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Thursday, August 5, 2021
How to Avoid Windows’ ‘PrintNightmare’ Security Threat

How to Avoid Windows’ ‘PrintNightmare’ Security Threat

Photo: Diego Cervo (Shutterstock)Microsoft warns of a potentially major zero-day security flaw in Windows’ Print Spooler code. While Microsoft has not identified the severity of the vulnerability—dubbed “PrintNightmare”—it sounds pretty bad.The company says outside users could exploit PrintNightmare to gain elevated administrator privileges and execute code remotely. In other words, it’s an open invitation for…
How to Play on Xbox Cloud Streaming (and Why It’s Such a Big Deal)

How to Play on Xbox Cloud Streaming (and Why It’s Such...

Image: MicrosoftAfter months in limited, invite-only closed beta, Xbox Cloud Gaming is now publicly available. The service is still technically in beta, but is now included for all Game Pass Ultimate subscribers, adding even more value to what is arguably the best service in gaming.The Xbox Cloud Gaming beta supports devices running the latest version…
SolarWinds hackers breach new victims, including a Microsoft support agent

SolarWinds hackers breach new victims, including a Microsoft support agent

The nation-state hackers who orchestrated the SolarWinds supply chain attack compromised a Microsoft worker’s computer and used the access to launch targeted attacks against company customers, Microsoft said in a terse statement published late on a Friday afternoon. The hacking group also compromised three entities using password-spraying and brute-force techniques, which gain unauthorized access to…
Microsoft’s Linux repositories were down for 18+ hours

Microsoft’s Linux repositories were down for 18+ hours

Enlarge / In 2017, Tux was sad that he had a Microsoft logo on his chest. In 2021, he's mostly sad that Microsoft's repositories were down for most of a day.Jim Salter Yesterday, packages.microsoft.com—the repository from which Microsoft serves software installers for Linux distributions including CentOS, Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE, and more—went down hard, and it…
These offline, disc-based games require an online check-in on Xbox Series X

These offline, disc-based games require an online check-in on Xbox Series...

Oh boy, my disc-based Xbox One game is "Ready to start" on the Xbox Series X! Xbox Just kidding, my disc-based Xbox One game isn't actually "ready to start" because the Series X isn't online. Xbox OK, now the Series X is online and the game needs a minute or two to do... something. Xbox…
Windows 10 “Sun Valley” will do away with Windows 95 era icons

Windows 10 “Sun Valley” will do away with Windows 95 era...

In this image, courtesy of Windows Latest, we see new icons from a Sun Valley preview build on the left versus production icons on the right. This Microsoft concept image from April 2020 shows what upcoming Windows 10 UI changes might look like, focusing on a revamped start menu. Microsoft Back in January, we reported on…
Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 will (finally) enter the 64-bit world

Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 will (finally) enter the 64-bit world

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File under "You can't do this with 32-bit addressing": 1,600 projects and about 300,000 individual files open at once in VS 2022. We're not sure what to think about "Intellicode"—it's an unfair comparison, but it reminds us FAR too much of dropdown command selections in BASIC on the original classic Mac. VS2022 will feature new…
Microsoft makes the Surface Laptop 4 official, offers choice of AMD or Intel

Microsoft makes the Surface Laptop 4 official, offers choice of AMD...

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Microsoft's latest Surface PC: the Surface Laptop 4. Microsoft The design is almost identical to that of the Surface Laptop 3. Microsoft But Microsoft is promising significantly improved battery life. Microsoft And it's offering a choice of AMD Ryzen or Intel processors in both the 13.5- and 15-inch models. Microsoft This "Ice Blue" finish is…
2021 Microsoft Build conference dates confirmed, May 25-27

2021 Microsoft Build conference dates confirmed, May 25-27

Enlarge / This year's Build will be virtual—on the plus side, that means attendance is free and you don't need to travel. On the minus side, nobody gets to walk inside an enormous, physical Windows logo for a photo opp, like this shot of me at Ignite 2019.Jim Salter Microsoft's annual Build conference will be…
After years on PlayStation, MLB The Show hits Xbox Game Pass at launch

After years on PlayStation, MLB The Show hits Xbox Game Pass...

Enlarge / That "PS Studios" logo on an Xbox retail box still looks a bit weird...It has been over a year now since Sony first announced it would be bringing the previously PlayStation-exclusive series MLB The Show to Xbox as early as 2021. Today, Microsoft announced even better news for Xbox-owning baseball fans: MLB The…

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