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Microsoft’s latest update for Security Baseline is causing component failures PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 22 January 2018 00:00

It has come to the notice that the customers who deployed Microsoft’s security baseline for Windows 10 v1709 are likely to experience device and component failures. The Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer is a tool by Microsoft which helps in determining the security state by accessing the missing security updates. The tool also analyses less-secure updates and encourages the users to remove the same. Issue with BitLocker/DMA settings in Windows 10 The BitLocker GPO settings in the Windows security configuration baselines for Windows 10 includes “Disable new DMA devices when this computer is locked” This setting was originally launched with the Windows 10 v1703 and is also part of Microsoft’s recommended baselines for both v1703 and Windows 10v1709 (Creators Update.) In the recent past, the Group Policy setting for the v1709 was strengthened. This update leads to several problems with the network adapters, audio devices and also pointing devices. In the meanwhile its crucial to understand the importance of Group Policy for BitLocker.

Intel: Meltdown/Spectre patches also cause reboots on newer processors PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 21 January 2018 00:00

Meltdown/Spectre patches also cause reboots on newer processors. When it was revealed last week that Intel was advising many of its larger customers to delay installing patches for the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities due to a bug, the company had claimed only older Haswell and Broadwell processors were affected. It has now amended that claim after further internal testing. The bug, which is causing many to experience an above-average number of unexpected reboots after applying the patch, was found to also affect some configurations of Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, Skylake and Kaby Lake chips in the company's internal testing, according to Vice President of Intel's Data Center Group, Navin Shenoy. Unfortunately, the company has not yet identified what the root cause of the problem is, though Shenoy promised they are making significant progress in that regard. He added, "In parallel, we will be providing beta microcode to vendors for validation by next week." The blog post also goes over Intel's findings regarding the impact of these patches on performance, specifically on servers running its latest two-socket Intel Xeon Scalable microarchitecture. Java-dependent and other workloads saw relatively minimal slowdowns of up to 4%. The most significant slowdowns occurred in I/O testing, with some particularly strenuous tests resulting in a decrease of as much as 25% in write performance. Ending the post on a slightly more hopeful note, Shenoy suggested the company is looking at ways of alleviating the impact on performance in operations that were found to be significantly affected, and was considering other, less intensive means of mitigating these vulnerabilities, such as through Google's Riptoline approach. Source: Intel via Engadget/Neowin

Windows 10 build 17074.1002 shows up in the Slow ring PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 20 January 2018 20:45

Since the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update was released in mid-October, there's only been one Insider Preview build to make it to the Slow ring. Build 17025 was offered on November 1, and the ring has been quiet since then. Today though, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17074 to the Slow ring, and it introduces a ton of new features, mainly because it's been so long since the Slow ring got any attention. Indeed, there have been five Fast ring builds since then, some of them quite significant. Build 17063, which was released exactly a month ago, was probably the most notable of the five. It included headlining features like Timeline and Sets. Timeline allows you to go back to things that you were previously working on, while Sets lets you group UWP apps into tabs, similar to how a web browser works. Sets is still in control testing, meaning that not all Insiders have it yet, and it's unclear if Slow ring Insiders will get it right away. You'll also notice some big changes in the Settings app, including a new design and some Fluent Design elements. Naturally, there are new options in Settings as well, as Microsoft is continuing to reduce the need for Control Center in Windows 10. And naturally, you'll find many improvements in Edge, Cortana, My People, the Windows Shell, and much more. Unfortunately, if you're looking to do a clean install with fresh ISOs, those aren't available quite yet, although they should be soon. The 17025 ISOs were made available on November 7, six days after the Slow ring release. Via Neowin

Microsoft tops World’s Top 100 Technology Companies by Thomson Reuters PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 January 2018 20:48

Microsoft tops World’s Top 100 Technology Companies by Thomson Reuters. A few days ago, Thomson Reuters revealed the world’s 100 leading technology companies in its first Top 100 Global Technology Leaders listing which identifies the most operationally sound and financially successful organizations. Microsoft was ranked No.1 on this list and it was followed by Intel, Cisco, IBM, Alphabet, Apple, and others. Thomson Reuters Labs came up with this list using a complex 28-data-point algorithm.
The methodology measures performance across eight pillars: Financial, Management and Investor Confidence, Risk and Resilience, Legal Compliance, Innovation, People and Social Responsibility, Environmental Impact, and Reputation. Its patent-pending approach was developed by.
On the Top 100 list, forty-five percent are headquartered in the United States; Japan and Taiwan are the next most prolific regions with 13 top 100 tech companies each.
Find the full list here.

