No Annual Fee For MS Windows 10

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There are many rumors and speculations across the internet that Microsoft will collect annual fee for using Windows 10. Few sources reported that fee will be charged after free-for-one year upgrade offer expires. But, Microsoft clarified that these rumors are false.
If the windows is upgraded between July 26, 2015 and July 29, 2016, there is a chance to upgrade to Windows 10 at free of cost. After July 29th 2016, you will have to pay for getting the license of Windows 10.
Microsoft clearly specified that the operating system is free of cost. It is not a introductory version or a trial version.

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Skype Can Now be Used From a Web Browser

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Microsoft’s popular communication tool Skype can now be used from a web browser with the same capabilities. It allows text, video, chat as well as file sharing and the beta launch for the web based service has been launched in UK and US markets.

The access requires a plugin to be downloaded and Skype for web is expected to be launched across the world shortly. It can be accessed from skype.com or web.skype.com and works from all browsers including Chrome, Mozilla, Safari as well as IE. However, the feature is not available on Chromebooks.

The feature now loads all your communications in the browser window and also displays notifications which can be accessed even from a different browser.

Kaspersky’s Warning-A Cyber Spy Keylogger Called Grabit Active in Business Networks

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Online security giant Kaspersky had reported a new cyber spying malware called Grabit which is speared through corporate networks and small and medium business systems in India, USA and Thailand along with other nations such as those in Europe and UAE. The malware called Grabit had already stolen about 10,000 secure files from various networks in different industry verticals such as Chemicals, Media, education etc, and the maximum infection s from India and Thailand.

The malware comes in an Ms Word (.doc) attachment and when user clicks on the attachment, it launches a spying malware that is controlled by a remote computer apart from launching a keylogger. This email was mostly spread through corporate networks.

Here’s how you can find if your system is infected:
C:\Users\\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft should not have any executable files.
Run msconfig (System Configuration) to check if it has grabit.exe or grabit1.exe.
Never open any attachments fro unverified sources as this malware can pass email security checks.

Google’s New Light O/S Works for all Future Devices

GoogleGoogle has recently announced plans of developing a new operating system called Brillo that would be lightweight and suited for all devices where a computational memory and application is required. Be it internet connected and intelligent doorknobs, light bulbs, small electronic devices etc, which form the next generation Internet of Things, Google’s Brillo would be compact and fit where Android fails, as it requires at least 512 MB of RAM, whereas Brillo would just need 32 MB of space which is perfect for compact devices.

Google’s Brillo has stiff competition from Microsoft’s IoT (Internet of Things) version of Windows 10 and Apple’s HomeKit. The last time we saw something similar from Google-Andriod@Home, it was scrapped after being announced. Let’s hope that this compact version makes internet realy portable and easily connectable.

Did you Know? Windows 10 Isn’t Going to be a Real Free Upgrade!

Windows-10For all those excited with the launch of Windows 10 and promises of a free upgrade, there was the initial shocker that it was just for regular Windows 7 or 8 customers with valid licenses, and users running the pirated copy would have to shell out the full price. While that’s expected as there isn’t anything as a free lunch, especially when you are running a pirated copy and looking for the newest cake on the block, here’s something that will further shock new users.

Apparently, the free upgrade is in one way to increase their brand value and existing consumer base, and keep the auto upgrade feature as a carrot to hold them to the Windows platform. It could also be used as a platform to sell subscription based services such as the one we are seeing with Office 365, and have users pay a fee per usage on the SaaS model.

Also, the three versions they have come-up with Home, Mobile and Pro, seems that licensing costs would differ for each, and when we have the enterprise and education versions also considered, looks like Windows is offering the basic for free and pushing users to upgrade by paying, in case they are looking for more features, possible on an Ala Carte basis.

Also, updates from Windows would now be automatically done, as against users having to wait for a new release. However, the free version only has automatic updates being immediately done, without the user’s choice. This leaves users with little choice on configuring their system, and in a way could be a bit restrictive.

So, seems that it’s not much free as what Microsoft has got to say. Looks like it’s a clever marketing ploy to keep them restricted when they use the free upgrade. What Say Users?

Windows 10 Could be the Last Windows Release by Microsoft

Windows-10-Could-be-the-LasThe soon to be offered Windows 10 could be the last time Microsoft releases a packaged version of its most popular product-something we have been accustomed to seeing every 3 years or so. Future operating system versions from Microsoft might not be packaged and offered-but might be dynamically updated as and when required to your system.

So, you would be getting continuous automatic updates as against having to patiently wait in anticipation for the next release. Windows 10 is very high on expectations and would be offered free for an year to all those who wish to upgrade from Windows 7,8 and Vista and have a genuine product license.

Nadella talks about Windows vNext, one converged operating system

Nadella talks about Windows vNext, one converged operating system

Nadella talks about Windows vNext, one converged operating system

We know that Microsoft is working diligently on the next iteration of Windows, referred to internally as Windows Threshold, and externally, most call it Windows 9. While we do not know if Microsoft will refer to it as Windows 9 when the OS goes public, Nadella did take a bit of time on the earnings call to talk briefly about the upcoming platform.

On the earnings call, Nadella talked about how they will be combining the Windows effort. He said that they will streamline the three operating systems into one converged operating system for screens of all sizes and that they will unify all of their stores to make it easy to discover apps that work across the entire ecosystem too.

At the end of the call, during the question and answer session, Nadella clarified what he said when probed for more information about if they would be doing away with their enterprise SKUs. When answering the analyst’s question, it was more about having one team with a layered architecture to bring all of Windows under one roof and one store.

For those of you who have been following Windows announcements closely, you will know that most of this information is not new, but hearing it once again publicly, does mean that the process is in place and will actually be executed upon release.

While we would love to hear about the specifics for their plans of the next iteration of Windows, one thing is for certain, Microsoft is not shy when talking about Windows Threshold. So far, it has been mentioned at many of their larger conferences like Build, WPC and the latest event, their quarterly earnings call.

Nadella said that they will be talking more about the next wave of Windows enhancements in the coming months, but did not offer any detailed timeline for those announcements.