone can provide Download Links only via PM [Private Message] directly to requester. Edit-3 : Time for some more instructions as the thread is GROWING so the headache is. Please Visit the following link and find your desired content then make a request in the given example format only : MSDN Product Download Library Page Example Correct Request Format : ============================================================================= How to find desired M$ product in MSDN Download Library : ================================================================================================================== How to find desired M$ product's #FileID in MSDN Download Library : ========================================================================================================================================= Bonus Tip : Update : Since anyone can Download Most of Microsoft Windows 7, 8.1 & 10's editions from Microsoft's Official TechBench program Webpage with a Little Exercise, i ADDED the asf's Thread because this one is also providing Direct Download Links (identical to MSDN) from the Developer itself..Remember !! that was the MAIN PURPOSE behind this thread. It will help some requesters as well as me also (because of Lack of Time, i am unable to reply most of time). CREDITS : @asf PS :
  4. The “400 million users” statement was reiterated yesterday In 2015 after introducing Windows 10, Microsoft used to announce adoption figures for the operating system every once in a while, obviously in an attempt to show that people were indeed embracing it and taking advantage of the free upgrade offer. Last year, however, Microsoft slowed down the cadence of revealing Windows 10 adoption stats, with the company itself confirming that it could miss the 1 billion devices running Windows 10 target set for the end of FY2017. In a keynote at the developer day earlier this week, Windows boss Terry Myerson said something that made many people raise their eyebrows: Windows 10 is running on 400 million devices, which is the exact same figure that the company announced back in September 2016. Does this mean that Terry came up with outdated figures or is Windows 10 adoption really stagnating? Hard to say, but judging from the data provided to us by third-party research firms, Windows 10 is growing at a rather slow pace these days and although there’s a good chance that it exceeded the 400 million devices threshold, it’s still somewhere in that region. Windows 10’s slow growth “We now have over 400 million users all around the world, and this is consumers, people in schools, people in the enterprise. They’re doing all kinds of new things. PC gaming is taking off. 6 billion hour of PC gaming just in the last quarter,” Terry Myerson said in his keynote. And yet, Myerson explained that “Windows 10 is off to the fastest start in Windows history,” without providing any statistics to compare it with Windows 7, which is arguably the most successful Windows version so far. While it’s hard to believe that Microsoft has outdated figures, there’s indeed a chance that the company uses old figures to praise Windows 10, so let’s have a look at what third-party researchers say. NetMarketShare says Windows 10 was running on 22.53 percent of the world’s PCs back in September 2016 when Microsoft unveiled the 400 million devices figure, while updated statistics for January 2017 put it at 25.30 percent. This means it improved only 2.77 percent since then, which does nothing more than to confirm that Windows 10 is indeed improving at a much slower pace these days. It remains to be seen when Microsoft plans to unveil new Windows 10 adoption figures, but with the Creators Update launch due to take place in about 2 months, more information should be provided during the event. Source
  5. Microsoft Edge Browser Accused of Displaying Fake News in New Tabs News outlet partnership go wrong for Edge users All the news is delivered by MSN with help from news outlets across the world, and while at first glance everything should be pretty helpful for users, it turns out that the browser is suffering from an issue that the Internet is trying to deal with as we speak: fake news. A number of users have turned to the built-in Windows 10 Feedback Hub app to complain about what they claim to be fake news displayed in Microsoft Edge, explaining that the balanced news that they should find in the browser do not exist and most sources are trying to give articles a certain spin that shouldn’t be there. “I have been disgusted to read such clearly slanted stories. I would prefer to read news reports that allowed me to draw my own conclusions that did not seem intent on spinning the news in one direction or another. It is time that you offered BALANCED news instead of relying on your partnerships with news outlets that clearly have an agenda in their news reporting,” one such comment reads. Microsoft still tightlipped Microsoft Edge does not allow users to edit news sources, but only to choose the categories they want to receive articles for, so there’s no way to deal with the alleged fake news without the company’s own tweaks. Of course, Microsoft Edge does not deliberately spread fake news, and if this is indeed happening, it’s only the fault of the sources that the browser is configured to use to show articles in the start page and in new tabs. Microsoft, however, hasn’t said a single thing until now and is yet to respond to the suggestion posted in the Feedback Hub, so it remains to be seen if the company gives more power to users to configure news sources or if the company itself removes sources involved in spreading fake news. Source
  6. At a meeting next week, city leaders are expected to back proposals to switch to Windows 10 by 2021. The city of Munich made headlines for its decision to start the move away from Windows in 2004. Politicians at open-source champion Munich will next week vote on whether to abandon Linux and return to Windows by 2021. The city authority, which made headlines for ditching Windows, will discuss proposals to replace the Linux-based OS used across the council with a Windows 10-based client. If the city leaders back the proposition it would be a notable U-turn by the council, which spent years migrating about 15,000 staff from Windows to LiMux, a custom version of the Ubuntu desktop OS, and only completed the move in 2013. The new plan, put forward by officials in the CSU and SPD parties, states a Windows 10 client has to be ready for use across the council by 2021 at the latest. "The proposal aims to ensure that no later than by the end of 2020, a new Windows Basic Client should be the standard city client," a Munich city council spokesman said. However, it seems as if LiMux and other open-source software could still be used until the Windows client is in place. "In the transitional period, departments and business units can use this newly developed Windows-based client with standard products or can continue using a mixed client architecture of Windows and Linux depending on their individual circumstances," the proposal states. The use of the