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Our Windows windows will be resizable, soooon, vows Microsoft

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:32:08 GMT

Back to the '80s

Ignite Microsoft this week promised to increase desktop users’ productivity by bringing resizeable overlapping windows to Windows™ – a feature notably missing today. A spokesman also expressed hope that Mr Gorbachev’s new policy of “perestroika” would continue, bringing real benefits to Soviet citizens.…

Official: Windows 10 has hit the 400 million device mark

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:18:06 GMT

Pro version accounts for growing share of business PC sales

Microsoft’s self-installing Windows 10 operating system has reached the 400 million mark, the firm announced at its Ignite conference in Atlanta this week, up from the previous high of 350 million in August.…

Heathrow airport and stock exchange throw mystery BSODs

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 06:01:04 GMT

Bonus: even more Acorn on show

BSOD WATCH It's no surprise that public transport delivers up a huge number of BSODs, since transport needs to disseminate lots of information.…

Windows Server 2016: Leg up or lock in?

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:23:08 GMT

Software Assurance licensing tags along

Microsoft Ignite Software giant Microsoft is set to officially launch its next-generation server platform next week, but the firm faces growing competition from Linux as corporate customers shift more toward the cloud for IT services.…

Windows 10 backlash: Which? demands compo for forced upgrades

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 12:57:07 GMT

If MS bricked your box, MS oughta cough up, says consumer org

Microsoft has been given a roasting by consumer group Which? over Windows 10 woes reported by users, with the organisation calling for compensation for those who found their PCs bricked after auto-updates.…

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 05:02:52 GMT

Windows Update silently did the deed, added a few security fixes for .Net Framework too

Microsoft has quietly excised Windows 10 free upgrade offers from Windows 7 and 8, aka the GWX.exe .…

BSODs of the week: From GRUB to nagware

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:02:13 GMT

'Free for personal use' might not include a stadium. Just sayin'

It's not always Microsoft's fault. Some of the dozens – literally – of submissions El Reg has received documenting Windows in a state of public undress show the world's most beloved operating system weeping because something else failed.…

Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux hits public preview

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:00:13 GMT

Platform as a Service for MS cloud: This one's for the Windows-wielding Linux lovers

Microsoft's Service Fabric for Linux, an application platform designed for cloud-hosted microservices, will be released for public preview on September 26, 2016, at the company's Ignite event in Atlanta.…

'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 06:02:10 GMT

Your wish, dear reader, is our command. Including an Acorn BSOD. Yup, that Acorn

Last week, we asked readers for Linux BSODs, and ever-resourceful, you've gone beyond the call of duty and provided oddities that reach beyond our expectations. Mark yourselves down as “KPI exceeded”.…

Linus Torvalds won't apply 'sh*t-for-brains stupid patch'

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 06:29:09 GMT

He's sweary, but probably right on 'fundamentally insane' idea of driver/firmware disconnect

Add another Linus Torvalds swearing incident to his long list of linguistic indiscretions. The Linux lord has unloaded on proposed new code in typically robust language.…

Debian plugs Linux 'TCP snoop' bug

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 23:02:13 GMT

Happy Labor Day, US sysadmins. Everyone else, you know what to do

Debian's maintainers have moved to plug the TCP snooping flaw that emerged in August 2016.…

'I'm sorry, your lift has had a problem and had to shut down'

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 04:58:26 GMT

More BSODs for your schadenfraude

It's not only size that matters: sometimes, the context of a BSOD also makes it fun.…

Latest Intel, AMD chips will only run Windows 10 ... and Linux, BSD, OS X

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 09:33:05 GMT

El Reg answers your questions while you wait for make all to finish

Water cooler I read an article this week headlined: "The latest Kaby Lake, Zen chips will support only Windows 10." It claimed Intel and AMD's new processors are "officially supported only by Microsoft’s Windows 10." This can't be true? What about Linux?

Windows 10 now rules the weekend, taking over from Windows 7

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:05:42 GMT

Redmond's latest is climbing nicely, mostly at Windows 7's expense

Windows 10's market share continues to grow a point or two a month, but it's also cracked the milestone of being the most-used version of Windows on weekends.…

OpenBSD 6.0 lands

Fri, 02 Sep 2016 01:05:11 GMT

VAX support no longer devils the devs

OpenBSD developers might be keen on the 1980s in their artwork, but not in their operating system: Version 6.0 has just landed, and the maintainers have killed off VAX support.…

Ice to see you! Windows 10 fix for freezing PCs finally flung at folks

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 21:47:15 GMT

If the update doesn't work, you'll have to co

Microsoft has finally patched its Windows 10 Anniversary Edition to hopefully stop it from freezing some PCs.…

Crash test dummy? Love the excitement of breaking an OS? Fedora 25 Alpha has landed

Thu, 01 Sep 2016 00:56:08 GMT

It's supposed to end in tears. Then you can file a bug report

If you're a chronic complainer and nit-picker with a spare machine and a willingness to suffer multiple crashes, weird screen artefacts and possible data loss: Fedora 25's alpha has landed ahead of its anticipated November 2016 release.…

Windows 10 Anniversary on a Raspberry Pi: Another look at IoT Core

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 09:33:13 GMT

Neat platform but should we just use Linux?

