[URL="http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/poll/index.cfm?action=showresults&pid=3228421"]A new poll into Operating System popularity by a British computer magazine[/URL] has revealed that an incredible 37 percent of respondents are still using Windows XP. That's more than Windows 7 which managed to woo 30 percent of the folk taking part, and Vista could only garner a pretty poor 16 percent of support. This being a PC magazine it should come as no great surprise to see Linux being used by 8 percent of respondents and Mac OS by 7 percent. However, what was surprising was the sheer number of people who refuse to let Windows XP die. [attach]15712[/attach]Was …

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Which 12 year old operating system which is still running on 11 million servers is about to die? Yep, that's the one: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 reaches 'end of life' status on July 14th. One of the longest running discussions on DaniWeb asks the question [Why does Windows XP refuse to die?](https://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/windows-nt-2000-xp/news/294897/why-does-windows-xp-refuse-to-die) and I have my suspicions that we may be asking the same of Windows Server 2003 in the years to come. Which is fine as far as it goes, unfortunately that's not very far in terms of security as there will be no more security patches, updates or …

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It's that time of year again, and the latest [Secunia Vulnerability Review](http://secunia.com/vr2015/) has been published. This analysed anonymous data gathered from scans right across 2014 of millions of computers which have Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) installed and revealed some interesting statistics. On average, the computers used by the people running PSI had 76 programs installed on them and these vary from country to country. Secunia focussed its attention on what it calls "a representative portfolio of the 50 most common applications" which compromised 34 Microsoft and 16 non-Microsoft ones. So what did the analysis discover? You might be surprised …

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Windows is, according to just about any security expert you ask, the operating system most vulnerable to attack. Unless the security expert happens to be from Microsoft, that is. So it was quite refreshing to see Microsoft admitting to a spike in attacks on Windows this week. [attach]15849[/attach]According to [URL="http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2010/07/13/update-on-the-windows-help-and-support-center-vulnerability-cve-2010-1885.aspx"]a posting by Holly Stewart on the Microsoft Malware Protection Center Threat Research & Response Blog[/URL] Windows XP and Windows 2003 are officially under attack. Russia has seen ten times as many attack attempts than the global average, and the UK has witnessed a "surge" in the words of Microsoft. Referring …

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I used to refer to [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Windows[/URL] as "The Infinitely Rebooting OS" and it has improved some over earlier versions but today was a different story and reminded me of those thrilling days of yesteryear. My question is why, Windows, why? Why must I reboot when I install a desktop application? Why must I reboot again when that application receives an update? I have to reboot for patches, applications, updates and installing Internet Explorer's latest version. Come on, give me a break. There has to be an easier way. I hear what you're saying, "There is an easier way, Ken, you …

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I'm a fairly prominent member of the Linux Community as a writer, contributor, and longtime evangelist for the cause and there are a few things I'd like the Community-at-Large to consider on my behalf. These are five things that I wish Linux had. Consider this as my wish list for the 2009 development calendar. 1. Built-in Paravirtualization - I want a distribution that is paravirtualized--that is to say, a distribution that comes out of the box ready to give you the virtualization you need as a hypervisor OS. I know there's projects like [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/serveredition/jeos"]JeOS[/URL] and [URL="http://www.proxmox.org/"]ProxMox[/URL] but I want a …

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Yesterday, September 10, 2009, the announcement came that [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] launched and is funding a new open source organization named [URL="http://www.codeplex.org"]CodePlex Foundation[/URL]. The [URL="http://www.codeplex.org/board-of-directors.aspx"]major players[/URL] in the new organization are from Microsoft, [URL="http://www.novell.com"]Novell[/URL] and [URL="http://www.dotnetnuke.com"]DotNetNuke[/URL]. Does this mean that a brave new Microsoft is beating its proprietary, closed-source swords into open source plowshares? Maybe. Maybe not. Is this new effort a ploy by Microsoft to garner goodwill from the open source community and open our collective heart for a big Redmond hug? Can it be that Microsoft is through saying, "Put up your dukes" and is attempting to preen its Lion's …

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According to research commissioned by security vendor [Bit9 + Carbon Black](https://www.bit9.com/solutions/carbon-black/), nearly half (49%) of the organisations questioned admitted they simply didn't know if their businesses had been compromised or not. This uncertainty regarding cyber-attack detection ability comes in stark contrast to the 32% who confirmed they had been attacked during the previous 12 months and the 64% expecting to be targeted in the next 12 months. Looking a little closer at the data, when it comes to who might be attacking them, hacktivists on 86% bizarrely came top of the list ahead of cyber-criminals with 77% and disgruntled employees …

