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  1. Windows XP source code has allegedly leaked online Microsoft seems to have fallen victim to yet another leak regarding its Windows operating system. Specifically, the source code for Windows XP, as well as Windows Server 2003, has allegedly been shared online, as reported by BleepingComputer. Microsoft has been the target of numerous leaks of this kind in the past, with Windows 2000 being passed around all the way back in 2004, and more recently the Windows NT 3.5 source code also showed up online along with source code for the original Xbox. The full package shared today appears to include a few of these previous leaks, as well as MS-DOS 3.30, MS-DOS 6, Windows CE 3, 4, and 5, and more. Similar to what we've heard with previous leaks, these files have been passed around between hackers for years, but they're just now being shared more publicly. Aside from the compilation of source code for the aforementioned Windows versions, a package with just Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 source code has been shared in a separate file. Microsoft has yet to confirm whether the leaked data is legitimate. But if you're interested in the subject, combing through the files may be interesting, as this is a newer version of Windows than what we've seen leaked in the past. Windows XP source code has allegedly leaked online
  2. Microsoft had a secret Windows XP theme that made it look like a Mac Say hello to Microsoft’s Aqua Mac theme Microsoft created a secret Windows XP theme that made the operating system look more like a Mac. A recent Windows XP source code leak has revealed Microsoft’s early work on the operating system and some unreleased themes the company created during its early XP development back in 2000. One is labeled “Candy” and includes a design that closely resembles Apple’s Aqua interface that was first introduced at the Macworld Conference & Expo in 2000. Although the theme is incomplete, the Windows XP Start button and various buttons and UI elements are clearly themed to match Apple’s Aqua. Microsoft never released its Aqua theme for Windows XP, and we understand it was used in early source code for the OS. Windows developers appear to have used the theme as a placeholder to build the theme engine for Windows XP. The theme itself is described as a “Whistler skin with eye candy,” and marked as “for internal use only.” Whistler was the codename for Windows XP. Windows XP aqua buttons. Microsoft famously moved to a blue and green Luna theme for the final version of XP, which many dubbed Fisher Price-esque when the OS was originally released in 2001. The theme engine in Windows XP was a major update to the OS, allowing for third-party themes and lots of customizability. Microsoft was developing Windows XP during an era when there was fierce competition with Apple over desktop operating systems. Later in the ‘00s, Apple poked fun at Microsoft with banners at its annual developers conference stating “Redmond, start your photocopiers.” Apple also ran a Get a Mac ad campaign focused on the flaws of Windows, and in particular Windows Vista. During the ‘90s and ‘00s, Windows was heavily influenced by the classic Mac OS and what later became OS X. Apple has also borrowed some Windows features, particularly around windowing, navigation, control panels, and browsing files and folders. The leak is a rare insight into the early development of an operating system used by millions. We’ve reached out to Microsoft to comment on the unreleased Windows XP theme, and we’ll update you accordingly. Microsoft had a secret Windows XP theme that made it look like a Mac
  3. Insecure CTF protocol allows hackers to hijack any Windows app, escape sandboxes, get admin rights. CTF, a little-known Microsoft protocol used by all Windows operating system versions since Windows XP, is insecure and can be exploited with ease. According to Tavis Ormandy, a security researcher with Google's Project Zero elite security team and the one who discovered the buggy protocol, hackers or malware that already have a foothold on a user's computer can use the protocol to take over any app, high-privileged applications, or the entire OS, as a whole. What is CTF? What CTF stands is currently unknown. Even Ormandy, a well-known security researchers wasn't able to find what it means in all of Microsoft documentation. What Ormandy found out was that CTF is part of of the Windows Text Services Framework (TSF), the system that manages the text shown inside Windows and Windows applications. When users start an app, Windows also starts a CTF client for that app. The CTF client receives instructions from a CTF server about the OS system language and the keyboard input methods. If the OS input method changes from one language to another, then the CTF server notifies all CTF clients, who then change the language in each Windows app accordingly, and in real-time. CTF, the gateway to... everything What Ormandy discovered is that the communications between CTF clients and the CTF servers aren't properly authenticated or secured. "There is no access control in CTF," Ormandy said. "Any application, any user - even sandboxed processes - can connect to any CTF session. Clients are expected to report their thread id, process id and HWND, but there is no authentication involved and you can simply lie. "So you could connect to another user's active session and take over any application, or wait for an Administrator to login and compromise their session." An attacker that hijacks another app's CTF session can then send commands to that app, posing as the server -- normally expected to be the Windows OS. Attackers can use this loophole to either steal data from other apps, or they can use it to issue commands in the name of those apps. If the apps run with high-privileges, then those actions can even allow the attacker to take full control over a victim's computer. And according to Ormandy, any app or Windows process is up for grabs. Because of CTF's