Windows 8.1 Update 1 leaked from Microsoft [direct download links]

via The Verge:

Microsoft finalized its upcoming Windows 8.1 Update recently, but the company appears to be sharing it a little early today. While the software maker is expected to release the update officially in April, Microsoft has only detailed a few of the features in the update and has not yet provided an official release date. Links to download a final version of the Windows 8.1 Update, thanks to Microsoft’s Windows Update service, have been discovered. A series of patches are required to obtain the full update, but once installed the new desktop-friendly features are enabled.The update can be downloaded via a registry change, or through direct links, but we recommend waiting for Microsoft to officially release it through the normal Windows Update channels in April.

Download the package from Mega for x64 here.
Download the package from Mega for x86 here.

You can find the direct download links from Microsoft in this forum post.

Enjoy!

Screenshots of Cortana: Microsoft’s answer to Siri

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Microsoft’s upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update will include Cortana, a personal digital assistant designed to rival Siri and Google Now. Sources familiar with Microsoft’s plans have revealed to The Verge how Cortana looks and operates, replacing the built-in Bing search functionality on Windows Phone 8.1. While the feature is named after the Halo game series, Cortana will take the form of a circular animated icon instead of a female character. Cortana will animate when it’s speaking or thinking, forming a personality not dissimilar to Apple’s Siri.

via The Verge.

Biggest Microsoft news stories of the week of February 17th

So, i’ve decided to continue my blog in english, I’ll be posting more technical related articles, and less frequent news articles, but a once a week summery. Here are the biggest Microsoft news stories from the week of February 17th:

1. From The Verge:
Microsoft announced that it would cut the cost of Windows 8.1 by 70% for all devices costing less than $250, making it just $15. This has been done in response to competition from Chromebook.

2. From Bloomberg:
Ford Motor Co. has announced that it will drop Microsoft software in its cars. Instead, it will switch to Blackberry’s QNX (also used by Audi and BMW).

3. From PC Pro:
Microsoft has announced the release of “Update 1″ to Windows 8.1, to be released sometime in the spring.

4. From TIME Tech:
Microsoft renames Office Web Apps “Office Online,” in an attempt to promote the web apps. Notably, Office Online is free.

5. From The Register:
Microsoft reportedly released an open letter in the UK imploring partners there to block a recent move by the UK Cabinet Office to begin using an Open Document Format for all of its official documents.

6. From The Motley Fool:
Microsoft has cut the price of the download version of the popular XBOX game Ryse: Sons of Rome from $60 to $40. The move has put pressure on major game retailers, including GameStop, to follow suit and lower its prices. The move by Microsoft could have an impact on GameStop’s profit margin.

Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center onthult in gelekt screenshot

Gelekte screenshots van Windows Phone 8.1 laten het nieuwe notificatie center zien van het OS. Action Center, zoals Microsoft het noemt is de plek voor gemiste App notificaties en vergelijkbaar met de notificatie centers zoals aanwezig op iOS en Android. Ook kan het Action Center worden gebruikt om snel Wifi, bluetooth en andere instellingen te wijzigen.

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MS stopt met ondersteuning voor Windows 7 zonder Service Pack

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Nog een paar weken en dan stopt Microsoft de ondersteuning van Windows 7 zonder service pack. De opvolger van Windows Vista verscheen in oktober 2009 en kreeg op 9 februari 2011 het eerste service pack. Een verzameling van allerlei beveiligingsupdates die eerder waren uitgegeven en niet-security-gerelateerde fixes. Microsoft hanteert voor elke Windows een levenscyclus.
Daarin staat dat de ondersteuning van een Windows-versie 24 maanden na het uitkomen van een nieuw service pack stopt. De ondersteuning van Service Pack 1 verloopt 24 maanden na het verschijnen van Service Pack 2 of anders aan het einde van de productlevenscyclus van het besturingssysteem.

De kans dat Windows 7 SP2 zal verschijnen is zeer klein. Microsoft had al eerder aangegeven dat het een tweede service pack niet zag zitten.

Lees het hele bericht op security.nl.