Will the end result be a Blue Screen of Death in Kanji????
Microsoft has allegedly registered "Microsoft-Sony.com" as well as "Sony-Microsoft.com" in a move that could mean the two giants are about to go into business together. Then again, it could all be a practical joke. Either way, the domains were registered this week and assigned to "Microsoft Corporation" sparking speculation …
has net debt of €252m at the end of June. Prior to iPhone launch it had +€2.2Bn in the bank. SonyEricsson isn't long for this world if it keeps on trying to flog Android devices.
Right now Microsoft would look a very inviting partner to SE if Microsoft, as with Nokia, throws billions of dollars at SonyEricsson. SE are desperate for additional loans to keep them afloat, why go to a bank when you can go to Stevie B instead?
Bit of a shame when you look at it in terms of sales and bums on seats though.
While I am sure that console vendors love to have great content to crow about, I'm pretty sure that they'd happily forego it in exchange for a stonking increase in sales volume and a few more millions in the bank.
Microsoft has indefinitely postponed the date on which its Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs) will be required to sell software and services licences on new terms.
Those new terms are delivered under the banner of the New Commerce Experience (NCE). NCE is intended to make perpetual licences a thing of the past and prioritizes fixed-term subscriptions to cloudy products. Paying month-to-month is more expensive than signing up for longer-term deals under NCE, which also packs substantial price rises for many Microsoft products.
Channel-centric analyst firm Canalys unsurprisingly rates NCE as better for Microsoft than for customers or partners.
Microsoft has added a certification to augment the tired eyes and haunted expressions of Exchange support engineers.
The "Microsoft 365 Certified: Exchange Online Support Engineer Specialty certification" was unveiled yesterday and requires you to pass the "MS-220: Troubleshooting Microsoft Exchange Online" exam.
Microsoft's Azure cloud is having difficulty providing enough capacity to meet demand, according to some customers, with certain regions said to refusing new subscriptions for services.
Azure comprises over 200 datacenters globally spread across 60 regions, but reports suggest that over two dozen of these are operating with limited capacity, and that the cloud and IT giant is being forced to prioritize resources in order to serve existing customers.
According to technology news site The Information, capacity issues are affecting Azure datacenters in Washington State in the US as well as across Europe and Asia, and it claims that server capacity is expected to remain limited until early next year, citing a Microsoft insider.
The US government is pushing federal agencies and private corporations to adopt the Modern Authentication method in Exchange Online before Microsoft starts shutting down Basic Authentication from the first day of October.
In an advisory [PDF] this week, Uncle Sam's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) noted that while federal executive civilian branch (FCEB) agencies – which includes such organizations as the Federal Communications Commission, Federal Trade Commission, and such departments as Homeland Security, Justice, Treasury, and State – are required to make the change, all organizations should make the switch from Basic Authentication.
"Federal agencies should determine their use of Basic Auth and migrate users and applications to Modern Auth," CISA wrote. "After completing the migration to Modern Auth, agencies should block Basic Auth."
Microsoft has created a window of time in which its partners can – without permission – create new roles for themselves in customers' Active Directory implementations.
Which sounds bonkers, so let's explain why Microsoft has even entertained the prospect.
To begin, remember that criminals have figured out that attacking IT service providers offers a great way to find many other targets. Evidence of that approach can be found in attacks on ConnectWise, SolarWinds, Kaseya and other vendors that provide software to IT service providers.
Microsoft is flagging up a security hole in its Service Fabric technology when using containerized Linux workloads, and urged customers to upgrade their clusters to the most recent release.
The flaw is tracked as CVE-2022-30137, an elevation-of-privilege vulnerability in Microsoft's Service Fabric. An attacker would need read/write access to the cluster as well as the ability to execute code within a Linux container granted access to the Service Fabric runtime in order to wreak havoc.
Through a compromised container, for instance, a miscreant could gain control of the resource's host Service Fabric node and potentially the entire cluster.
Jeffrey Snover's lengthy and occasionally controversial term at Microsoft is to come to an end this week, as the PowerShell inventor sets off for pastures new after more than two decades at the Windows giant.
The latest beta of the popular Windows USB creation tool Rufus adds some handy features, such as removing Microsoft account requirements and turning off TPM chip detection – and there are others too.
In olden times, PCs used to come with recovery disks so that if your hard disk died you could fit a new one and reinstall. Then optical drives started to fade away, and PC makers found it saved money if they didn't include the disks and just put a recovery image on the hard disk. Happily, though, Microsoft made downloads of ISO images of Windows free on its website.
If you try to download on another copy of Windows, it tries to push the Microsoft Media Creation Tool at you, but you can refuse and use your own. If you do, Rufus is a good alternative.
Microsoft is readying a "Lite" version of its flagship messaging and calendar app for Android.
News of the app appeared on the software giant's feed of forthcoming items on the Windows 365 Roadmap.
The description offered is scanty: "An Android app that brings the main benefits of Outlook in a smaller app size with fast performance for low-end devices on any network."
Advertising company AdDuplex has published its latest set of Windows usage figures and it looks like there might be light at the end of the tunnel for Windows 11.
Only the most ardent Microsoft apologists would insist all is well with Windows 11 adoption. Share growth of the OS stalled earlier this year and between March and April, with AdDuplex registering less than a 0.4 per cent increase. Windows 11 stood at a 19.7 per cent share, well behind the 35 percent and 26.4 percent of Windows 10 21H2 and 21H1 respectively.
The figures for the end of June show Windows 11 has clawed its way to a 23.1 percent share of PCs surveyed by AdDuplex, within touching distance of the chunk occupied by Windows 10 21H1 (23.9 percent) but still a long way behind Windows 10 21H2, which grew its share to 38.2 percent. Microsoft itself has not produced any official usage statistics.
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