July 27, 2010

G Data announces free Windows security flaw hotfix

by Darren Allan

Security specialist G Data has made a hotfix available as a free download to combat a serious issue which has sprung up in Windows. The new vulnerability which malware authors are rushing to exploit uses a .lnk file to link remotely to malicious code, which is allowed to happen thanks to a critical flaw in […]




July 14, 2010

Windows Phone developer tools beta unleashed

by Darren Allan

The Windows Phone developer tools have been released in beta form. Microsoft says that this represents the near final version of the tools needed to build apps and games for the company’s upcoming operating system. This means work can begin in earnest on producing the content you’ll experience on your Windows Phone 7 powered mobile […]




July 6, 2010

PC Advisor offers Microsoft Windows 7 as online purchase

by Darren Allan

PC Advisor magazine has announced that it has become the first UK technology website to sell downloadable copies of Windows 7 and Office 2010. The PC Advisor software shop is one of a small number of third-party vendors to sell Microsoft’s products via electronic software delivery (ESD) in the UK. With the spread of broadband, […]




June 8, 2010

Electric Software launches Professor Teaches Office 2010

by Darren Allan

The UK release of Microsoft Office 2010 is just around the corner – it’s next week, in fact. And Electric Software has released the perfect companion program to complement the latest version of Microsoft Office, for new users who need a helping hand to get to grips with the suite quickly. Developed by Individual Software, […]




June 4, 2010

Microsoft goes patch happy next Tuesday

by Darren Allan

There’s a bumper crop of security patches lined up for release on next Tuesday by Microsoft. The software giant has announced that it will be issuing 10 patches to cover a total of 34 vulnerabilities next week. Three of these have been labelled as critical by Microsoft, as they allow for remote code execution, or […]




May 28, 2010

Businesses admit using IE6 to stop employees Facebooking

by Darren Allan

Having a computer and the net at work, which many folks do these days, is a double-edged sword for employers. On the one hand, computer programs and resources on the web should drive productivity up. But on the other, there are a lot of ways employees can waste their time online. 36 Facebook updates everyday, […]




April 6, 2010

Microsoft survey shows 1 in 8 have used pirated software in the workplace

by Darren Allan

On the day that the Digital Economy Bill is getting its second reading in Parliament, Microsoft has published a survey highlighting the widespread nature of casual attitudes towards piracy. A thousand UK citizens were questioned in the company’s “Attitudes to Piracy” report, with the central statistic to emerge being that a third of respondents felt […]




March 31, 2010

Microsoft issues emergency IE patch

by Jan Harris

Microsoft has issued a security update for Internet Explorer today ahead of its scheduled release on Patch Tuesday, April 13. In its security bulletin Microsoft says the update is rated Critical for all supported releases of Internet Explorer: Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1, Internet Explorer 6 on Windows clients, Internet Explorer […]




March 27, 2010

Dell may exit China but Microsoft stays

by Jan Harris

Dell is now believed to be planning to pull out of China, in the wake of Google’s decision to stop operating in the country. Google decided back in January that it was no longer willing to continue filtering search engine results in accordance with Chinese regulations and this week it has re-routed traffic from Google.cn […]




March 25, 2010

Microsoft Office Talk: Twitter for business

by Darren Allan

Microsoft is busy researching a potential path into the micro-blogging universe with a project called OfficeTalk. Still in the testing stages, OfficeTalk is quite similar to Yammer in that it’s micro-blogging not for the public Twitter style, but for a closed office environment. Microsoft says that OfficeTalk has been deployed internally, and has seen over […]




March 23, 2010

Browser ballot costs Microsoft European market share

by Darren Allan

It would appear that Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is losing ground in Europe, thanks to the company’s browser ballot screen. The browser choice screen, which was introduced as a move to appease the EU, gives Windows users a chance to select the browser they’d like to use, as opposed to having IE imposed on them by […]




March 19, 2010

Windows 7 SP1 just a minor update

by Darren Allan

Microsoft’s latest operating system, the sales of which have put to bed the spectre of Vista, will only be due for minor tweaks in its first service pack. And many of the tweaks included in SP1 for Windows 7 will have already been delivered via Windows update, a spokesperson for Microsoft posted on the Windows […]




March 10, 2010

Minor browsers complain about Microsoft’s ballot screen

by Darren Allan

Microsoft’s browser choice screen has recently been made available to users in Europe as a Windows update. Odds are you’ve heard about it, but if not, this measure is Microsoft’s concession to the EU regarding its past practice of supplying Internet Explorer as the default choice for Windows. Now everyone can pick from a selection […]




March 9, 2010

Windows 7 SP1 may arrive end 2010

by Darren Allan

It’s the question everyone is asking… Well, the question everyone with Windows 7 is asking. Or at least, some people with Windows 7 are. And some people without it. The question being: When will Service Pack 1 be coming for the OS? Reliable sources at the Tech ARP website had initially claimed that Microsoft was […]




September 6, 2008

Google: trapped in its own search box

by Brian Turner

Google as a brand has become synonymous with search – heck it’s even a verb. You don’t use search – you Google for something. Yet Google’s powerful brand connection with search hasn’t allowed the brand to lead in other areas, despite Google’s repeated attempts to broaden its reach. Conversely, other brand names have failed to […]




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