The Windows 8 classic Start Menu will arrive in August!

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Looks like the folks that still hate Windows 8 will have one less reason in August, as Microsoft have announced that both a more classic start menu and the ability to run "modern" applications within a Window as shown below.

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I am always pleased to see such great momentum with operating system developments, but I must admit I was starting to get used to the new full screen menu but I am sure I can adjust back just as quickly if it is done correctly.

I do find the live tiles fairly useful in some applications but must admit for services like Twitter and Facebook I continue to use the web versions just as well, although I appreciate that on Tablets the apps are always far more accessible.

:source: Windows 8 Start menu should return in August, thanks to new, faster release cycle | ExtremeTech

Dropbox for Windows 2.6.30

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Dropbox is an online storage provider and with all the options out there is still one of the best. I use this application to easily sync files between my work and home PC but as a super easy way of getting files to other people. I also find the Android application very useful to get non-Play Store applications quickly across my various devices.

Both Microsoft and Google are making a huge push to get people using their various offerings, but this one I just keep coming back to. What is new since 2.6.28? Not alot but change is good!

2.6.30
- Fix issue with linking second account for a small number of users on Windows

2.6.29
- Fixes an issue where the second account would get unlinked if email associated with account changes
- Changes to camera uploads splash
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You need to act - Heartbleed bug

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Heartbleed is a security bug in the open-source OpenSSL cryptography library, widely used to implement the Internet's Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol. This vulnerability results from a missing bounds check in the handling of the Transport Layer Security (TLS) heartbeat extension, the heartbeat being behind the bug's name. A fixed version of OpenSSL was released on April 7, 2014, at the same time as Heartbleed was publicly disclosed. At that time, some 17 percent (around half a million) of the Internet's secure web servers certified by trusted authorities were believed to be vulnerable to the attack, allowing theft of the servers' private keys and users' session cookies and passwords. (Heartbleed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Here is a listed of places that are or were affected by the Heartbleed bug.

If something you use is on the list and their services have been patched you may want to change your password.
If they have not yet patched yet it will do no good to change your password so wait for that service/site to be patched then change password.
For example, Gmail was affected but is now patched so you should probably change your gmail password.

More details are in the following link:
The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months

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In a surprising move today, Microsoft just announced that long-time CEO Steve Ballmer will retire in the coming 12 months. He will stay at the helm of the company until a special committee appoints a new CEO.

Steve Ballmer To Retire As Microsoft CEO Within 12 Months | TechCrunch

Microsoft: After April 8th, Windows XP will have "zero day" exploits forever

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In a new post on the Microsoft Security blog, Tim Rains, the director of its Trustworthy Computing division, says that while he has heard of many businesses that will be upgrading their PCs from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8, he has also heard from others that they don't plan on upgrading before the support cut off date. He added, "I have even talked to some customers that say they won’t migrate from Windows XP until the hardware it’s running on fails."

Microsoft: After April 8th, Windows XP will have "zero day" exploits forever - Neowin

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