open-source Thunderbird email client and LibreOffice suite across the council would also be phased out, in favour of using "market standard products" that offer the "highest possible compatibility" with external and internal software. The full council will vote on whether to back the plan next Wednesday. If all SPD and CSU councillors back the proposal put forward by their party officials, then this new proposal will pass, because the two parties hold the majority. Dr Florian Roth, leader of the Munich Green Party, said he expected the council to back the proposal, given the greater number of SPD and CSU members. "The direction is back to Windows," he said. "Years ago, the CSU were against the LiMux project and now they are in charge with the coalition. Now they have succeeded, I think, in going back to Microsoft." In 2014, mayor of Munich Dieter Reiter said abandoning open-source software and moving back to Microsoft products would cost more than €17m, about €3.15m of which was the price of new PC hardware and €14m was for work to support LiMux and open-source software that would have to be written off—although these costs were for Windows 7 and will likely have increased further. The figure also did not include software licensing and new infrastructure costs. Roth said the move will cost "many millions of euros" and lost time. Matthias Kirschner, president of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE), questioned the logic of mayor Reiter and the wider SPD party pushing for a return to Windows. "The current proposal is a bad joke. They do not know how what exactly would be involved if they drop LiMux," he said. "They do not know how long it would take and how much it would cost. But nevertheless the OB [Oberbürgermeister] Reiter wants to move to Microsoft, no matter what." The SPD and CSU proposal is based on recommendations in a report released by Accenture and German consultancy arf. However, while the consultants' report only recommended investigating "whether it makes economic sense to continue using Linux as a client operating system", this new proposal goes further, suggesting a wholesale move away from Linux. "Reiter is even ignoring their recommendations, and pushes even harder to drop LiMux," said Kirschner, adding the proposals "did not make sense" and urging councillors to withhold their vote until they had a better idea of the consequences of swapping back to Windows. At the time Munich began the move to LiMux in 2004 it was one of the largest organizations to reject Windows, and Microsoft took the city's leaving so seriously that then CEO Steve Ballmer flew to Munich to meet the mayor. More recently, Microsoft last year moved its German company headquarters to Munich. Why Windows? Councillor Anne Hübner, IT spokeswoman for the SPD parliamentary group, explained why her party had proposed moving back to Windows, alongside a wider revamp of IT at Munich City Council. "At the moment in many cases it just takes far too long and costs far too much for the city to implement software that's available as standard on the market. This must change, so that the city remains competitive in an increasingly digital service society," she said. In the early days after the move to LiMux was completed, the council said the bulk of users had no significant issues with the OS, however some of city's departments were critical of LiMux when questioned last year. The city's human resources department (POR) said that since 2006 when the POR started using LiMux and OpenOffice, later switching to LibreOffice, that "the efficiency and productivity of the POR-supported workplaces has decreased noticeably" - referencing crashes, display and printing errors. The FSFE's Kirschner pointed out that the consultants' study highlighted mainly organizational issues as being at the root of problems with the council's IT, rather than issues with open-source software. Paradoxically, given the appetite for returning to Windows, the proposal also states that the ultimate goal should be for software used by the city to run "independently of the operating system of the end user's machine", suggesting the use of web applications, virtualization and remote desktop services. Currently the council's policy is to keep the use of the Microsoft OS to a minimum, only running it where line of business software is incompatible with LiMux. The consultants report said the move to roll out Windows would be part of a larger €18.9m 'architecture and client' project. The four year project would see Munich city council take on two new "Windows experts", who would help develop a "powerful" new Windows client for use by staff, it said. At the time the report was released, the FSFE questioned why Accenture was commissioned to co-author a report assessing the use of Microsoft software, when the consultancy runs a joint venture with Microsoft called Avanade, which helps businesses implement Microsoft technologies. For its part, Accenture said it has an "independent view of the technology landscape". By Nick Heath http://www.techrepublic.com/article/linux-pioneer-munich-poised-to-ditch-open-source-and-return-to-windows/
  7. Site: https://forums.mydigitallife.info Sharecode[?]: /threads/72847-Windows-10-Version-1607-(Updated-Jan-2017)-Release-Date-1-19-2017-MSDN Site: https://cloud.mail.ru Sharecode[?]: /public/2e3m/biFC6pUDf Credits to MyDigitalLife.....
  8. That did not take long! Windows 10 Cloud has not been revealed officially yet, but someone managed to hack the operating system already to run legacy Win32 programs on it. Windows 10 Cloud leaked earlier this month, and first impressions revealed that it looked like a revival of Microsoft's -- failed -- Windows RT operating system. Windows RT was released alongside Windows 8 as a low cost solution. Microsoft's marketing back then did a bad job at highlighting to customers that Windows RT would not run Win32 programs- Windows 10 Cloud looked to be in the same boat initially when the first ISO of it leaked on the Internet. It was revealed then however that users can upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 Pro, and that Windows 10 Cloud may be free. via Longhorn Note: Microsoft has not confirmed any of this yet. It is possible that things may change along the way. The leaked version of Windows 10 Cloud supports Windows Store apps and legacy Win32 programs that Microsoft whitelisted. Any Win32 program not on that list, and there are several that ship with Windows 10 Cloud that don't, won't run by default but will throw an error message instead: The app you're trying to install isn't designed for Windows Cloud. Windows Cloud helps protect your PC by running on Windows Store apps. Still want to install the app? See How. The last sentence of the notification that users see when they try to run programs that are not whitelisted provides them with an option to upgrade the operating system to Windows 10 Pro. This highlights one of the major difference to Windows RT, which did not ship with such an option. The upgrade option, and the fact that Windows 10 Cloud runs on x86 processors