Hands on Microsoft has released Windows 10 Anniversary for IoT Core, a version of Windows which runs on Raspberry Pi 2 or 3, Dragonboard or Minnowboard.…

BSODs at scale: We laugh at your puny five storeys, here's our SIX storey #fail

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 06:05:11 GMT

Windows in a state of undress, all over the world

It's an easy drive-by troll, isn't it? Last week, we asked readers to top the five-storey Blue Screen of Death spotted in Thailand, and examples big and small flooded the inbox.…

Having offended everyone else in the world, Linus Torvalds calls own lawyers a 'nasty festering disease'

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 20:05:22 GMT

Time for a compendium of abuse

Coding curmudgeon Linus Torvalds has gone off on yet another rant: this time against open-source-defending lawyers and free software activist Bradley Kuhn.…

Linux turns 25, with corporate contributors now key to its future

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 06:31:10 GMT

What's the weather in Hell today? Linus Torvalds has visited Microsoft at LinuxCon

On August 25, 1991, an unknown Finnish developer posted the following to the comp.os.minix newsgroup:…

Kindle Paperwhites turn Windows 10 PCs into paperweights: Plugging one in 'triggers a BSOD'

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 05:02:08 GMT

More Anniversary Update woe reported by frustrated users

Plugging a Kindle Paperwhite into a PC running Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed sparks a full system meltdown, it is claimed.…

Google Fuchsia OS eyes non-Linux things

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:06:09 GMT

Embedded is the web's next frontier

Google’s latest operating system project, Fuchsia, may be largely a mystery, but it reinforces a truth that platform vendors are having, grudgingly, to acknowledge: one operating system does not fit all. For a company which has put so much effort into making Android an OS for all purposes, Google has a remarkable number of potentially conflicting platforms, now including Chrome OS, Brillo and Fuchsia.…

Kaspersky launches its own OS on Russian routers

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:42:39 GMT

Four-year build results in OS that aims to secure industrial control systems, мы думаем

Kaspersky Labs has finished building its eponymous operating system after four years of quiet development.…

Chocolate Factory exudes Nougat as Android 7 begins rollout

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:55:32 GMT

Newer Nexus owners get it first, the rest will have to wait

Google is starting its rollout of Android 7, codenamed Nougat, but you're only going to get it if you're running one of the newer models of the firm's Nexus devices.…

Five-storey Blue Screen Of Death spotted in Thailand

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 06:01:06 GMT

Where have you seen Windows #fail? And at what scale? Send them in, readers

Windows crashing and producing the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) is seldom pleasant, or convenient.…

Systemd adds filesystem mount tool

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 03:03:09 GMT

Linux mount gets a systemd wrapper

The developers behind Systemd, the alternative to sysvinit, have added a mount tool to their user space bootstrapper.…

Windows 10 Anniversary Update completely borks USB webcams. Yay.

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 21:48:22 GMT

Official Redmond response: Customers love Win10

Microsoft says a fix is on the way for a video encoding issue in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that has left people unable to access their USB webcams and applications.…

iPhone: Apple's Mac battle with Windows rebooted

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:02:08 GMT

Status quo déjà vu, for the mobile generation

Apple under Tim Cook has delivered six new makes of iPhone, with a further four derivations based on the overall brand.…

Windows 10 needs proper privacy portal, says EFF

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 06:52:35 GMT

Slams 'questionable tactics to cause users to download software many didn’t want'

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has called on Microsoft to offer a “single unified screen” on which Windows 10 users can control how Windows 10 deals with their personal information and monitors their use of the OS.…

Happy Anniversary: What’s new, what’s missing in Microsoft’s giant mobile update

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:01:56 GMT

Smarter, leaner update

Microsoft has begun to roll out the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 to phones.…

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:06:32 GMT

We're a long way from the Start Menu now

IDF16 First, it scrapped the classic Start Menu and gave us Tiles.…

Some Windows 10 Anniversary Update: SSD freeze

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 07:31:08 GMT

OS and apps & data on different storage media? Oops

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is crashing on some PCs employing a solid-state drive.…

