Microsoft announces Windows 7 EOL, recommends Windows 10

[German]Windows 10 is now released since 1,5 years, but Windows 7 still runs on a majority of desktop systems. Now Microsoft Germany announced in a press release “the end of life” for Windows 7 in three years (January 14, 2020) and recommend Windows 10. Here are a few details and thoughts. 

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Virtualbox 5.1.14 available

Virtualbox[German]Oracle has released Virtualbox Version 5.1.14, which is a maintenance release of this virtualization software, for Windows, Linux and Mac OS. Here is what’s new.

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Java SE 8 Update 121 released

[German]Oracle has released Java SE Version 8 Update 121. It’s a critical security update, released on January 2017 patch day, that closes some vulnerabilities described in CVE-2017-3289.

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More changes to Windows 7/8.1 Security-only updates

Windows Update[German]Microsoft will change how Security-only rollup updates for Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 and corresponding server versions are delivered.

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Game Mode for Windows 10 Creators Update detailed

In Windows 10 Creators Update a new “Game Mode” is coming. Some rumors went public in December 2016. Now Microsoft has published some early information about that mode.

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Microsoft lowers price for Windows 10 OEM licences

Is Microsoft planning to lower license fees for Windows 10 for it’s OEMs? Windows 10 is already free for machines with display size below 10 inch. The Taiwan based Digitimes has published an article here, suggesting, that Microsoft has settled with notebook vendors. Windows 10 licensing rates for models to be launched in 2017, will be reduced for machines with display size under 14.1. The agreement shall be valid after March 1, 2017. Details are not outlined.

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Tip: Tools SetACL and Delproof2 now are free for commercial use

Developer Helge Klein recently announced, that his two Windows tools SetACL and Delproof2 are now free to use, both for individuals and corporations (for commercial use).

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Windows 10 SDK Preview build 15003 released

Just a short note – Microsoft has released not only Windows 10 Preview build 15007 for Insiders and Windows 10 Preview build 15002 as an ISO file last week. Also a Preview of Windows 10 SDK Preview is available for download.

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Windows 10 Insider Build 15002 ISOs available

Microsoft has released the ISO files with the install image of Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 15002. This comes handy, if the previous preview fails to update to build 15007.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15007 released

Microsoft has released this night Windows 10 Insider Preview, build 15007, for Insiders in Fast Ring for PC. This build comes with some new features, some bug fixes and also with a long list of known issues.

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