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Bad migration experiences leave IT bosses gun-shy

Previous migration efforts are often so bad that the majority of IT pros drag their feet on doing another migration project, even if they need it. That's one of the results of a new study by a cloud migration specialist Vision Solutions.The migration survey -- see chart below -- was part of a larger study, the Vision Solutions' 8th Annual State of Resilience report.The problem, however, lies with many IT shops, according to Vision. They either lack expertise to do the job properly, don't plan well in advance, or both. Of the 935 professionals surveyed, 35 percent say that they lack the experience or the expertise to confidently perform a system migration.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

End of the line for Microsoft Band?

Last week when I discussed the latest rumors surrounding Surface All-In-Ones, I added that there was no news on the Microsoft Band front. Now there apparently is news, and it's not the best.Microsoft's Band and Band 2 devices look like they run Windows 10, but they don't. They only run firmware. One of the rumors surrounding future Band products is that they would get the full OS, or at least enough of it to make it functional with PCs. That may not be the case, however. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley reports that the group working on bringing Windows 10 to Band was disbanded weeks ago. That doesn't necessarily mean Band 3 won't happen; it just means the group working on a Windows 10 port is gone. They could always release Band 3 with firmware just like the first two versions.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Intel will be at 10nm for many years

For more than a decade, Intel was driven by a "tick/tock" development model. The "tick" took place one year and was a manufacturing process shrink, from 45nm to 32nm, for example. The "tock," which took place one year later, was a whole new microarchitecture, such as Penryn to Nehalem.For about a decade, tick/tock worked well. Intel choked the life out of the insurgent AMD and dominated the x86 market for a long time—and still does. But the limitations of physics have caught up with the company, and ticks are becoming much harder to come by. As it is, Intel delayed the move to 10nm by adding a third generation of 14nm chips called Kaby Lake. The shrink to 10nm was planned for next year's Cannonlake processor. Now word is that might be delayed another year, with 10nm coming in 2018. And the next shrink, down to 7nm, won't take place until after 2020.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft gets support for its fight against government gag orders

Microsoft has secured some big allies in a fight against the federal government, including three of its chief rivals, plus a hometown airline. 

Microsoft is fighting the government over its right to tell customers when federal agents request their data and emails. The company filed a lawsuit in April against the federal government, charging such gag orders violate the Constitution and threaten the future of cloud computing. 

+ Also on Network World: Microsoft says tech companies ‘whipsawed’ by conflicting laws on global data transfer +

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Star Trek’s 50 years of technology, optimism and naiveté

Thursday marked the 50th birthday of a TV and film institution, "Star Trek," and was met with far more joy and happiness than most 50th birthdays are.What started as a struggling TV series that limped along for three years has become an institution and part of our culture, with terms, references, and catchphrases now a regular part of our lives.At the time of its creation, science fiction was more optimistic than it is today. It tried to envision a better future where our problems were solved.Even so, it took some serious brass to put an Asian, Russian, and black woman on the bridge of that ship in 1966. Creator Gene Roddenberry wanted to go one further and make the second-in-command a woman but that was a bridge too far, which paved the way for Spock.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft’s all-in-one Surface PCs could debut next month

A few months back I reported on rumors of new Surface-branded all-in-one PCs from Microsoft that could target both other all-in-ones as well as Apple's languishing iMac line. Now new information says they are coming soon.Citing her usual deep bench of sources, Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet says there will be a hardware launch event in late October, one year after a New York City event at which Microsoft unveiled the Surface Book, Surface Pro 4, Lumia 950 and 950 XL.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Is Microsoft building a Slack killer?

