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Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Microsoft pauses Windows 10 update after files disappear

Technology
Microsoft has paused the October update of its Windows 10 operating system after reports that some users found their documents disappeared once it was installed.On its support page, the firm asks affected customers to use their device as little as possible and to phone their local helpline.It is also asking people who have downloaded the update manually not to install it.The firm said the cases were isolated."Microsoft has paused the roll-out of the update while we continue to investigate reports from some customers," the firm said in a statement.Trust issue"Last night I updated to 1809, and it all went smoothly, but then I find that all my files in Documents are deleted. Gone. Poof. This included many crucial documents and financial info," wrote Stuart D...
Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Microsoft claims win over 'Russian political hackers'

Technology
Russian attempts to launch cyber-attacks against US conservative groups have been thwarted, Microsoft says.The software company said Russian hackers had tried to steal data from political organisations, including the International Republican Institute and the Hudson Institute think tanks.But they had been thwarted when its security staff had won control of six net domains mimicking their websites.Microsoft said the Fancy Bear hacking group had been behind the attacks.Domain control"We're concerned that these and other attempts pose security threats to a broadening array of groups connected with both American political parties in the run-up to the 2018 elections," Microsoft said in its blog detailing its work.The thwarted attack w...
Buying GitHub takes Microsoft back to its roots

Buying GitHub takes Microsoft back to its roots

Finance
ALMOST to the day 17 years ago Steve Ballmer, then boss of Microsoft, the world’s biggest software firm, called Linux a “cancer”, meaning that the open-source operating system would spell the death of proprietary software. On June 4th, his successor, Satya Nadella, announced that the firm would take over GitHub, the main source of such tumours today, for $ 7.5bn. The deal is yet another sign of Microsoft’s startling recent metamorphosis.GitHub is no household name, but among programmers it is as important as Facebook—which explains the impressive price tag for a firm that earned only an estimated $ 200m of revenues last year. More than 28m developers globally keep their code on the website, which offers all kinds of tools and services. Most important of these ...
Cloud computing, artificial intelligence on Microsoft agenda

Cloud computing, artificial intelligence on Microsoft agenda

Technology
Microsoft's annual Build conference for software developers kicks off on Monday, giving the company an opportunity to offer updates on its computing platforms and services. The three-day event in Seattle features sessions on cloud computing, artificial intelligence, internet-connected devices and virtual reality. It comes as Microsoft faces off with Amazon and Google to offer internet-connected services to businesses and organizations. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will speak Monday to more than 6,000 people, mostly developers who build apps for Microsoft's products. Facebook had its F8 developers' gathering last week. Google's I/O conference begins Tuesday. Apple's takes place in early June. This is the second year in a row that Microsoft has held its conference in Seattle, not far from it...
Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Gun emoji disarmed as Microsoft follows Google toy switch

Technology
Microsoft has become the last of the leading emoji providers to replace its image of a handgun with a toy.The firm has tweeted that it was "evolving" its designs to better reflect its values, and intended to substitute a graphic of a revolver with that of a water pistol.The announcement came shortly after Google revealed a similar move for the Android operating system's gun emoji.Apple, Samsung and Twitter have already made similar changes.Facebook has also committed itself to switching to a squirt gun.Apple led the way in 2016 in the wake of a series of shootings in the US.It was criticised at the time for deviating from the emoji standard, which ensures the symbols carry the same meaning across rival manufacturers' devices and apps."In the history of running Emojipedia, I have never seen...