Microsoft - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/17862 en IE6: Retired but not dead yet http://www.infoworld.com/d/applications/ie6-retired-not-dead-yet-240810?source=rss_microsoft <p>Microsoft may have retired Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) last week, but it's still keeping track of the ancient browser's user share on a death watch-like website that's been running for more than three years.</p> <p>IE6 launched in August 2001, about two months before Windows XP shipped. Microsoft issued the final security update for IE6 on April 8, when it <a href="https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms14-018" target="_blank">patched two critical vulnerabilities</a> in the browser, then retired the browser as its patron, Windows XP, also went to pasture.</p> Applications Microsoft Windows Internet Explorer (IE) Microsoft Web Browsers Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:13:52 +0000 admin 240810 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft tends to enterprise Windows users -- but kicks consumers to the curb http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-tends-enterprise-windows-users-kicks-consumers-the-curb-240801?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/windows_broken_hp.jpg" alt="Microsoft tends to enterprise Windows users -- but kicks consumers to the curb" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>In the past two days we've seen reports about <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-slashed-windows-xp-custom-support-prices-just-days-axing-public-patches-240623">Microsoft reducing the</a></p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Windows XP Microsoft Windows Patch Management Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:35:32 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240801 at http://www.infoworld.com Three's a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9 http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/threes-charm-windows-8-patches-could-pave-multiple-paths-windows-9-240633?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_Windows_hp.jpg" alt="Three's a charm? Windows 8 patches could pave multiple paths to Windows 9" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Trying to piece together the puzzle created by Microsoft's new patching policy, I was struck by an intriguing thought.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Patch Management Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:11:03 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240633 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft slashed Windows XP custom support prices just days before axing public patches http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-slashed-windows-xp-custom-support-prices-just-days-axing-public-patches-240623?source=rss_microsoft <p>Just days before Microsoft retired Windows XP from public support, the company drastically reduced the price of custom support agreements that give large companies and government agencies another year of XP patches, experts reported today.</p> Microsoft Windows Security Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Patch Management Security Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:45:31 +0000 admin 240623 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft's new toolset brings analytics to 'ambient intelligence' http://www.infoworld.com/d/business-intelligence/microsofts-new-toolset-brings-analytics-ambient-intelligence-240576?source=rss_microsoft <p>Microsoft is targeting the growing volume of data being generated by both machines and humans. CEO Satya Nadella on Tuesday showed off tools that could help organizations better understand -- and profit from -- this trove of information.</p> <p>One new hosted service, called the Azure ISS (Intelligent Systems Service), promises to ease the process of managing machine data from sensors and devices connected in the so-called Internet of Things. ISS is now available as a limited public preview.</p> Business Intelligence Microsoft Big Data Data Mining Hadoop Predictive Analytics Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:51 +0000 admin 240576 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft kicks off sales of lower-priced Office subscription in bid for iPad dollars http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/microsoft-kicks-sales-of-lower-priced-office-subscription-in-bid-ipad-dollars-240508?source=rss_microsoft <p>Five weeks after announcing a lower-cost subscription to Office, Microsoft today started selling Office 365 Personal to consumers.</p> <p>The new subscription plan costs $69.99 annually, or $6.99 monthly, a 30 percent discount from the Office 365 Home deal, which runs $99.99 a year or $9.99 each month.</p> Cloud Computing Mobile Technology Microsoft Microsoft Office 365 iPad Mobile Apps SaaS Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:18:01 +0000 admin 240508 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft concedes Chromebooks are work-worthy http://www.infoworld.com/d/computer-hardware/microsoft-concedes-chromebooks-are-work-worthy-240503?source=rss_microsoft <p>Microsoft on Monday conceded that Google's Chrome OS and the Chromebooks the operating system powers are capable of doing real work, a reversal of its "Scroogled" campaign that once blasted the laptops as worthless.</p> <p>Almost as an afterthought, Microsoft yesterday announced it was bringing its free Office Online apps -- Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote -- to rival Google's Chrome Web store, the primary distribution channel for Chrome OS software.</p> Cloud Computing Computer Hardware Google Google Chrome Microsoft Laptop PCs SaaS Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:06:25 +0000 admin 240503 at http://www.infoworld.com Is Windows 8 development worth the trouble? http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/windows-8-development-worth-the-trouble-240430?source=rss_microsoft <p>Windows 8 has been around for a year-and-a-half, but many developers choose to ignore it. The simple truth is that both Windows 8 desktop applications and Windows Store (Metro) apps for PCs and tablets are few and far between.</p> <p>To get an idea of the level of developer indifference to Windows 8, consider this: according to Microsoft, just 150,000 Windows Store applications for Windows 8 have been developed and are ready to download. That may seem a large number, but it's dwarfed by the more than 1 million tablet and smartphone apps in the Apple and Google stores.</p> Application Development Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Development Environments Microsoft Windows Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:44:55 +0000 admin 240430 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft puts the squeeze on Windows to shoehorn it into 16GB devices http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-puts-the-squeeze-windows-shoehorn-it-16gb-devices-240410?source=rss_microsoft <p>Microsoft last week revealed how it will squeeze Windows 8.1 onto devices with storage space as small as 16GB to fulfill a promise earlier this year that OEMs could produce low-cost tablets and laptops.</p> <p>The technology Microsoft will use, dubbed "WIM" for "Windows Imaging," is a file-based disk image format introduced in Windows Vista, the OS flop that debuted in 2007. Work on WIM, however, took place during the long -- and oft delayed -- development of "Longhorn," the code name for the project that was originally to produce an operating system in 2004.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:41:31 +0000 admin 240410 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-confirms-its-dropping-windows-81-support-240407?