Computerworld Blogs - Windows en C'mon, how much difference could it make? <!--paging_filter--><p> This IT pilot fish&#39;s company hires an outside vendor to conduct Windows 7 training for its users -- but maybe not <i>exactly</i> the right training company for the job.</p> Macintosh Microsoft office user training Windows 7 Education/Training Macintosh Management Windows Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Sharky 23826 at Leaker claims that free cloud-based Windows is headed our way <!--paging_filter--><p> Microsoft is at work on a free, cloud-based version of Windows called Windows Cloud that requires an Internet connection for full functionality, and whose full features beyond base ones would only be unlocked if you paid for a subscription. So claims a Russian leaker who has often been right before. Is he right again, or is this just a false rumor?</p> free Microsoft subscription Technology Windows Cloud Wzor Internet Windows Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:06:11 +0000 Preston Gralla 23818 at Microsoft tells small businesses and consumers who love XP: Get lost <!--paging_filter--><p> If you&#39;re a big business, Microsoft is happy to provide you with XP security patches at a reasonable cost. But if you&#39;re a consumer or own a small business, it&#39;s another story: No patches for you, at any price.</p> csa end of support Microsoft security security patches ustom support agreement Windows XP XP retirement Malware and Vulnerabilities Windows Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:09 +0000 Preston Gralla 23807 at Michaels finally confirms massive POS hack (Aaron Bros. as well) <!--paging_filter--><p> <b><i>Crafty hackers hack craft stores -- again.</i></b></p> <p> Michaels Stores (NYSE:MIK) has finally confirmed the details of the point-of-sale hack revealed in January. It&#39;s unclear what&#39;s taken them so long -- the company claims the hack was &quot;highly sophisticated,&quot; but everyone uses a blah-blah phrase like that.</p> <p> Your humble blogwatcher notes that the problem persisted for more than a month after the news first broke. smh.</p> <p> In <i>IT Blogwatch</i>, bloggers are aghast that, for the second time, the company&#39;s POS was hacked -- lasting almost <b>nine months</b>.</p> Aaron Brothers credit card Michaels MIK point of sale Financial IT Security Windows Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:08:15 +0000 Richi Jennings 23805 at Microsoft Office whips Google Docs: It's finally game over <!--paging_filter--><p> If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it&#39;s game over. Here&#39;s why.</p> Android Google Google Docs iPhone Microsoft Microsoft office mobile Desktop Apps Windows Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:00:27 +0000 Preston Gralla 23803 at Intel: We're betting our tablet future on Android, not Windows <!--paging_filter--><p> The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?</p> Android Brian Krzanich Intel Microsoft mobile Windows Tablets Windows Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:52:44 +0000 Preston Gralla 23799 at Microsoft's "Scroogled" campaign bites the dust. Or does it? <!--paging_filter--><p> Microsoft&#39;s controversial anti-Google &quot;Scroogled&quot; campaign finally seems to be at an end, with a Microsoft corporate vice president saying the company is &quot;done with the campaign.&quot; But not so fast -- the Scroogled site still lives, and Microsoft has left itself wiggle room. Is Scroogled really done?</p> Chrome chromebooks Mark Penn Microsoft Microsoft office mobile privacy Scroogled Privacy Windows Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:41:17 +0000 Preston Gralla 23792 at Windows Phone 8.1 download download download download <!--paging_filter--><p> <b><i>No need to be a developer developer developer developer.</i></b></p> <p> Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is allowing anyone to download the near-final Preview build of Windows Phone 8.1. Although it&#39;s billed as a <em>developer-only </em>release, it&#39;s easy to get.</p> <p> The reviews are positively glowing: WinPho8.1 is really pushing their (capacitive) buttons.</p> <p> In <i>IT Blogwatch</i>, bloggers ignore the dire warnings and install the released update anyway.</p> developers developersdevelopersdevelopers Microsoft MSFT Windows Phone 8.1 Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Smartphones Windows Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:05:37 +0000 Richi Jennings 23790 at Will Microsoft give away desktop-and-laptop Windows for free? <!--paging_filter--><p> Microsoft&#39;s giving away all versions of Windows on devices smaller than 9 inches was a shocker -- but could a bigger one eventually be on the way? Will Microsoft eventually give away all versions of Windows for free, including those on traditional computers?</p> free Gartner Microsoft Windows Windows Phone Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:46:58 +0000 Preston Gralla 23787 at Windows chief: Microsoft is all in with Nokia's Android phones <!--paging_filter--><p> If you doubted that Microsoft backed Nokia&#39;s move into Android phones, doubt no more: Windows chief Terry Myerson says that Microsoft will continue to back them even after the Nokia acquisition goes through. Could this mean that more Microsoft Android devices are on the way?</p> Microsoft Nokia Nokia X smartphones Terry Myerson Android Windows Windows Phone Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:11:58 +0000 Preston Gralla 23780 at Microsoft Patch Tuesday for April 2014: The final call for XP updates <!--paging_filter--><p> Well, how do you start, with such a big ending. This Microsoft Patch Tuesday is the final set of updates and security fixes for Windows XP. Windows XP has been a tremendously successful operating system and has truly defined the desktop ecosystem for the past decade. In case you have not yet quite moved on to a later more modern operating system (Windows 7 or 8.x), Microsoft has provided this helpful set of hints and tips regarding your now unsupported favourite desktop operating system.<br /> &nbsp;</p> Internet Explorer Microsoft office Microsoft Outlook Patch Tuesday Publisher Windows 7 Security Windows Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:37:11 +0000 Greg Lambert 23773 at Google to business XP users: We'll give you $100 to buy a Chromebook <!--paging_filter--><p> Google is wasting no time luring XP business users to Chromebooks: It&#39;s offering them $100 off every Chromebook purchased through Google&#39;s Chromebooks for Business program, in addition to other financial incentives. Does Google have a chance sweeping in XP owners, or is this just a PR ploy?</p> chromebooks Chromebooks for Business Google Microsoft mobile Windows XP XP retirement Mobile/Wireless Windows Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:43:51 +0000 Preston Gralla 23776 at Windows 8.1 update: Good, but no XP killer <!--paging_filter--><p> The Windows 8.1 update does a nice job of trying to force its dueling touch-oriented and desktop interfaces to get along. It&#39;s no coincidence, though, that the update was released on the same day that Microsoft ended support for Windows XP. If the update&#39;s purpose was get people to move off Windows XP and take up Windows 8.1, it failed.</p> Microsoft Windows 8.1 update Windows XP XP retirement Windows Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:09:22 +0000 Preston Gralla 23770 at Forget the XPocalypse: Sticking with Windows XP can be a smart move <!--paging_filter--><p> Tomorrow Microsoft ends support for Windows XP, and if you believe the company and others, XP holdouts are head-in-the-sand technophobes heading for disaster. In fact, though, sticking with XP can be a smart move.</p> end of support Microsoft security security patches Windows 8.1 update Windows XP XP retirement XPocalypse Windows Mon, 07 Apr 2014 14:28:49 +0000 Preston Gralla 23756 at Dear Microsoft: Give me back the Start Menu now! <!--paging_filter--><p> The upcoming Windows 8.1 update will have a slew of nice-to-have updates that make the operating system better to use with mouse and keyboard. But it will be missing a new Start Menu that Microsoft is promising will some day appear.<br /> Why wait, Microsoft? I want it now!</p> Microsoft Start Menu windows 8 Windows 8.1 BUILD Conference Windows 8.1 update Windows Fri, 04 Apr 2014 16:16:10 +0000 Preston Gralla 23750 at