Windows Defender (or Microsoft Security Essentials for those on earlier versions of the OS, in other words pre-Windows 8) is going up in the world, at least according to the latest test results from a well-respected organisation that ranks security software.
There was a time, way back when, that the general consensus was that Microsoft Security Essentials (commonly known as MSE) was a good free (albeit basic) antivirus solution for Windows, but in more recent times, that reputation has fallen into serious disrepute. However, Microsoft is making good progress in turning its security suite around according to the latest results from AV-Test.
For the last couple of years, Microsoft has been talking up Azure as the future of both application development and business applications, with everything from Exchange to SharePoint to SQL built for the cloud first, with the server versions showing up six or nine months later.
Those on-premise versions aren’t going away – the 2016 wave of server products is just coming out, and SharePoint chief Jeff Teper has been reassuring customers since 2013 that Microsoft could carry on creating server versions of products, while noting that the best experience would be on Office 365.
Laptops are on the rise again thanks to Windows 10’s arrival, Nivida’s efficient Maxwell graphics cards, and fresh new Skylake processors from Intel. Notebooks once thought to be replaced by tablets are more plentiful and diverse than ever between gaming laptops that hook up to liquid-coolers, thin and light Ultrabooks to incredibly affordable Chromebooks. Even Microsoft has gotten into the game with the Surface Book, the company’s first ever laptop.
With so many options to choose from, picking the best laptop for your needs is more important than ever. Those who crave fast boot up times and a lightweight machine to carry might drool over an Ultrabook. Serious gamers will gravitate towards gaming laptops tailored to their processing and graphical needs, meanwhile those after flexibility might fancy a convertible laptop-tablet hybrid.
The Oculus Rift has taken a long and winding road to its first full release. The gadget began as a bulky Kickstarter project nearly four years ago; it’s now a highly anticipated headset boosted by multiple billions in Facebook money.
And today, the final, consumer-ready version of the Rift arrives ready to show virtual reality’s promise to the world — as well as the hurdles that consumer VR still has to overcome.
Apple thinks its new iPad Pro would make a great replacement for the 600 million or so ageing PCs out there. That’s a pretty ambitious target and one that it’s unlikely to hit, especially when it comes to the business PCs.
There was a time, maybe four or five years ago when it genuinely looked as if tablets were going to replace PCs everywhere. They were sleeker, cooler and cheaper than dull PCs, which hadn’t changed for years, typified by the beige box on your desk and that heavy slab of laptop in your bag. It looked as if the tablet would sweep all of this away and lead us all to an elegant, touchscreen utopia.