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Microsoft is actively reaching out to members of the Windows Insider program who are subscribed to the Dev Channel, and letting them know that now is the time to hop over to the Beta channel, if they want to continue testing Windows 11 features and experiences indicative of what the public release will entail. Those who decide to stay put may have to contend with "less stable" builds. The emails going out to Dev Channel subscribers essentially reiterate and expand upon comments Microsoft made in a recent blog, when announcing the latest 22000.160 preview build. "IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you are in the Dev Channel, now would be the right time to consider switching to the Beta Channel if you want... Read more...
We often cover vulnerabilities in Windows 10 that involve convoluted methods of gaining admin access to systems using privilege escalation. However, the latest exploit involving software for Razer products is facepalm-worthy in its sheer simplicity. In this case, the problem stems from Razer's Synapse software, which configures its peripherals like gaming mice and keyboards. This software can adjust macros, program mouse buttons, and control your RGB lighting. However, security researcher jonhat revealed via Twitter that an unscrupulous person with a Razer mouse or keyboard could gain SYSTEM access to a Windows 10 (or Windows 11) PC simply by plugging the device into the target PC. Need... Read more...
Earlier in August, we got to see a tech preview of Halo Infinite that included some rather impressive bots to fight against in multiplayer. Since then, we have been excited for the whole game to release, but sadly, not everything that glitters is gold. In a new announcement, 343 Industries stated that some Halo staples, like campaign co-op and the level editor called the Forge, will be missing at launch after much delay. In the August Halo Infinite Development update, community director Brian Jarrard sat down with the head of creative for Halo Infinite, Joseph Staten, to discuss Halo's tech preview and future. At around the 16:35 mark in the video below, the two get into talking about the campaign... Read more...
Committing to a new operating system is no small task when you are not used to the interface and are unsure where to start. However, developer Blue Edge is trying to solve this problem with a web-based mock Windows 11 experience that can give you a feel for Microsoft’s latest Windows update. Announced back in July, the Windows 11 experience in-browser is a neat project built “using standard web technologies like React, CSS (SCSS), and Js.” According to the FAQ on the project’s GitHub, Blue Edge explained that it took upwards of 12 days to get assets, plan, and program. Though it is not the snappiest experience, the browser-based Windows 11 currently features... Read more...
Windows 11's Insider Preview builds keep coming fast and furious. Just a couple of weeks ago, the next version of Windows made the shift from developer builds into beta, indicating that Microsoft thinks that it's time to let more people in. The Beta Ring gets fewer builds that have purportedly undergone additional testing in comparison to the developer builds, which have come weekly or even more quickly of late. Build 22000.160 is now available, however, and now it's possible to install the operating system from scratch thanks to a publicly-available ISO. To get the ISO, you have to sign up for one of Microsoft's Windows Insider Preview channels. The Developer Channel gets the most fast and furious... Read more...
It's Thursday, which can only mean one thing: it's time for a fresh build of Windows 11 for Windows Insiders. In this case, Microsoft just launched Insider Preview Build 22000.160 for testers on the Dev and Beta channels. As with other recent builds, Microsoft isn't bombarding testers with an abundance of new features. Instead, this release only sees the arrival of a new Clock app with updated visuals and new Focus Sessions. Focus Sessions are available to help you concentrate on your most important work while minimizing distractions. "Research has shown that audio reduces the chance of getting distracted by other things," Microsoft explains. "Focus Sessions supports connecting your Spotify account... Read more...
Microsoft hopes that Windows 11 will be its next big triumph in the desktop computing realm. Because of this, it has made tons of visual improvements along with updates under the hood to make it superior to the current-generation Windows 10 operating system. Given the dominant grip of the operating system market that Microsoft has with Windows, it appears that it is now trying to annoyingly boost the adoption of the Microsoft Edge internet browser. According to a report from The Verge, Microsoft is making it more challenging to change the default browser in Windows 11 from Edge to your preferred choice (i.e., Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox). How Default Apps greets you when attempting to change... Read more...