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So it seems that an Internet Explorer zero day vulnerability allowed the back door to be opened that resulted in the [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story252590.html"]hack attack on Google[/URL] and many others that has received such publicity this week. According to [URL="http://siblog.mcafee.com/cto/operation-%E2%80%9Caurora%E2%80%9D-hit-google-others/"]McAfee[/URL] it has identified an Internet Explorer vulnerability as being one of the attack vectors but the security vendor also warns that targeted attacks such as this often use "a cocktail of zero-day vulnerabilities combined with sophisticated social engineering scenarios" so it is possible, likely even, that other as yet unidentified attack vectors were also involved. However, McAfee dismisses some early reports which …

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So, Microsoft and iSIGHT uncovered another 0-day vulnerability; this time impacting all supported versions of Microsoft Windows and Windows Server 2008 and 2012. iSIGHT [has detailed](http://www.isightpartners.com/2014/10/cve-2014-4114/) in the wild exploits of the vulnerability, and points the finger of suspicion at state-sponsored Russian interests. The Dallas-based cybersecurity outfit explained that the exploit (dubbed Sandworm) showed visibility targeting Ukranian government organisations, Polish energy businesses and US academic organisations as well as NATO itself, and warned that there is an obvious potential for much broader targeting from the same and new threat actors. The researchers have been tracking at least five distinct Russia-based …

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Microsoft will stop releasing security updates, hotfixes and other updates for Windows XP SP2 on July 13th 2010. No biggie, you might think, after all Windows XP SP3 was released way back in April 2008 and since then we've had both Vista (perhaps best forgotten) and the much more palatable Windows 7. Yet despite the death of XP SP2 being absolutely no surprise to IT admins the world over, it would seem that a large number of machines within enterprise networks are still running that very version of the Windows OS. Qualsys reckons we are still more than a year …

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More often than not I'll be writing about the security problems facing Windows XP users, such as when I recently reported how a large number of enterprises are still running XP SP2 machines which will shortly [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story287954.html"]stop being supported by Microsoft[/URL] in terms of security updates, hotfixes and the like. So imagine my surprise, at the same time that [URL="http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2010/06/09/reminder-windows-xp-end-of-sales-and-end-of-support-deadlines.aspx"]Microsoft reminds us[/URL] that it's the end of the line for Windows XP netbooks, to finally get hold of a story about Windows XP being good for security. OK, so the report from the [URL="http://blog.webroot.com/2010/06/14/spammed-trojan-wont-run-under-windows-xp/"]Webroot Threat Blog[/URL] is a pretty damn …

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Microsoft is just about over the three day hump that has been their timid Windows 8 release, and amid the [cries of anger](http://www.daniweb.com/hardware-and-software/microsoft-windows/windows-vista-and-windows-7-8/news/438107/windows-8-launch-three-year-user-backlash-predicted) over die-hard user, it's apparent Microsoft's move toward Windows 8 was one for the long term, not the short time. ![Win8-logo1](/attachments/small/3/Win8-logo1.jpg "align-left") While some jump to call the move a failure, it's important to note this is not a Microsoft failure, and instead a change in direction. Microsoft has indeed sold failed products before, ie. Vista and Windows Me, and Windows 8 is not one of those products. While it may be lacking Media Center in an …

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So here I am working on a Sunday morning, as usual, and I when I fire up my laptop (which serves as my desktop) a message appears informing that an update is being applied and it won't take long. Imagine my surprise when it turns out that this update appeared to be the long awaited and much talked about Windows 8.1 Update. ![4e3645163f0d7bcbf9f553fba86c8419](/attachments/large/0/4e3645163f0d7bcbf9f553fba86c8419.jpg "4e3645163f0d7bcbf9f553fba86c8419") The big news for me, and I suspected most Windows 8.1 users who actually have a keyboard and mouse attached to their device, is that despite denials and plenty of comments to the contrary over the …

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So, Microsoft has finally announced that the SkyDrive cloud storage product line is to be renamed OneDrive. This isn't as a result of disappointing user take up leading to a re-branding exercise, it's much more daft than that. Six months ago a judge in a UK court ruled that Microsoft had to drop the name after 17 people contacted BskyB, which owns the Sky TV brand, thinking it also owned SkyDrive. ![b8bbc347cb422023a9fc79e5d3569e53](/attachments/small/0/b8bbc347cb422023a9fc79e5d3569e53.jpg "align-right") This despite the fact that if those 17 hard of thinking folk had looked at the website they might just have noticed the Microsoft branding. This despite …

