According to the conventional wisdom, Nokia’s decision to launch the new Nokia X line is a slap in the face to Microsoft. An insult, an embarrassment, a major headache that Microsoft management will have to confront soon, when the acquisition of Nokia closes.
That conventional wisdom, frankly, makes no sense to me.
Microsoft has revealed a number of updates coming in a Windows 8.1 Service Pack at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona today, including improved search features and a better app interface.
Announcing that the update will arrive within the next few weeks, Microsoft's corporate VP and manager for Windows Phone Program Management division, Joe Belfiore, said that the Windows 8.1 user interface (UI) has undergone a few tweaks, which are mainly aimed at keyboard and mouse users.
Microsoft has issued a security advisory for a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 9 and 10 being exploited in the wild.
We wrote last week on the initial reports of exploits in the wild, as reported by security firm Fireeye. Fireeye and Symantec are both credited in the Microsoft advisory as having worked with Microsoft on the issue.
Last fall, Microsoft officials said to expect the company to make available an LTE-enabled version of the Surface 2 in early 2014.
It looks like that product may be getting closer to availability -- though given Microsoft's spotty availability of its Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 devices, maybe I should say "announcement."
Running Windows users with ‘standard’ rather than ‘administrator’ rights would have removed over 90 percent of the risk posed by critical vulnerabilities reported in Microsoft products last year, an analysis by privilege management firm Avecto has found.
The firm first looked at 333 vulnerabilities reported by Microsoft in 2013 across all products in its monthly Security bulletins, finding that 60 percent would have been mitigated by removing admin rights. Studying only the 147 rated as the most serious, the mitigation level reached an astonishing 92 percent.