role -- to show text inside ANY app or service -- there's a CTF session for literally everything and every user interface element on a Windows OS. To prove this point, Ormandy recorded a demo in which he hijacked the CTF session of the Windows login screen, showing that everything is hackable in Windows because of CTF. CTF hacking tool available online Furthermore, earlier today, Ormandy also published a blog post explaining the CTF security issue in more depth, but also released a tool on GitHub that helps other researchers in testing the protocol for other issues. It is unclear how Microsoft will patch the CTF problem. And this is a very big problem. The vulnerability may not allow hackers to break into computers, but it allows them one very easy way of getting admin rights on infected Windows systems. For its part, Microsoft told ZDNet they patched the bug Ormandy reported this month. The CTF protocol vulnerability and fixes are tracked as CVE-2019-1162. But as the vulnerability are deeply ingrained in the protocol and its design, it will remain to be seen if patches Microsoft released today as part of the August 2019 Patch Tuesday are enough. "It will be interesting to see how Microsoft decides to modernize the protocol," Ormandy wondered. Article updated on August 13, at 4:05pm, with information on patches. Source
  4. 1 Million Computers Still Vulnerable to Major Windows Security Exploit Microsoft advises all affected systems to update to the latest software. HIGHLIGHTS Microsoft recently discovered "wormable" vulnerability on Windows It affects all machines except the ones running Windows 8 and Windows 10 The vulnerability is believed to be remotely exploitable Microsoft has warned nearly one million computers globally are still at risk of a malware attack Microsoft has warned that nearly one million computers globally are still at risk of malware attack similar to WannaCry that spread worldwide in 2017 causing billions of dollars in damage. The software giant recently discovered "wormable" vulnerability in Remote Desktop Services for Windows that can automatically spread. The company has issued its second advisory, urging users to update their systems to prevent the "BlueKeep" malware attack, TechCrunch reported on Friday. "Microsoft is confident that an exploit exists for this vulnerability. It's been only two weeks since the fix was released and there has been no sign of a worm yet. This does not mean that we're out of the woods," warned Simon Pope, director of incident response at Microsoft's Security Response Center (MSRC). "Our recommendation remains the same. We strongly advise that all affected systems should be updated as soon as possible," said Microsoft. The bug is a "critical" vulnerability that affects computers running Windows XP, Windows 7 and server operating systems. These operating systems are widely being used especially in corporate environments. "The vulnerability can be used to run code at the system level, allowing full access to the computer -- including its data. "Worse, it is remotely exploitable, allowing anyone to attack a computer connected to the internet," reports TechCrunch. Only Windows 8 and Windows 10 are not vulnerable to the new bug. Source
  5. Windows XP on the Nintendo Switch Is a Real Thing Now After Linux and Windows 10, here comes the turn of Windows XP to be installed on the Nintendo Switch. As detailed in this reddit thread, Windows XP on the Nintendo Switch is actually an emulated version that runs via L4T Linux and QEMU, but according to user We1etu1n who made the whole thing happen, you can even play Pinball 3D at full speed. While this doesn’t sound like a major achievement at first glance, it’s something that truly highlights the potential of the Nintendo Switch, which has evolved substantially beyond its original purpose of a gaming console.Not the fastest experienceNeedless to say, running Windows XP on the Nintendo Switch isn’t necessarily the best experience you can get with this operating system, but just for experimenting it’s certainly something that’s worth trying out. “I’ve been using the Nintendo Switch as my main desktop for the past few days via L4T Linux. I have the Cinnamon DE running and have a 2GB Swap dime in order to keep things nice and smooth. In order to do this, just install QEMU and make a 10GB img as a hard drive. Once done, just install Win XP onto it with QEMU like a VM. Took me 6 hours to install and reach the desktop. Speed isn’t great but it legit can run Pinball 3D at full speed,” the aforementioned user explains on reddit. For what it’s worth, Windows XP no longer receives support since April 2014, but despite this, it’s still one of the desktop operating system still in use these days. Users have been requesting a second edition for many years already, but this is obviously out of the table given Microsoft’s full focus on Windows 10. You can follow the full progress of the project, but also get more ideas for expanding the capabilities of the Nintendo Switch by checking out the page linked above. Source
  6. After 17 years, support for the last Windows XP variant comes to an end. Because of changes coming to Windows Update, users have until July to apply final patches. Extended support for Windows Embedded POSReady 2009—the last supported version of Windows based on Windows XP—ended on April 9, 2019, marking the final end of the Windows NT 5.1 product line after 17 years, 7 months, and 16 days. Counting this edition, Windows XP is the longest-lived version of Windows ever—a record that is unlikely to be beaten. Other enterprise-targeted variants of Windows XP have reached end-of-life recently, with Windows Embedded Standard 2009 reaching end-of-life on January 8, 2019. Windows Embedded for Point of Service SP3 and XP Embedded SP3 reached end-of-life in 2016, while support for Windows XP Home and Professional SP3 ended five years ago, on April 8, 2014. Despite the nominal end of support for Windows XP five years ago, the existence of POSReady 2009 allowed users to receive