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Aside from being one of the [most hated CEOs](http://www.businessinsider.com/hated-tech-ceos-2011-12?op=1) in the world of technology, Steve Ballmer is hard at work trying to design a new world for Microsoft and the future of consumer electronics and, simultaneously, saving himself from a history of redicule. Ballmer's ambitious claim of [400 million](http://venturebeat.com/2012/09/05/ballmer-400m-windows-phone-8-windows-8-devices/) Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices comes along with their joint HTC announcement of the [8X and 8S](http://opedtech.com/2012/09/19/windows-phone-7-is-dead-long-live-windows-phone-8/), as well as the Q4 release of Windows 8, Windows 8 RT tablet, and rumors of a (much overdue) new gaming console. All of this however hinges on one man: Steve Ballmer, …

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![inline-2-windows-8-logo-pgram](/attachments/small/3/inline-2-windows-8-logo-pgram.jpg "align-left") It's been a month since Windows 8, and if you've been using the new OS you're likely going through a period of confusion over the new Modern UI interface, as well as wondering if there's anything you're missing out on. The Windows 8 experiene is significantly different from Windows 7 because of its new Modern UI interface, the lack of start button, introduction of more advanced gestures, and a variety of other cosmetic and user-oriented changes. Here are some must-have applications and programs that will give you back some of the essential features you need with Windows 8, …

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Microsoft knows it has to do something in order to claw back some kind of market position, not now but five years into the future. The culture of computing is changing amongst the young and hip consumer, and it's moving away from the Microsoft Windows-centric vision of the past. While Microsoft remains buoyant within the enterprise, powering business globally with plenty of success, the Seattle tech giant would do well to realise that even this core part of the corporate plan is not immune to the generation now effect. What consumers want today can, indeed almost certainly does, influence how …

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The EE Times [URL="http://www.eetimes.com/news/latest/showArticle.jhtml;jsessionid=CK0UKKNE0NKJCQSNDLSCKHA?articleID=213402554"]reported[/URL] earlier this week that the Dell E4200 and E4300 laptops are running both Linux and Windows on the same machine. Why both you ask? The Linux OS provides a quick boot for checking email and other "light" computing duties while the Windows side allows "heavier duty" computing like running Microsoft Office applications. It runs with two chips, one from ARM and one from Intel. The ARM chip, provides instant on booting and is much more power efficient, while the Intel chip provides the juice to run apps that require more computing power. [B]It's Two, Two, Two …

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Reports are coming in thick and fast about 'state-sponsored' zero-day exploits hitting business websites in the UK. The latest, disclosed yesterday by [SophosLabs](http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2012/06/20/aeronautical-state-sponsored-exploit/), involves an as yet unnamed European aeronautical parts supplier and follows on from another the day before involving a European medical company site. In both cases the same unpatched vulnerability in Microsoft XML Core Services 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, and 6.0 that can allow remote code execution, as detailed in [Microsoft Security Advisory 2719615](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2719615) appears to have been successfully exploited. ![dweb-fixit01](/attachments/small/0/dweb-fixit01.jpg "align-right") The vulnerability impacts users of all currently supported versions of Windows including Windows 7, as well …

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Microsoft Security Advisory notices do not, as a rule, make the media sit up and take much notice. Not least as they have become relatively commonplace over the years, but every now and then one comes along which may grab some press attention. Take [MSA 2718704](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2718704) for example. ![dweb-microsoftflamed](/attachments/large/0/dweb-microsoftflamed.jpg "dweb-microsoftflamed") At first the advisory with the expanded title of "Unauthorized Digital Certificates Could Allow Spoofing" issued on June 3rd doesn't hold out much hope in the immediately interesting stakes. However, when you realise that components of the Flame worm ([as reported here on DaniWeb](http://www.daniweb.com/software-development/news/424377/flame-on-complex-lua-and-c-cyber-weapon-fired-at-israel-iran-and-syria)) were signed with a certificate that …

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Microsoft failed to make tablets work with Windows for PEN Computing twenty years ago, so why are some people saying that it is set to dethrone the iPad later this year? Can Windows 8 really prove to be a commercial threat to iOS? [ATTACH=RIGHT]24152[/ATTACH]I still have my Compaq Concerto from 1992, which is generally accepted as the first ever mainstream Tablet PC. It ran Windows for PEN Computing Version 1, which was actually just Windows 3.1 with some rather rudimentary pen input add-ons included. Although I have sentimental reasons for hanging on to the world's first real commercial tablet, I …

