Category Archives: Operating Systems

Browser makers cite coronavirus, restore support for obsolete TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption

Browser makers cite coronavirus, restore support for obsolete TLS 1.0 and 1.1 encryption Google, Microsoft and Mozilla have each issued reprieves to Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1, aged encryption protocols that were to be bounced from browser support in March, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. By common agreement, Google’s Chrome, Microsoft’s Internet […]

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 holds fast as pandemic upends everything

Windows by the numbers: Windows 7 holds fast as pandemic upends everything Windows 10’s share remained flat in March, though users had an excuse for pausing migrations: the raging COVID-19 pandemic. According to metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 10 accounted for 57.3% of global OS share last month and represented 64.3% of the various […]

Top web browsers 2020: Firefox sheds share, falls behind Edge

Top web browsers 2020: Firefox sheds share, falls behind Edge Firefox last month continued a march toward ruin, falling twice its average loss over the past year and losing its place as the world’s second-most-used browser. According to data posted today by analytics company Net Applications, Firefox’s share in March slumped to 7.2%, down […]

Get the March Windows and Office patches installed, but watch out for known bugs

Get the March Windows and Office patches installed, but watch out for known bugs It’s been another Keystone Kops month, with a reasonably stable Patch Tuesday, followed by a hasty Patch Thursday to cover a security hole Microsoft accidentally blabbed, then the usual buggy “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patch, finishing with a fix for […]

Microsoft promotes upcoming Edge enhancements

Microsoft promotes upcoming Edge enhancements Microsoft on Monday talked up a slew of future features planned to land in Edge in coming months, including tabs stacked vertically along the browser’s side and a Firefox-esque Password Monitor. And although Microsoft has not come out and put it plainly, it appears it will mimic Google’s Chrome […]

Windows 10 version 2004: Key enterprise features

Windows 10 version 2004: Key enterprise features Microsoft’s next Windows 10 feature update, code-named 20H1, is coming very soon. We don’t know exactly when it will be released or what its official name will be, but its version number will be 2004. Unlike some previous Windows 10 feature updates, version 2004 doesn’t introduce a […]

Microsoft to stop serving non-security monthly updates to Windows

Microsoft to stop serving non-security monthly updates to Windows Beginning in May, Microsoft plans to halt the delivery of all non-security updates to Windows, another step in its suspension of non-essential revisions to the OS and other important products. The optional updates, which Microsoft designates as Windows’ C and D updates, are released during […]

Reading between the lines about Microsoft 'pausing optional updates'

Reading between the lines about Microsoft ‘pausing optional updates’ Yesterday, a post on the official Windows Release Information site said that Microsoft will, at least temporarily and starting in May, stop sending out the pesky “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patches we’ve come to expect.  Those “optional” second-monthly patches are usually laden with many dozens […]