Support For Many Microsoft Apps Will Stop In 2020

The year 2020 looks to be interesting and exciting in a variety of ways, but it also will usher in a tremendous amount of change. If you’re an IT manager, be aware that this year a number of Hallmark Microsoft products will reach their End of Support. That means the company won’t be issuing any further security patches for newly …

ISO Files Are Being Used To Deliver Malware

Researchers at Trustwave have observed a notable increase in the use of .ISO files to deliver malware. Hackers have relied on poisoned disk image files for years to deliver malware to their targets. It makes sense in a Windows environment because it allows attackers to disguise their payloads as an innocent, standard file type. In terms of scope and scale, …

Windows 7 End of Life

Windows 7 Support Officially Ends Today

Windows 7 End of Life has arrived. Microsoft is ending support for this aging operating system on January 14, 2020. This means a decade after introducing Windows 7, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or patches unless you purchase Extended Security Updates from Microsoft. Tech support from Microsoft for any Windows 7 issues also ends today. We strongly recommend …

Windows 10 Update Caused Issues With File Explorer

Have you already installed Windows 10, build 1909? If so, then you’ve probably noticed that the latest build update introduced a few bugs to Windows File Explorer. After installing the latest build, users began reporting issues with the search field that caused it to become unresponsive and the search box to become blurry. Other users reported that after the latest …

The End Of Windows 7 Support Is Almost Here

Do you still have a few machines in your company that are running Windows 7? If so, be aware that Microsoft is formally ending Windows 7 support in a matter of weeks. January 14, 2020 is the end of the line. After that, you will have the option to pay for extended security updates for up to three additional years. …

Windows 10 Mobile OS Complete End of Life Is Here

Are you using a device that’s running on Windows 10 Mobile?  If so, you don’t have a lot of company.  Sadly, the OS never really caught on. Microsoft pulled the plug on its development, announcing that support for it would be coming to an end. Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  In January of this year, Microsoft announced that December 10, …

Microsoft Cortana App Getting Dropped From Many Countries

It appears that Microsoft is getting rid of their Cortana App in several countries due to security concerns. The question is whether the United States will be next. Recently, the following notice appeared on Microsoft’s UK site: “To make your personal digital assistant as helpful as possible, we’re integrating Cortana into your Microsoft 365 productivity apps.  As part of this …

Windows Bug Found To Cause Slow Startup

  Microsoft recently published an important new support document relating to several Windows versions.     The document reads, in part, as follows: “After you configure a Windows-based computer to use large amounts of memory, including persistent memory, the computer takes longer than expected to start up.  Additionally, increased CPU usage occurs for a short time after startup.  Increased CPU …

Windows 10 Will Get Android Phone Call Integration Features

Microsoft may have given up on the idea of putting their Windows operating system on smartphones, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on smartphones altogether. Recently, the company announced a significant feature addition that will allow users to take calls made to an Android phone from their Windows-based PC.   The new feature is currently only available to Windows …

Tamper Protection Enabled By Default In Windows 10 Update

Do you have the new Windows 10? If you’re not sure, the most recent version (as of the time this article was written) is version 1903, which was the May 2019 update. Assuming you’ve got that version or later, you should have Microsoft’s Tamper Protection enabled by default. If you’re not sure what the big deal is, in a nutshell, …