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It's not often that Microsoft recommends that Windows users should disable a much hyped part of the OS, but that's exactly what has happened regarding the Windows Sidebar and Windows Gadgets found in Windows Vista and Windows 7. [Microsoft Security Advisory 2719662](http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/advisory/2719662) clearly states "Disabling the Windows Sidebar and Gadgets can help protect customers from vulnerabilities that involve the execution of arbitrary code by the Windows Sidebar when running insecure Gadgets" and Microsoft even provides a handy [Fix-It tool](http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2719662) to do the job for you. So what's all the fuss about, all of a sudden? ![dweb-gadgets](/attachments/large/0/dweb-gadgets.jpg "dweb-gadgets") Well the simple …

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How will Microsoft differentiate Windows 8 in an already crowded Windows OS user space? How about, for one, with the use of a photographic gesture security system for logging in? The idea of using a photo to identify and authenticate the user is not without some pretty obvious problems (ambient lighting, bad hair day, forgetting to shave could all screw up your chances of using the computer that day) which is why Microsoft developers have thought outside of the box on this one. [ATTACH=RIGHT]23386[/ATTACH]The important part of the 'photographic gesture security system' can be found in the gesture bit. Instead …

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[URL="http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2332430,00.asp?kc=PCRSS03079TX1K0000584"]John Dvorak at PC Magazine,[/URL] a grand old curmudgeon who never pulls any punches created a wish list for Windows 7. It got me thinking about my own wish list, so here goes: [B]1. Don't Make Me Wait Forever at Boot Time[/B] Nothing aggravates me more than waiting for Windows to boot up. It takes forever and seems to take longer with each passing version. I remember some time ago Bill Gates ordering his programmers to speed up boot time. They seemed to have missed the memo because it never happened, and if anything it got worse. [B]2. Gives us …

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I've been following the tussle between Google and Microsoft this week with a mixture of amusement and amazement. If you haven't been following along at home, Microsoft took a dip into the cloud with the release Office 2010 Online this past week. Meanwhile, Google, feeling a wee bit threatened by Microsoft honing in on its territory in the cloud, took a few pot shots at Redmond's offering [URL="http://googleenterprise.blogspot.com/2010/05/upgrade-here.html"]in a blog post on the Official Google Blog[/URL]. Microsoft's Alex Payne, director of online product management at Microsoft fired back with[URL="http://blogs.technet.com/whymicrosoft/archive/2010/05/11/google-docs-does-not-make-office-better.aspx"] a lengthy blog post of his own[/URL] the following day and …

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Microsoft has revealed a new, more comprehensive street view system, dubbed Street Slide, set to compete with Google's Street View and Bing Maps' Streetside.[ATTACH]16203[/ATTACH]According to [URL="http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/people/kopf/street_slide/index.html"]Microsoft[/URL], the Google and Bing systems only allow users to view city streets via an immersive 360-degree panorama or "bubble." And users can travel down the street only by jumping from one bubble to another, creating pixelated images of close-ups and making it impossible to view a whole city block at one time. But Street Slide uses what Microsoft calls "multi-perspective strip panoramas," combining "bubbles" with panoramas. "We demonstrate a seamless transition between bubbles and …

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Another day, another IE flaw! Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the Internet Explorer water (mainly as Microsoft told you it was after [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS10-002.mspx"]releasing[/URL] yet another [URL="http://www.itwire.com/content/view/24364/1231/"]patch[/URL] to fix yet another vulnerability) comes the news that actually, would you believe it, but Internet Explorer still isn't safe. According to Jorge Luis Alvarez Medina, a security consultant at Core Security Technologies, who will reveal all at the Washington Black Hat conference next month the [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/619750/new-internet-explorer-flaw-revealed"]Microsoft browser is at risk[/URL] to not one serious hole but rather a set of minor vulnerabilities that can linked together to …

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Apple and Microsoft have not had a lot of good press lately, but in spite of the issues both companies have faced, their quarterly reports released this week showed two companies that are still extremely profitable. [B]Microsoft Comes Through [/B] In spite of [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story295211.html"]giving up on the Kin[/URL] and a mobile strategy that seemed in shambles, Microsoft rode the wave of its old chestnuts, Windows and Office, to a very profitable quarter. They reported a "record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year." Not …

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[URL="http://www.mozilla.com"]FireFox[/URL] 3.5 is due out by the end of June and includes some pretty interesting new features--and not a moment too soon. Some of these new features include the ability to play videos in the browser without the need to download and install a third-party plugin. It also includes [URL="https://wiki.mozilla.org/JavaScript:TraceMonkey"]TraceMonkey[/URL], which is a JavaScript Engine that is much faster (And hopefully less buggy) than the one in previous FireFox versions. This is all good news but you realize that with every bit of good news there's something dark and mysterious waiting to be brought into the light: Plugins. I hate …

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The End.