indicated strongly that Microsoft must have implemented a software restriction that prevents legacy Win32 programs from running on the operating system. Jürgen Born suspects that Device Guard is used in Windows 10 Cloud to allow or block applications and programs based on signatures. A Twitter user by the name of Longhorn posted a screenshot yesterday that showed Google Chrome and the Desktop App Converter running on a Windows 10 Cloud machine. He managed to hack the restrictions of Windows 10 Cloud to run Google Chrome and the Desktop App Converter on a Windows 10 Cloud device. The user did not reveal how it was done. Information about the protection and how to circumvent it were published on the user's blog. At the end, Windows Cloud is nothing more or less than a Professional variant with UMCI enforced. At the end, Windows Cloud is nothing more or less than a Professional variant with UMCI enforced. As such, its compatibility with existing Windows software* is only and solely prevented by having UMCI enabled and active. While command, powershell, regedit and other core Windows features that give users control over the operating system are blocked, Linux Bash is not apparently. This allowed him to enable test signing of programs, and run a handful of other commands to get the legacy Win32 programs to run on Windows 10 Cloud Provided that the screenshot is not fake, it shows that the built-in protection is not as protective as Microsoft would hope it to be. Microsoft has not announced Windows Cloud officially yet. Considering that it is still in development, it can be that Bash support will be dropped in future builds. Since the methods used to get Chrome and the Desktop App Converter to run were not revealed, we don't know how complex of an operation the hack is. Article source
  9. If you are planning to migrate to Microsoft’s Edge browser but haven’t found enough reason to do so, now might be the right time to make the switch as Microsoft is rolling out a slate of new improvements and features to the browser this fall. Those changes are shipping with the Creators Update due for release in April 2017. The updated browser will bring to fruition the efforts made by the Windows Insiders over the last couple of months, introducing the ability to manage multiple tabs, support online payments, Windows Store e-books, and virtual reality. Microsoft also plans to roll out a stable version of WebRTC 1.0 with plenty of codec support. To help you control multiple tabs, Edge will add a new drop-down Tab preview with a row of thumbnail images of all opened pages. You can also group active tabs to organize your tasks. The feature is especially helpful when you are in the habit of opening a great deal of multiple tabs. With the upcoming changes coming to Edge, you will be able to switch between tasks more easily. Microsoft is also improving Edge to help you gain access to custom font sizes, themes navigation control, Cortana integration, and layouts when reading e-books. The e-books feature saw the light of day last month, though it was available only to Insiders in the U.S. Edge will also receive the new Payment Request API, which supports the Microsoft Wallet on Windows 10. The feature allows you to store payment and shipping information in the Wallet to speed up the checkout process when making a payment online. Another major change coming to Edge is Microsoft’s 3D Paint reboot and VR as part of Redmond’s effort to embrace 3D for the browser. The goal is to support an increasing number of websites that have VR content. Microsoft in particular will support the WebVR API developed by Mozilla to help display VR content on the web and to let people use VR headsets when viewing VR content. Other new updates coming to Edge include support for the WebRTC real-time communications tool, as well as RTC support for the H.264/AVC and VP8 video codecs. The tools enable real-time video communications between various browsers without using plugins. Article source
  10. Kodi is a popular open-source media center app, derived from the old Xbox Media Center, and it's coming back to Xbox in the near future. Announced at the Windows Developer Day Event (via Neowin) the non-profit XBMC Foundation announced that it is working working on a Universal Windows Platform version of Kodi, allowing it to return to Xbox. Kodi is currently available for Windows PCs as a Win32 program, and is available from the Windows 10 Store via the desktop app converter. There are some fairly complex methods of getting Kodi working on Xbox One already, but it won't beat a native app. Kodi hasn't announced a timeframe for when their UWP app will land on the store, nor have they said whether Windows 10 Mobile support would be thrown in, but we'll try and reach out for more information. Article source
  11. Microsoft's latest Windows 10 Creators Update test build adds a couple more new features, plus a number of fixes. Wednesday's build has a couple new features, plus quite a few fixes. New in this build is support for what Microsoft is calling the Compact Overlay window. When an app window enters this mode, it will be shown above other windows, preventing it from getting blocked. Microsoft is planning to take advantage of this mode with its own Movies & TV and Skype Preview apps "in the near future," according to the Feb. 8 blog post about Build 15031. Dynamic Lock, a feature that automatically locks users' Windows 10 PCs after 30 seconds when they are not around -- based on the proximity of a Bluetooth-paired phone -- is new in this build. There are quite a few fixes in this build, itemized in the post, including some that improve games performance, app resizing and more. As with recent builds, testers may not see download progress accurately reflected by the download progress indicator. Microsoft is advising those who seem to be stuck at zero or other percentages to ignore the indicator and be patient. Other known issues are listed in the blog post, as well. Microsoft officials said Wednesday that the Windows 10 Creators Update software development kit is feature-complete, as of this point. Microsoft is expected to begin rolling out the Windows 10 Creators Update release in early April 2017. Article source
