Windows 8 - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/21680 en 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_windows_8 <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 Microsoft fixes Windows 8.1 Update for corporate WSUS servers http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-fixes-windows-81-update-corporate-wsus-servers-240654?source=rss_windows_8 <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 removes Windows 8.1 Update from WSUS update servers" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Eight days after <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-removes-windows-81-update-wsus-update-servers-240129">yanking the patch</a>, Microsoft <a href="http://blogs.technet.com/b/wsus/archive/2014/04/16/ Microsoft Windows Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:07:47 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240654 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_windows_8 <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 Is Windows 8 development worth the trouble? http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/windows-8-development-worth-the-trouble-240430?source=rss_windows_8 <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_windows_8 <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_windows_8 <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_windows_8 <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 Update your Windows 8.1 Update -- you're missing KB 2934018 http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/update-your-windows-81-update-youre-missing-kb-2934018-240174?source=rss_windows_8 <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="Update your Windows 8.1 Update -- you're missing KB 2934018" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>If you installed Windows 8.1 Update from the MSDN download provided by Microsoft last week, you didn't get the same set of patches that are currently being distributed on Windows Update/Microsoft Update.</p> Microsoft Windows Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Wed, 09 Apr 2014 16:06:23 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240174 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft removes Windows 8.1 Update from WSUS update servers http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-removes-windows-81-update-wsus-update-servers-240129?source=rss_windows_8 <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 removes Windows 8.1 Update from WSUS update servers" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>It looks like Microsoft didn't test Windows 8.1 Update's installer thoroughly enough.</p> Microsoft Windows Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:27:25 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 240129 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_windows_8 <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 Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft -- took you long enough http://www.infoworld.com/t/windows-phone/welcome-the-21st-century-microsoft-took-you-long-enough-239820?source=rss_windows_8 <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="Welcome to the 21st century, Microsoft -- took you long enough" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Check off the biggest trends in the tech industry -- mobile, open source, cloud -- and it's a sure bet Microsoft was late to the party and underdressed when it got there. Microsoft Windows Mobile Technology Microsoft Windows 8 Application Development Microsoft Windows Mobile Development Open Source Software Windows Phone Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239820 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 fails with error 0x80070003 http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-81-update-kb-2919355-fails-error-0x80070003-239769?source=rss_windows_8 <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/windows8_grid_sunlight.jpg" alt="Windows 8.1 Update KB 2919355 fails with error 0x80070003" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Australian Malcolm McCaffery has just posted a <a href="http://chentiangemalc.wordpress.com/2014/04/03/case-of-the-kb2919355-installation-failure-windows-8-1-update-1/" target="_blank">detailed account of the first bug</a> I've </p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:11:31 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239769 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8.1 has reached end of life as surely as Windows XP http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-81-has-reached-end-of-life-surely-windows-xp-239760?source=rss_windows_8 <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/windows8_grid_sunlight.jpg" alt="Windows 8.1 has reached end of life as surely as Windows XP" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Microsoft's own Windows deployment ace Ben Hunter just posted a <a href="http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/springboard/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-the-it-pro-perspective.aspx" target="_blank">detailed overview of th Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Thu, 03 Apr 2014 11:06:19 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239760 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8.1 Update -- required for all future Win8.1 updates -- released on MSDN http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/windows-81-update-required-all-future-win81-updates-released-msdn-239631?source=rss_windows_8 <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/WIn8-Start-Screen_0.png" alt="Windows 8.1 Update -- required for all future Win8.1 updates -- released on MSDN" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>The long-awaited (but <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/review-windows-81-update-offers-olive-branch-mouse-users-238596">not terribly well-received</a>) and likely final suture in the Jek Microsoft Windows Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:37:31 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239631 at http://www.infoworld.com One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-net/one-windows-all-devices-the-new-microsoft-app-strategy-unveiled-239698?source=rss_windows_8 <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="One Windows, all devices: The new Microsoft app strategy unveiled" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div> <p>Microsoft today announced its Universal Windows Apps technology, which is intended to streamline the process of building applications that can run on Windows Phones, Xbox game consoles, and the Metro environment in Intel-base</p> Application Development Microsoft Visual Studio Windows 8 Microsoft .Net Mobile Development Windows Phone Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:51:40 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 239698 at http://www.infoworld.com Windows 8 picks up an unlikely ally in Apple http://www.infoworld.com/d/consumerization-of-it/windows-8-picks-unlikely-ally-in-apple-238557?source=rss_windows_8 <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/apple_windows_hp.jpg" alt="Windows 8 picks up an unlikely ally in Apple" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>For users who want a great PC but not the current version of Windows (Vista some years ago, Win8 today), Apple's Macs have provided a way to have their cake and eat it too. But that may change in the coming year -- for the worse.</p> Applications Computer Hardware Consumerization of IT Mobile Technology Windows 7 Windows 8 Mac OS X Microsoft Windows Desktop Macs Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Galen Gruman 238557 at http://www.infoworld.com Review: Windows 8.1 Update offers an olive branch for mouse users http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/review-windows-81-update-offers-olive-branch-mouse-users-238596?source=rss_windows_8 <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_updates_hp.jpg" alt="Review: Windows 8.1 Update offers an olive branch for mouse users" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Clearly, the prime directive behind Windows 8.1 Update (variously called Windows 8.1 Update 1, Windows 8.1 GDR 1, Windows 8.1 2014 Update, Windows 8.1.1, and Windows 8.2) was to improve the lot of the beleaguered mouse-and</p> Microsoft Windows Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Doug Dineley 238596 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users http://www.infoworld.com/d/microsoft-windows/microsoft-dangles-50-carrot-in-front-of-xp-users-238473?source=rss_windows_8 <p>Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device.</p> <p>On its online Microsoft Store, the Redmond, Wash. company is giving a $50 gift card to customers who buy one of 16 Windows 8.1 notebooks, desktops, tablets or 2-in-1 hybrids. The card is good for future purchases at the e-store.</p> Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Windows XP Microsoft Windows Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:56:18 +0000 admin 238473 at http://www.infoworld.com Metro Firefox was doomed from the get-go http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/metro-firefox-was-doomed-the-get-go-238471?source=rss_windows_8 <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/11NNfirefox-hp.jpg" alt="Metro Firefox was doomed from the get-go" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>On Friday, Mozilla VP Johnathan Nightingale dropped an unexpected bomb: Despite the fact that Mozilla had released a new beta version of Metro Firefox <a href="http://www.engadget.com/2014/02/06/firefox-beta-brings-touch-friendly-web-browsing-to-windows Applications Microsoft Windows Firefox Mozilla Windows 8 Windows XP Microsoft Windows Web Browsers Mon, 17 Mar 2014 11:00:07 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238471 at http://www.infoworld.com Microsoft plays frustrating game of hide-and-seek with Metro app updates http://www.infoworld.com/t/microsoft-windows/microsoft-plays-frustrating-game-of-hide-and-seek-metro-app-updates-238425?source=rss_windows_8 <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 plays frustrating game of hide-and-seek with Metro app updates" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>As part of my daily routine, I track down changes to Windows and follow up on reported problems. With Windows XP, Vista, and 7 that can be challenging; with Windows 8, it's damn near impossible. Microsoft Windows Microsoft Windows 8 Microsoft Windows Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:19:46 +0000 InfoWorld Tech Watch 238425 at http://www.infoworld.com