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Why Gaming (Still) Matters to Microsoft

There’s room for more than just business software and services under Microsoft’s “intelligent cloud” umbrella. Soon, it will cover its gaming assets, too.

Three years ago this was far from obvious to many. (And it still is today, based on some conversations I’ve had on Twitter, phone and e-mail.) But in the past few years, . . .  (click on the picture to article)


Who will drive serious Linux innovation?

Getting at the heart, or kernel, of the Linux 
matter.   Is Microsoft “the only [company] 
doing serious innovating with Linux?” That’s 
Jessie Frazelle’s contention. Frazelle, who 
rose to prominence in the developer community 
with Docker and later Google Cloud, 
made the bold claim to justify her 
departure to Microsoft. On its face it 
seems silly, an over-exuberant claim to 
justify a career move.

(Click on the picture of the word Linux above for the

full story.)


Microsoft’s Windows 10 changes . . .

Microsoft plans to change the nomenclature of its Windows 10 release model in September 2017, dropping terms it’s used since the operating system’s debut and substituting names that sync with Office 365.

In an online Q&A on “Windows as a service” — the company’s concept of an ever-evolving, ever-updating OS — Michael Niehaus, a director of product marketing on the Windows 10 team, talked about the new terminology.

(Click on the little Microsoft pic for full story.)

FAQ: Are you in danger: WannaCry ransomware?

WannaCry took down wide swaths of the internet over the weekend, then disappeared. Here’s what you need to know, without the hype.  

(click on the picture for the full article.)


So I don’t need to worry about it right now?

Wrong. Very wrong. This is one of those rare times when the Windows sky is falling. We already have reports from Matt Suiche of a new WannaCry variant that’s been sinkholed with 10,000 infections logged. The clones are coming, and many of them won’t be easy to stop. You have to get your Windows PC patched now.

Microsoft reveals what data Windows 10 collects from you.


Microsoft finally caved to the pressure to be more transparent and revealed the type of diagnostic data it collects.  Click on the picture for the details.

Disable advertising in Windows 10 File Explorer


Most of us have become resigned to Windows 10 serving up ads in many nooks and crannies. Now it seems Microsoft’s latest ad platform is File Explorer.

That venerable center of most Windows users’ navigation can, on occasion, show an ad.  

Fortunately, it’s easy to tell File Explorer to stop nagging you.  Click on picture of the  “off” switch to find out how.

Sniff out and kick out


Like it or not, your PC is susceptible to malware. This page will teach you how to locate the bad stuff, then remove it from your system.

Click on the Skull and Cross Bones to Sniff out and kick out Windows malware for free.


For videos on how Sysinternals Process Explorer works click on the YouTube link below.



For a video for how VirusTotal click on the video below.