Tag Archives: Windows

New Windows AI feature records everything you’ve done on your PC

Enlarge / A screenshot of Microsoft’s new “Recall” feature in action. reader comments 142 At a Build conference event on Monday, Microsoft revealed a new AI-powered feature called “Recall” for Copilot+ PCs that will allow Windows 11 users to search and retrieve their past activities on their PC. To make it work, Recall records everything… Read More »

Microsoft plans to lock down Windows DNS like never before. Here’s how.

Getty Images reader comments 74 Translating human-readable domain names into numerical IP addresses has long been fraught with gaping security risks. After all, lookups are rarely end-to-end encrypted. The servers providing domain name lookups provide translations for virtually any IP address—even when they’re known to be malicious. And many end-user devices can easily be configured… Read More »

Windows vulnerability reported by the NSA exploited to install Russian backdoor

Getty Images reader comments 16 Kremlin-backed hackers have been exploiting a critical Microsoft vulnerability for four years in attacks that targeted a vast array of organizations with a previously undocumented tool, the software maker disclosed Monday. When Microsoft patched the vulnerability in October 2022—at least two years after it came under attack by the Russian… Read More »

German state gov. ditching Windows for Linux, 30K workers migrating

reader comments 117 Schleswig-Holstein, one of Germany’s 16 states, on Wednesday confirmed plans to move tens of thousands of systems from Microsoft Windows to Linux. The announcement follows previously established plans to migrate the state government off Microsoft Office in favor of open source LibreOffice. As spotted by The Document Foundation, the government has apparently… Read More »

The “Windows App” for Mac, iOS, and browsers is a fancy remote desktop, for now

Enlarge / If you have a bunch of Windows systems, Microsoft now has an app for that. It’s called “Windows App.” Microsoft just has a certain way with naming things. reader comments 53 with It feels strange to say it, but it’s true: There is an app called, simply, “Windows.” It’s available for early testing… Read More »

Microsoft signing keys keep getting hijacked, to the delight of Chinese threat actors

Getty Images reader comments 52 with In July, security researchers revealed a sobering discovery: hundreds of pieces of malware used by multiple hacker groups to infect Windows devices had been digitally signed and validated as safe by Microsoft itself. On Tuesday, a different set of researchers made a similarly solemn announcement: Microsoft’s digital keys had… Read More »

Windows feature that resets system clocks based on random data is wreaking havoc

reader comments 129 with A few months ago, an engineer in a data center in Norway encountered some perplexing errors that caused a Windows server to suddenly reset its system clock to 55 days in the future. The engineer relied on the server to maintain a routing table that tracked cell phone numbers in real… Read More »

Windows, hardware, Xbox sales are dim spots in a solid Microsoft earnings report

Getty Images reader comments 36 with It has been a tough year for PC companies and companies that make PC components. Companies like Intel, AMD, and Nvidia have all reported big drops in revenue from the hardware that they sell to consumers (though the hardware they sell to other businesses is often doing better). Microsoft… Read More »

Microsoft 365’s Copilot assistant for businesses comes with a hefty price tag

reader comments 54 with A few months ago, Microsoft previewed Microsoft 365 Copilot, a new service that promised to integrate generative AI features into Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams, and the other productivity apps formerly known as Microsoft Office. Among other things, Copilot promises to automate the creation of documents and emails, summarize meeting notes,… Read More »

Linux could be 3% of global desktops. What happened to Windows?

How can you argue against these numbers? 20th Century Fox / Aurich Lawson reader comments 146 with According to one measurement by one firm, Linux reached 3.07 percent market share of global desktop operating systems in June 2023. It’s a notable first for the more than 30-year-old operating system, though other numbers in Statcounter’s chart… Read More »