Microsoft’s New ‘Planetary Computer’ Project Will Use Global Environmental Data To Support Sustainability

Microsoft is embarking on a new sustainability initiative as part of its overall approach to support environmental protection measures, with a project it calls the “Planetary Computer.” This will actually be a computing endeavor that uses aggregated global environmental data collected from a number of sources as its input, and that will seek to employ… Continue reading Microsoft’s New ‘Planetary Computer’ Project Will Use Global Environmental Data To Support Sustainability

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… Continue reading CERN turns to open source software as Microsoft increases its fees

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. Read mode

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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… Continue reading Office 365 Gets Encrypted Email And More To Boost Security

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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. read more