Windows 10 launch events will include celebrities, concerts, and yes, upgrade help

21 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

5 Reasons to Buy the Xbox One Right Now.

Windows Insiders, we know testing out a new build of Windows 10 is its own reward, but Microsoft has another for you: If you show up to a Microsoft Store on July 29, you’ll get a 20-percent discount on PC hardware and accessories.If you’re looking for a reason to get off Windows Server 2003 and updating any remaining Windows XP installations, this morning’s emergency “out-of-band” patch for all supported versions of Windows, should do the trick.

Insiders who faithfully downloaded preview builds and provided feedback will get the best deals, but Microsoft also has some things in store for everyone else—at, you guessed it, Microsoft Stores. Out-of-band patches – updates released at times other than the scheduled patch release days on the second Tuesday of each month – only arrive when there’s grave danger of system compromise. Microsoft’s Xbox One has suffered more than Sony’s PlayStation 4 in this regard, struggling to hit today’s high-def sweet spot (1o80p) in faceoffs with its more popular rival.

Well, Microsoft’s offer is available only via the Windows Insider Hub app on Windows 10. (We assume everyone will receive the same deal, but we can’t be absolutely certain.) Repeat: It’s open only to Windows Insiders. Security analyst Tony Bradley has had it with Flash and Java, saying in a recent blog post, “Java and Flash are like the twin harbingers of doom when it comes to computer security. Read on The flaw described in Security Bulletin MS15-078 could allow remote code execution if the user opens a specially crafted document or even visits a Web page that contains embedded OpenType fonts. Thought-leaders from the biggest brands and most disruptive companies will share winning growth strategies on the most pressing challenges marketing leaders face today. But on balance, the Xbox One remains a fine choice in 2015, flush with outstanding exclusives, a lower price tag and increasingly close integration with Microsoft’s ubiquitous Windows ecosystem.

Nine additional stores will host special guests—the Santa Clara, Calif. store, for instance, will host NBA Finals MVP and Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala, while the Seattle store will host Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks. Since the font drivers are run in kernel mode, an attacker could take complete control of the system, install malware, view, change, or delete data, or create new accounts with full user rights. At any given point if there isn’t a zero-day flaw to exploit in Adobe Flash there’s probably one in Java—and vice versa.” He’s in favour of dumping both products. In addition, 16 Microsoft Stores in malls will host Windows 10 Experience Zones beginning July 29, giving people a chance to try the new operating system. Perhaps most importantly, the Stores will assist users in upgrading their existing Windows 8.1 PCs, as well as new PCs that are Windows 10-ready, but don’t have Windows 10 installed on them yet.

As years go by, some machines won’t have the hardware necessary to work with the updates, as Microsoft noted in its blog post: A device may not be able to receive updates if the device hardware is incompatible, lacking current drivers, or otherwise outside of the Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (“OEM”) support period. And if you want to replay the first four games remastered for Xbox One, the Halo Master Chief Collection, whose online features were still in triage through the early part of this year, looks to finally be in solid shape.

So even though Microsoft is hoping you’ll still use Windows 10 in 10 years, it doesn’t mean the 2012 laptop you’re installing it on will still be compatible a decade from now. Version 18.0.0.203 and earlier on Windows and Macintosh, version 11.2.202.481 and earlier 11.x versions for Linux, and Adobe Flash Player Extended Support Release version 13.0.0.302 and earlier 13.x versions for Windows and Macintosh are vulnerable. The update addresses the vulnerability by correcting how the Windows Adobe Type Manager Library handles OpenType fonts.” Microsoft says that it has information that the vulnerability and its exploitation are known in the wild, although it has not heard of any active exploits yet. Formidable Xbox One exclusives out now or coming this year include Sunset Overdrive, Ori and the Blind Forest, Cuphead, Titanfall, Rise of the Tomb Raider and Forza Motorsport 6. Threatpost reports that Oracle’s critical patch update for Java and other products, including its database and middleware, fixes 193 security flaws, including a Java 0 day that is currently being actively exploited.

Customers who have disabled automatic updates, or prefer to install patches manually, can follow the instructions in the bulletin, or refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3079904 for further information. The OS, released for tablets with ARM processors, has apparently faded into oblivion other than that; there will be no Windows 10 update for the few tablets running it.

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