security updates on Windows XP Home and Professional SP3 through the use of a registry hack. Microsoft dissuaded users from doing this, stating that they "do not fully protect Windows XP customers," though no attempt was apparently made to prevent users from using this hack. With POSReady reaching the end of support, the flow of these security updates will likewise come to an end. Facing facts, the death of Windows XP should be welcome at this juncture—ZDNet's Jason Perlow declared in 2017 that "If you're still using Windows XP, you're a menace to society," while the Australian Department of Defence only migrated the last of their systems off of Windows XP in February 2019. Looking back: Migrating from Windows XP In January 2014, Tech Pro Research surveyed TechRepublic members about their migration plans from Windows XP. The report (available freely here for TechRepublic members) found that 37% of respondents said they intended to continue using Windows XP. Of those, 40% indicated that "It works, so there's no need to change," and 39% cited business-critical software with dependencies on Windows XP, a response that was more common among respondents from organizations with over 500 employees. Of organizations that intended to remain on Windows XP, 42% of respondents cited security and malware risks as their primary concern, with 29% similarly concerned with a lack of continued patches or updates from Microsoft. Microsoft did go to the extraordinary step of patching Windows XP systems against WannaCry, deploying the update created for Embedded Standard and POSReady 2009, though 98% of WannaCry victims were using Windows 7. Notably, 11% of respondents in the survey indicated plans to migrate systems to Linux, with 1% planning migrations to Mac OS X. Where do you want to go today? Microsoft undoubtedly would prefer Windows XP users upgrade to Windows 10, though attempting an in-place upgrade from XP to Windows 10 is likely a bad idea (and upgrading from POSReady 2009 to a consumer version of Windows is entirely unsupported). In 2015, TechRepublic chief reporter Nick Heath took a look at the lowest-spec systems you could install Windows 10 on. If your systems are not connected to the Internet, it is possible to continue operating an out-of-support of system, though it's important to be wary about any devices—particularly USB drives—connected to the system. It's unclear when Windows Update services for POSReady 2009 will be deactivated, if ever—minor issues such as expired certificates could impede the ability to install updates, though Windows 2000 could still connect to Windows Update as late as 2015, with some effort. Of note, Windows Update will require SHA-2 encryption support as of July 16, 2019 to continue receiving updates. It's probably a safe bet that Windows Update will continue to work normally until then, though guarantees are impossible. For current deployments, updating sooner rather than later is advisable. Alternatively, the perennial Windows alternative ReactOS is still in active development. For more, check out 8 strategies to keep legacy systems running, How PC/GEOS found a 5th life as an open source DOS shell, and how to install Windows 10 in a VM on a Linux machine, or for a deeper dive into TechRepublic's archives, check out "Microsoft bids adieu to Windows 98." Source
  7. Good News: Windows XP Is Finally Going Dark While all eyes are on the adoption of Windows 10 and the current market share of the soon-to-be-retired Windows 7, Microsoft is still keeping an eye on Windows XP. And there’s a good reason for this: this operating system was launched in 2001, retired in 2014, and yet, it’s still surprisingly widely-used these days. However, as we can see in a new batch of statistics provided by NetMarketShare, Windows XP is finally going dark, after a year 2018 that was full of ups and downs. One year ago, Windows XP was running on no less than 4.59 percent of the desktop computers across the world, which for an operating system retired four years before, that’s quite an achievement.Lowest market share in historyAnd what’s worse is that its market share then improved to reach 5.04 percent in May for a reason that’s very hard to be explained. Fortunately for the entire industry, Windows XP then embraced a descending trend to collapse to 3.19 percent in September the same year, but only to increase once again and to eventually reach 4.54 percent in December. Since then, however, Windows XP has constantly declined, and in March 2019 it reached its lowest market share since the 2014 retirement. The OS now runs on just 2.29 percent of the PCs across the world, and there’s a high chance it would continue its drop in the coming months. In case you’re wondering why stepping away from Windows XP is so important, it all comes down to the lack of security updates and software support on this platform. Not only that Microsoft no longer patches vulnerabilities in the operating system, but third-party app support is also missing, so most of the programs running on it are already outdated. Unfortunately for Microsoft, while the Windows XP struggle is close to coming to an end, another one is just around the corner. Windows 7 will be retired in January 2020, and by the looks of things, it’s likely to become the second Windows XP. Source