  12. Microsoft’s New Windows 10 Version Is Malware, Epic CEO Says Tim Sweeney can’t stop his rant against Windows 10 Cloud In a series of tweets, Sweeney calls Windows 10 Cloud “ransomware,” a form of malware that compromises computers by locking down files and asking for a ransom to restore access. “Windows Cloud is ransomware: It locks out Windows software you previously bought and makes you pay to unlock it by upgrading to Windows Pro,” he said in a tweet dated February 7. “Firefox blocked. Google Chrome blocked. Google search blocked as web browser search option. OpenGL, Vulcan, OpenVR, Oculus VR blocked,” he continued. “Microsoft is making a huge move against the whole PC ecosystem: @Adobe, @Autodesk, #Valve, @EA, @Activision, @Google, @Mozilla. All blocked. Windows Cloud will steal your Steam PC game library and ransom it back to you...for a price.” The Windows 10 Cloud story So is this thing true? Not at all, and it all starts with the purpose of Windows 10 Cloud, which by the way, is not yet confirmed and we don’t even know if everything we heard about it is true. First and foremost, Windows 10 Cloud appears to be a version of the Windows 10 operating system that exclusively focuses on Store apps, just like Windows RT did when it was launched in 2012 with the Surface RT. There is a good chance that Windows 10 Cloud would be offered to OEMs completely free to install it on their devices, and this contributes to lower prices when these models hits the shelves. Microsoft is expected to offer a built-in upgrade option that would allow Windows 10 Cloud users to switch to Windows 10 Pro, and thus get Win32 app support, should they pay for a license. This is pretty much what Sweeney is criticizing, claiming that once users pay for the upgrade, they get access to Win32 apps (this is also most likely the reason he calls Windows 10 Cloud “ransomware”). And yet, this is by no means ransomware, but only a way to bring cheaper devices to the market and boost adoption of UWP apps. The Epic CEO, however, is also criticizing Microsoft’s aggressive push for universal apps, claiming that the company is actually trying to destroy the Win32 ecosystem by forcing users to switch to Store apps entirely. Windows Cloud is ransomware: It locks out Windows software you previously bought and makes you pay to unlock it by upgrading to Windows Pro. — Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) February 7, 2017 Source
  13. One OS to rule all devices? Short Bytes: After Windows 10 Composable Shell and Windows 10 Cloud leaks, there are reports regarding Microsoft working on Windows Andromeda. It’s expected to compete directly with Google’s hybrid OS project Andromeda. Microsoft is expected to realize its OneCore operating system dream with Andromeda. While nothing is certain at the moment, Windows Andromeda feature is unlikely to arrive before Redstone 3. Back in September 2016, we told you that Google is working on a hybrid OS that’s supposed to be a combination of Android and Chrome OS. The project is currently named Andromeda, but there’s no fixed release date. Now, surprisingly, it has been revealed that Microsoft is also working on a new project called Andromeda. At the moment, we don’t even know how to address it. So, I’ll stick with “Windows Andromeda.” Moreover, Microsoft aims to do something similar to Google, i.e., build a hybrid OS that provides a similar experience on all devices. This is something that Microsoft has been trying to achieve for a long time. As reported by MSPU, Windows Andromeda might be a part of something even bigger, i.e., its new Composable Shell. For those who don’t know, it’s a new adaptive shell that’ll allow the Windows OS to adapt to the device. Looking at the current state of Microsoft’s operating systems on different devices, they do share the universal OneCore, but the company has designed different shells for them. These shells are used by Microsoft for different Windows 10 devices, including PCs, mobile, Xbox, HoloLens, IoT, etc. Windows Andromeda is expected to improve and extend the capabilities of Windows 10 Continuum. It’ll get advanced features like toast notifications, resizable windows, PC-like complete taskbar, and other polished components. About the name Windows Andromeda, I think Microsoft is going to change it. It’s just a codename, just like Windows 10 Cloud. Windows Andromeda is likely to arrive later this year, but not before Windows 10 Redstone 3. Also, it goes without saying that nothing is certain at the moment. By Adarsh Verma https://fossbytes.com/windows-10-andromeda/
  14. Windows 10 Had More Vulnerabilities than Windows 7 Last Year This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s less secure though Specifically, the study shows that last year, Microsoft addressed a total of 729 vulnerabilities in its software, more than the 703 confirmed for 2015. What’s a bit worrying, however, is that this is nearly the double of the vulnerability count in 2014, when Microsoft found and fixed 383 security flaws. The research also indicates that Internet Explorer continues to be the Microsoft application with the biggest number of vulnerabilities, with an all-time chart indicating that the browser was affected by no less than 1,261 flaws. Surprisingly, however, Windows 10 is the runner-up, with Microsoft’s latest operating system getting the second spot with 705 vulnerabilities. Windows 10 was launched in July 2015 and 2016 was its first full year on the market. Windows Server 2012 is third with 660 vulnerabilities, while Windows 7 comes next with 647 flaws. Windows Vista is fifth with 621. Users not exposed despite the bigger number of vulnerabilities What’s essential to know is that although the number of vulnerabilities increased in Windows 10, this doesn’t necessarily mean that the latest operating system is less secure than its predecessors. Most of these vulnerabilities were privately reported to Microsoft and they were fixed before any exploits went public, so users weren’t exposed to any attacks. At the same time, Microsoft is also paying particular focus to making Windows 10 capable of mitigating zero-day vulnerabilities even when no patch is available. Recently, the company revealed that Windows 10 Anniversary Update, which was launched in August 2016, managed to cope with attacks aimed at exploiting unpatched vulnerabilities in the operating system, keeping users secure until Microsoft actually delivered a fix. Furthermore, Microsoft has already started downplaying Windows 7, explaining that it’s less secure than Windows 10 and pointing to the security features that its latest operating system has and which are missing because of the obvious technical limitations on its predecessors. Source
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  16. Stats show Windows 10 is losing share on the gaming platform The free Windows 10 upgrade promo that Microsoft offered in the first 12 months after the launch of the operating system had a massive contribution to its growth, especially in the gaming industry where the majority of users upgraded their computers. On Valve’s Steam, for example, Windows 10 improved at a really fast pace, overtaking Windows 7 as the number one operating system for PC gaming. But figures provided by the company for the month of January 2017 reveal something that almost nobody could see coming: Windows 10 has started declining just when it was so close to reaching 50 percent share. Specifically, Windows 10 dropped 0.48 percent last month to 48.49 percent, but it continues to remain the preferred desktop operating system right now on the gaming platform. Windows 7 64-bit is the runner-up with 29.74 percent, up 0.72 percent over the previous month, while Windows 8.1 64-bit is far behind with 8.14 percent, down 0.31 percent. The 32-bit version of Windows 10 lost market share as well and is currently at 1.18 percent, down 0.04 percent from December 2016. Windows 10 Creators Update to boost Windows 10 adoption Overall, Windows continues to be the top desktop operating system for gaming, and it actually experienced an increase of 0.04 percent last month to 95.79 percent. The upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to generate a new increase in terms of Steam share for the operating system, as it will bring several gaming improvements, including a so-called Game Mode that would optimize available resources for bigger frame rate. The Game Mode is already implemented in the existing preview builds of Windows 10 Creators Update, but it should only be released to everyone with the Creators Update. At this point, it’s still in its early days, so it makes almost no difference in terms of gaming performance, but Microsoft promises that when it becomes available for stable users, noticeable boosts should be noticed. In the meantime, the number of users who pick Windows 10 for gaming is apparently declining, but it’s hard to believe that Windows 7 itself would ever return to being the leading choice for Steam users. Source
