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Windows 10 for Phones Preview Will Be Upgradable from Any Windows Phone 8.1 Version

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Good news for Windows Phone fans that are anxiously waiting for Microsoft to release the next version of Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview, as the company confirmed the next build will be upgradable from all Windows Phone 8.1 build.

Beside the fact that Windows 10 for Phones Technical Preview is not compatible with all Lumia smartphones, some users can’t simply upgrade to this version of the operating system unless they use a third-party application.

Windows Is No Longer the Most Vulnerable Operating System in the World

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Windows is often referred to as the most insecure operating system in the world, pretty much because it’s targeted by the majority of malware infections out there, but as far as security vulnerabilities are concerned, Microsoft’s platform is no longer number one.

Statistics provided by GFI show that Windows security is getting stronger, so the leading place in the chart called “Top operating systems by vulnerabilities reported in 2014” goes to Apple’s Mac OS X. A total of 147 vulnerabilities were found on OS X, 64 of which were rated as “high.”

Microsoft reportedly planning Windows 10 event for January

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Microsoft will hold an event this January to show off the new features of Windows 10, according to The Verge. Although January is traditionally dominated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Redmond is apparently planning a standalone event later in the month to create some buzz for the new OS away from the confines of a busy trade show.

Some facets of Windows 10 were detailed earlier this year, but next month’s event will apparently be “more significant,” with Microsoft laying out its plans for phones and tablets, and possibly detailing a new Xbox One dashboard update. The Verge says Microsoft should formally announce the event before the year’s end.

Microsoft is singing the right tune with some wrong notes

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In an episode of Elementary, a TV reinvention of Sherlock Holmes, there is an audacious product placement for the Microsoft Surface tablet. Holmes, a techno-adept detective working in New York, whips out a Surface to do some quick research. He snaps on the keyboard with the same hearty click made famous in Microsoft commercials. Then the kickstand! The patented three-step maneuver is so distinctly set apart within the scene, there might as well be a blinking “Advertisement” notice across the sequence. (Holmes follows up by searching on Bing, turning the product placement into an ecosystem placement.)

I don’t know whether seeing a fictional genius using Surface helps sales, but if so, it’s not helping enough. The Surface slate is on the skids in retail, as are Windows 8 computers. It is perhaps not surprising that Microsoft’s retail users are slow to migrate from the familiar (PCs running Windows 7 and XP) to the unfamiliar (PCs running the radically different Metro interface, and a new product category in Surface). But swampy sell-through is definitely surprising financial analysts, some of whom are cutting Microsoft’s revenue forecasts.