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/windows_updates_hp.jpg" alt="Microsoft confirms it's dropping Windows 8.1 support" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>In what is surely the most customer-antagonistic move of the new Windows regime, Steve Thomas at Microsoft posted a TechNet article on Saturday stating categorically that <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/gladiatormsft/archive/2014/04/ Microsoft Windows Security Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Patch Management Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:15:41 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240407 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8.1 Update woes pile up: Errors 80070020, 80073712, 800F081F, 80242FFF, 800F0922 http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-81-update-woes-pile-errors-80070020-80073712-800f081f-80242fff-800f0922-240249?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/windows_broken_hp.jpg" alt="Windows 8.1 Update woes continue with errors 80070020, 80073712, 800F081F, 80242FFF, and 800F0922" /></div><p>Microsoft released <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/review-windows-81-update-offers-olive-branch-mouse-users-238596">Windows 8.1 Update</a> a little less than 48 hours ago, and users' cries of pain fill the air.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:06:40 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240249 at http://www.infoworld.com Is Windows Update's huge Visio 2013 patch a joke? http://www.infoworld.com/t/patch-management/windows-updates-huge-visio-2013-patch-joke-240140?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_hp.jpg" alt="Is Windows Update's huge Visio 2013 patch a joke?" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>What in the world is going on with Microsoft's Visio?</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Microsoft Windows Patch Management Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:30:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240140 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/microsoft-patch-tuesday-bids-adieu-windows-xp-240131?source=rss_microsoft <p>This month's "Patch Tuesday" includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack.</p> Microsoft Windows Security Microsoft Windows XP Microsoft Windows Patch Management Wed, 09 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 admin 240131 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft tightens restrictions on adware on Windows PCs http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-tightens-restrictions-adware-windows-pcs-240066?source=rss_microsoft <p>Starting July 1, developers of adware for Windows will have to contend with new Microsoft-imposed rules aimed at making it easier for people to stop bothersome ads.</p> <p>In announcing the changes, Microsoft warned developers that ignoring the rules would lead to their programs being detected as adware and "immediately removed from the user's machine." The enforcers would be the security products Microsoft ships with Windows, such as Security Essentials and Windows Defender.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft E-commerce Microsoft Windows Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:59:14 +0000 admin 240066 at http://www.infoworld.com China obtains patent concessions in return for approving Microsoft-Nokia deal http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/china-obtains-patent-concessions-in-return-approving-microsoft-nokia-deal-240061?source=rss_microsoft <p>China is requiring Microsoft and Nokia to make promises on fair patent use, fearing that the proposed acquisition between the two companies could spell trouble for the nation's Android device makers.</p> <p>On Tuesday, China's Ministry of Commerce gave conditional regulatory approval to Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices &amp; Services business. The $7.2 billion deal means that Microsoft could very soon produce its own smartphones using the Windows Phone operating system.</p> Mobile Technology The Industry Standard Microsoft Federal Regulations M&A Smartphones Windows Phone Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:50:30 +0000 admin 240061 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft yanks SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1, KB 2817429 http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-yanks-sharepoint-2013-service-pack-1-kb-2817429-239969?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/07OPenterwin_hp.jpg" alt="Microsoft yanks SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1, KB 2817429" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>On Feb. 25, Microsoft announced that <a href="http://blogs.office.com/2014/02/25/office-2013-service-pack-1-now-available/" target="_blank">SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 was available</a> at the Microsoft Download Center. Applications Microsoft Windows Microsoft Microsoft SharePoint Microsoft Windows Office Software Patch Management Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:12:53 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239969 at http://www.infoworld.com The end of Windows XP and the start of a new Microsoft http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/the-end-of-windows-xp-and-the-start-of-new-microsoft-239875?source=rss_microsoft <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/windows_evolution_hp.jpg" alt="The end of Windows XP and the start of a new Microsoft" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>After tomorrow, April 8, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP, the most stubbornly successful OS in Microsoft history.</p> Microsoft Windows The Industry Standard Microsoft Microsoft Azure Windows 7 Windows 8 Windows XP Microsoft Windows Cloud Computing Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 239875 at http://www.infoworld.com Four things developers should know about the new Microsoft http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-net/four-things-developers-should-know-about-the-new-microsoft-239914?source=rss_microsoft <div id="tw-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/Microsoft_New_hp.jpg" alt="Four things developers should know about the new Microsoft" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/windows-phone/welcome-the-21st-century-microsoft-took-you-long-enough-239820">changes unleased by the new, post-Ballmer Microsoft on its user and developer base in the past week</a> have been </p> Application Development Microsoft Windows Open Source Software Microsoft Development Environments Microsoft Windows Development Tools Microsoft .Net Open Source Software Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 18:19:11 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239914 at http://www.infoworld.com Office for iPad apps top 12 million downloads in one week http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/office-ipad-apps-top-12-million-downloads-in-one-week-239900?source=rss_microsoft <p>It looks like Apple's free <a href="http://www.pcworld.com/article/2137229/office-for-ipad-vs-iwork-the-battle-for-tablet-productivity.html" target="_blank">iWork suite for iOS</a> just wasn't enough for many iPad users.</p> Mobile Technology Microsoft Microsoft Office iPad Mobile Apps Office Software Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:55:28 +0000 admin 239900 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft eases development for Windows and Windows Phone with new App Studio http://www.infoworld.com/d/mobile-technology/microsoft-eases-development-windows-and-windows-phone-new-app-studio-239880?source=rss_microsoft <p>Microsoft's App Studio beta test has been expanded to allow novice developers to build applications for Windows tablets and PCs, in addition to Windows Phone.</p> Application Development Mobile Technology Microsoft Development Tools Mobile Apps Mobile Development Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:08:50 +0000 admin 239880 at http://www.infoworld.com