  17. Try this workaround if you're frozen out Accounting software developer Sage has warned that the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition may break your Sage 50 installation. In an advisory circulated to customers on Tuesday, Sage says the latest version of Microsoft's operating system can create a conflict that leaves people unable to access their Sage accounts. Essentially, users who have updated to the latest version of Windows 10 are knocked back with weird password errors when trying to log into Sage 50, a financial management package aimed at small businesses. The problem, it seems, is due to an issue between Windows 10 Anniversary Edition and .NET 3.5 in which operating system updates end up disabling the framework. This preventing the accounting software from working properly. UK-based Sage has offered a workaround to the issue that involves re-activating .NET 3.5: And if that doesn't work, maybe try hitting it? Microsoft and Sage are reportedly working on a fix for the issue. Article source
  18. Some Windows 10 Devices Still Exposed to DMA Attacks That Can Steal BitLocker Keys An upcoming Windows 10 Insiders Build version will include a patch that will improve the protection against DMA attacks that could allow attackers to extract BitLocker encryption keys and other sensitive information from Windows 10 and 8.1 PCs. DMA (Direct Memory Access) is an acronym used to describe hardware ports that allow external components to directly connect and access a computer's memory (RAM). DMA attacks are a combo of software and hardware hacks that allow an intruder to obtain a computer's memory content via one of the computer's DMA ports. Depending on the timing of his attack, the stolen memory data can contain sensitive information such as the BitLocker PIN, encryption keys, passwords, and others. Researcher demoes DMA attack against protected PC DMA attacks aren't new, and have existed since the 90s, and Microsoft introduced protections against such attack vectors with the release of Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Protection measures included certain group policies that would disable all DMA ports during startup, and would later freeze all DMA ports if the user locked his PC, but keep DMA ports open to data transfers if they were connected before the PC was locked. According to Finish security expert Sami Laiho, the protection measures Microsoft introduced were inneffective and didn't cover all types of DMA ports. This lead to situations where an attacker could extract data from DMA ports even if the computer's owner had enabled DMA port protections. Laiho demoed one such attack via a FireWire port at the Microsoft Ignite conference last year. The attack's description and demo start at 44:55 in the video below: Microsoft's DMA port protections were ineffective Via email, Laiho has detailed some of Microsoft's problems with DMA ports and their protections: "DMA-attacks were for years blocked with instructions from Microsoft," Laiho said. "They have been and are incorrect." "In Windows 8.1 Microsoft said they had a feature that would not allow DMA-attacks if the computer was locked. This ended up being misinformation," Laiho noted. "In Windows 10 Microsoft said this [DMA protection] feature was now in place and ON by default. This was misinformation as well as it is there but not ON by default, and [...] it doesn’t apply to all devices, only some." Laiho also added that "this [DMA protection feature] was configurable only for people who used Microsoft InTune MDM (very few)." For the past few years, the researcher has been pestering the Microsoft security team to expand this protection. Last week, Microsoft finally admitted he was right. "This [current] mitigation only protects PCI-based buses, for example, ExpressCard, Thunderbolt, & some docking stations (PCIe based). Older, non-PCI buses such as 1394 and CardBus are still vulnerable," Microsoft admitted. Updated DMA attack protection coming in a few weeks "They will provide a Group Policy setting in a few weeks to the Windows Insiders [Build] and later publicly," Laiho told Bleeping Computer. "This will still only protect against the more modern busses, so you need to use this and my instructions to make it a safe combo." Visit Laiho's blog for updated instructions on how to properly shut down DMA ports running on old buses. Source
  19. The latest cumulative update is only available in the Update Catalog. Let's hope it's a blueprint for patches to come Credit: Thinkstock/Microsoft In spite of what you may have read, the latest cumulative update for Windows 10 is not solely a Preview Release. KB 3216755, which brings Windows 10 1607 up to version 14393.726, has been distributed in an entirely new way that makes a whole lot of sense. This new cumulative update isn’t confined to the confusing Windows Insider Release Preview ring, and it isn’t being pushed out the usual Windows Update chute. Instead, it’s sitting in the Windows Catalog, readily available to install, should you so wish. Reports about KB 3216755 are garbled, and confusion reigns because we’ve never seen this approach before from Microsoft. I’m convinced this method works better than any Windows 10 patch distribution technique to date, and hope Microsoft adopts this approach going forward. First, the patch itself. Windows patching guru and patchmanagement.org moderator Susan Bradley has long lamented that Win10 Anniversary Update, version 1607, introduced a hard bug in network shares. Creating, renaming, or deleting a folder on a network share fails after installing 1607. The problem doesn’t exist in the Fall Update, version 1511, but it persists in every version of 1607. Microsoft was first notified of the problem on August 6, 2016, four days after 1607 shipped. That’s almost six months ago. It looks like this cumulative update finally fixes that problem – and dozens more as well. The official list on the Win10 changelog page contains dozens of separately identified fixes, ranging from network connection problems