A few months ago, rumors circulated that Microsoft considered buying the cloud-based team collaboration tool Slack for a generous $8 billion. Overpaying again, it seems, as Slack's last known valuation was $2.8 billion.Now it seems that Microsoft has decided to build rather than buy, using its own Skype messaging service as the basis for a new product. According to the site MSPoweruser, Microsoft is coming for the Slack market with a product called Skype Teams. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

OpenOffice may be fading into the sunset

OpenOffice, the productivity suite viewed as an alternative to Microsoft Office developed as an open source project, is at serious risk of being closed down due to a lack of help. There have been only three updates since 2013, with the last coming in October 2015.The developers behind it have not only been slow to update the software, but they were slow to fix it. A major security flaw in July took a month to be patched, and while they were working on it, people with the project suggested switching to Microsoft Office or LibreOffice as temporary workarounds. An email entitled "What would OpenOffice retirement involve?" (and first noted by Ars Technica) was sent out last week by Dennis Hamilton, vice president of Apache OpenOffice, a volunteer position that reports to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) board.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft fixes freezing problems in Anniversary Update

Microsoft has issued fixes to the problem plaguing its Anniversary Update, aka Redstone, a major update to Windows 10 issued this past August. The fixes are available via the Windows Update utility.The Anniversary Update was an ambitious update, far more than a mere patch, so problems are not too big of a surprise. However, issues quickly piled up in this instance. Almost immediately there were reports of login issues, a bug causing webcams to fail, and Kindle's causing the PC to crash when the Kindle was plugged into the PC via USB.The big one, though, was freezing and slowdowns on the PC after installing the Anniversary Update. It took Microsoft roughly a month to figure out the problem, but users can now apply a Windows Update, which was released Aug. 31, to alleviate the problem. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft sets Windows 10 subscriptions at $7

Microsoft announced in July that it planned to offer a version of Windows 10 on a monthly subscription rate for enterprise customers, and today it officially launched Windows as a Service through its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) network.Businesses of any size can now subscribe to Windows 10 Enterprise E3, its official name, for $7 per user per month. In its announcement, Microsoft described E3 this way: "Windows 10 Enterprise E3 was designed for businesses that handle sensitive customer data (such as credit card or social security numbers), operate in regulated industries, or create and monetize intellectual property. These businesses need enterprise-grade security and management capabilities found in the Windows 10 Enterprise edition, such as Device Guard, Credential Guard and Managed User Experience." To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDC predicts a rebound in tablet sales

Tablet sales have been in a serious downward spiral, but market research firm IDC has reason for optimism and believes they are due for a comeback.There is a caveat to that prediction, and that's because of a qualifier category: detachables. Tablet sales are already down 11.5 percent worldwide, while convertible and detachable devices are enjoying an uptick in sales, which is expected to continue through 2020, with shipments reaching 194.2 million as detachable tablets continue to take share from traditional PCs. + Also on Network World: Enterprise use of hybrid tablets growing fast +To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

The company behind Hillary Clinton’s erased emails is riding high

A small open source firm behind the erasure of Hillary Clinton's personal email server is enjoying a lot of free publicity thanks to the investigation into the server's contents. BleachBit, an open source system erasure tool, has been around for a few years and won some accolades, and now it's the center of attention on the Clinton email scandal.

It started with Trey Gowdy, the Republican congressman from South Carolina leading the investigation into the private email server. He mentioned BleachBit in an interview, saying Clinton's 33,000 deleted emails have been "deleted where even God can't read them."

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The company behind Hillary Clinton’s erased emails is riding high

A small open source firm behind the erasure of Hillary Clinton's personal email server is enjoying a lot of free publicity thanks to the investigation into the server's contents. BleachBit, an open source system erasure tool, has been around for a few years and won some accolades, and now it's the center of attention on the Clinton email scandal.It started with Trey Gowdy, the Republican congressman from South Carolina leading the investigation into the private email server. He mentioned BleachBit in an interview, saying Clinton's 33,000 deleted emails have been "deleted where even God can't read them."To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft Excel is ruining scientific papers with its autocorrect feature