  8. I guess everybody agrees that Windows 7 is one of the most successful, if not the most successful version of Windows released so far. However, the clock is ticking for Windows 7, as Microsoft will retire this particular version in just two months, with the latest updates to be shipped in January 2020. This is something that Microsoft has reminded on several occasions, and expect the company to increase efforts on making people aware that Windows 7 is going dark in the coming months. The popularity of Windows 7 has been considered one of the reasons Windows 10’s adoption rate improved at a rather slow pace, as many people just wanted to stick with this OS version instead of moving to the more modern successor. The familiar desktop, the lack of a Microsoft Store and other new features, and the refined performance of Windows 7 made it one of the most popular OS versions in many years. But now with Microsoft preparing to pull the plug on it, Windows 7 is approaching its end, and just like it happened in April 2014 when Windows XP was pulled, users are recommended to prepare for an upgrade in order to avoid staying with an operating system that no longer gets security patches. But just like five years ago, retiring Windows 7 is going to be quite a challenge for Microsoft, especially because figures indicate that it’s very likely to become the second Windows XP. December 2018 desktop OS market share In other words, it won’t go dark without a fight, and certainly, lots of users would continue running it even after support comes to an end. Last month, Windows 7 was running on 36.90 percent, and it was the first time it dropped to the second place, with Windows 10 now the leading desktop platform worldwide. These figures look a lot like those of Windows XP one year before its demise. In April 2013, 12 months before Windows XP was scheduled to get the axe, it was the second most-used operating system on the desktop with a share of 38.73 percent. Windows 7 was at that time the leader with 44.73 percent. Windows 8, which was the newest OS version in 2013, failed to impress, and instead of convincing Windows XP users to upgrade, it actually produced no significant change in terms of market share. The same happens today, though it goes without saying that Windows 10 is by far more successful than Windows 8. Windows 10 is continuously improving and is right now the leading platform, but again, it’s unlikely it would help kill Windows 7 in the remaining time until January 2020. Desktop OS market share in April 2014 when Windows XP was retired For now, Windows 7 continues to be considered one familiar desktop operating system that many people just love, and despite the approaching end of support, it’s unlikely users would migrate en-masse to Windows 10. Because truth be told, there’s no other version that you can choose right now, other than Windows 10. Five years after its demise, Windows XP continues to be surprisingly popular. NetMarketShare claims Windows XP now has a share of 4.54 percent, which is quite impressive for an operating system launched 18 years ago. The same is very likely to happen with Windows 7 too, especially because it’s so widely-used these days. Nevertheless, expect the market share of Windows 7 to drop at a faster pace in the coming months, mostly as we get closer to end of support. As for the reasons you should upgrade before the time comes, there’s not much to say here. Without security updates, Windows 7 would remain exposed to hackers, and given that most Windows versions share the same vulnerabilities, it would be a lot easier for malicious actors to compromise a system running an unsupported operating system. Source
  9. Effective this week, Windows XP is no longer supported by Firefox. More than four years after Microsoft stopped supporting the platform, Mozilla is making a similar move. Last year, the organization said support for Windows XP was expected to be dropped by June 2018, but the browser developer took a few more months to make that happen. On Wednesday, Mozilla announced the release of Firefox 62 and also revealed that it updated Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) to version 60.2. With these releases, Mozilla cut support for Firefox ESR 52, which was the last version of Firefox with Windows XP support. “At the end of February 2016, XP users made up 12% of release Firefox. By the end of February 2017, XP users made up 8% of release Firefox. If this trend continued without much change after we switched XP users to ESR, XP Firefox users would presently amount to about 2% of release users,” Mozilla says. While Firefox ESR 52 continues to be available for download, it no longer receives security patches, meaning that any vulnerability found in the browser will remain unpatched. With Chrome no longer supporting the platform since version 49 and Internet Explorer 8, the browser most used as standard on the platform, getting no security updates for more than two years, Windows XP users are left with no major browser than could keep them safe from exploits while navigating the Internet. Although still widely used in organizations, Windows XP is currently a nearly-17-year-old operating system that hasn’t received security patches for over four years (although Microsoft did release emergency fixes last year, to address Shadow Brokers-related bugs exploited in the global WannaCry outbreak). “It required effort, and it required devoting resources to supporting XP well after Microsoft stopped doing so. It meant we couldn’t do other things, since we were busy with XP,” Mozilla says. Users impacted by the recent change in Firefox are advised to upgrade to a newer operating system to continue receiving patches not only for Mozilla’s applications, but also for other software their computers depend on. In addition to dropping support for XP, Firefox now includes a preference that allows users to distrust certificates issued by Symantec (by setting "security.pki.distrust_ca_policy" to 2 in about:config). This is yet another step towards removing all trust for Symantec-issued certificates in Firefox 63. Firefox 62, Mozilla notes in an advisory, also addresses several vulnerabilities: 1 Critical severity, 3 High risk, 2 Medium severity, and 3 Low risk. Affecting Firefox 61 and Firefox ESR 60.1, the most important of these could potentially be exploited to run arbitrary code. Source
