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Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Licenses No Longer Available to OEMs

October 31, 2016 marked the cut-off date for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 licenses for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). A packaged version of Windows 7 Professional became unavailable for retail sale on October 31, 2013 and Windows 8.1 followed suit in September of 2015. However, both have been available to obtain on new PCs until now. Essentially, companies like HP, Lenovo, Dell and others t...

Microsoft Promises Fix for Google-Discovered Windows 10 Flaw

Google recently discovered and reported a severe flaw in Windows 10 privately, but then made the flaw public just 10 days later. Microsoft is at odds with the search company, suggesting that it hadn’t been given enough time to develop a patch for the vulnerability. However, as we now know, the flaw is being actively attacked by Russian hackers. Microsoft’s Terry Myerson has delivered a...

Microsoft Flow Ready for Consumption

We noted yesterday that both PowerApps and Microsoft Flow had reached General Availability. Today, Microsoft has made Flow available to use through login or sign-up: https://flow.microsoft.com/en-us/services/ Flow is similar to the popular web “automation language” IFTTT. Flow provides “connections” to common web resources and allows users to create complex responses to eve...

Dell/EMC Software Stable Evolving

Fresh off Dell’s first annual conference with EMC in tow, Dell’s stance on its software business is transitioning quickly. Dell acquired Quest Software in 2012 for $2.36 billion. TheChannel reports that… The deal restoring the independence of the entity formerly known as Dell Software is expected to close in early November, which is when The Register understands things are going ...

Brad Anderson’s Lunch Break; Season 3 Preview

Brad Anderson, a good friend to myITforum over the years has had some small success with an ongoing YouTube series where he talks to industry people while he drives during lunch. Think the Jerry Seinfeld “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” series and you’re close to understanding the theme of this show, except there’s rarely coffee and the comedic flair is themed differently...

Windows 10 Gains a Little in October, But So Does Windows 7

With Microsoft conceding that its lofty Windows 10 goals were just guidelines, the company is turning to Enterprises in hopes to fill gaps in Windows 10 adoption. Unfortunately, the last couple months have shown that companies are choosing Windows 7 instead. Between August and September, Windows 10 installations actually declined. Between September and October, according to NetMarketshare, Windows...

Google Gave Microsoft 10 Days to Respond to a Critical Security Flaw in Windows 10

Google identified a severe flaw in how Microsoft sandboxes Adobe Flash web requests. On October 21st, 2016, Google reported the vulnerability to both Microsoft and Adobe. Google explains the flaw this way… The Windows vulnerability is a local privilege escalation in the Windows kernel that can be used as a security sandbox escape. It can be triggered via the win32k.sys system call NtSetWindo...

Latest Surface Book Firmware Adds Support for Upcoming Product Release

We clued you in to the recently released Surface Book firmware update. This update is the first since August. The Surface Book update history has now been updated to explain that the majority of what was updated is to add support for an upcoming product release. Does this mean Microsoft will be announcing a product other than what was announced during its October NYC Barnum moment? Or, does this f...

ConfigMgr CB 1606 Provides Support for Windows Server 2016

New MVP, Mike Terrill may have been the first one to notice this… #ConfigMgr CB 1606 now supports running on Windows Server 2016! Details here: https://t.co/une72aD1wQ — Mike Terrill [MVP] (@miketerrill) October 31, 2016 From Supported operating systems for System Center Configuration Manager site system servers: Windows Server 2016 is supported beginning with Configuration Manager ver...

Microsoft Plans to Push the Open Compute Project in New Directions

Launched 5 years ago, Microsoft believes Facebook’s Open Compute Project has stalled. The software company will be introducing Project Olympus – the generation hyperscale cloud hardware design and a new model for open source hardware development with the OCP community. Kushagra Vaid GM, Azure Hardware Infrastructure will be speaking tomorrow about Project Olympus at Zettastructure: The Europ...

Microsoft Delivers New Scheduling Experience for Outlook for iOS

Today, we are thrilled to announce another step in that journey with a powerful scheduling assistant on Outlook for iOS. Inspired by the well-loved scheduling assistant of Outlook on the desktop, you can now easily see your coworkers’ availability and find a time that works for everyone—all from the palm of your hand. The Outlook for iOS update today delivers a new scheduling assistant capability....

PowerApps and Microsoft Flow Goes GA Today, SharePoint Integration Coming

Today marks general availability of Microsoft Flow and PowerApps, which enable people to automate workflows and quickly build custom apps that suit their specific needs. Earlier this year, we announced integration of SharePoint with Microsoft Flow, enabling you to create and launch flows directly from a SharePoint list. We also announced that native integration of PowerApps and SharePoint would dr...