Hardware


Microsoft's Skylake Surprise May Help More than Hurt Early Adopters

From dedicated support to hardware/software deals, the limited OS support for upcoming Skylake line might actually benefit those looking to get in early.

Intel Focuses on Strengthening Authentication on Windows Machines

Intel is readying multifactor authentication that stores and processes encrypted credentials on its CPUs, aiming to change the way commercial users access Windows using a combination of biometrics, PINs and one-time passcodes.

Microsoft Truncating Windows Embedded Support on Intel Skylake Devices

Microsoft isn't shortening its Windows Server 2012 product lifecycle support policies for servers using Intel Skylake processors, but it is shortening them for Windows Embedded 7/8.1 devices using those chips.

Sizing Up A Surface Phone

Could we see a new line of smartphones from Microsoft by the end of the year?

Hardware's Role in Redmond Jumps from Understudy to Star

Merging the hardware team with the Windows team has made huge inroads to change the device focus of Microsoft.

Centrify Adds Privilege Access Controls for Outsourced Environments

Plus: SteelHead Mobile Gets Windows 10 Support; 5nine beefs up security suite; Metalogix adds backup support for Exchange Online in its management tool.

Microsoft Requiring Windows Support Notices for New Skylake PCs

Microsoft told its computer hardware partners this week that they'll have to provide a Windows support notice to buyers of Intel Skylake-based PCs.

Microsoft Publishes List of Intel Skylake PCs with Truncated Windows Support

Microsoft today published a list of Intel Skylake-based PCs that can run Windows 7/8.1 operating systems but will have truncated Windows product lifecycle support.

PC Market Limps Across 2015 Finish Line

Last year saw the PC market continue its downward trend as it finished 2015 with the biggest decline in hardware shipment since 2008.

My Tech Predictions for 2016

Based on how Microsoft has been rolling lately, it wouldn't surprise me to see any of these predictions come to fruition over the next year.

Microsoft Blocks Dell Certs Due to Security Concerns

The company's included self-signed certificates in some of its shipped hardware could be used to monitor Web traffic.

Hands-On with the Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book

Our breakdown of the new Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book will help you decide if either or both should be on your wish lists.

The Business Case for Surface Pro and Apple's App Demise

Can the Microsoft tablet device become the standard in a market saturated with the Apple iPad?

Microsoft Starts Final Clock on Windows 7 Pro OEM Sales

Sales of new PCs running the Windows 7 Professional edition will start to end next year.

The Post 'Post-PC' Era Has Begun

In recent years Microsoft, its PC-maker partners and Windows fans have endured the ominous "Post-PC" label but it appears they're now on the cusp of embracing the concept, if not the term itself.

A Microsoft Band 2 Wish List

While Microsoft may want to promote its smartwatch like it should be, it's a solid device that looks to be much improved with its second version.

VMware Pushes Out Fixes for 3 Hardware Security Holes

VMware has released security updates for three significant flaws in vCenter Server and ESXi.

How To Move a Hyper-V Virtual Machine to New Hardware

While the process won't take too much time, it's a bit more complicated than it should be.

Attackers Targeting Cisco Routers with Modified Firmware

The attack replaces the hardware's IOS, allowing for traffic to be secretly monitored and the further injection of malware.

How To Optimize Windows for Use with SSD Storage

While windows 8.1 does prioritize SSD storage, it may need some tweaking to get it working properly.

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