Tag: microsoft

‘World’s servers are ours’ says Obama administration

Business, Governance, Internet
US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers." by David Kravets for arstechnica Global governments, the tech sector, and scholars are closely following a legal flap in which the US Justice Department claims that Microsoft must hand over e-mail stored in Dublin, Ireland. In essence, President Barack Obama's administration claims that any company with operations in the United States must comply with valid warrants for data, even if the content is stored overseas. It's a position Microsoft and companies like Apple say is wrong, arguing that the enforcement of US law stops at the border. A magistrate judge has already sided with the government's position, ruling in April that "the basic principle that an entity lawfully obligated to produce information must

Microsoft Skype Translator to Interpret Calls in Real Time

Business, Mobile, social media
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has been showing off a development version of the software, translating between German and English. Windows 8 users will be able to try a beta version by year's end Reports Time.com Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella showed off Skype Translator on Tuesday, an upcoming feature aiming at real-time interpretation of voice calls within two years. The development version of the software was demonstrated at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., where it interpreted between German and English in a conversation, Verge reports. There are plans to add several languages, including Chinese. Windows 8 users will be able to use a beta version of Skype Translator by the end of the year, said Gurdeep Pall, Microsoft’s vice president of Skype and Lync. Microsoft has

Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer Security flaw that put users at risk, exposes Windows XP

Cyber Security, Internet
BBC News: Microsoft has warned consumers that a vulnerability in its Internet Explorer browser could let hackers gain access and user rights to their computer. The flaw affects Internet Explorer (IE) versions 6 to 11 and Microsoft said it was aware of "limited, targeted attacks" to exploit it. According to NetMarket Share, the IE versions account for more than 50% of global browser market. Microsoft says it is investigating the flaw and will take "appropriate" steps. The firm, which issued a security advisory over the weekend, said the steps "may include providing a solution through our monthly security update release process, or an out-of-cycle security update, depending on customer needs". “Start Quote If the current user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who

Poll:More people prefer to stay with Windows XP once support ends

Cyber Security, Internet, Mobile
Support for Windows XP will end about a week from now, but it looks like a significant number of people will choose to stay with the aged operating system even after Microsoft ceases to support it. However, the numbers pointing in that direction aren’t overwhelming, with a notable amount of people also indicating that they’ll make the switch at some point. We ran a poll a few weeks ago asking people if they would stick with or move on from XP after April 8. As of this writing, 423 respondents have indicated that they would upgrade from Windows XP, while 352 people checked off the option indicating that they would upgrade from XP to Windows 8, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. According to Net Marketshare, Windows 8.1′s desktop OS share stood at 3.9 percent in January. While that rose last month

Microsoft is about to expose a third of all computers vulnerable to hacking

Cyber Security, Internet
Hundreds of millions of computers running everything from ATMs to the power grid will be vulnerable to hacking next month when Microsoft stops supporting its old Windows XP operating system. Hackers have been holding onto flaws in Windows XP and waiting to exploit them until after the software giant stops issuing security updates on April 8, experts say. Adam Meyers, vice president of intelligence at Crowdstrike, a cybersecurity firm, said it was “fairly dangerous” to continue using the 12-year-old operating system because after the deadline “victims can’t defend themselves.” “I certainly wouldn't run Windows XP after the 8th," Meyers said in an interview. Microsoft announced six years ago it will no longer provide security patches or technical support for the out-of-date software. Yet a

Microsoft to Take Windows XP Off Life Support Despite Its 29% Market Share

Internet, Mobile
Change: It's inevitable in and of itself, and it's inevitable that some people don't like it. Change: It’s inevitable in and of itself, and it’s inevitable that some people don’t like it. Ars Technica cites a report from Net Market Share contending that Microsoft’s almost-13-year-old operating system, Windows XP, can still be found on almost 30% of computers that connect to the Internet. That’s second only to Windows 7, which claims around 47%. Windows 8/8.1 accounts for just shy of 11%; Mac OS X makes up just shy of 8%; Windows Vista slides in at just north of 3%, with “Other” making up less than 2%. Microsoft Microsoft will be ending Windows XP support on April 8 and, from March 8 onward, Windows XP users will start seeing the pop-up to the right. If you’re running XP, your computer i

Forget About Windows 8, Insiders Say Microsoft’s Real Money Maker Is Broken

Business
It's not a surprise that Microsoft's new CEO, Satya Nadella, is already shaking up the company and moving key people around. While a lot of attention is being paid to how he'll fix Windows 8, sources in Microsoft's legendary sales force tell us their division needs attention too. One source even suggested that Nadella may need to replace the man in charge of the salesforce, COO Kevin Turner. "The sales model at Microsoft is broken. It has been for years," a long-term member of the Microsoft sales force told Business Insider. "Ultimately, I think it will require a leadership change for Satya to even have influence on sales strategy. I like Kevin Turner quite a bit, but I’m not sure that his experience will translate to the services world." Microsoft makes much of its money selling pro

Satya Nadella to replace Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Business
Relatively unknown, who had headed Microsoft's cloud computing division, becomes only third boss in tech giant's history Microsoft has settled on a relative unknown as its replacement for long-time CEO Steve Ballmer. India-born Satya Nadella, 46, head of the company's cloud computing division and enterprise business, was appointed after a team of headhunters concluded a five-month search that included some of the most world’s most famous executives. “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” said Bill Gates, Microsoft’s co-founder. “Satya is a proven leader with hardcore engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exac

Microsoft: West Africa’s war on software piracy needs to be intensified

Cyber Security
Technology firm Microsoft Nigeria has called on the West Africa’s government agencies and corporate organisations to work together in the fight against software and intellectual property pirates. Speaking at the Anti-Counterfeiting Collaboration (ACC) of Nigeria’s fifth roundtable held in Lagos, Microsoft officials said the war against piracy would not be successful unless all stakeholders put in place certain measures. Speaking at the forum, Ijeoma Abazie, head of corporate affairs at Microsoft Anglophone West Africa, gave tips on how to address software piracy, its various forms, how it has undermined the industry’s ability to innovate, its impact on limited economic growth in economies around the world and how it puts consumers’ data and security at risk. She highlighted the benef

AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, Yahoo Propose Principles on Reforming Government Surveillance

Governance
A coalition of Technology companies released their plan for reforming how the government conducts surveillance.  See below for the full press release. WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today AOL, Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo joined together to propose principles for reforming government surveillance laws and practices. The companies also urged the President and the United States Congress to take the lead on reform with an open letter that reads: Dear Mr. President and Members of Congress, We understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens. But this summer's revelations highlighted the urgent need to reform government surveillance practices worldwide. The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and awa