Microsoft begins denying updates to some Windows 7 users

Microsoft this week began blocking Windows 7 and 8.1 PCs equipped with the very newest processors from receiving security updates, making good on a policy it announced but did not implement last year.But the company also refused to provide security fixes to Windows 7 systems that were powered by AMD’s “Carrizo” CPUs, an architecture that was supposed to continue receiving patches.The decree that led to the update bans, whether allowable or not under Microsoft’s new policy, was revealed in January 2016, when the company said making Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 run on the latest processors was “challenging.” Microsoft then ruled that Windows 10 would be the only supported edition on seventh-generation and later CPUs and simultaneously dictated a substantial shortening of support of both editions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Windows 10 ‘servicing stack’ update cripples some PCs

Some users have reported that one of this week’s Windows 10 updates crippled their PCs, according to a thread on Reddit.They fingered the KB4013418 update as the most likely culprit. That update was marked simply as “Update for Windows 10 Version 1607” in Windows Update, and in the accompanying support document, tagged as a “servicing stack update.”[ Related: Fix Windows 10 problems with these free Microsoft tools ]In Microsoft’s parlance, a servicing stack consists of the executable file and associated libraries needed to install Windows and its updates.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Intel: Cannonlake will be more than 15 percent faster than Kaby Lake

Upgrading CPU performance hasn’t been a priority for Intel in many years, but that could be changing.Intel’s upcoming Cannonlake chips will deliver a performance improvement of more than 15 percent compared to its Kaby Lake chips, said Venkata Renduchintala, president of the Intel Client and Internet of Things businesses and Systems Architecture Group.Intel didn’t provide exact numbers at the company’s annual investor day Thursday, but the projection is based on the SysMark benchmark. Detailed performance improvement numbers will emerge over time.[ To comment on this story, visit Computerworld’s Facebook page. ]The performance improvements from Skylake to Kaby Lake topped out at 15 percent. The CPU performance boost for Cannonlake should be at least that, Intel said.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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You can now use an iPhone to log into a Windows 10 PC, Microsoft says

Apple’s iPhone isn’t always a good pairing for Microsoft’s Windows 10 PCs, but you’ll be able to use the phone’s biometric authentication features to log into PCs.
Microsoft wants to kill passwords with Windows Hello, a technology that allows users to log into PCs by fingerprint, face, iris or pattern detection. Beyond Windows 10 devices, the feature is also coming to devices, accessories and apps that support Windows Hello.
Apple’s iPhone will be able to use such an accessory or app to log into Windows 10. At its Ignite conference this week, Microsoft said iPhone owners can use specific RSA SecurID authentication tools on their devices to unlock Windows 10 PCs.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Microsoft confirms Windows 10 adoption slowdown

Microsoft today acknowledged that the Windows 10 adoption pace had slowed when it claimed the new operating system was running on approximately 400 million devices.The company reset the Windows 10 uptake status on the same day it kicked off the 2016 edition of its Ignite conference in Atlanta.Microsoft’s last Windows 10 update was at the end of June, a month before it halted the free upgrade for consumers and small businesses running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. Then Microsoft pegged the number of “active devices” — a metric of those machines that ran the OS at least once in the past four weeks — at 350 million.The increase of 50 million over more than 12 weeks — or about 17 million every four weeks — was lower than during the free upgrade offer period. For example, in the eight weeks from May 5 to June 29, Microsoft claimed 50 million


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Windows 10’s 1607 becomes the enterprise deployment default

The just-released Windows 10 Anniversary Update will be the version Microsoft’s biggest customers use to migrate their PCs.
Due to timing on the part of both Microsoft and enterprises, Windows 10’s support cycles — and old habits — this week’s upgrade, tagged as 1607 to mark year and month, will shoulder the responsibility as the version destined for deployment.
“[Anniversary Update] is the right version for enterprises [because] it’s like the first service pack,” said Steve Kleynhans, an analyst at Gartner.
Microsoft may have abandoned the term “service pack” — a label for the intermittent updates composed of previously-released bug fixes — but the moniker remains alive among IT professionals. Service packs marked milestones in each Windows edition’s lifetime, and the first was considered the most important because it represented a more stable build from which the biggest bugs had been expunged. Many swore to await Service Pack 1, or SP1, in a


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Review: 4 mini-PCs give you full power in a very small package

There is a new generation of mini-PCs out there — small, inconspicuous but powerful. They offer a number of advantages for businesses over laptops or more traditional desktop systems.
First, they can be placed where most traditional desktops and laptops won’t fit, and can be set up in creative ways, such as in a drawer, on the underside of a desk or on the back of a display. As a result, they are perfect for places like call centers or school computer labs, where you want to maximize space and keep the computers out of sight.
They also don’t use a lot of electricity, so they are excellent for environments where electrical current can be an issue, such as a construction site trailer. In fact, one of the units we review, the InFocus Kangaroo Pro, is so small and power-efficient that it can run for more than an hour on battery power.To


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Raspberry Pi 3 creator hopes for Windows 10 desktop OS support

Raspberry Pi was originally aimed at students and hobbyists, and it can now function as a Linux computer.If support for Microsoft’s Windows 10 desktop OS is added to the latest Raspberry Pi 3, it could become a viable computer for millions of PC users who are not technically savvy.Support for Windows 10 desktop is on founder Eben Upton’s wishlist for Raspberry Pi 3, which shipped in February. The mini computer already supports Windows 10 IoT Core, a stripped-down version of the OS for Internet of Things devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Kaby Lake starts strong as Intel retools PC strategy

Intel’s upcoming 7th-Generation Core processor family, code-named Kaby Lake, is off to a quick start.

More than 400 devices with Intel’s upcoming chip design will reach the market, said Navin Shenoy, corporate vice president and general manager for Intel’s Client Computing Group.

One of those devices will be Asus’ Surface-like Transformer 3, which will ship in the third quarter starting at $799. The device has a 12.6-in. screen that displays images at a resolution of 2880 x 1920 pixels. It weighs 695 grams and is 6.9 millimeters thick. The device has a 13-megapixel camera, and it can be configured with a 512GB SSD and up to 8GB RAM.

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