  10. INDIAN AUTHORITIES are putting their collective foot down with banks who are still using Windows XP in their ATMs. The Central Banking Authority of India RBI has told banks that they have one year to sort the mess out - that's June 2019 - or they will be fined. In the shorter term, banks have two months in which to upgrade to the latest version of Windows XP, add a BIOS password and disable any USB ports. All pretty obvious stuff, except that so far, there's been something of a disconnect between "obvious" and "actually doing it". Banks should have the latest operating systems up and running on at least 25 per cent of machines by the end of September, and all their ATMs by the end of June 2019. By March 2019, banks are expected to have an anti-skimming method in place to protect cards. And by the end of this year, the target is to have half of machines running up to date services, with 75 per cent by March 2019. The fact of the matter is, despite being an emerging super-state in terms of finance, the cash machine network is one area where there has been a complete failure to move with the times. As such, the banks will have to throw a lot of money at getting their systems up to code. By the time of this deadline, Windows XP will have been beyond End of Life for five years. At the time of writing, Windows XP has a 2.85 per cent market share globally (based on figures from Netmarketshare), but that covers everything from IoT right up to workstations. Nevertheless, it is still used on more machines that Windows 8.1 and significantly more than macOS versions 10.12 and 10.13 combined. The news comes as a rat was discovered last week in an ATM in the North East of India, having been out of service for over three weeks. During that time, the rat had literally eaten itself to death, gorging on 1.3m Rupees (about £14,000). We're not convinced that switching from Windows XP would have made much difference to that one. Source
  11. Valve is kicking the operating system off its service starting January 2019. Upgrade or GTFO. Windows XP and Vista users have six months to upgrade their operating systems or get the hell off of Steam. Windows XP users are a tiny fraction of Steam's overall user base, only 0.22 percent according to Valve's own tracking. However, 0.22 percent out of a total of 125 million Steam users, is roughly 275,000 users who will no longer have access to Counter-Strike unless they upgrade. That's a lot of potentially annoyed customers. Those quarter millions users will have to upgrade or leave. According to Valve, the new features its rolling out on Steam—including its nifty new Discord-style chat system—use an embedded version of Chrome that the older versions of Windows can’t support. “In addition, future versions of Steam will require Windows feature and security updates only present in Windows 7 and above,” Valve said. That’s what this is really about. Security. Look. Windows XP was great. We all loved Windows XP, but it came out in 2001 and Microsoft stopped supporting it in 2014. Microsoft has been a victim of its own success. XP is was so popular that millions of users, some of them in government and business, have clung to the operating system despite its increasing security issues. Microsoft even released an emergency security patch in 2017 in response to the WannaCry malware. To those 275,000 I say upgrade or lose the ability to AWP noobs in Counter-Strike 1.6. Source
  12. Windows 95 still powering Pentagon PCs The United States Department of Defense is now migrating to Windows 10 as part of a broader effort announced in collaboration with Microsoft, and the transition to the new operating system is projected to be finalized in the fall of this year. In the meantime, however, there are lots of computers operated by the Pentagon that are still running older Windows versions, and according to officials, some are even powered by Windows 95 or 98. Speaking about Pentagon’s efforts to boost security of its systems, Daryl Haegley, program manager for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment, has revealed that many of the critical computers are currently powered by unsupported Windows versions, including not only Windows XP (which is no longer getting updates since April 2014) but also releases that are more than 20 years old. “About 75 percent of the devices that are control systems are on Windows XP or other nonsupported operating systems,” he said, adding that these stats were collected after visits to different 15 military sites. Don’t worry, be happy Haegley says there’s no reason to worry, though, adding that all these computers do not have an Internet connection, so they are harder to hack. This isn’t impossible, though, especially if these systems are part of larger networks where other computers are connected to the web. “A lot of these systems are still Windows 95 or 98, and that’s OK—if they’re not connected to the internet,” Haegley explained. DefenseOne says that systems running Windows 95 or 98 feature sensors that connect to the Internet anyway, so they’re more or less vulnerable to attacks, and running old operating systems certainly doesn’t help. In the end, Haegley calls for the US DoD to expand its bug bounty programs and call for security researchers to look for vulnerabilities not only in its websites but also in critical systems that could be exposed to cyberattacks launched by other states. Source
  13. Here's my scenario: I have a laptop with 3 OS on it. Windows XP, Windows 8, Windows 7, and 4th partition for files. Whenever I listen to music or watch and listen to Youtube videos, and the like, I notice that the sound is louder when I play it on Windows XP than on Windows 7/8. I have played the same set of music files, Youtube videos on all 3 OS but the result is still the same. The volume on the 3 OS and on the videos are all set to 100% but still, when I play them on Windows XP, I had to lower down the volume not to cause too much noise. I have installed the required audio drivers for all 3 OS and all OS are Windows updates up-to-date. Whenever I watch and listen on Windows 7/8, I often look at the volume indicator to see if it is already maxed [or 100%] and is thinking if there is any way to make the sound/audio louder. All OS are on their own partition so the settings and software are independent from one another. Just to compare, 100% volume on Windows 7/8 seems to be around 50% on Windows XP even though they are using the same exact hardware, all OS on the same laptop. When I'm on Windows 7/8, I will need to connect additional speakers to get a louder sound/audio but when I'm on Windows XP, the built-in speakers are sufficient enough. Is there any setting that I need to check or adjust so that sound/audio volume on Windows 7/8 will be at par or as loud as on Windows XP? I'm not sure if my computer specs matter but I'll just mention it anyway. Windows XP on 1st partition [148 GB] Windows 8 on 2nd partition [150 GB] Windows 7 on 3rd partition [150 GB] 4th partition for files [250 GB] or 750 Gibibytes / 698 Gigabytes 4 GB RAM DDR3 Intel Core i7 3610QM CLEVO CO. W250ENQ / W270ENQ (U29)
