Windows 10

Windows 10 search bar bug frustrates users

Dozens posted on social media that Windows Search stopped working for them, as of Wednesday morning.

Users say that when they use the desktop search tool it brings up a blank box rather than related results.

It is currently unclear how many of the operating system's 800 million users worldwide are affected by the problem.

The BBC has asked Microsoft for comment.

Microsoft fixes critical “Crazy Bad” bug in Windows 10 reported by Google researchers

The bug (CVE-2017-0290), tagged as “crazy bad” by the researchers, was present in the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine, a software component that fuels various anti-malware products including MS Security Essentials and the inbuilt Windows Defender tool in different Windows versions.

You can read more in the security advisory issued by Microsoft.

Microsoft unveils new Windows 10 for schools

Windows 10S promises stronger virus protection and better battery life, and will be available on PCs costing as little as $189 (£146).

Experts said the move was designed to help Microsoft compete better with Google in the global schools market.

The firm said the products would help it reach a greater number of schools.

Microsoft and Apple have long dominated the school computing market, but they have struggled with the recent rise of Google's low-cost Chromebooks, which come loaded with the Chrome operating system and generally cost less than $300 in the US.

Microsoft finally reveals what data Windows 10 collects from your PC

Now, this is going to be changed, as Microsoft wants to be more transparent on its diagnostics data collection practices.

Till now there are three options (Basic, Enhanced, Full) for Windows 10 users to select from under its diagnostics data collection section, with no option for users to opt out of sending their data to Microsoft.

Microsoft quietly delivers two Windows Update surprises

But without any fanfare, Microsoft tossed in a couple of additional surprises to celebrate this month's Patch Tuesday.

First up was a small notice in Windows Update offering early access to the next big feature update of Windows.

That's considerably more subtle than the pop-ups that appeared in advance of previous updates.

How to save hard drive space in Windows 10 while using “Fast Startup”

This “final version” of Windows was released with many new features. With the recent Anniversary Update, Microsoft added more functionalities like a Linux subsystem, dark theme, extension support in Microsoft’s Edge web browser.


Microsoft Hunts Down Windows 10 Pirate

“Microsoft’s cyberforensics have identified over one thousand activations of Microsoft software originating from IP address (‘the IP Address’), which is presently assigned to Cable One, Inc,” – as per the complaint submitted by Microsoft.

The case was filed in a Seattle court last Thursday. Microsoft’s pirate chase campaign involves tracking of IP addresses of people who have activated illegal copies of various Microsoft products like the Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, and the recent addition being Windows 10 and Office 2016.

Windows 10 reportedly passes 200 million installs

WinBeta's inside sources are claiming that the Microsoft software has gained an additional 90 million users since October.

Such a leap sounds dubious but the figures take into account all devices, not just PCs, plus Christmas sales of Windows 10 hardware is sure to have helped its cause.

Microsoft is yet to reveal official install figures for Windows 10 since the 110 million downloads it announced in October.

Windows 10 Mobile update pushed back to early next year

The Redmond firm has announced that its latest operating system will not be rolled out to older devices until "early 2016".

"This November we introduced Windows 10 to phones including brand new features such as Continuum and Universal Windows Apps with the introduction of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL," said Microsoft in a statement.

"The Windows 10 Mobile upgrade will begin rolling out early next year to select existing Windows 8 and 8.1 phones."

Windows 10 will become an automatic ‘Recommended’ update next year

Microsoft has been caught deploying a 6GB file download to consumers who didn’t want to download the operating system and inadver