Narrow Impact for Microsoft’s (MSFT) New OS and Hardware

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) was once synonymous with its Windows operating system. Revenues from the operating system (OS) determined the movements of its stock price, and consumer reaction to its new releases bordered on a frenzy. 

It is a measure of changing times, then, that the latest release of Microsoft’s operating system and reviews of its new Surface hardware devices have only had a marginal impact on its share price. Between Oct. 5, when Windows 11 was released, and Oct. 8, the company’s stock price inched up by roughly 2.7%. 

While they are still important contributors to Microsoft’s top line, Windows

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Microsoft’s 2021 Surface hardware event: How to watch the computer, tablet and phone reveals

Microsoft’s rumored to be updating many of its Surface products, including its Duo phone.

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It’s been nearly a decade since Microsoft surprised the tech industry with its first Surface hybrid tablet. Until that moment in 2012, Microsoft had primarily been a software company. Fast forward to 2021, and Microsoft is a hardware veteran, making well-regarded Surface tablets, laptops and desktops. The company makes headphones, keyboards, mice and pens too. It even jumped back into making phones, with the Surface Duo last year.

This year, the company’s expected to announce updates for many of its Surface

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Free Microsoft 365: How to get Microsoft’s Office suite without spending money

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We’ve all been spending a little bit more time on our computers lately and, whether it be for work or personal use, you may need some basic tools like Microsoft 365. The service, formerly known as Office 365, offers more features than the average office software, but it can be pricey. If you don’t want to spend your coin on Microsoft 365, don’t stress. There are a few ways to get the service for free.  

Microsoft’s suite of productivity software — including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint — typically costs $150 for

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Microsoft’s incomplete PrintNightmare patch fails to fix vulnerability

Researchers have bypassed Microsoft’s emergency patch for the PrintNightmare vulnerability to achieve remote code execution and local privilege escalation with the official fix installed.

Last night, Microsoft released an out-of-band KB5004945 security update that was supposed to fix the PrintNightmare vulnerability that researchers disclosed by accident last month.

After the update was released, security researchers Matthew Hickey, co-founder of Hacker House, and Will Dormann, a vulnerability analyst for CERT/CC, determined that Microsoft only fixed the remote code execution component of the vulnerability.

However, malware and threat actors could still use the local privilege escalation component to gain SYSTEM

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Microsoft’s Windows Cloud PC service almost here

In addition to Windows 11, Microsoft has been secretly working on a new Windows PC experience called ‘Cloud PC’ that allows business customers to run virtualized desktops in the cloud.

Cloud PC is reportedly based on Azure and uses Windows Virtual Desktop and remote desktop clients to stream a Windows desktop to any device.

However, Cloud PC won’t replace any existing versions of Windows or virtualization technology but instead will be used as an additional option for Microsoft 365 customers who want to access their cloud-based desktop from anywhere at any time.

According to reports, Microsoft may unveil the

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Everything you must know about Microsoft’s latest software

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PC owners will experience some big changes to their Windows software later this year.

Last month, Microsoft unveiled Windows 11, the latest operating system powering personal computers. And the company says it is scheduled to roll out in late 2021 and continue into 2022.

Panos Panay, Microsoft’s chief product officer for Windows and devices, wrote in a June blog post the changes were inspired by shifts in PC usage among consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic, as remote work surged.

“This is what inspired us as we were building the next generation of Windows. To build you

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Microsoft’s DirectStorage Will Support PCIe 3.0, All DX12-Capable Hardware

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Last year, Microsoft announced that DirectStorage would deliver the same benefits of the Xbox Velocity Architecture to the PC side of gaming. The company has shared some details of how DirectStorage can accomplish this goal, and what the required specs for the feature are.

If you want to use DirectStorage, you’ll need a PCIe 3.0 NVMe SSD and a GPU that supports DirectX 12, though Microsoft apparently says a DirectX 12 Ultimate GPU will provide the best solution. A limited preview of the feature

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