Microsoft pulls controversial “you gotta upgrade to Win10 from that bad, insecure, no good Win7” postPosted on January 19th, 2017 at 07:46 18 comments
Thanks to Günter Born, messager7777777, and Mary Jo for her spot-on TWiT rant.
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Interesting. Gordon Kelly just hit me on Twitter, to say that Microsoft hasn’t completely pulled the article – just moved it, to
There are differences between the two versions – and the date has been changed from the original Jan. 13 to Jan. 16. The post is credited to Irene Nadler in the original, and to Senior Product Marketing Manager MiladMSFT in the modified version.
Several paragraphs were deleted from the original, including the ones that explain Vista and Office 2007 end of life, and the discussion of StatCounter results putting Win10 usage ahead of Win7, in German.
UPDATE: And there’s yet another version, this one with a link provided by the Myce people, dated Jan. 17, once again credited to Irene Nadler:
So now we have Jan. 13, 16 and 17 versions attributed to MiladMSFT and Irene Nadler. Anybody got a scorecard?
Posted on January 17th, 2017 at 10:25 111 comments
Here’s my contribution to fake news. You’ve read the headline. This is what you haven’t read.
Microsoft Deutschland recommends timely changeover to Windows 10 for a secure and modern IT… One of the most successful operating systems from Microsoft is gradually approaching the end of its life cycle : the extended support of Windows 7 will be completed in three years. This means for all customers with Windows 7 PCs that from January 14, 2020 there will be no security updates, updates and no technical support from Microsoft. .. it provides for higher operating costs – for example, maintenance, lost working time due to increased malware attacks, or even increased support requests. At the same time, many hardware manufacturers no longer provide drivers for Windows 7, which means that modern peripherals such as printers are no longer recognized.
We’ve heard all of that before, and it isn’t any more true now than it was a year ago.
Windows 10 has its benefits. I use it all day, every day, and I’ve written two 1,000-page books on the topic. I’ve come to terms with its insistence on updating things when I least want them, and its ill-defined snooping proclivities. But Win10 isn’t for everybody, and scare tactics like this don’t do anything for Microsoft’s credibility.
I think Win7 is going to be around a lot longer than the author of this PR release.
UPDATE: Günter Born, whom many of you will recognize as a highly respected German blogger, has an excellent article you should read. He cites a CERT report that argues quite convincingly that Windows 7 + EMET is more secure than Win 10 without EMET. And the conclusions he draws are not the Win 10 happy-happy conclusions in the PR release.
He also notes that Microsoft Germany has yanked the original PR report.
Posted on January 16th, 2017 at 06:59 51 comments
You’ve read about the new Windows 10 Creators Update privacy push – a new setup routine, new questions, new online privacy dashboard. The proposal is so persuasive the government of Switzerland has called off its threatened privacy lawsuit, and even EFF has backed off its original scathing indictment of Windows 10’s assaults on privacy.
Here’s what you need to know about what’s happening – and what isn’t happening – behind the scenes.
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By the way, there’s a link to a cached Google page in the article that’s been changed. You can see a text version of the original Microsoft post here: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:YrpOjHVkC20J:https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/instantanswers/948e1d63-b92d-4d89-a6c3-66d7b7921d15/view-or-delete-browsing-history-in-microsoft-edge&num=1&hl=en&gl=us&strip=1&vwsrc=0
The cached copy shows that on January 12, there was no mention of browser history stored on the web. Compare the new version of the View and delete browser history in Microsoft Edge post with this old (Jan. 12) version
View or delete browsing history in Microsoft Edge
Windows 10 – Windows 10 Mobile
> Your browsing history includes sites you’ve visited, passwords, info you’ve entered into forms, and cookies. Microsoft Edge remembers this info and stores it on your PC as you browse the web.
> To view your browsing history, select the Hub icon , and then History. To delete it, select Clear all history, choose what you want to remove, and then select Clear.
Posted on January 13th, 2017 at 15:16 36 comments
I wouldn’t have believed it if I didn’t just verify it myself.
Windows 10 beta build 15002 (and 15007) Home have the “Pause Update” capability, which freezes updates for 35 days (details still not fully known – see http://www.infoworld.com/article/3155912/microsoft-windows/windows-10-beta-build-15002-brings-real-improvement.html).
We knew it was in Pro and Enterprise. But it’s also in Home.
— barb bowman (@barbbowman) January 13, 2017
Posted on January 12th, 2017 at 17:17 12 comments
I expected the pace to pick up, but this is faster than expected!
UPDATE: One machine installed overnight, the other’s still stuck at 100% download. Reboots don’t help. Argh.
Posted on January 12th, 2017 at 16:29 14 comments
Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 17:57 33 comments
Support for Vista will end on April 11 – three months from now. Apparently Microsoft Security Essentials is getting a little pushy about it. This from EB:
This morning MSE (126.96.36.199) greeted me with a popup warning on my fully updated Vista SP2 X64 system with a questionable warning about operating system end of support, fixed itself in “Potentially Unprotected” status and provided a link to a Kb article that thinks I’m running XP!
Following is a screen shot of the MSE interface.
And clicking the link takes me to a completely irrelevant https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/14223/windows-xp-end-of-support
I also updated MSE to the latest version (in a virtual machine) and received the same results.
Sometimes it seems to me that MS documentation is handled by poorly programmed bots and the accuracy of information is not checked before it is released to the public.
Posted on January 10th, 2017 at 09:55 26 comments
It looks like we’re going to have “metered connections” for both Wi-Fi and Ethernet – which makes it a lead-pipe cinch to throttle forced updates.
Fingers duly crossed.
Combine that with the new privacy guidelines just released by Terry Myerson, and the two biggest objections to Windows 10 might – might – be a thing of the past.
Is it possible that Microsoft is listening?
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