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Microsoft’s OS supremacy over Apple to end in 2017

Apple will steal a march on Microsoft this year when for the first time this century shipments of devices powered by its operating systems outnumber those running Windows, research firm Gartner said today.

In 2017, Apple’s combination of iOS and macOS — the former on iPhones and iPads, the latter on Macs — will take second place from Windows on the devices shipped during the year. The gap between the two will widen in 2018 and 2019, with Apple ahead of Microsoft both years.

Source: Microsoft’s OS supremacy over Apple to end in 2017 | Computerworld


Device count is only a small metric to consider… profit being the bigger one for sure.

Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to the Mac

Microsoft has announced it’s launching its primary coding interface, Visual Studio, on Mac computers. The news may sound uninteresting, but it’s been a long time coming, and is a big shakeup for the company, which has previously preferred to lock developers into its platform by keeping coding tools Windows-only.

Source: Microsoft is bringing Visual Studio to the Mac – The Verge

The Future of Declaration Files | TypeScript

Declaration files (.d.ts files) are a fundamental part of using existing JavaScript libraries in TypeScript, but getting them has always been a place where we’ve known there was room for improvement. As we get closer to TypeScript 2.0, we’re very excited to show off a sneak peak of our plan to simplify things. Getting type declarations in TypeScript 2.0 will require no tools apart from npm.

As an example, getting the declarations for a library like lodash will be just an npm command away:

npm install --save @types/lodash

From there you’ll be able to use lodash in your TypeScript code with no fuss. This works for both modules and global code.

Source: The Future of Declaration Files | TypeScript

Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War Over Classrooms

“I would like it if what Microsoft had to say is that schools should be more like Minecraft, not that Minecraft should be more like a classroom,” said Chad Sansing, a web literacy curriculum developer at Mozilla and a former

Source: Microsoft Weaponizes Minecraft in the War Over Classrooms

Microsoft Android patent-licensing revenue falling

In the release, Microsoft noted that its patent-licensing revenue was down 26% from a year ago. And it’s because of Android.

Android phones are still selling just fine, but the market is dominated by cheap handsets being sold in developing countries like China and India.

“The mix of devices in that market has shifted to the low end,” said Chris Suh, Microsoft’s head of investor relations.

Source: Microsoft Android patent-licensing revenue falling – Business Insider

Bypassing Antivirus With Ten Lines of Code or (Yet Again) Why Antivirus is Largely Useless

So you are probably looking at that and thinking ‘really?’ – I know how you feel. This is how I felt after I intended this to be step 1 of my tutorial and I ran it through virustotal and it returned 0/56 detection. I’d like to stress that this is an incredible simple and most basic technique, yet its success is still rather astonishing.

Alright, so antivirus is dead. We all know that. That being said, we can’t argue that over 95% of organizations are still depending on antivirus to protect endpoints. 


Is this fool proof technique? I would be inclined to say no. The bar will be raised, but a new type of cat and mouse game will begin.

Source: Bypassing Antivirus With Ten Lines of Code or (Yet Again) Why Antivirus is Largely Useless

SSL History and insecurities

  • Up to circa 2003, the implementation of certificate validation in Internet Explorer / Windows did not process the “Basic Constraints” extension properly. The net effect was that anybody with a 100$ certificate could act as a CA and issue “certificates” with arbitrarily chosen name and keys.

  • Because people never learn, the Microsoft implementation of SSL used in ASP.NET was still unpatched as of 2010 (eight years later !) when Rizzo and Duong reimplemented the Vaudenay attack and built a demonstration which recovered HTTP cookies.

certificates – How does SSL/TLS work? – Information Security Stack Exchange.

great history on SSL, i hadn’t kept up on it for a while and was surprised to see how long microsoft had left these vulnerabilities open.. also interesting find i did not know about:

URLs are passed in Referrer headers – if a secure page uses resources, such as javascript, images or analytics services, the URL is passed in the Referrer request header of each embedded request. Sometimes the query string parameters may be delivered to and stored by third party sites.

How Secure Are Query Strings Over HTTPS?

Windows is going as Linux for Halloween!


The Apple Enterprise Invasion

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the results is that Windows is no longer the platform of choice in the enterprise with users overwhelmingly preferring Macs. User preference is the top reason given by IT administrators as to why their organization supports Macs with 73 percent of IT administrators identifying it as the main driver.

As a result, it should come as no surprise that the study found that 66 percent of businesses are already using Macs in the workplace today. But as we all know, end-users will work around corporate IT if they don’t get their way but the study found that a large majority of companies – more than 70 percent – officially support Macs as a corporate endpoint.

In addition, Windows PCs clearly have a perception problem with the top three justifications from employees for wanting a Mac being:

  • Macs are easier to use (73 percent)
  • Macs are cooler (52 percent)
  • The Mac display is better than Windows (42 percent)

via The Apple Enterprise Invasion | VMware End-User Computing Blog – VMware Blogs.

How Azure Web Sites Sucked in Production

Strike One: Memory Quota
Strike Two: DB Outages
Strike Three: Phantom HTTP 500 Errors on AJAX

…But when it comes to production environments, having a good night’s sleep would take priority over any productivity boosting feature.

via How Azure Web Sites Sucked in Production | ELEKS Labs.