to bugs in Internet Explorer and Edge. Oddly, Bradley’s bugaboo isn’t mentioned in that laundry list. But I’m assured the issue has been fixed. Just as important as the patch itself, though, is the way it was distributed. According to Microsoft engineer Chris Puckett, Microsoft originally released KB 3216755 to the obscure Windows Insider Release Preview ring late Tuesday night: A fix for this issue is included in a Release Preview update offered to machines enrolled in the Windows Insiders Program Release Preview ring. It is KB 3216755. If you have a machine enrolled in the Insiders Program, you can set the Insider level to Release Preview and do a Windows Update scan to get it. There is no other manual download option that I know of. Feel free to try it and provide feedback. The problem is that few companies or individuals have a spare PC devoted to testing Win10 cumulative updates before their release. Devoting a machine (or VM) to the Windows Insider Release Preview ring represents a bridge too far for many – and hooking up a production system to the Insider Release Preview ring is a recipe for disaster. Consumers on the Insider Release Preview ring create all sorts of havoc. In my experience, the Release Preview ring is the least understood ring in the new Windows pantheon. By Thursday, somebody at Microsoft had a patch epiphany. Puckett describes it this way: The KB 3216755 release preview package was made available on the Windows Update Catalog today. http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3216755 This will allow you to get the fix on machines ahead of the February 2017 patch Tuesday update without having to enroll in Windows Insider. More than that, a full description of the cumulative update was added to the Win10 changelog, and the result is what we’re seeing now—and it’s great. Those who want to apply the cumulative update can do so. (You can call it a Preview Package if you like, but it’s still a cumulative update.) Those who don’t care have nothing to fear – the next cumulative update will no doubt be distributed in the usual way, and will roll in the latest versions of all the fixes. Noel Carboni, on the TechNet forum, says: Will some good come of this? Perhaps Microsoft could see a realization dawn that consumers testing pre-release code don’t really cover all of the needs of business usage. We can only hope. That summarizes the situation nicely. The Release Preview ring has all sorts of faults. For example, there’s no way to implement Release Previews of cumulative updates for earlier versions of Win10. There’s no easy way to pick which previews you get. Getting into the Release Preview ring is a time-consuming process that can take many hours. And on and on. Posting the cumulative update early, fully documented, but not sending it out the Windows Update chute is so much better. Hat’s off to whomever made the decision to stick the (interim) cumulative update out in the open, clearly identified, but not forced onto any Win10 PCs. It’s the way to go, Microsoft. Source: Kudos to Microsoft for using new way to distribute Windows 10 update KB 3216755 (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  20. Microsoft Shows Windows 10 Market Share Growing Steadily, But The Numbers Are Fake Microsoft’s own Windows 10 share numbers have always seemed a little, well, generous. While NetMarketShare’s OS usage share figures show the new operating system doing fine, but lagging some distance behind Windows 7 (as you'd expect), Microsoft’s figures paint an entirely different picture. Five months ago, the software giant showed Windows 10 hitting 50 percent in the US, and two months ago, it had the new OS overtaking Windows 7 globally. Today’s update though stretches the believability just a little too far. Unlike NetMarketShare which updates its usage share numbers monthly, Microsoft's Windows Trends page is updated every 2-3 months. So while in a couple of days’ time NetMarketShare will report the numbers for January, Microsoft is only just now posting figures for November. That means that when Microsoft showed Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7, this apparently happened in August last year. Most other analysts don’t see that seismic shift happening globally until December 2017, at the earliest. There are other differences in what NetMarketShare and Microsoft report too. NetMarketShare gathers usage data -- the number of people using the OS -- while Microsoft records the number of devices the OS is installed on, including (presumably) unsold devices. NetMarketShare shows all flavors of Windows, from XP up, as well as other operating systems, while Microsoft only records Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. According to the latest figures from Microsoft, in November 2016 Windows 10 had 46 percent of the global Windows market. In the same time, Windows 7 declined to 39 percent (in contrast, in that month NetMarketShare had Windows 10 on 23.72 percent and Windows 7 on 47.17 percent). Microsoft's update shows steady, and I guess fairly believable, growth for the new OS. The last time the figures were updated, Windows 10 had 43 percent share in August, and Windows 7 had 42 percent. So why do I say the numbers are fake? Well, the growth of Windows 10 and the decline of Windows 7 is just way too neat to be real. According to the Windows Trends figures, Microsoft grew by exactly one percentage point a month, every month from July to November (42 percent, 43 percent, 44 percent, 45 percent, 46 percent). At the same time, Windows 7 declined by exactly the same amount. And if that doesn’t sound unlikely enough, Windows 8.1’s share went up one percentage point in August (to 13 percent) and hasn’t changed since. Windows 8’s share (2 percent) hasn’t wavered either. And that's ridiculous. Windows 8.x is an OS in decline. It’s possible the new numbers are just placeholders, and Microsoft has dropped them in while awaiting the real figures (although why it would do that I have no idea). But if that's not the case, then I call BS. Microsoft’s Windows share numbers have been raising eyebrows for a while, but this latest lot smacks of just being made up. I’ve asked Microsoft for comment, and will update the story when I hear back. Source
