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Random Thoughts on the Microsoft Surface Book 2

We can say it now: From its hardware quality to its ecosystem of third-party apps, Microsoft's answer to Apple's MacBook Pro has been a pleasant surprise.

AMD Issues CPU Updates for Spectre Variant 2 Attacks

AMD has released microcode updates to its original equipment manufacturing partners to address Spectre variant 2 attack methods for Windows 10 systems.

Microsoft Offers Hybrid Cloud Print Setup Advice

Microsoft this week offered some practical advice on how to set up its hybrid cloud printing capability.

Intel Not Planning To Issue Spectre Fixes for Some Processors

Intel this week indicated that it isn't planning to release microcode updates for some of its processors to prevent Spectre attack methods.

AMD To Release Firmware Updates for Newly Disclosed Chip Flaws

AMD indicated on Wednesday that it is working on firmware updates to address processor security issues publicized last week by CTS Labs.

Microsoft Kicks Off Speculative Execution Bug Bounty Program

Microsoft this week announced a bug bounty program to solicit security-researcher contributions about "speculative execution" side-channel CPU vulnerabilities.

Microsoft Expanding Azure and Office 365 in Europe, Middle East and China

Microsoft on Wednesday announced an expansion of its datacenter regions for delivering Microsoft Azure and Office 365 services.

Microsoft Expands Spectre Microcode Approvals for Windows 10 Version 1709

Microsoft announced on Tuesday that it removed an anti-virus compatibility check for some Windows 10 version 1709 devices, and it expanded some Spectre microcode approvals.

Taking a Fresh Look at the Surface Pen

Microsoft's digital inking device has finally outgrown its awkward start to become a truly effortless productivity tool.

Is Microsoft Once Again Becoming a 'Devices and Services' Company?

With his advocacy of everything from Bluetooth to quantum computers, CEO Satya Nadella doesn't seem as eager to abandon his predecessor's hardware focus as he once was.

Intel Updates Microcode Guide To Address Meltdown Attacks

Intel has released an updated "Microcode Revision Guidance" document that includes more detailed information about the state of its firmware patches to address potential Meltdown and Spectre attack scenarios.

Always Connected Windows 10 PCs Get Expanded OEM and Mobile Operator Support

Windows 10 PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile PC processors, which are known as "Always Connected PCs," are seeing some progress.

My Wish List for Microsoft Surface, Revisited

Where the Surface Pro fell short, the newer Surface Book 2 more than makes up for it.

Intel Releasing Skylake Updates to OEMs To Address Meltdown Attacks

Intel offered a few words about its progress in releasing microcode updates to address Meltdown and Spectre attack methods.

Microsoft Offers Resources To Block Flawed Intel Firmware Updates

Microsoft on Friday published a software update and guidance on how to block Intel's flawed firmware updates for potential Spectre variant 2 attacks.

Intel Identifies Meltdown-Patch Reboot Problems in Broadwell and Haswell Chips

Intel Corp. reported on Monday that it has discovered the cause of reboot issues that affected its Broadwell and Haswell processors after patches were applied designed to fix potential side-channel "speculative execution" exploits.

Intel Describes Server Slowdowns from Meltdown and Spectre Patches

Intel Corp. this week offered a progress report on the state of its firmware updates to address the widespread problems of potential Meltdown and Spectre attacks, while also providing a description of the server performance hits that could result from applying those patches.

How To Adapt the Surface Dial to a Useful Task

You don't need to buy a Microsoft Surface Studio to get the most out of the flashy-looking peripheral.

Analysts Deliver Mixed Prognosis for Worldwide PC Market

What's the current state of the global PC market? It depends on who you ask.

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.

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