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NTDev, a Windows enthusiast, decided to test what would happen if you try to run Windows XP on a CPU 233 times slower than the minimum spec. Behold, Windows XP on a 1MHz Pentium processor.
In this week, we learned about some of Microsoft's unannounced projects such as Windows 11 SE, new Defender and Loop apps, and a Surface laptop. There were also some tensions with the .NET community.
As Windows XP turns 20 years old, we take a brief look back at some of its classic features and development through the years, and some of its impacts on future operating systems as well.
Microsoft has released another patch for the critical PrintNightmare vulnerability. It makes major changes to the Point and Print functionality on Windows, and immediate installation is recommended.
An old build of Microsoft's canceled, modular OS for traditional PCs has leaked online. The operating system was codenamed Polaris and will be superseded by Windows 10X later this year.
Microsoft's Windows Ugly Sweater returns this year with an MS Paint theme. The company is now selling all versions of the sweater on the Xbox Gear Shop and donating partial sales to Girls Who Code.
Without a doubt, this was a big week for Microsoft news. From the giant gaming acquisition, the announcements from Ignite 2020, and more, be sure to catch up via our handy overview.
Microsoft's operating system seems to have been the target of yet another leak, as the source code for Windows XP, as well as Windows Server 2003, has reportedly surfaced on the internet.
Microsoft has released this year's Windows Ugly Sweater, following the success and excitement around last year's Windows 95 shirt. This year's sweater is based on the Windows XP logo and design.
A piece of art called ‘The Persistence of Chaos' is being auctioned off by a contemporary artist in New York. The artwork is a laptop containing some of the most destructive viruses in existence.
Steam will apparently stop working on Windows XP and Vista starting on January 1, 2019. Valve has recommended that users upgrade to Windows 7 or above in order to receive further updates.
The latest monthly report from Steam shows Windows 10 continuing its march towards 60% of the userbase, while Windows Mixed Reality continues to gradually chip away in the VR headset space.
Windows XP still powers a staggering number of machines, including numerous ATMs in India. The country's central bank made that point last week but gave one more year to banks to comply.
With the overwhelming majority of Steam clients running on systems with Windows 7 or later installed, Valve has announced that its software will stop working on Windows XP and Vista come January 2019.
The tech giant apparently is tired of supporting people that refuse to upgrade. Under the cover of "security changes," Apple will no longer grant store access to the two OSs and first-gen Apple TV.
An exploit discovered by a Russian researcher shows ATMs operated by state-owned Sberbank running Windows XP can be hacked by pressing the 'Shift' key five times in quick succession.
Kevin Unangst is moving on from almost a 30-year career at Microsoft to join Stardock as its vice president to focus on global marketing. We tracked him down to get more about his time at Microsoft.
The UK's National Audit Office has released a report about the WannaCry malware attack which struck the NHS earlier this year. The NHS responded to the report with a list of measures it would take.
Mozilla has just announced that it will officially end support for its Firefox browser on both Windows XP and Vista, joining the likes of Google and Microsoft which should prompt you to upgrade soon.
The Greater Manchester Police still has over 20% of its computers running Windows XP. The revelation came as the result of a Freedom of Information request and highlights a worrying problem.
The latest statistics from separate firms indicate that Windows 7 is continuing to stumble in terms of market share while Windows 10 is steadily rising. Overall, Windows still dominates the market.
WikiLeaks has revealed another tool used by the CIA as part of its Vault7 project. The new release details Angelfire, a set of tools which allow the CIA to undetectably infect Windows machines.
Valve's monthly hardware report regarding the Steam user base for July 2017 is now live. It shows a slight decline in the usage of the 64-bit version of Windows 10, and growth for Windows 7.
From October, Blizzard says it will "begin the process of ending support for Windows XP and Windows Vista in World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm."
It appears that Windows 10 user base on Steam is on the rise again, with the operating system registering an all-time high of 51.23%. Windows 7 faced a decline while Windows grew in user base overall.
While the market share report from two separate firms shows various contrasting aspects, one thing that both the reports agree on is the statement that Windows 7 is losing market share.
While much of the Royal Navy fleet uses a specialized version of Windows 2000, dubbed 'Windows for Warships', its new carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth does not, and it doesn't run Windows XP either.
In a highly unusual move, Microsoft has once again released security patches for unsupported versions of Windows, including XP and Vista. It has also warned of state-sponsored cyberattacks.
The latest Steam hardware reports indicate that Windows 10 has lost some user base and has fallen to 50.01%. On the other hand, Windows 7 has continued its uphill climb as a close second.
Latest reports indicate that Windows 10 and Windows 7 have grown in market share, whereas Windows XP has faced a considerable decline, and fallen below 7% for the first time, according to one firm.
WikiLeaks this week published details regarding the CIA-created 'Athena' spyware. It targets all major versions of Windows and allows attackers to take total control of the system and steal data.
A new report from Russian cyber security company Kaspersky Lab has revealed that almost the entirety of WannaCry's victims were on Windows 7, with Windows XP users being insignificant in number.
In a "highly unusual" move, Microsoft has published a security patch for Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003, preventing further spread of the 'WannaCry' ransomware attack.
Hacker group Shadow Brokers has released yet another cache of tools used by the NSA. Among them, these tools exploit vulnerabilities from Windows 2000 to Windows 8, including server variants.
After facing a decline for two consecutive months, Windows 10's user base on Steam has struck back, reaching an all-time high of 51.2%, ahead of the release of the Creators Update later this month.
The latest report from NetMarketShare indicates that Windows 10 and Windows 7 are increasing in market share, however, Windows XP is facing a decline. All in all, Windows' market share has fallen too.
Extended support for Windows Vista is ending in less than 30 days. After this time lapses, Microsoft will stop providing security updates to the OS, leaving computers running it vulnerable to threats.
According to Steam's report, Windows 7 regained some of its user base, while Windows 10 usage fell to 48.77%, a significant decline keeping in mind that it peaked at over 50% a couple of months ago.
Data from NetMarketShare indicates that Windows 7's market share has increased, whereas Windows 10 has remained more or less constant. Meanwhile, Windows XP's market share has finally declined.