A well-known security researcher has slammed Microsoft for its "astonishingly bad" security advisories, pointing to the wording in a TCP/IP remote code execution vulnerability released on 10 August this year as an example.
The water treatment plant in a Florida city, that was breached last week and had its sodium hydroxide levels changed temporarily before they were reversed back to normal, was running an outdated version of Windows and the password for its TeamViewer application was shared among all employees, according to an advisory from the Massachusetts state government.
Security firm Tenable has warned individuals and businesses who are using Windows 7 to ensure that their systems are patched and up-to-date as support for the operating system expires on Tuesday.
The PC market in Europe, the Middle East and Africa will move closer to stability this year as the end-of-life for Windows 7 approaches, the research firm IDC says, adding that PC shipments this year are expected to total 71.3 million units, a drop of 0.4% year-on-year.
A little more than six months before Microsoft ends support for Windows 7, the South Korean Government is considering a switch to Linux, the country's Interior and Safety Ministry has said.
Microsoft has warned of the likelihood of another WannaCry-like episode if a remotely exploitable vulnerability in its Remote Desktop Services, announced as part of its monthly updates for May, is not patched as soon as possible.
Microsoft will end support and updates for Windows 7 on 14 January next year, the company says, advising users to switch to Windows 10 in order to "keep the good times rolling".
Working on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10, and already boasting over 6 million users, Paragon's system software smarts see it releasing Backup & Recovery Free, free of charge.
Microsoft is taking steps to continue forcing users onto Windows 10, with the next version of Office being able to run only on this avatar of its operating system.
Five Romanians suspected of spreading the CTB-Locker Windows ransomware throughout Europe and the US have been arrested in Bucharest.
Google has accused Microsoft of making online life riskier for those who use Windows 7 and Windows 8, compared to those who use Windows 10, as the latest bugs are not being fixed in the older versions.
WikiLeaks has released documents from the CIA's Angelfire project, a five-component utility that can load and run custom implants on Windows XP or Windows 7.
Documents detailing malware for collecting data wirelessly with the aid of geolocation data has been released by WikiLeaks, as part of its Vault 7 CIA document dump.
A Windows user has got around Microsoft's latest effort to force users of older Windows versions to upgrade to Windows 10.
Figures released by Microsoft show that Windows 10 installed base has fallen since December 2016 while the share enjoyed by Windows 7 has risen.
A new study commissioned by Microsoft and carried out by Forrester Research claims that deploying Windows 10 in a hypothetical organisation will lead to savings of US$515 per worker, an increase of 28% over the US$403 estimated in mid-2016.
Forced Windows 10 upgrades have again landed Microsoft in court, this time in Illinois, with three residents of the state seeking redress for the company's conduct that they allege resulted in data loss and damage to their computers.
Microsoft has unveiled its latest method to make users of Windows 7 and 8/8.1 upgrade to Windows 10, by making updates unavailable if users of these versions of Windows are running on systems which use the latest processors.
Windows 10 was the least secure of current Windows versions in 2016, with 46% more vulnerabilities than either Windows 8 or 8.1, according to an analysis of Microsoft's own security bulletins in 2016.
In the days leading up to 29 July 2016, PCs running Windows were frantically updated to Windows 10, some by accident, others by design. But since then the pace has fallen off and even though the total number of PCs running the latest avatar of Microsoft's operating system 18 months after release is about 400 million there is no reason to rejoice.
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