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Windows OEMs Focus on Mobility, Connectivity at CES 2018

Microsoft's OEMs showcased a raft of new Windows 10 devices at CES aimed at helping users stay productive and connected wherever they are. Here are some of the highlights.

Microsoft Blocks Windows Fixes After Reports of 'Bricked' AMD PCs

Microsoft on Tuesday confirmed that some computers with AMD chipsets were put into an unbootable state after receiving Jan. 3 Windows updates designed to address the Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

Microsoft Confirms System Slowdowns from Fixes to Meltdown and Spectre Attack Methods

Microsoft on Tuesday affirmed that Windows operating system updates released on Jan. 3 to address the Meltdown and Spectre CPU security issues will have noticeable system slowdown effects in some instances.

Datacenter, IT Hardware Spending Continues Apace Despite Cloud Growth

The cloud market grew faster than any other IT category in 2017, but it wasn't enough to unseat traditional infrastructure hardware.

Updates Addressing CPU Security Problem Starting To Arrive

Information about a general CPU security problem, along with some updates, was unleashed this week by researchers, chip makers, OS vendors and anti-malware software providers.

Cloud Demand Drives Up Worldwide Server Revenue by 16 Percent

Higher demand for "infrastructure to support cloud and hybrid-cloud implementations" has meant increased revenue for the world's top server manufacturers, according to recent data from Gartner.

Deploying Azure Stack

Now that Microsoft's new hybrid cloud appliances bring Azure functionality on-premises and to services providers, here's what you need to know.

Microsoft Showcases Qualcomm ARM-Based Windows 10 PCs Coming Next Year

Microsoft this week announced that a couple of "always-connected" Windows 10 PCs are coming using Qualcomm's Snapdragon ARM-based processors.

Using Microsoft Hololens, Revisited

While the hardware might not have changed much since last year, the experience has definitely been improved.

Project Olympus Hyperscale Server Products Starting To Roll Out

The Project Olympus specification is now complete and being used in product designs by hardware vendors, Microsoft announced today.

Surface Pro LTE Advanced Laptop Shipping in December

Microsoft's coming Surface Pro laptop with Long Term Evolution (LTE) Advanced connectivity will ship in "December 2017," the company announced today.

Skype Room Systems Products Starting To Sprout

Microsoft this week announced progress with Skype Room Systems (SRS) products built by its hardware partners.

Certified Skype for Business Phones Expected To Work with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft this week gave assurances that phones certified to work with its Skype for Business Online service will continue to work when capabilities get transitioned over to the Microsoft Teams service.

Western Digital Unveils World's Largest Capacity HDD

Using MAMR technology, the high-capacity hard drive disks will be perfectly suited for enterprise datacenters.

Microsoft Ends Kinect Camera Products

Microsoft is no longer manufacturing Kinect cameras, according to a press account today, citing Microsoft officials.

Major Security Flaw in Wireless Protocol WPA2 Disclosed

Security researchers on Monday revealed a major flaw in the widely used wireless network protocol WPA2.

Microsoft Announces 'Azure Data Box' for Large Data Transfers

Microsoft is developing an appliance to physically transfer large volumes of data from customer environments to its cloud.

Microsoft Announces Windows 10 S Hardware Aimed at 'Firstline Workers'

Microsoft announced on Tuesday a new line of Windows 10 S devices that are low cost and secure for employees in positions where they are the first contact to the public.

Microsoft Extends Free Upgrade Offer for Windows 10 S Users

Microsoft has extended its free upgrade offer from Windows 10 S to Windows 10 Pro until March 31, 2018 for Surface Laptop users.

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Arriving Next Month with Support for Next-Gen PCs and Mixed Reality Headsets

Microsoft plans to release the Windows 10 "fall creators update" on Oct. 17.

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