The iPhone's autocorrect feature is often a help, but also a major source of embarrassment. So much so there is a whole website dedicated to nothing but embarrassing autocorrect moments.Those are merely embarrassing moments. Microsoft Excel, the de facto spreadsheet application in the world, is making a mess of scientific papers all over the world thanks to the software's own auto-format and autocorrect functions.According to the BBC, a report from the Melbourne, Australia-based academic institute Baker IDI, found four 704 errors in genetic names in 3,597 published scientific papers. That's almost 20 percent of all papers. For example, Excel changed the name of a gene called SEPT2 (short for Septin) to a date, September 2.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft reveals the chip behind HoloLens

Microsoft has talked up its well-regarded virtual reality headset called HoloLens, but has been a little stingy on some technical details, such as what's powering the device.However, it finally took the wraps off that mystery at an appropriate show. Microsoft detailed for the first time its custom CPU for HoloLens at Hot Chips, an annual semiconductor conference held at Stanford University every August.Hot Chips is a great show, and I miss attending it even more than IDF, since a variety of chip vendors show up to talk. Between the extreme technical detail from Ph.D. engineers and some brutal accents, it requires your full attention, but that's not a hard thing to do because the insights are often fascinating.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Beware the ‘Windows Self-Healing Tool’ app

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update has caused its fair share of problems for users, such as freeze-ups of their PCs and the most recent issue of it crashing computers with a webcam attached. So, it's understandably tempting for some people to jump at a repair utility. In the case of the "Windows Self-Healing Tool," please don't. This utility has been circulating on several technology news sites, with people repeating its claim to fix problems associated with Windows 10. It has the air of authorization because it has a Microsoft logo on it and was first posted on the Microsoft Answers forum for Surface users.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft announces Insider program for Visio on iPad

Microsoft announced it plans to launch its charting and diagramming app Visio on the iPad, and with it an Insider Program for users to get a chance to try out the app before it launches.Amazing how creative companies are at avoiding the word "beta."The company is looking for 2,000 Insiders, and in a break from its usual English-only Insider programs, Microsoft is supporting multiple languages this time: English, Chinese, French, German, Russian and Spanish.The program will run on all iPads, including iPad Mini and iPad Pro, that are capable of running iOS 9.0 or later, which basically means iPad third generation or later. Microsoft plans to roll out the first feature update around August or September.  To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Windows 7, 8.1 move to Windows 10 update model

If you are a holdout who did not make the move to Windows 10, you're going to see its influence on your legacy operating system anyway. Microsoft is changing the way it delivers updates to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, mirroring the delivery model of Windows 10.Normally a Windows update for 7 or 8.1 would mean a number of individual updates. Every Patch Tuesday you got 6, 10, 15 or whatever number of individual updates, each with their own number. However, starting in October, Microsoft will release all Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 updates using a "Monthly Rollup" method similar to the cumulative rollup of all fixes in one lump sum.The update process will also be added to Windows Server 2008 and Server 2012. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Microsoft acknowledges Anniversary Update causes freezing

After a lot of anecdotal reports, Microsoft acknowledged there is a problem with the Anniversary Update to Windows 10 causing PCs to freeze up. However, it says the problem is isolated to a specific PC configuration.In a Windows forum post, Microsoft claims the freezing issue is experienced only on computers with SSDs where apps are installed on a different drive than the one where Windows 10 is installed. The obvious workaround is to move all apps to the drive where Windows 10 is located, and the company actually recommends this.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

People are patching Windows but not their apps

The good news? People are keeping Windows up to date and patched. The bad news? They are a lot sloppier about the apps they use on their Windows PCs.According to a new report from Secunia Research in its Country Reports, covering Q2 2016 for 12 countries, the number of unpatched Windows machines has declined to just 5.4 percent, which is a sizable drop from the 6.1 percent of the first quarter. In Q2 of 2015, that figure was 10.3 percent.+ Also on Network World: The unrelenting danger of unpatched computers +To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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