There seems to be no end in sight for how low Microsoft’s Surface Duo will go. The dual-screen smartphone initially launched with a $1,399 price tag and was quickly discounted due to poor sales. In May, the price fell to $599, and it hit a low of $409.99 in early July. Today, BuyDig is selling the unlocked Surface Duo (128GB) in Glacier White for $389.99, which is a $20 price drop compared to the previous hot deal. If you’d like more storage, the 256GB model is just $80 more at $469.99. Unfortunately, the smartphones are locked to AT&T’s network, so keep that in mind. However, as we detailed in our previous article, you can reach out to AT&T directly to remove the carrier... Read more...
The Steam Deck has not even released yet, but it is already proving to be a highly popular console—it did not take long to fill up reservations for the first batch of shipments that will go out in December, and any new reservations ($5 down) are now quoted as arriving sometime after the second quarter of next year. Adding to the hype, a tweet by Microsoft's Phil Spencer suggests that XCloud support is headed to the handheld PC. Spencer is the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, so the tweet holds significant weight. While nothing has been officially announced as it applies to XCloud support on the Steam Deck, Spencer did say that it "works well" on the handheld, noting that he recently visited... Read more...
Today is Thursday, which means it's time for Microsoft to push out Windows Insider Preview Build 22000.132 to testers. Like last week's Windows 11 build, this one is available to Windows Insiders in both the Beta and Dev channels. The most significant update with this latest build comes to Microsoft Teams Chat. One-to-one and group audio/video calling is supported. "You can toggle your microphone and camera on or off and choose your preferred speakers, mic, and camera with device settings. You can manage meeting information and options," writes the Windows team. "You can share your screen, see the roster of participants, admit meeting participants from the lobby, chat and see people's video in... Read more...
Not everything has to be high-tech to perform dastardly deeds these days, and the same is true of malware. However, malware can slip by conventional security solutions using some email tricks and social engineering and still infect end-users, as Microsoft reports. This Tuesday, the Microsoft Security Intelligence reported on Twitter that several “active email campaigns that use BazarLoader to deliver a wide range of payloads” are being tracked. These campaigns have been found to use some interesting techniques to get around what Microsoft describes as “conventional email security solutions and best practices.” The first reported campaign is called “BazaCall,”... Read more...
Hey, good news, in case you missed it—Microsoft earlier this week announced it has completed its investigation of an annoyingly persistent printer exploit, and issued a series of patches to get rid of the problem. Ready for the bad news? Another similar security vulnerability has reared its ugly head, and Microsoft doesn't have a patch for it just yet. This latest vulnerability is another so-called PrintNightmare bug. These affect the Windows Print Spooler service, and if exploited, and attacker could run malicious code on an affected system with advanced privileges, or wreak other kinds of havoc (like deleting or altering files). That's obviously not a good thing. "A remote code execution... Read more...
Microsoft is pretty confident that it has finally addressed the dreaded PrintNightmare that has been keeping IT admins awake at night. Okay, maybe that is a slight exaggeration. However, the vulnerability within Microsoft's Windows Print Spooler service has definitely been a recurring headache, and is seemingly fixed (knock on wood). The first warning of the PrintNightmare bug came abut a month and a half ago. Microsoft explained that remote code execution could occur when the Windows Print Spooler service "improperly performs privileged file operations." If successfully exploited, an attacker could run malicious code on a system full privileges. Not good. An emergency Windows 10 patch issued... Read more...
Amazon has secured a lucrative contract dubbed 'WildandStormy' to supply its Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the United States National Security Agency (NSA), in a deal that could be worth as much as $10 billion when all is said and done. However, it might be premature for Amazon to celebrate the contract win—it's under legal dispute by Microsoft. If this situation sounds familiar, it's because Amazon and Microsoft already fought over a similarly massive contract to supply their respective cloud services to the government. Back in 2019, the US Department of Justice awarded Microsoft Azure for its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, with the JEDI contract having a ceiling of $10 billion... Read more...
Ransomware infections have been on the rise lately, affecting companies like Gigabyte or, more famously, Kaseya. Subsequently, the fight against the ransomware plague needs to meet and exceed threat actors’ efforts, and Microsoft is looking to help. In collaboration with the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center, ransomware detection is being built into the Azure Sentinel security information and event management (SIEM) tool. Azure Sentinel is an AI-assisted tool that analyzes copious amounts of data to detect and investigate threats on-premises and in the cloud. It is also helped by something called Fusion, a machine learning system used to “correlate different alerts and contextual... Read more...
