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Windows 10 tip: Create direct shortcuts to shared network folders

Why waste time browsing through File Explorer folders to find shared resources on your local network? Use these two tricks to create mapped shortcuts, with or without drive letters.

CIA’s Windows XP to Windows 10 malware: WikiLeaks reveals Athena

WikiLeaks says the CIA's Athena malware can be used to spy on Windows XP through to Windows 10 computers.

Windows 10 S: no command line apps, free Pro upgrades for...

Locked-down operating system blocks access even to some built-in Windows software.

Dealmaster: Get a Dell Inspiron 15 5000 laptop with Kaby Lake...

And deals on tiny desktops, gaming headsets, routers, and more.

Cortana moves way beyond being a personal assistant

Microsoftrsquo;s Cortana voice-based personal assistant has always seemed a little out of place in the enterprise.
Itrsquo;s a useful tool for search, for reminders, and for letting you know when you need to leave to get to that meeting on time.

But compared to Amazon Alexarsquo;s growing list of skills, itrsquo;s lagging in the personal assistant race.Yes, it connects to Office 365 and LinkedIn to give you some insight into your work, but then again so does Alexa.

But if Microsoft delivers the Windows promises made last week at its Build 2017 developer conference, thatrsquo;s all going to change.[ Put itnbsp;all together: Microsoftrsquo;s plan to one-up Applersquo;s Handoff. • Inside the Microsoft Graph APIs. • How to build Microsoft bots. • Reinventingnbsp;Microsoft Teams with private bots. • How to use Azure Functions. • Just what is Project Rome? ]As part of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadellarsquo;s rearticulation of his original “mobile first, cloud firstrdquo; vision as one of “an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge,” Cortana is getting a promotion. More than a basic piece of personal assistant software, with the next release of Windows 10 it will be the face of the intelligent agents that will populate Microsoftrsquo;s new blurring of the cloud and PC worlds.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Windows 10 credential theft: Google is working on fix for Chrome...

Google is addressing a problem that allows a crafty credential theft attack on Windows through Chrome's default behavior.

Windows 10 tip: Stop using the horribly insecure SMBv1 protocol

For years, Microsoft has been recommending that you disable the vulnerable SMBv1 protocol.

The recent WannaCry ransomware outbreak underscores the need to take this important step. Here's how.

HPE shows off The Machine prototype without memristors

In 2004, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise's Kirk Bresniker set out to make radical changes to computer architecture with The Machine and drew out the first concept design on a whiteboard.At the time Bresniker, now chief architect at HP Labs, wanted to build a system that could drive computing into the future.

The goal was to build a computer that used cutting-edgenbsp;technologies like memristors and photonics.[ 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. ]It's been an arduous journey, but HPE on Tuesday finally showed a prototype of The Machine at a lab in Fort Collins, Colorado.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

macOS 10.12.5 update fixes bugs, supports Windows 10 Creators Update in...

Also makes Mac App Store tweaks to support "future software updates."

How to make sure your Windows PC won’t get hit by...

You need to get your Windows computer protected against WannaCrypt and its ilk. Here are detailed instructions on how to see if you need patching and, if you do, how to get patched.By far the easiest method is to simply run Windows Update and install all important patches. You may not be able to do thatmdash;or may not want to do thatmdash;for several important reasons:You may not want all of the latest patches, whether for compatibility reasons or because you donrsquo;t trust Microsoftrsquo;s additional snooping in Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups If yoursquo;re using Windows XP or Windows 8, Windows Update doesnrsquo;t work If yoursquo;re running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a newer computer (Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors, as well as several others), Microsoft may have gratuitously blocked Windows Update You may have problems running Windows Update for myriad reasons, and you donrsquo;t want to futz around with figuring out the reason or resetting while the threat lingers [ From backup to productivity tools, check out the top 30 free apps for Windows 10. | Download the superguide to Windows 10 installation. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]Your approach to checking if you need the patches, and then installing them, will vary depending on your operating system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

How to make sure your Windows PC won’t get hit by...

You need to get your Windows computer protected against WannaCry and its ilk. Here are detailed instructions on how to see if you need patching and, if you do, how to get patched.By far the easiest method is to simply run Windows Update and install all important patches. You may not be able to do thatmdash;or may not want to do thatmdash;for several important reasons:You may not want all of the latest patches, whether for compatibility reasons or because you donrsquo;t trust Microsoftrsquo;s additional snooping in Windows 7 and 8.1 Monthly Rollups If yoursquo;re using Windows XP or Windows 8, Windows Update doesnrsquo;t work If yoursquo;re running Windows 7 or 8.1 on a newer computer (Kaby Lake and Ryzen processors, as well as several others), Microsoft may have gratuitously blocked Windows Update You may have problems running Windows Update for myriad reasons, and you donrsquo;t want to futz around with figuring out the reason or resetting while the threat lingers [ From backup to productivity tools, check out the top 30 free apps for Windows 10. | Download the superguide to Windows 10 installation. | Stay up on key Microsoft technologies with the Windows Report newsletter. ]Your approach to checking if you need the patches, and then installing them, will vary depending on your operating system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Google Researchers Alert Microsoft to Major Flaw in Security Software

DAILY VIDEO: Microsoft has Google to thank for finding major zero-day vulnerability; Nvidia impresses with Project Holodeck, Volta Data Center GPU for AI; Microsoft: 500M Windows 10 devices, AI expand developer 'opportunity'; and there's more.