Windows' network activity continues to be scrutinized amid privacy concerns. Windows 10 was first put under the microscope with both new and old features causing concern. With its Cortana digital personal assistant, Windows 10 represents a new breed of operating system that incorporates extensive online services as an integral part of the platform. But its older predecessors haven't escaped attention, and questions are now being asked of Windows 7 and 8's online connectivity.
Now that Windows 10 has shipped and is reportedly running on 50 million devices, attention will no doubt turn to the successor to Windows 10, dubbed Redstone; but before that, Threshold Wave 2 is expected to arrive by October.
We know that Windows 10 Mobile and Windows Server 2016 has already moved to the Threshold 2 (TH2) branch, and the next builds of Windows 10 will also make that jump as it prepares to enter the Insider channels for testing.
Mozilla has released Firefox 40 FINAL for desktop, with Firefox for Android 40.0 due to follow by the end of the week.
Version 40 provides added protection against potentially malicious downloads on both platforms, while desktop users enjoy a raft of new features, including a new Suggested Tiles feature and add-on management dialog.
If you're a fan of hacking Microsoft's systems, then the company is going to reward you even more for your efforts.
No, Microsoft isn't masochistic. In actuality, its bug bounty program is designed to help the company address critical vulnerabilities and reward those who tinker with Microsoft's systems and services to find them. The goal, as with so many other bug bounty programs, is to give creative exploiters something for their efforts and to discourage them from releasing the results of their hacking to the larger underground communities and/or general public.
Microsoft is rolling out the first cumulative package of non-security-focused updates and fixes for Windows 10 one week after the company began making available to users the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) version of the operating system.
Referred to by some company watchers as "Service Release 1," the actual update package is officially known as KB3081424. (Thanks to The Verge's Tom Warren for a pointer to the KB.)
There's not a lot of information so far about what's in today's update, which Microsoft is delivering via Windows Update.