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  • Microsoft endorses workaround for botched Windows patch KB 3000061

    This month's Black Tuesday crop of patches held <a href="http://www.infoworld.com/article/2834535/security/four-more-botched-black-tuesday-patches-kb-3000061-kb-2984972-kb-2949927-and-kb-2995388.html">more than a few surprises</a>. True to form, my choice for the "most likely to splat," the <a href="https://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3000061">KB 3000061</a> kernel mode driver patch, repeatedly fails to install on many machines. Although the Knowledge Base article hasn't been updated, Microsoft support engineer joscon confirmed a workaround for the problem on Thursday afternoon.

    Written by Woody Leonhard31 Oct. 14 22:59
  • NoSQL takes the database market by storm

    CARFAX, the online vehicle tracking and valuation website, built its first database in 1984 based on technology named OpenVMS. At the time, it was cutting edge for its ability to handle millions of records.

    Written by Brandon Butler28 Oct. 14 05:50
  • Why Windows 10 isn't the big leap forward Microsoft says it is

    As I wrote for Computerworld, Windows 10 has a lot to answer for – and it sets itself up for answering these questions in a big way by skipping a version number and jumping straight to 10 from 8.

    Written by Jonathan Hassell10 Oct. 14 00:18
  • Surprise patch KB 3005628 bodes ill for Microsoft's patching strategy

    Yesterday Microsoft released <a href="https://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3005628">patch KB 3005628</a> for Windows 8, 8.1, Server 2012, and Server 2012 R2. It's a trivial, non-security patch. The fact that it wasn't kept and issued in the normal cadence (patches usually arrive on Update Tuesday, which is next Tuesday) points to either an accidental release to the Automatic Update chute -- which we've seen before -- or an unwelcome switch in Microsoft's patching strategy. Either possibility is troubling.

    Written by Woody Leonhard08 Oct. 14 22:06
  • Cloud giants do battle backed by distinctly different partner networks

    When evaluating the marketplaces of the big three public IaaS cloud providers - Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft - AWS stands out in terms of the maturity of its platform for partners to offer products and services on top of its cloud. But Microsoft, too, has a formidable partner program that could rival Amazon's in the future, analysts predict.

    Written by Brandon Butler08 Oct. 14 21:06
  • Sorriest technology companies of 2014

    It's so far been another sorry, sorry year in the technology industry, with big name companies, hot startups and individuals making public mea culpas for their assorted dumb, embarrassing and other regrettable actions.

    Written by Bob Brown30 Sept. 14 01:11
  • Windows 8's uptake climbs but still trails Vista's

    Windows 8's uptake came unstuck last month and shoved into a forward gear for the first time since May, but the OS trailed Windows Vista's tempo of six years ago, according to data published Monday.

    Written by Gregg Keizer02 Sept. 14 22:05
  • Does Microsoft Really Love Open Source?

    Microsoft's relationship with the open source movement has undergone an extraordinary transformation over the last few years, from a deep hostility to what can only be described as an embrace.

    Written by Paul Rubens21 Aug. 14 23:17
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