Microsoft opens top-tier Defender ATP security to Windows 7 PCs

Microsoft’s Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service is now available for PCs running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1. The decision to add devices powered by those operating systems was first announced a year ago. At the time, Microsoft said ATP’s Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) functionality would be available …

Microsoft to stop providing Windows 10 ‘ready for business’ guidance

Microsoft plans to soon streamline its Windows 10 servicing jargon by eliminating a term that describes the first release phase of each feature upgrade. Critics say the change will leave commercial customers unsure about where the upgrade stands on stability and reliability. [ Related: How to clean up your Windows …

Funny ha-ha

Flash back a few decades, when the IT group in this big corporation is in the process of replacing its aging Prime minicomputer with an IBM System/38. Pilot fish is the day-shift operator, and he and the night-shift operator have a friendly rivalry. As a prank, fish uses the Prime …

And that, kids, is how you boot a system

Back in pilot fish’s college days, everything on campus runs off a DECsystem10 core-memory mainframe, connected to clusters of dumb terminals by “cluster controller” PDP-10 minicomputers. Late one night, one of those cluster controllers goes on the fritz. None of the college employees or designated student experts can be found, …

There’s a newly acknowledged Edge local IP networking bug in Win10

If you can’t get to your router’s admin page using the Edge browser, there’s a reason why. Microsoft broke it with this month’s cumulative updates. [ Related: The best places to find Windows 10 ISOs ] Yesterday, Microsoft appended this warning to all of its Windows 10 January cumulative update …

The 15-minute Chromebook tune-up

As far as computers go, Chromebooks are almost shockingly low-maintenance. Google’s Chrome OS operating system updates itself silently and automatically — as do most of the core apps associated with the platform — and it doesn’t get gunked up and slowed down over time, as traditional operating systems tend to …

Windows 10 1903 to seize 7GB of user storage space for smoother upgrades

Windows 10’s next feature upgrade will commandeer 7GB of a personal computer’s storage space to better ensure updates are properly processed, Microsoft announced Monday. The drive space, dubbed “Reserved storage,” will be set aside starting with what Microsoft will likely name “Windows 10 April 2019 Update” and mark as 1903 …