  21. No Kidding: Windows XP Has Just as Many Users as Windows 10 in China StatCounter shows Windows XP is shockingly popular in China China is one particular market where Windows XP continues to be one of the most popular desktop operating systems, despite the obvious security risks that increase every new day without patches. Statistics provided by third-party research firm StatCounter provide us with a worrying look at how widely-adopted Windows XP continues to be in China, even though users are strongly recommended to switch to a newer OS version, such as Windows 7, Windows 8.1, or Windows 10, all of which are still supported. And what’s even worse is that despite the fact that Windows 10 was available free of charge for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, and Microsoft was so aggressive in moving users to its latest OS, Windows XP continues to be super-popular. And StatCounter claims that XP has almost as many users as Windows 10. Windows 7 still number one Specifically, Windows 7 is leading the pack (no surprise here) with 49.36 percent share, followed by the Windows 10 - Windows XP duo with 18.52 percent and 18.36 percent, respectively. Windows 8.1 is so far behind that it’s almost not even worth mentioning in these stats, as it’s powering only 3.35 percent of the desktop computers in the country. MacOS is very close with 3.16 percent, while Windows 8 is installed on only 1.02 percent of the PCs in China. It goes without saying that convincing users to migrate to the latest version of Windows is more difficult in China than anywhere else, and with Windows 7 still powering nearly 1 in 2 PCs in the country, there’s no doubt that in 2020 the software giant will once experience a Windows XP moment. There are voices who claim that old Windows remains particularly popular in China because of pirated versions, but at this point, it’s as easy to find a pirated copy of Windows 10 as it is for Windows XP. In other words, piracy can hardly be considered a reason for sticking with Windows XP, but rather outdated hardware that doesn’t meet the requirements of Windows 10. Source
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  23. New patch is described as both a servicing stack update and a critical security patch for Edge Credit: flickr/Robbie Biller Last night Microsoft pushed out a patch for folks running the latest released version of Windows 10 (version 1607). Unless you’ve taken steps to block updates, your PC probably installed it overnight. There’s just one little problem: Nobody can say for sure what the patch does. There’s no documentation--or more accurately, there’s a surfeit of documentation, with at least two credible, conflicting descriptions of KB 3211320. It’s likely that KB 3211320 is a servicing stack update – a new version of the software that handles Windows patches. But there’s also a credible description in Microsoft’s own posts that says KB 3211320 is a critical patch for Microsoft Edge, identified as MS17-001. Yes, Gildna, new KB 3211320 is both a floor wax and a dessert topping! The explanation I find most credible can be found in the Microsoft Update Catalog. Look up KB 3211320, then click on the link for the version of the patch that pertains to you to see the usual Update Details. Click on the tab marked Package Details (see screenshot) and the patch is clearly marked as superseding both KB 3199209 and KB 3199986. Those are the Windows 10 1607 servicing stack updates released on Oct. 18 and Oct. 27, respectively. InfoWorld You may recall that we had this same “Oh golly, what update did I just install?” problem with KB 3199209. Microsoft has a history of pushing Win10 servicing stack updates without any warning, and only a dribble of recognition long after the fact. Poster Enthousiast on My Digital Life pulled the patch apart and independently confirmed its components. Of course, as of this writing there’s no KB article for KB 3211320. You’re just expected to install it because, you know, Microsoft. Paradoxically, Microsoft also lists KB 3211320 as a Critical update for Microsoft Edge running on Windows 10 1607, as part of security bulletin MS17-001. It’s an Important / Elevation of Privilege bug that, according to the documentation, requires a restart. As many of you can attest, the KB 3211320 we got last night doesn’t require a restart. As best I can tell, that security bulletin entry is wrong. It’s spawned a wave of fake news, saying that KB 3211320 is a security patch for Edge. Not true. Sad. Nevermind that’s exactly what Microsoft’s own documentation says. I haven’t even touched my pudding and I’m ready for more. The discussion continues on AskWoody.com. Thanks to ch100 on AskWoody and Enthousiast on MDL. Source: Conflicting descriptions document Windows 10 patch KB 3211320 (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  24. A plain-English guide to the complex rhythms of Win10 version upgrades and control settings Credit: Pixabay Over the weekend, I heard many complaints from people who were unceremoniously upgraded from Windows 10 Fall Update (version 1511) to the Anniversary Update (version 1607). The upgrade took place even though they had explicitly instructed Windows 10 to defer upgrades. Win10's proclivity for unexpected updates and restarts has long been a source of frustration, and the settings that surround upgrades and updates confuse many – including me. But there's a reason why so many were upgraded over the weekend while trying hard to stem the tide. To make some sense of this, let's start with the basics. So far Windows 10 has appeared in three versions: The original, RTM version (called 10240 and 1507), now at build 10240.17236 Fall Update version 1511 (later renamed November Update), now at build 10586.753 Anniversary Update version 1607, now at build 14393.693 There's a fourth version, called Creators Update, expected in March or April. You can call it 1704. Microsoft has invented a conceptual superstructure of the versions that consists of the CB (Current Branch), the CBB (Current Branch for Business) and the LTSB (Long-Term Servicing Branch). See screenshot. Woody Leonhard You can read the formal description on Microsoft's website, but the basic idea is that Win10 users bang around on the CB until Microsoft feels comfortable elevating the branch to CBB. Once a version is CBB-worthy, it's been thoroughly tested. Before that, well, you can draw your own conclusions. The "for Business" bit is a red herring as any Windows user who's sufficiently wily can hold off on installing upgrades until a CB version has been awarded CBB status. (LTSB is a different animal entirely, suitable for "Specialized systems – such as PCs that control medical equipment, point-of-sale systems, and ATMs.") When you read jokes about unpaid beta testers, jokesters are referring to people who use a CB version of Win10 before it's granted CBB status. They are, in fact, running released versions of Win10 that haven't yet been certified as viable for Microsoft's most important customers. It's important to realize that "CBB" doesn't refer to a different version of Windows. It's simply a designation that this particular version of Win10 is ready for prime time. How long between CB and CBB? Good question. For 1511 it was five months (from Nov. 10, 2015 to Apr 8, 2016). For 1607 it took almost four months (from Aug. 2, 2016 to Nov. 29, 2016). There's a next step, after a version is deemed worthy of the CBB title. This is the one that tripped up people over the weekend. At some point after being declared CBB, Microsoft publishes the anointed version of Win10 to the Volume Licensing Service Center and republishes the version upgrade on the Windows Update server. The version itself doesn't change one iota. But the fact that it's published on those servers releases a cascade of actions that may not be obvious. Version 1607 was published last Friday, Jan. 19, or 62 days after it hit CBB. Microsoft's