In April, Microsoft rolled out a limited beta of its Xbox Cloud Gaming (Project xCloud) streaming service for Windows 10 PCs and Apple devices. However, this early beta required users to game through an internet browser rather than providing Xbox Insiders with a native app to experience the service. That all changes today with the latest revision of Xbox Cloud Gaming, which is now available through the official Xbox app in Windows 10. Given that the service is internet-based, your aging PC should still be able to provide an excellent gaming experience (as long as you have a decent broadband connection). Like the previous beta, you will need a compatible controller that connects to your PC via... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to livestream its Gamescom 2021 event rather than have it be an in-person affair in Cologne, Germany this year. During the "100 percent virtual experience," Microsoft will provide new looks at several upcoming games. Microsoft is also planning to host a digital special edition Xbox FanFest during the event. "You’ll get in-depth updates from some of our previously announced Xbox Game Studios titles alongside some of our third-party partners, including some of the incredible titles coming to Xbox this holiday, upcoming releases to our monthly subscription service, Xbox Game Pass, and much more," Microsoft said. When And Where To Watch The Xbox At Gamescom 2021 Livestream... Read more...
One of the most annoying things about using any electronic device at night or in a dark room is the retina-searing, light mode that most apps have by default. Microsoft, however, has finally addressed this problem on Xbox consoles, and is working on a new night mode which is now available to beta testers. Using the new Alpha Skip-Ahead ring, Xbox owners will be able to dim and filter their screens to help protect against sleep-affecting blue light emissions. Moreover, they will also be able to dim their console and controller LED brightness, so the normally bright white light is not so harsh. Coupling these new features with the dark mode system theme should then provide a much better... Read more...
Which do you prefer when browsing the web—raw speed or a combination of security and privacy? Generally speaking, modern browsers deliver the whole kit and caboodle, which is the way it should be. That said, Microsoft is testing a new "Super Duper Secure Mode" for its Edge browser that puts more of an emphasis on the latter. Or to put it another way, an experimental feature in Edge sacrifices a bit of speed to make the browser more secure and to enhance user privacy. It does this by tooling around with the V8 JavaScript engine that motors the Chromium foundation of Edge. Microsoft's reasoning for experimenting in this manner is because "JavaScript engine bugs are a mainstay for attackers."... Read more...
Right on cue, Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 Insider Preview build for testers, and this time it's available for both Beta and Dev channels. With just a few months left before Windows 11 begins shipping with new PCs, Microsoft is on a mission to stomp bugs with this latest build, thanks in part to the vast army of public testers that are providing valuable feedback. With Windows 11 Build 22000.120, there are dozens of fixes, which are expected given the unfinished state of the next-generation operating system. Many of his fixes are minor but give Windows 11 a more polished feel as testers continue to put the OS through its paces. But along with those fixes are some updates and improvements,... Read more...
With the official launch of Windows 11 just a few months away, PC enthusiasts are eager to ensure that their hardware is up to the task of running the next-generation operating system. ASUS gave us a preliminary list of Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0-enabled motherboards that support Windows 11 in July, and the company this week followed up with a more comprehensive list along with compatible BIOS updates. Intel 300-, 400-, and 500-Series motherboards are supported on the consumer side along with the X299 for HEDT systems. For AMD folks, 300-, 400-, and 400-Series consumer motherboards are supported. ASUS also says that AMD's TRX40 and WRX80 HEDT motherboards are along for the ride with TPM... Read more...
If you were thinking about signing up for Microsoft's Windows 365 trial and did not already pounce, you are going to have to wait a little bit longer. Early demand has been so high that just one day after launching the cloud service, Microsoft had to stop accepting new signups. The free trial offer will resume at some point, but it's clear exactly when. Microsoft announced Windows 365 three weeks ago, pitching it as a cloud service that offers users a "new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 (when it becomes available) to businesses of all sizes." It essentially puts Windows 10 (and later Windows 11) in the cloud, so users can stream the "full Windows experience" from anywhere, including... Read more...
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