Windows 10: what to expect from new spring update PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 19 January 2018 15:06

Microsoft is now hard at work on its next major update for Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4 and scheduled for launch in the spring of 2018. Windows 10 Redstone 4 is now in full-time development at Microsoft, and there are plenty of new features and functions planned to be excited about. The beginning of the Redstone 4 development cycle has recently begun. This means the new features list is not a definite at this point, but I am continuing to get updates and changes to the preview edition that I am running on my test computer. Here is a preview of what may be coming in this release. Windows Shell (the base operating system) Fluent Design reveal effects have been softened.  Fluent Design Acrylic and Reveal effects are now showcased in more areas of the Shell. The Start menu now features Fluent Design "reveal" effects in tiles and the apps list. The "clear all", "expand", "collapse" and "see more" text in the Action Center now uses your chosen accent color. On touch system, you can now use a two finger swipe gesture to dismiss all notifications in the Action Center. Windows will now show you your personalized lock screen when selecting your account on the login page. The Calendar fly-out on the taskbar now features reveal effects. Contacts pinned to the taskbar now show a list of connected apps rather than tiles. The Taskbar now features the Acrylic blur effect. Action Center notifications now feature Fluent Design reveal effects. The "clear all" text in Action Center now says "clear all notifications" instead. Near Share is now present in the Share UI and lets you share content between nearby devices. Right clicking a live tile will give you the option of jumping straight into those apps Settings.

Microsoft Explains Its Windows 10 Update Messaging Goals PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 18 January 2018 21:06

Microsoft is on the verge of releasing the "semiannual channel" version of Windows 10 update 1709, according to Michael Niehaus director of product marketing for Microsoft's Windows Commercial group. Semiannual channel is Microsoft's lingo for an operating system update that's deemed tested and ready for deployment by organizations. Windows 10 update 1709, known as the "Fall Creators Update," is expected to arrive in a day or so through the Windows Update service. When available, its published date will show up in Microsoft's release history page here. Currently, that page just records that the "semiannual (targeted)" test release of Windows 10 update 1709 arrived back in October. The final semiannual channel version of Windows 10 update 1709 is expected to arrive via the Windows Update service after Jan. 18. Refreshed media (ISOs) are expected to be available in the week of Jan. 22. In a Wednesday phone interview, Niehaus explained Microsoft's communication approach with regard to Windows 10 updates.

Windows Server Build 17074 released PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 23:05
windows server build 17074Microsoft yesterday released new Windows Server Insider Build 17074 to Insiders. It is a preview build of the next Semi-Annual Channel release of Windows Server. This build comes with improvements to Storage Spaces Direct and Failover Clustering. Storage Spaces Direct now also supports Persistent Memory (aka. Storage Class Memory), this unlocks a new class of extremely low latency storage which is incredibly interesting in particular as a caching device.  Storage Spaces Direct now also supports Direct-connect SATA devices to AHCI controller, again this will expand the hardware ecosystem compatible with S2D as well as unlock a new class of low-cost hardware. In this preview, we have introduced enhancements to Azure enlightened Failover Clusters, with enhanced eventing on host maintenance events and nodes about to be in host maintenance are excluded from placement.  By making high availability software running inside of an Azure IaaS VM be aware of maintenance events of the host, it can help deliver the highest levels of availability for your applications.  Continue reading and download from OUR FORUM.
Shell smartwatch transforms into a full-scale phone PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018 22:15
shell smartwatchesSmartwatches and other wearable technology, at least as a topic, seem to have gone off the boil. Perhaps the devices that were delivered, and are still going through iterative improvements, simply haven't got there yet. No compelling use, or killer app, seems to be present to elevate wearable use to people who are already carting around smartphones with 5-inch plus screens. However, smart wearables do seem to have gained a foothold for in medical and activity/fitness circles. Shell Wearables hopes that its innovative wrist mount for smartwatches will help them replace smartphones. It has its own smartwatch that works with the wrist mount but it can also be leveraged with third-party designs like the Apple Watch, Moto 360, Samsung Gear, LG G Watch and Huawei Watch. Yes, it's best to cast your nets wide in the wearables business...For more plus a short video visit OUR FORUM.

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