Microsoft's sudden decision to shut down its TechNet subscriptions isn't sitting well with some IT pros and trainers. A new online petition has passed 5000 signatures, and some longtime Microsoft supporters are wondering whether the company is giving up on one of its most strategic assets.
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It looks like Microsoft wasn't kidding about their new "rapid update cadence" for Windows 8.1. A new batch of updates for the preview release arrived yesterday via Windows Update, including a much-needed fix for Twitter and other apps that had noticeable scrolling problems.
You've got Windows 8.1 questions. I've got answers. What's the best way to install Windows 8.1? Can it be uninstalled? What's new, what's changed, what's missing?
Windows 8.1 is chock-full of new features, but the preview is not a zero-sum release. Microsoft left out a handful of interesting features that had been included in Windows 8, and it also slashed functionality from some features. Here's a list of what's missing.
The hands-down best deal Microsoft ever offered is about to shut down. The TechNet subscriptions service will continue for a little more than a year, but some important deadlines are coming up fast. Here's what you need to know.
One of the best software deals around is about to be retired. Microsoft announced today that after 15 years it will shut down its TechNet subscriptions service in 60 days. Microsoft has other, similar programs, but none are as generous as TechNet.
Microsoft has something to prove with Windows 8.1 and some very important questions to answer. Can the company turn around a slow PC market, convince consumers it's cool, and pry businesses away from Windows 7?
It's not just a service pack. Windows 8.1 is filled with dozens of significant improvements, large and small, that improve its usability. The built-in apps also get some major upgrades and additions. Is this enough to silence the skeptics?
The W3C standards body responsible for developing the Do Not Track standard is lurching toward a final document, roughly 18 months behind schedule. The likelihood that a useful standard will emerge is small, leading one Mozilla-backed group to develop its own set of tougher privacy controls.
There's an awful lot of paranoia going around these days. But the biggest threats to your privacy don't come from the NSA or the FBI. They come from private companies building massive databases to track your movements. Here's a sensible set of strategies to minimize privacy risks.