  14. The month of July has ended and it is now time to take a look at how well Microsoft's Windows operating system has fared in terms of market share. According to new data from NetApplications, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 has seen a slight decrease in combined market share as of July 2014, while Windows XP also drops in share. Windows 7, on the other hand, sees a slight increase. Windows 7 continues to be the top desktop operating system with a 51.22% share. This is up from the previous month's 50.55% share. The month prior saw a 48.77% share. Clearly Windows 7 is seeing increased share as the months go by. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, on the other hand, saw a combined share of 12.48%. This is down from the previous month's 12.54%, which is lower than the 12.64% share from the month prior. Windows XP remains the second most popular Windows browser with a declining share of 24.82% as of July 2014. Diving deeper into the stats, we can see that Windows 8.1 had a 6.61% share in June, but saw a decline to 6.56% as of July. Comparatively, Mac OSX 10.9 has an operating system share of 4.12% while Linux owns a 1.68% share. Interestingly enough, we are beginning to see a declining trend with Windows 8/8.1, while Windows 7 continues to grow in market share. Are Windows 8 users reverting back to Windows 7? It could be. Source
  15. Microsoft has taken heat every time it tried to end support for Windows XP, but finally almost 13 years after it was released, Microsoft has flipped the switch and stopped delivering system updates to XP users. Well, mostly. There have been some angry rumblings, but consumers seem to be coping, and large customers like business and governments can buy extended support licenses. So everything is fine? Not from the perspective of the Chinese government, which apparently has trust issues after the end of XP support. New rules announced last week ban the use of Windows 8 on government PCs. Microsoft has a complicated history with Windows in China. PC sales are roughly the same as the US, but more than a third are still running XP. There are no official numbers on government IT platforms, but it’s safe to say XP’s share is even higher there. What is remarkable about the Chinese software market is the sheer number of pirated Windows installs. In spite of all those PC sales, Microsoft only sees about 5% of the revenue in China that it does in the US. It’s no secret that piracy is rampant in the Chinese consumer electronics market, and that’s probably one of the main reasons XP is still so widely used. Newer versions of Windows introduced tougher anti-piracy measures that require more fiddling to bypass, and are easier to trip in the future. The Chinese government has suggested in the past that Microsoft should lower the price of Windows instead of combating piracy. The block on Windows 8 was enacted as part of a notice on energy-saving procedures posted on the Central Government Procurement Center website. It was certainly an odd way to announce the ban of a major operating system. The official Xinhua news agency elaborated on the ban, saying it was being put in place to ensure future security after Microsoft ended support for Windows XP… after 13 years. Apparently the Chinese government doesn’t want to be in a similar situation after buying another “foreign OS.” That raises the question, of course, what OS is China going to use on government computers? China’s Kylin OS. It was originally based on FreeBSD, but now it’s derived from Ubuntu The Chinese propaganda machine might simply be trying to spin the end of XP support as some failing of the foreign software market in an effort to jumpstart a local alternative. There are a few Chinese Linux distros like StartOS and Kylin, but usage of these operating systems is still low. It’s more likely the Chinese government is working on its own version of desktop Linux to go along with the new Linux-based mobile OS known as China Operating System (COS). Microsoft is no doubt unhappy to hear about the ban on Windows 8 in the Chinese government, as if that platform needed any more bad press. With most Windows machines in China running pirated versions of the OS, it’s not like Microsoft is about to see profits fall off a cliff. Still, having the Chinese government actively discourage the use of Windows could make it hard for Microsoft to gain a foothold with the growing Chinese middle class who might have the means to pay for software. Source
  16. Approximately 26 percent of the desktop computers worldwide are still running Windows XP right now, but the United Kingdom is really keen on cutting down its market share by forcing companies in the country to upgrade as soon as possible. In a notification posted on its website, the UK's privacy watchdog warned that out-of-date software is currently one of the eight most common security vulnerabilities leading to data leaks, so companies that are failing to secure their PCs due to this reason could get fines of up to 500,000 pounds ($844,000 / 613,000 euros). “In just the past couple of months we have already seen widespread concern over the expiry of support for Microsoft XP and the uncovering of the security flaw known as Heartbleed. While these security issues may seem complex, it is important that organisations of all sizes have a basic understanding of these types of threats and know what action they need to take to make sure their computer systems are keeping customers’ information secure,” ICO’s Group Manager for Technology, Simon Rice,said. Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and British Pregnancy Advice Service have already received hefty fines for failing to keep user data secure, so the Information Commissioner's Office warns that all companies that are aren't upgrading their computers to run newer software and protect consumer details could get financial penalties as well. Source
