Unscheduled fixes for critical Windows flaws delivered through rare channel

EnlargeMicrosoft Microsoft has published unscheduled fixes for two critical vulnerabilities that make it possible for attackers to execute malicious code on computers running any version of Windows 10. Unlike the vast majority of Windows patches, the ones released on Tuesday were delivered through the Microsoft Store. The normal channel for…

Microsoft to start rolling out automatically its new Edge browser to some education and business users

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is set to expand the rollout of its new Chromium-based Edge browser using Windows Update. After kicking off its Windows Update rollout of the new Edge for certain Windows 10 users earlier this month, Microsoft will start rolling out the new Edge browser to some education and…

Microsoft releases emergency security update to fix two bugs in Windows codecs

Microsoft has published on Tuesday two out-of-band security updates to patch two vulnerabilities in the Microsoft Windows Codecs Library. Tracked as CVE-2020-1425 & CVE-2020-1457, the two bugs only impact Windows 10 and Windows Server 2019 distributions. In security advisories published today, Microsoft said the two security flaws can be exploited…

Arm benchmarks: Apple silicon trounces Microsoft’s Surface Pro X in first tests

Developers taking part in Apple’s preview of its Arm-based Apple silicon hardware have run Geekbench benchmarks, with the results suggesting it considerably outperforms Microsoft’s Arm-based Surface Pro X. The Geekbench results show that Apple’s Mac mini-like desktop Developer Transition Kit (DTK) with the A12Z Bionic SoC from the 2020 iPad…

Microsoft to add a new learning app to Teams

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is working on a new learning app that will be part of Microsoft Teams. The new app will bring together learning content from a variety of sources into a single place. This app will be available in preview and become generally available later this calendar year. Microsoft…

Microsoft launches digital skills initiative to help those hit by the COVID-19 economy

Credit: Microsoft Microsoft is launching a new global skills initiative — with the goal of bringing more digital skills to 25 million people worldwide by the end of the year. Microsoft plans to combine existing and new resources from its LinkedIn and GitHub units, as well as from inside the…

New Windows 10 tool: This free Microsoft app helps you recover deleted or corrupted data

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 utility called Windows File Recovery that helps users recover damaged or deleted files. The tool, spotted by Windows leaker Walking Cat, is for Windows 10 version 2004 and above and promises to help users recover from PC disasters involving lost memories and work.…

Ex-Windows boss: Apple’s Arm-based ‘Mac will be the ultimate developer PC’

Former Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky reckons the new Arm-based Apple silicon Mac will become the “ultimate developer PC”. According to Sinofsky, Apple’s shift to Arm is the death knell for Intel and potentially Windows too, with the Arm-based Mac set to become the preferred platform for software developers. “In…

Microsoft Edge is stealing Chrome users’ data? I asked Microsoft if it’s true

A window into edgy, sneaky competition? I have a weakness for drama. Especially when it involves espionage, sneaky behavior and uncontrolled anger. I binge-ate a large bucket of hibiscus-flavored popcorn, therefore, when I heard that some Chrome and Firefox users were accusing Microsoft of underhand activities. I was alerted to…

For business customers, Microsoft’s Windows 10 documentation is an unruly mess

One of the unexpected and unwelcome side effects of Microsoft’s push to Windows as a Service is that its documentation has become an unruly mess. The problem isn’t a lack of information. Microsoft’s generally been doing a good job of describing high-level changes in Windows and then supplying lots of…