Farewell Patch Tuesday fragmentation: from October, MS will roll just one monthly patch

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 01:55:12 GMT

Downside: that zero-day is still zero-month

As of October, users of Windows 7, Windows 8, and various server products can farewell a Patch Tuesday of downloading multiple files: Microsoft is implementing the monthly patch rollup it promised in May.…

Google's brand new OS could replace Android

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 17:46:51 GMT

webOS, BeOS and Android heritage

The source code of Google's latest operating system has emerged, and it looks like all new code from the ground up.…

Business users force Microsoft to back off Windows 10 PC kill plan

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 03:25:16 GMT

Support for Skylake kit extended until end of life for Windows 7 and 8.1

Microsoft has backed down on its plan to hustle owners of certain PCs to Windows 10 by crimping support options.…

FreeBSD devs ponder changes to security processes

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 03:41:53 GMT

Flaws were being discussed publicly, but not officially revealed to users

The developers of FreeBSD have announced they'll change the way they go about their business, after users queried why known vulnerabilities weren't being communicated to users.…

London's Met Police has missed the Windows XP escape deadline

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:05:21 GMT

27,000 PCs still compute like it's 2001

London’s Metropolitan Police has missed its deadline to dump Windows XP, with tens of thousands of copper still running the risky OS.…

Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 09:05:59 GMT

Time to re-discover the lost art of selling PCs

After 12 months of “free” upgrades, it's now business for usual for Microsoft and the hard work begins on trying to shift paid-for Window 10.…

Linux 4.8 rc1 lands, with Surface 3 support promised!

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 02:28:06 GMT

10787 files changed, 612208 insertions, 272098 deletions and lots of doc updates

Linux overlord Linus Torvalds has loosed the first release candidate for version 4.8 of the Linux Kernel.…

Windows 10 Anniversary Update is borking boxen everywhere

Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:57:34 GMT

Microsoft's response: Have you tried uninstalling it and installing it again?

Users are reporting that upgrading to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update renders their PCs unusable.…

Microsoft: You liked Windows 10 so much, you'll get 2 more in 2017

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 16:01:12 GMT

No new features until then, apparently

Microsoft is planning two releases of Windows 10 in 2017.…

Microsoft takes five months to replace broken patch

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:49:13 GMT

System Centre's Windows Server Operating System MP was bad at recognising disks

Microsoft has issued a replacement for a buggy release of Windows Server Operating System MP, code that underpins efforts to proactively monitor Windows Server.…

Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:11:01 GMT

Glyphs and the Swiss

Hands on If you’ve travelled at all around suburban or rural Greece, Turkey or North Africa you’ll wonder why almost every other house seems to be permanently under construction. There’ll be a house extension underway that can take decades to complete. Sometimes it’s because there just aren’t enough builders or because more tax has to be paid once the building work is declared complete. Well, Windows 10 is like one of those house extensions.…

Windows 10: Happy with Anniversary Update?

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 08:13:07 GMT

Yeah, what of it? Wanna take this outside...

The Big Review One year after the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft has released the Anniversary Update, bringing new features as well as usability tweaks to the operating system.…

Windows 10 grabs 22 per cent desktop market share in a year

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 02:47:04 GMT

But Windows dips below 50 per cent of all web traffic according to US gov data

Windows 10 has grabbed more than 20 per cent of the world's desktops in its first year, according to the web-watchers on which The Register relies for regular assessments of operating system market share.…

Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

Mon, 01 Aug 2016 06:25:41 GMT

Can you bring yourself to say you need assistive technologies for a free OS?

Poll Microsoft's year-long Windows 10 free upgrade offer ended over the weekend, but it's still possible to secure Redmond's finest – even the new Anniversary Update - for the low low price of 0.00 in whatever currency you prefer.…

Windows 10 pain: Reg man has 75 per cent upgrade failure rate

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:58:06 GMT

Support for older systems less than satisfactory

Comment As your humble HPC correspondent for The Register, I should probably be running Linux on the array of systems here at the home office suite. But I don't. I've been a Microsoft guy since I bought my first computer way back in 1984.…

Cortana expelled from Windows 10's new school editions

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 07:19:07 GMT

Academic licence-holders get new education versions whether they want it or not

Microsoft has announced two new cuts of Windows 10, for schools.…

Remix chomps Marshmallow, updates its Android for PCs

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 11:40:01 GMT

Who needs Windows or an iPad anyway?

An imminent update to Jide’s Remix OS, for Android, is the first to be based on Marshmallow 6.0 and a bunch of UI enhancements.…