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Microsoft 3Q17: Cloud, Office, Windows strong, Surface slumps

Phone revenue is basically wiped out.

9 things your service provider wants you to know

The relationship between enterprise IT and service providers can be difficult.
IT has frustrations in achieving optimal service levels.
Service providers, as it turns out, have an equal number of bugaboos when it comes to their enterprise clients' r...

AI, Amazon, Uber: 10 tech predictions for 2022

Recently, a co-worker said AI was so extreme that if put in charge of human happiness, it would strap us to a chair on a heroin drip à la “The Matrix.”He’s watched too many movies. Mostly, AI simply finds “which of these things is not like the other” in a large set—or handles the opposite task of grouping similar objects.
It’s not something to be afraid of anytime soon, really.

But his fantasy made me wonder what other things people think is or isn’t coming in the next five years or so.[ Docker, Amazon, TensorFlow, Windows 10, and more: See InfoWorld's 2017 Technology of the Year Award winners. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]What you’ll see in five years Searching videos for dialog: This is already available to some degree. Within the next five years, however, it will be commoditized to the point that you’ll be able to find YouTube clips of your favorite movie taglines even if no one added them to the title or description.

The main advances are in signal processing and encoding, as well as speech recognition.

But it's close because we’ve been working on it for more than 40 years.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft cuts off 40 percent of Windows phones with Creators Update...

Our review of the Creators Update for Windows 10 Mobile may have shown it to be a half-hearted update at best, but a substantial portion of Microsoft's base of installed phones won't even have a chance to experience it.A report by AdDuplex, an ad ne...

10% of Windows 10 machines upgraded to Creators Update; 60% of...

If your phone is in the 40% of Windows devices not supported, you can use Release Preview.

Windows Updates getting even more complex, a little more controllable

With the Creators Update, Microsoft is adding non-security updates into the mix.

Webroot deletes Windows files and causes serious problems for users

Users of Webroot's endpoint security product, consumers and businesses alike, had a nasty surprise Monday when the program started flagging Windows files as malicious.The reports quickly popped up on Twitter and continued on the Webroot community fo...

Why Windows 10 rollout is happening faster than shift from XP...

Gartner finds that 85 percent of enterprises will have started a Windows 10 deployment by the end of 2017.

Bash Bunny: Big hacks come in tiny packages

Today’s increasingly miniaturized world is giving rise to all sorts of hardware devices that can hack almost any computer, device, or network. Plug in an item the size of a USB stick and all your hard-won protections could be defeated.
If you haven’t been paying attention to this field of attack, what you learn might shock you.Anyone can create or buy a computer with an operating system that fits in a space smaller than a postage stamp. Most of these have physical USB interfaces, but many are wireless or have interchangeable interfaces.

These devices include the following:Computers on a stick Keyboard man-in-the-middle intercept devices Wireless computers Plug-in hacking devices [ Also from InfoWorld: The 10 Windows group policy settings you need to get right. | Survive and thrive with the new OS: The ultimate Windows 10 survivor kit. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows newsletter. ]In the interest of defending against this new threat, let's take a close look at one of the most versatile and popular hardware hacking devices: Bash Bunny by Hak5.
I'm offering considerable detail here to show how easy it is to launch malicious attacks that bypass network defenses—and to help white hats who may wish to use the device for simulated red team attacks.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft re-issues much-maligned Windows patch KB 3150513 — again

Microsoft has issued the KB 3150513 patch 10 times in the past year.

Each time it appears without notification or warning: There’s no entry on the Windows Update list or Windows 10 Update list, but it is pushed out the Automatic Update chute nonetheless.It's being pushed onto Windows 7, 8, 8.1, Windows 10 151,1 and now 1607 systems. You don’t want it.[ The essentials for Windows 10 installation: Download the Windows 10 Installation Superguide today. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]A year ago, I talked about the original incarnation of the patch, which Microsoft’s KB article described like this:To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

FAQ: What is blockchain and how can it help business?

Blockchain sounds like a way to keep boats anchored, which isn’t a bad analogy, considering what the technology purports to do.While some IT experts herald it as a groundbreaking way of creating a distributed, unchangeable record of transactions, others question the nascent technology’s usefulness in the enterprise, which has traditionally relied on centrally administered databases to secure digital records.[ Docker, Amazon, TensorFlow, Windows 10, and more: See InfoWorld's 2017 Technology of the Year Award winners. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]Even so, companies are moving fast to try and figure out how they can use it to save time and money.

And IT vendors are responding to customers calls for info, with some already looking to include it as part of their services.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft fine-tunes WebAssembly for Edge browser

WebAssembly, the portable binary format for improving web application performance, is being tweaked by Microsoft for its Edge browser.With the browser featured in the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, the Chakra JavaScript engine defers parsing Web...