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Office 2016 now “built out of one codebase for all platforms” says Microsoft engineer

Microsoft’s Erik Schweibert, principal engineer in the Apple Productivity Experiences group, says that with the release of Office 2016 version 16 for the Mac, the productivity suite is now “for the first time in 20 years, built out of one codebase for all platforms (Windows, Mac, iOS, Android).” This is not the first time I … Continue reading Office 2016 now “built out of one codebase for all platforms” says Microsoft engineer

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The mysterious microcode: Intel is issuing updates for all its CPUs from the last five years but you might not benefit

The Spectre and Meltdown security holes found in Intel and to a lesser extend AMD CPUs is not only one of the most serious, but also one of the most confusing tech issues that I can recall. We are all used to the idea of patching to fix security holes, but normally that is all … Continue reading The mysterious microcode: Intel is issuing updates for all its CPUs from the last five years but you might not benefit


Windows Mixed Reality: Acer headset review and Microsoft’s (lack of) content problem

Acer kindly loaned me a Windows Mixed Reality headset to review, which I have been trying over the holiday period. First, an aside. I had a couple of sessions with Windows Mixed Reality before doing this review. One was at IFA in Berlin at the end of August 2017, where the hardware and especially the … Continue reading Windows Mixed Reality: Acer headset review and Microsoft’s (lack of) content problem


Why patching to protect against Spectre and Meltdown is challenging

The tech world has been buzzing with news of bugs (or design flaws, take your pick) in mainly Intel CPUs, going way back, which enables malware to access memory in the computer that should be inaccessible. How do you protect against this risk? The industry has done a poor job in communicating what users (or … Continue reading Why patching to protect against Spectre and Meltdown is challenging


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