  17. Cybercriminals have already seized upon the end of support for Windows XP as a theme for numerous scams and fake software updates. Microsoft pushed out its last ever patches for the 13-year-old operating system last Tuesday (8 April). Numerous YouTube videos "advertising programs and functionality related to Windows XP" that have appeared online over recent days are actually pushing adware and other undesirable apps, anti-virus firm Malwarebytes reports. Among the dodgy apps being pushed is a Potentially Unwanted Program (PUP) that falls into the Amonetize-A class of nasties, classified as “undesirable” by Malwarebytes and 15 other security software firms.Supposed "Media Center" keygen tools are also pushing applications likely to harm the performance of computers. "Keygens are something you should really avoid, as more often than not you never know quite what you’ll end up with," Christopher Boyd, a malware intelligence analyst at Malwarebytes, says in a blog post. "As for XP themed 'setup files', those links took us to the usual selection of surveys and ringtone offers." "Take care with the last minute surge of XP themed downloads and offers – whether on social networks, forums or video sharing sites, a lot of what you’re going to see over the coming weeks will probably not do you any favours,” he adds. “XP may be dead and gone in terms of updates, but that doesn’t mean pitfalls and booby traps have followed suit." Source
  18. Another day, another self-proclaimed security expert makes comments on Windows XP, the operating system that will get the axe in no less than 10 days. This time, Tim LeRoy, an engineer working for Novatech, a company that also provides IT assistance to small businesses, told Portsmouth.co.uk that Windows XP without support was basically like a car without airbags, seat belts and without any lights, explaining that it was extremely dangerous to use both of them. “If you’ve ever been a victim of a serious attack you’ll know that at best it’s incredibly irritating and disruptive, but at worst it can be a terrible personal violation, cripple all of your finances and delete some of your most precious digital possessions,” he pointed out. What’s more, he defended Microsoft and its efforts to kill Windows XP, adding that Redmond wasn’t trying to move users to a newer OS version because it wanted to sell more licenses, but due to the fact that Windows 8.1 was much safer and more reliable than previous builds. Microsoft wants all users to move from Windows XP to Windows 8.1, but such a transition would also involve hardware upgrades, which obviously makes the process much more expensive. It remains to be seen, however, how many users complete the migration to a newer Windows platform by April 8. Source : softpedia
  19. Next Tuesday, April 8 2014, Microsoft will release the last ever security patches for Windows XP. And if you look at the figures from Net Market Share, things aren’t looking too good. Net Market Share keeps a tally on worldwide operating system and browser usage by measuing the hits on websites and – according to them – Windows XP is still powering some 27.69% of worldwide PCs. That’s an alarming statistic. But is it true? Well, as we have all learnt through life, statistics can be deceptive. The truth is that in much of the world, the usage of Windows XP is probably not anywhere near 27.69%. It’s commonly believed that the figures have been skewed massively by China where – according to some reports – Windows XP still had a marketshare of approximately 50% at the end of 2013. A large part of the problem in China, no doubt, is the widespread usage of pirated versions of the operating system dubbed “GhostXP” locally. The stat appears to be backed up by Microsoft’s figures for usage of the no-longer-trusted Internet Explorer 6, the default browser in Windows XP. Microsoft’s IE 6 Countdown website gives percentages for Internet Explorer 6 usage around the world. And, surprise surprise, there’s only one country which sticks out like a sore thumb: China. Regardless of what the figure for Windows XP usage is in your country, chances are that even if a small percentage of your internet-using population is using the old OS, it could still amount to a considerable number of computers. And that’s a problem. Because, if those computers continue to run Windows XP, and don’t receive any more security patches they are not just putting themselves and the data they carry at risk, they are endangering all of us who use the internet. How so? Well, every computer that is compromised or hijacked by hackers can be used as a launchpad for further attacks – whether they be denial-of-service attacks, spammed out phishing campaigns, or deliberate dissemination of malware. And if it happens that you are unlucky enough to have your personal information stored on a computer at a business still running Windows XP (and sadly, many businesses are still running legacy computers running creaky old versions of the Windows operating system) then it could be your private sensitive data that is up for grabs. The worry is that malicious hackers will reverse-engineer future security patches from Microsoft (designed to enhance the security of more recent versions of Windows), but the flaws that they are designed to fix will also be present in the newly-retired XP operating system. In short, hackers will be interested in targeting the now poorly-protected Windows XP platform with even greater vigour. ESET security veteran and fellow WeLiveSecurity scribe Aryeh Goretsky has written some wise words, offering practical tips for people who have decided they need a little extra time and plan to stay protecting Windows XP computers for a little while longer. Source
