Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Coming Out Oct. 17

Monday, September 4th, 2017


New and updated security features will be the name of the game with Windows 10’s Fall Creators Update, according to Microsoft.

The update, scheduled for 17 October, will expand on Microsoft’s threat detection and protection services. It also heralds the return of a much-loved, but strangely yanked Windows 8.1 feature everybody wanted in Windows 10.


Found a Windows Bug? You Could Get a $15,000 Bounty

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017


Found any kind of Windows flaw? Then you could be able to claim a big bounty from Microsoft, who announced all Windows flaws were now fair game.

While the company has been running bug bounty programs since 2013, it has expanded it year after year to include bugs in Hyper-V, Microsoft Edge, and exploit mitigation systems.

The company has released a list of payouts to bugs found, with some of the targeted schemes paying up to $250,000 for finding serious software weaknesses the developers overlooked.

So if you feel up to going ‘Full Fett’ on any part of Windows, you can turn that skill into some serious cash.


BackupAssist 10 Feature Article: Cloud Independence

Friday, June 23rd, 2017


In this BackupAssist 10 feature article, we’ll be talking about Cloud Independence. Specifically, what it is, how it benefits you, and how this compares to other cloud backup software models.


Cortana to FamTana: Your Windows 10 Helper is going to be a mom.

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016


Move over Cortana, and make way for FamTana. Microsoft has decided to make Windows 10 PC more family focused, and first on the list is the inbuilt virtual assistant.

The move is part of a bid to take on Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. The updated Cortana is part of a Home Hub feature planned for Windows 10, which includes shared Family Accounts and a Family Desktop.


IT History Flashback: Microsoft Releases Word 1.0

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

Microsoft Word 1.0 - A History

It’s almost exactly 33 years ago to the day since Microsoft released its very first software application, Microsoft Word 1.0. And if you think it’s expensive now, you should have seen how much it cost back then.

Hitting the shelves on November 29, 1983, Microsoft Word 1.0 was the first word processing program to truly make use of the mouse. And it cost users a whopping $498 US.


Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Launched! Try It Out Now

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


Today at the Ignite conference in Atlanta, Microsoft officially launched its latest server operating system, Windows Server 2016. Eager to try it out? You can download the evaluation version here.

Microsoft also announced at the conference that Windows Server 2016 will be on the October price list. Volume licensing customers will be able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.

The evaluation period will last for 180 days. Check out our article on some of the neat things Windows Server 2016 has to offer.


What to look forward to in Windows Server 2016

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

Windows Server 2016 features

In software years, three years or older is ancient. And age is not kind to it. Software limps towards the finish line, riddled with compatibility issues and security exploits. The more famous and crucial the software—like a Windows OS—the greater the weathers of time.

It’s no wonder, then, that Windows thought it was high time for a new Windows Server to be released—especially since it hasn’t seen a major upheaval since 2013. Enter Windows Server 2016—a fresh breath of air for modern servers everywhere.

But apart from software age, is it change for change’s sake? We list some of the neat features of this soon-to-arrive software and why it will be worth its while for your business.


Free Switching from VMware to Hyper-V; Microsoft’s Big Bid

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

free VMware to Hyper-V switch

Thinking of switching from VMware to Hyper-V? Microsoft is breaking out all the stops to poach their competitor’s customers, even offering free licenses to Windows Server Datacenter.

With Microsoft’s imminent release of Windows Server 2016, scheduled for September with its new per-core licensing, it seems Microsoft is trying to get as many converts before the new product release.


DNA Data Storage and Computing: The Future of Data?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

DNA Data Storage Server

Imagine a world where instead of using a hard drive, you store your data in your own genes: up to 1,000,000,000 TB in a speck on your hand.

Science fiction? Not quite. Big name companies like Microsoft believe DNA data storage is the future, and are investing heavily into it.


Eight Top Features of Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016


With its public launch two weeks ago, Microsoft has made SQL Server 2016 widely available. But like with any product release, the first question is ‘What’s it offer for my data?’

It’s a fair question, especially when you’re forking out anywhere from US $3,717 for a Standard Edition or $14,256 for Enterprise. That’s per-core, in two-core packs. Anyone would want to get their money’s worth. (Thankfully, Microsoft is offering a free 180-day trial, so you’re not forking out upfront capital for the promise of features.)

For those who want a rundown of the features of Microsoft SQL , look no further. We’ve summarized the eight best perks of SQL Server 2016 so you know exactly what it can do for your business and your data.

As of BackupAssist’s v9.4 update, our software fully supports Microsoft SQL Server 2016.