There have been many reports recently suggesting that Microsoft is going to release two high-end Lumia smartphones later this year. It has been a while since the company launched a high-end Windows Phone device, it has stuck with mid-range and low-end devices for the past few months now so it’s about time that a flagship arrived. Fingerprint scanners might be fashionable these days but rumor has it that the Microsoft Lumia 940XL will instead offer an iris scanner.
Microsoft just gave us an accidental preview of its new WiFi service, which will let users connect to millions of WiFi hotspots across the globe.
Microsoft WiFi looks like a revamp of Skype WiFi, which lets subscribers access the hotspots that pop up in coffee shops, hotels and train stations from lots of different providers using one log-in.
This includes Boingo, Xfinity WiFi and Gowex hotspots in the US, and access points from BT and The Cloud in the UK.
"Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." That was the message from Microsoft employee Jerry Nixon, a developer evangelist speaking at the company's Ignite conference this week. Nixon was explaining how Microsoft was launching Windows 8.1 last year, but in the background it was developing Windows 10. Now, Microsoft employees can talk freely about future updates to Windows 10 because there's no secret update in the works coming next. It's all just Windows 10.
With roughly 50 million lines of code, Windows is bound to have some bugs, and some of those bugs are bound to affect security. When flaws are found, Microsoft issues patches as fast as possible, but those patches do no good if you fail to apply them. Even if you're diligent, Patch Tuesday comes just once a month, so a vulnerability discovered the day after Patch Tuesday won't be patched until the next Patch Tuesday rolls around.
Last week, during Microsoft's third quarter fiscal 2015 earnings, company execs said Microsoft had hit an annual run rate of $6.3 billion for its commercial cloud.
This week at the company's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM), CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft's goal is to hit a $20 billion run rate for its commercial cloud by 2018.