intentionally vague about how long they'll take to go from CBB to fully published. When Microsoft publishes the official CBB version: Windows Update unhides the upgrade, if it was hidden with wushowhide. This is the way "hide" has functioned in Windows Update for many years: If there's a new version of a patch released (in this case, "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607"), previous attempts to hide the patch get overridden. For many years, Microsoft documented new versions of old patches on the WU changelog. This time, we weren't so lucky. Those who have "Defer Upgrades" checked in Windows Update (Start > Settings > Update & security > Windows Update) get upgraded to the next version, unless there's an update server such as WSUS or SCCM in the middle, or a Group Policy has been set to slow it down even more. By using GPEdit on Win10 Pro v 1511 machines, you can tell Windows to avoid 1607 for eight more months – until Sept. 19, 2017, presumably – using the technique described by Gregg Keizer in Computerworld. The upshot is that most folks who were holding off 1607 by either using wushowhide or by checking the "Defer Upgrades" box in version 1511 had their choice overridden over the weekend. That came as quite a shock, with many people complaining about how their machines went down for the count. There's no way to predict how long a version will take to go from CB to CBB. There's no way to predict how long a version will take to go from CBB to fully published. We had no advance warning when 1511 was published on the VLSC servers. We had no advance warning when 1607 was published on the VLSC servers. For those of you who were upgraded and didn't want to be – sorry about the hour or two takeover of your machine – your best bet is to roll back the upgrade, then use either GPEdit (for those of you with Win10 Pro) or wushowhide to hide "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1607." There's another wrinkle you should know about. Microsoft has another complex formula for determining when a release of Windows 10 will reach "end of life" – the point at which no more cumulative updates are offered. EOL occurs the later of either of the following: Eighteen months after the version is released (which is to say, when it becomes Current Branch) Sixty days after the next version is published to the VLSC server In this case, that means version 1507 – the original, RTM version of Win10 – will no longer be supported after March 20, 2017, the "60 days after next version is published" limit. The definitions, descriptions, settings, and durations are all evolving, and it looks like we'll have yet another bunch of changes for version 1704. If you got fooled this time, don't feel too bad about it, but watch out for next time. The discussion continues on Askwoody.com. Source: Why Microsoft forced Windows 10 upgrades last Friday (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard)
  25. The fate of Windows 10 lies in the hands of users that are still deeply in love with Windows 7. Windows 7 This year's CES saw plenty of shiny new Windows 10 devices on display, from the acrobat Lenovo Yoga through to HP's all-in-one Sprout Pro. Hardware like this will certainly boost the fortunes of Windows 10. Sleek new designs and form factors, and the rise of two-in-one devices like the Surface Pro that can function both as a PC and a tablet, are giving consumers and businesses a reason to invest in Microsoft's latest operating system. And Windows 10 has made some decent inroads thus far: it now accounts for somewhere around a quarter of PCs accessing the internet as measured by NetMarketShare. All data like this needs to be looked at in terms of trends rather than details, of course, but in December 2016 - the most current data available, Windows 7 stood at 48 percent, Windows 10 had 24 percent, Windows 8.1 held seven percent, Windows XP nine percent, and Windows 8 had just two percent. Contrast that with June 2015, just before Windows 10 arrived. Windows 7 stood at 61 percent, Windows 8.1 at 13 percent, Windows XP had 12 percent and Windows 8 just three percent. A few obvious points leap out. First, Windows XP usage hasn't changed very much at all as a result of the arrival of Windows 10. That's hardly surprising: Windows XP wasn't part of the free consumer upgrade programme that Microsoft offered. Windows XP is long, long past its sell-by date, and most of the hardware running XP is probably so old that is can't be upgraded anyway. If users are happy running such an antique and insecure operating system they'll probably keep using it until the hardware gives up or the Sun expands to finally vapourise the Earth, whichever is sooner. Second, Microsoft did a good job encouraging people to move away from Windows 8. Perhaps they didn't need much encouraging, considering the reception that Windows 8 got, but it's all but vanished. For Windows 8.1 its (unsurprisingly) is a similar story and usage has fallen rapidly, which presumably means many users have been happy to take their (largely) free upgrade to Windows 10. But what about Windows 7? This is the big one, of course. Usage has decline according to the NetMarketShare data - from 61 percent to 48 percent over 18 months, which looks at first glance like a rapid decline. But the big question for Microsoft is whether that erosion of Windows 7 usage will continue. Looking at the numbers more carefully, most of the drop in Windows 7 usage came in the first year that Windows 10 was available: since April 2016 Windows 7 usage has stayed pretty stable. That's likely because most of the switchers were consumers. More cautious types and businesses in particular have held fire. In Windows 7, Microsoft built a good product that companies like. It's now tried and tested, works with their existing infrastructure and their users are confident using it. And they worry about how big a leap it is to Windows 10. More will no doubt consider the upgrade as Windows 7 heads towards the end of its lifecycle (Microsoft's extended support, which included security updates, ends in January 2020). Unless Microsoft finds a compelling set of reasons to encourage upgrades, Windows 7 is will go the same way as Windows XP and become an operating system that just won't die. That could become a realy headache for Microsoft if it happens. Microsoft of course would very much like as many users as possible of Windows 10, if only to help ignite the app ecosystem it is trying to build. Much hangs on the reception of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update which some think will be the final push that starts enterprise rollouts. And one Microsoft exec has already warned that Windows 7 "does not meet the requirements of modern technology, nor the high security requirements of IT department." Microsoft has big ambitions for Windows 10, even if it has admitted it won't now hit its target of one billion Windows 10 devices by 2018. Just when it does hit that target will depend greatly on persuading Windows 7 fans to upgrade sooner, rather than later - or not at all. Article source