Microsoft has extended the support for more than a year for Microsoft Security Essentials on the Windows XP operating system. Previously, they were shutting down the support when support for XP ends on April 8th, 2014. Now, the antimalware updates will end July 14, 2015.
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.
For enterprise customers, this applies to System Center Endpoint Protection, Forefront Client Security, Forefront Endpoint Protection and Windows Intune running on Windows XP. For consumers, this applies to Microsoft Security Essentials.
Microsoft seems to have overlooked something with the Xbox One. A longer cable for the Kinect. A lot of people have their TV’s mounted away from the rest of their AV equipment or run a projector (which can be 15’ away) and the short cable included with the Kinect just isn’t going to cut it.
Has anyone tried any other cables (Original Kinect extension cable?) that worked?
Due to this some people have been put off buying the Xbox One and Kinect 2. No one would want to purchase a console and then have to reorganise their TV location just to play. Gamers have been left waiting and many hope that a 3rd party accessory maker will rise to the challenge.
I know a lot of people that I will be included in the 5% of the submissions. Some very excellent photographers with some excellent work. So, to you budding and professional photographers, get some of your pictures included in the Microsoft Personalization Gallery. I know I visit the gallery to spice up my desktop backgrounds a bit.
So, how difficult is it to get into the gallery? Actually, there’s a lot of competition! We receive so many thousands of submissions that fewer than 5 percent end up being chosen. The sheer volume of submissions also means that the time between when you submit an image and when it actually appears on the gallery can be quite long–up to six months or even longer. I’m part of a small panel of reviewers who look at every single submission we receive, and carefully assess each photo or artwork before making selections and preparing them for publication. It can be a very time-consuming process.
As the release of Windows Phone 8.1 is nearing, there are some ‘wish lists’ of sorts. The author of this article hits it right on the head. Yes, it’s taking some of the ideas from the iPhone and iOS, but they are pretty common in other devices, but lacking on the Windows Phone. Do Not Disturb is one feature I’d really love to see added to the OS. I use it constantly on my iDevices, and it’s great. My wife, on the other hand, has an app that reminds her (and me) in the wee hours of the morning. That app got deleted.
Though Windows Phone 8.1 should certainly borrow a few features from other Windows operating systems, it would also be a good idea for Microsoft to borrow a few features from the world’s second most-popular operating system: iOS, the software that powers Apple’s iPhone.
Paul Thurrott is reporting that the next big release of Windows, code named “Threshold” is going to be Windows 9 and is targeted for April of 2015. In other news – Microsoft will be releasing Windows 8.1 Update 1 around BUILD 2014 (in April) alongside Windows Phone 8.1.
Windows 9 rumors have been flying around for a while, but at least now we may have a code name and some other possible information about it. Expect a lot more rumors (“The Start Menu is back!”) about the upcoming release, but take it with a grain of salt. Some may come to be true, but much of it probably won’t. Always nice to speculate and have fun with it, though.
In some ways, the most interesting thing about Threshold is how it recasts Windows 8 as the next Vista. It’s an acknowledgment that what came before didn’t work, and didn’t resonate with customers. And though Microsoft will always be able to claim that Windows 9 wouldn’t have been possible without the important foundational work they had done first with Windows 8—just as was the case with Windows 7 and Windows Vista—there’s no way to sugarcoat this. Windows 8 has set back Microsoft, and Windows, by years, and possibly for good.
Microsoft has partnered with GoDaddy to help bring Office 365 to it’s small business customers. I’d recommend Office 365 to any small business (or larger, for that matter). I don’t think I’d say the same with GoDaddy, however.
GoDaddy, the Web’s top platform for small business, and Microsoft Corp. announced on Monday a long-term strategic partnership to offer Office 365 as GoDaddy’s exclusive core business-class email and productivity service to its small-business customers. This partnership supports GoDaddy’s ongoing push to deliver premium small-business management solutions. Serving 12 million customers worldwide, GoDaddy has created a simple experience for small businesses with industry-leading productivity tools backed by best-in-class customer support at an affordable price.
Windows XP support is ending on April 8th, 2014. Along with it will be support for Microsoft Security Essentials support for the OS. This leaves it pretty vulnerable for a lot of new attacks, as well as those that have been waiting for the deadline. Several anti-virus vendors have also pledged to stop supporting the OS. So, if you are still running Windows XP, now would be a good time to upgrade to a newer OS or get ready to unplug the machine from the Internet.
Microsoft has created a website showing some good reasons to upgrade, as well as a great countdown to the April deadline.
Verizon has put up a placeholder on it’s website for the new and upcoming Nokia Icon. The new Windows 8 phone has a big, but not too big (Lumia 1520), 5” screen. The placeholder price is not predictive of actual pricing ($777). Another beautiful Windows Phone device. My 4.3” screen is looking very small in comparison (HTC 8X).
Nokia is preparing to release a new 5-inch 1080p device for Verizon, and the US carrier appears to have accidentally listed the device on its website today with a placeholder price of $777. Labeled as the Nokia Lumia Icon, the 5-inch device includes a 20-megapixel camera, 2.2GHz quad-core processor, and a 2420 mAh battery according to the specifications listed by Verizon. The device has leaked a number of times under the name Lumia 929, but it appears Verizon will brand the device as the Lumia Icon instead.
From doom and gloom to greatness, 2014 has people throwing their predictions into the pot. For some, MSFT is set to soar above $40 a share. For others, low 30’s. Either way, there are a lot of variables this year with Windows 8 updates, Xbox One sales, and… oh yes – a new CEO takes the helm of the company.
Microsoft, on the other hand, is priced at under 12x forward earnings. Revenue growth is also expected to be in the 6% to 8% range in the New Year. In addition, this does not take into account the company’s over $70B (~25% of market capitalization) cash hoard. The shares also yield 3.1%.
Microsoft has been doing a great job listening to consumers this round for it’s Xbox brand. From doing a 180 on the always required internet, sharing games, etc. to updates addressing their concerns. Marc Whitten, Xbox chief product officer, has said they are listening to consumers and they have valid concerns. Some things are just more difficult to find than they were previously.
Microsoft has said they are committed to faster and more regular updates, as well. A lot of fixes for speed and reliability in addition to the major dashboard updates.
"The feedback we’ve gotten is pretty valid; some of the social stuff is hidden or harder to use than it was on the Xbox 360. So you’re gonna see us come out with an update where, well, we’re going to fix those things. As a person who’s been pretty involved in building Xbox Live for the last decade, I take it pretty seriously when people say it’s harder to get into a party, and the defaults aren’t right, and I don’t like the model. So what I’m trying to do with the team is kind of theme some stuff up. Let’s take an update and really go through a big list of what we’re hearing from customers, what we know is broken with the architecture, areas that we want to improve or complete. I think that’s a theme you’ll really see us push on — that Live experience."