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Microsoft Extends Updates For Windows XP Security Products

Posted by baffa on Jan 24, 2014 - 06:00 PM
While after April 8, 2014, Microsoft will be retiring technical support for Windows XP, Microsoft Security Essentials will continue to get updates until July 14, 2015, as announced by Redmond officials.

End of Windows XP?

Posted by baffa on May 17, 2013 - 03:59 PM
In one year from today, one of the world's most popular PC operating system, Windows XP, will no longer be supported by Microsoft. From April 8, 2014, the software vendor will no longer provide security patches or other updates to the software. The deadline has moved several times, so who knows?

Windows 8 is out

Posted by baffa on Nov 07, 2012 - 12:23 PM
Microsoft announced the global availability of Windows 8. There is also a new member of the Windows family — Windows RT — designed for ARM-based tablets.

Linux For The Windows Power User

Posted by baffa on Jun 30, 2009 - 08:48 AM
Tom's Hardware posted a guide to installing and using Ubuntu 9.04, written specifically for the MS power users.

The future of Windows XP

Posted by baffa on Mar 26, 2008 - 10:38 AM
Many Windows users intend to hold onto their copies of Windows XP, but Microsoft
fully intends to phase out the OS in favor of Vista. If you're unwilling to move to Vista or to one of the alternatives, it is time to consider the future moves to stay on XP.

Vista Service Pack 1 Is Out

Posted by baffa on Mar 20, 2008 - 03:00 PM
The first service pack for Windows Vista has actually been released (See for example here). It's available for download via Microsoft's sites, with an auto-update scheduled for April.

Windows XP Update Library On a CD

Posted by baffa on Mar 11, 2008 - 11:41 AM
The Project Dakota is an effort to provide all Windows XP SP2 updates on one downloadable CD.

Vista SP1 Guides for IT Professionals

Posted by baffa on Jan 24, 2008 - 01:18 PM
Microsoft released several documents explaining all details about Vista SP1. Highlights include a Deployment Guide, a list of included hotfixes, and a list of Notable Changes.

Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003

Posted by baffa on Jun 12, 2006 - 05:26 PM
Microsoft has released the new version of Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003.

UK Government Wants a Backdoor Into Windows

Posted by baffa on Feb 18, 2006 - 06:10 PM
The BBC is reporting that the British Government is working with Microsoft in order to gain backdoor access to hard drives encrypted by the forthcoming Windows Vista file system.

Microsoft vs. Computer Security

Posted by baffa on Jan 22, 2006 - 08:10 AM
On Slate, Penenberg published a piece tryng to explain way Windows is still troubled with security issues. Although Gates made security and privacy top priority four years ago, not much progress has been made.

Top Spyware tested

Posted by baffa on Jan 21, 2006 - 06:55 PM
A startup, SiteAdvisor, has downloaded over 100,000 programs from the top Web sites and tested them for adware and spyware using an automated system they've built. They've got a blog entry where they dissect the worst adware bundles they

Migrating apps from Internet Explorer to Mozilla

Posted by baffa on Aug 01, 2005 - 12:15 PM
IBM published an article about migrating Internet Explorer specific web applications to Mozilla-based browers. It covers basic cross-browser development techniques, and some developing strategies for overcoming the differences between both browsers.

Norwegian Minister on Proprietary Formats

Posted by baffa on Jun 29, 2005 - 10:40 AM
The Norwegian Minister of Modernization at a press conference in Oslo declared that proprietary formats will no longer be acceptable in communcation with government. He also calls for all parts of government to have a plan ready by 2006 for use of open source solutions.

Microsoft Ends Era Of Closed File Formats?

Posted by baffa on Jun 07, 2005 - 01:00 PM
According to an MSDN interview with an Office file-format developer, the next version of Microsoft Office (Office 12) will default to newly-developed XML file formats in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. The new formats will apparently include XML files along with other files (images, etc) inside of a Zip file. Microsoft will also be providing extensive documentation of the new format to the public through MSDN.

Indian Government on Open Source

Posted by baffa on Jun 02, 2005 - 11:57 AM
The Indian government is distributing free CDs of localized open sorce softwares like Firefox, etc. to encourage the use of computers across the country. ZDNet reports, 'The Indian government's decision to ship free software in this way likely will be a blow to Microsoft, which plans to release a low-cost version of Windows in India soon.

Microsoft Will Support Linux in Virtual Server

Posted by baffa on Apr 24, 2005 - 03:00 PM
Techworld is reporting that Microsoft head Steve Ballmer has promised to add Linux support for the first time in one of its products [Microsoft Virtual Server 2005] because, he explained, users need to manage heterogeneous networks.

Microsoft Releases Eight Security Updates

Posted by baffa on Apr 18, 2005 - 05:28 PM
After a break in March, Microsoft has just published 8 new security updates. Almost all updates that are a part of the monthly release cycle are rated as 'Critical'.

Microsoft Plans to End VB6 Support

Posted by baffa on Mar 21, 2005 - 04:51 PM
CNet reports that Microsoft is remaining firm an ending support for VB6, despite a petition and many requests from its developer community.

Review of Microsoft's Anti-Spyware Tools

Posted by baffa on Jan 23, 2005 - 04:35 PM
Microsoft recently developed some anti-spyware tools, still in beta. A review can be found here.

Opera Offers Free Licenses For Educational Use

Posted by baffa on Jan 14, 2005 - 09:53 AM
Opera Software announced that it will offer free site licenses to higher education institutions. In an effort to meet the student and university need for security on the Internet, Opera offers an Internet browsing alternative at no cost to schools.

End Of Support for Windows NT 4.0

Posted by baffa on Jan 14, 2005 - 09:49 AM
From January 2005 hotfixes for Windows NT 4.0 will no more released. More informations on NT 4.0 end of life ca be found on NT 4 support site

TheOpenCD 2.0 Released

Posted by baffa on Dec 11, 2004 - 10:00 AM
TheOpenCD team announces the release of version 2.0. TheOpenCD is a collection of high quality Free and Open Source Software. The programs run in Windows and cover the most common tasks such as word processing, presentations, e-mail, web browsing, web design, and image manipulation.

IE Updates Only For XP

Posted by baffa on Sep 28, 2004 - 11:50 AM
Microsoft has announced that future IE updates, including those related to security, will only be available to customers using Windows XP.

Windows XP Security Guide

Posted by baffa on Jul 08, 2004 - 09:02 AM
NIST ([USA] National Institute of Standards and Technology) published a guide on effectively securing Windows XP systems. It discusses Windows XP and various application security settings in technical detail.
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