  20. Microsoft’s 12-year-old Windows XP operating system powers 95 percent of the world’s automated teller machines, according to NCR, the largest ATM supplier in the US. While the idea of Windows powering ATMs may surprise consumers, XP runs in the background powering the software that bank customers interact with to withdraw money. An upcoming Windows XP support change from Microsoft means ATMs will need to be upgraded and modified throughout 2014. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that the US has 420,000 ATMs, and the majority of them run XP and face a support cutoff from Microsoft soon. On April 8th, Microsoft plans to end support for Windows XP, leaving businesses still using XP, and 95 percent of ATMs, open to security and compliance risks. While Microsoft has been warning customers about the deadline for years, the ATM industry has been slow to react. NCR tells The Verge that the majority of ATMs run the full version of XP, with support ending in April, while some use an Embedded version that's supported until 2016. Most machines will move to Windows 7, but ATM software firm KAL predicts that only 15 percent of US ATMs will be running Windows 7 by April. That leaves thousands of machines running out-of-date software, with some companies opting to purchase custom support contracts with Microsoft to extend the life of Windows XP. Bloomberg Businessweek reports that JPMorgan is one such company buying a one-year extension ahead of its Windows 7 deployment. If you’ve used an ageing ATM recently then you’ll likely be acutely aware of just how slow and cumbersome these machines are. While modern machines include touchscreen support and speedy navigation, older models typically use buttons and a basic user interface that’s frustratingly slow. Windows 7 appears to be the main choice to replace the ageing Windows XP machines, but some machines will require hardware upgrades, while others will need to be scrapped entirely and replaced to support the new OS. JPMorgan admits 3,000 of its 19,000 ATMs will need "enhancements" ahead of the Windows 7 upgrade. These enhancements might be a costly headache for ATM manufacturers and banks, but the improvements are a win for customers who use these machines on a daily basis. While it’s not likely you’ll be able to browse the internet or send emails from ATMs any time soon, their basic functionality could significantly improve thanks to the death of Windows XP. Source
  21. Microsoft has just announced that it is extending the support for Anti-Malware protection on Windows XP till July 2015. With this, Microsoft wants to bid more migration time to the existing Windows XP users. The decade old operating system Windows XP is set to go off support by April this year. This originally implied that Microsoft won’t be pushing any security patches to the operating system as and when we hit the deadline. In a blogpost, Microsoft writes, Microsoft has announced the Windows XP end of support date of April 8, 2014. After this date, Windows XP will no longer be a supported operating system. To help organizations complete their migrations, Microsoft will continue to provide updates to our antimalware signatures and engine for Windows XP users through July 14, 2015. To make things clear, Microsoft is not extending the deadline. Windows XP will still be unsupported after April 2014. But this Anti-Malware protection will make the operating system a bit more secure. This does not affect the end-of-support date of Windows XP, or the supportability of Windows XP for other Microsoft products, which deliver and apply those signatures. So what does this change mean to consumers? The enterprise users will continue getting the following security protection: System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. Whereas for normal users, Microsoft Security Essentials will get you covered till July 2015 Although Anti-Malware protection itself won’t make the operating system fully protected, since there’s a limited number of things it can do, it will come handy to tackle with a wide range of malware and help in trying to secure Windows XP, against the many dangers it may face. This is a welcoming change from Microsoft and shows how much it cares about its users. Source
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  23. On April 8, 2014 Microsoft will officially end support for it's once popular Windows XP operating system. The company has given plenty of notice regarding this intention as, after all, a surprising number of businesses were, and still are, using the decade old OS. That may sound shocking, but the IT industry doesn't particularly like to rush into things -- many still used Internet Explorer 6 until not so long ago. Now the world's most populous nation is begging for the death warrant to be repealed and XP's life to continue a bit longer. China claims that 54-percent of its population is still using the 12 year old operating system. 38-percent have moved onto Windows 7, but Microsoft also is no longer selling that in the country. The nation claims that ending support for XP would place a financial burden on the citizens. While China's concern for its citizens seems touching, the truth is that much of the government is still using the operating system. "With every new version of Windows we have made substantial security updates from the previous versions and both consumers and organisations can get advice on how to upgrade to a more recent operating system at www.get2modern.com", a Microsoft spokesperson claimed in a statement to PCR. In other words, Microsoft has no plans to back down from the currently scheduled end-of-life for XP. Source
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