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CERN turns to open source software as Microsoft increases its fees

For the last 20 years, CERN — home of the Large Hadron Collider — has been using Microsoft products under a discounted “academic institution” rate. But in March, at the end of its previous contract, Microsoft revoked CERN’s academic status. According to a CERN blog post, under the new contract, licensing costs have increased more than tenfold. In response, CERN is pulling back the curtain on a now year-old project to migrate to open source software, and it’s calling it the Microsoft Alternatives project, or MAlt.

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Windows 10 will automatically uninstall problematic updates

Updates to Windows are supposed to fix problems and improve security, but sometimes they do the opposite. Many Windows 10 users will have experienced startup problems after installing an update to the operating system, and this is something that Microsoft is looking to address.

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Even After Microsoft’s Fix, Windows 10’s 1809 Update Is Still Botching File Operations

When it was discovered earlier this month that the 1809 build of Windows 10 was deleting user files just because, Microsoft halted the update until the problem was fixed. Shame, then, that another not-as-bad-but-still-bad file overwriting bug has now reared its head. 

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Five Obscure Keyboard Shortcuts For Windows 10

Since the late 1980s, when the mouse became the main way people invoked actions from the applications they use, the art of the keyboard shortcut has slowly disappeared. I started using a PC in the time when a pointing device was an expensive option on laptops. So, I became pretty adept at using keyboard shortcuts. But it turns out the creators of our software still include them even though we are more likely to use a touchpad, mouse or touchscreen these days. What are some of the lesser known keyboard shortcuts you can use with Windows?

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Office 365 Gets Encrypted Email And More To Boost Security

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a number of new tools and protections for Office 365 that are designed to boost security for cloud users. This included new file recovery tools, password protection when sharing links over email and the ability to prevent a message from being forwarded (something I bet Claire Swire wish had existed back in 2000). Now, the promised email encryption feature is also being rolled out.

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Microsoft Ends Support for Windows 10 Build 1507 And Pushes Creators Update

While WIndows 10 is the last release of Windows to get a new version number, it will continue to be updated by Microsoft. At the moment, there are two feature releases each year. But the first build of Windows 10 that was released, designated Build 1507, will no longer receive security updates.

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Hidden jokes in Microsoft’s code

Microsoft’s programmers may have been creating some of the biggest and most important software titles back in the 1980s, but that didn’t stop them from joking around inside the code.

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30 Days Is Too Long: Animated Rant About Windows 8

Check out this funny Windows 8: The Animated Evaluation.

I don’t need to say anymore..I’ll let the video speak for itself.

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Security Firm VUPEN Claims to Have Hacked Windows 8 and IE10

Windows 8 was released late last week, and already this week French security firm VUPEN says it has broken Microsoft’s latest and greatest security features. The company claims it has developed a 0-day exploit for Windows 8 and IE10, by chaining multiple undisclosed flaws together.

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Microsoft Reports First Loss in History

As expected, Microsoft reported a quarterly loss for the first time in its 26 years on the market on Thursday afternoon. The tech giant had warned previously that it would be taking a $6.19 billion write-down its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, which Microsoft once hoped would help it break into the display market that continues to be dominated by Google.

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