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Windows 10 Bug Let UWP Apps Access All Files Without Users' Consent

Windows 10 Bug Let UWP Apps Access All Files Without Users' Consent
Oct 30, 2018
Microsoft silently patched a bug in its Windows 10 operating system with the October 2018 update (version 1809) that allowed Microsoft Store apps with extensive file system permission to access all files on users' computers without their consent. With Windows 10, Microsoft introduced a common platform, called Universal Windows Platform (UWP), that allows apps to run on any device running Windows 10, including desktop PC, Xbox, IoT, Surface Hub, and Mixed-reality headset. UWP apps have the ability to access certain API, files like pictures, music, or devices like camera and microphone, by declaring required permissions in their package manifest (configuration) file. By default, UWP apps have access to directories, where the app is installed on the users' system and where the app can store data (local, roaming and temporary folders). However, to access other files on a system, including sensitive resources, Microsoft offers several types of capabilities that an applicati

Windows 10 'S Mode' Coming Soon — For Security and Performance

Windows 10 'S Mode' Coming Soon — For Security and Performance
Mar 09, 2018
Microsoft has confirmed that the company is planning to convert Windows 10 S from a dedicated operating system to a special " S Mode " that will be available in all versions of Windows. Windows 10 S, a new operating system designed for simplicity, security, and speed, was released by Microsoft last year. It locks a computer down to run applications only downloaded from official Windows Store, but the slimmed-down and restricted flavor of Windows did not exactly turn out to be a success. Therefore, the company has now decided Windows 10 S be offered as an optional mode rather than a dedicated operating system. Windows 10 S was developed to simplify administration for school or business sysadmins that want the 'low-hassle' guaranteed performance version. It has been designed to deliver predictable performance and quality through Microsoft-verified apps via the Microsoft Store. However, in a blog post published Wednesday, the corporate VP of Microsoft's

Microsoft Quietly Stops Accepting Bitcoin in Windows Store

Microsoft Quietly Stops Accepting Bitcoin in Windows Store
Mar 14, 2016
Microsoft reckoned Bitcoin was the future of payment system and added it as a payment option for Windows store at the end of 2014, but the company has silently pulled support for Bitcoin in the Windows 10 Store. In November 2014, Microsoft struck a deal with third-party bitcoin payment processor ' Bitpay ' that allowed people to use Bitcoin to purchase Microsoft's products and services from Windows Stores. However, Microsoft quietly updated the Windows Store FAQ that popped up " Microsoft Store doesn't accept Bitcoin. " The end of support for Bitcoin payments only applies to Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile stores.  "Microsoft Store doesn't accept Bitcoin. You can no longer redeem Bitcoin into your Microsoft account," the update reads. "Existing balances in your account will still be available for purchases from Microsoft Store, but can't be refunded." In short, you can make use of an existing balance in your accou
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