In researchers’ own words “every system on which HeadSetup […] was installed at any time in the past […] remains vulnerable” until users manually review the Trusted Root Certificate Store and remove the two certificates, or until the certificates expire –which could be January 13, 2027, or July 27, 2037, respectively.
Source: Microsoft warns about two apps that installed root certificates then leaked the private keys | ZDNet
An operating system that runs on millions of different hardware configurations is not a service. It can’t be updated as easily, and you’ll run into issues with hardware, drivers, and software when you change things. The upgrade process isn’t instant and transparent—it’s a big download and can take a while to install.
Source: Windows Isn’t a Service; It’s an Operating System
However, the biggest problem has been with the deletion of user files located in the C:/Users/[username]/Documents/ folder.
Source: Microsoft pulls Windows 10 October Update (version 1809) | ZDNet
But in urban areas all around the world where Microsoft wants to do business, the white spaces will be very useful for “smart city” devices and applications—remember, that’s Microsoft’s big idea. And if the US is already widely using those white spaces, the rest of the world will follow along—both in terms of policy and in terms of providing additional marketplaces for the white spaces ecosystem of manufacturers to sell into.
Source: The Digital Divide Isn’t Microsoft’s First Priority | WIRED
This laptop is not meant to be opened or repaired; you can’t get inside without inflicting a lot of damage.
Source: Microsoft Surface Laptop Teardown – iFixit
The battery is difficult and dangerous to replace, giving the device a limited lifespan.
To exploit the flaw, Caballero says that an attacker can use server redirect requests combined with data URIs, which would allow him to confuse Edge’s SOP filter and load unauthorized resources on sensitive domains. The expert explains the attack step by step on his blog.
In the end, the attacker will be able to inject a password form on another domain, which the built-in Edge password manager will automatically fill in with the user’s credentials for that domain. Below is a video of the attack.
Source: Edge Security Flaw Allows Theft of Facebook and Twitter Credentials
Microsoft quotes a report from Boston consulting group which estimates a 22% rise in IP lawsuits relating to cloud products over the last five years in the U.S. alone. It also observes that non-practicing entities have increased their spending on cloud patents by 35% over the same period of time.
Source: Microsoft Azure now offers patent troll IP protection
If you do not want to wait for Anniversary Update (which will be released in July 2016) or if Active Hours is not a solution for you, you can permanently stop Windows 10 reboots after updates are installed if you follow the steps below.
via How to permanently stop Windows 10 reboots after installing updates
Just bought a refurbished I7 machine with Windows 10 Home edition to use for gaming and run VMs via Virtual Box. The VMs need to be up 24/7 if they are an active unit. This box has a lot of RAM so it can run many VMs. Microsoft brought them all down last night with an update then reboot. This is totally unacceptable. Most of the solutions on the web using gpedit.msc or regedit do not work on Windows Home since we are the lowest OS on the MS totem pole.
The procedure in the above website worked for Windows 10 Home. Now I just have to wait a week or so to see if it really stops the auto reboot. I don’t mind having to queue up updates that require reboot. VMs need to be shutdown gracefully. Many people use their computers for doing things other than consuming mass media.
With the SmartDevice capability, future Liebherr refrigerators will help in shopping and planning meals with intelligent food management. Stored groceries can be monitored using internal cameras and object recognition technology. This process not only captures images for viewing but also recognizes individual food items inside the refrigerator. This information flows automatically into an inventory list, which lets the customer see quickly and clearly what is in the refrigerator from anywhere. Using the SmartDeviceBox voice module, additional groceries can be added to a shopping list that customers can access when on the move using an app for iOS, Android or Windows devices.
Source: Microsoft and Liebherr Collaborating on New Generation of Smart Refrigerators | Cortana Intelligence and Machine Learning Blog
We believe that with rare exceptions consumers and businesses have a right to know when the government accesses their emails or records. Yet it’s becoming routine for the U.S. government to issue orders that require email providers to keep these types of legal demands secret. We believe that this goes too far and we are asking the courts to address the situation.
Source: Keeping secrecy the exception, not the rule: An issue for both consumers and businesses – Microsoft on the Issues
We believe these actions violate two of the fundamental rights that have been part of this country since its founding. These lengthy and even permanent secrecy orders violate the Fourth Amendment, which gives people and businesses the right to know if the government searches or seizes their property. They also violate the First Amendment, which guarantees our right to talk to customers about how government action is affecting their data.