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It appears that Microsoft hasn't just been putting in overtime to make sure Windows 10 gets out the door in time, it's also been ardently working on a special version of Minecraft to also launch on July 29. It's important to note that this isn't an update to the Java-based Minecraft; instead, this will be the version found inside the Windows 10 store, and will be meant to be played full-screen. This would make it suitable for tablet or notebook use - most hardcore players are likely to stick to the full-blown release. Microsoft draws comparisons to the "Pocket Edition" of the game, laying out these... Read more...
Microsoft's dropped a couple of hints about the differences between the various Windows 10 editions in the past, but with a newly released PDF, we're given a no-nonsense bullet list. As I mentioned in a previous post, Windows 10 Home is going to be suitable for the vast majority of home users. While it might be nice to see that "Pro" in the name, that edition's special bits are niche, and their non-existence in the Home edition won't impact that many people. It helps that Home packs in one of the more important "pro" features: drive encryption. Pro perks include the ability to join a domain, manage... Read more...
With Windows 10 set to launch at the end of the month - the 29th, to be exact - Microsoft has decided to clue us in on how the roll out is going to take place. What should be made clear up-front is just because you are opted-in to receive the free upgrade to Windows 10, it doesn't mean that you'll actually be able to go through with the upgrade on the day of release. At this point, it seems the only way you could guarantee yourself an upgrade to the latest OS on its day of release is to become a Windows Insider, of which there are about 5 million to date. Microsoft notes that things could start... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile looks to be a tremendous upgrade over the previous version (the same could be said about the desktop versions as well), and features like "Wi-Fi Sense" could help set it apart from the rest. But, as cool as the feature is, it could become a breeding ground for exploitation. Wi-Fi Sense is a feature of Windows Phone 8.1, and soon Windows 10 Mobile, that allows people to connect to certain networks without effort. It works by tapping into an existing connection to a network that a friend nearby already has access to. By simply being... Read more...
Since it unveiled HoloLens in January, Microsoft has wanted us all to believe that its AR product can deliver an out-of-this-world experience. Now, it's proven that it's willing to go to great lengths to prove it. In a partnership with NASA for a project called Sidekick, Microsoft is going to be sending two HoloLens units up to the International Space Station, with transit provided by SpaceX, during its seventh resupply mission to the station. With astronauts equipped with HoloLens, NASA hopes that it will help both improve the work they're able to do, as well as make things easier for the engineers... Read more...
Since Satya Nadella took over as CEO at Microsoft last February, we've witnessed the company go through a revitalization. Some of the company's missteps in recent years are a secret to no one, but as it stands today, the company's future seems more positive than it has in quite some time. It's likewise no secret that Nadella is keen on keeping this momentum going, long after Windows 10 sees its release at the end of next month. He reiterated a number of points in a private email to employees which GeekWire happened to obtain. In it, he draws the future of the company as being one where it's nimbler... Read more...
A desktop wallpaper might seem like a simple thing, but when we're talking about a brand-new operating system, its importance can't be understated. The wallpaper chosen can directly impact someone's first impressions of an OS -- a nice picture can put you in the right frame of mind, and perhaps instill a little excitement. Microsoft knows this very well. Its Windows XP wallpaper has become iconic, and since then, the company's made sure that the first wallpaper its customers see brings a positive vibe to the OS. And what OS needs positive vibes more than Windows 10 right now? It's without question... Read more...
You might think that given the reaction consumers had after Lenovo was found to be installing malware on customer PCs, other vendors would think twice about doing the exact same thing. Not Samsung, it seems, as it's just been discovered that the software updater tool it bundles with its notebooks takes it upon itself to keep Windows Update disabled. Windows Update is perhaps the most important tool that ships with Windows, as it's directly responsible for patching bugs directly related to the OS -- and there are a lot of them. If these bugs don't get patched, it means that the user is left vulnerable,... Read more...
Microsoft's Xbox One has sure been receiving a lot of love at this year's E3. Yesterday, Microsoft revealed that it'd be introducing Xbox 360 backwards compatibility, which is something I'm sure very few people expected. In the same presentation, the company also introduced the Xbox Elite Wireless controller - priced at a staggering $150. The great thing about the backwards compatibility roll out is that users who are part of the preview program can access that now. Microsoft wasn't done with the announcements that can be taken advantage of now: today it's unveiled that the feature to stream from... Read more...
It's been quite the E3 so far, and Microsoft has been a good part of what's been exciting. Today, the company announced that later this year, it will be releasing what could be the "ultimate" gamepad. Called Xbox Elite Wireless, this gamepad has a dramatically overhauled D-pad and four paddles underneath. A couple of other things make this gamepad special: you’ll find trigger locks, the ability to customize thumbstick sensitivity, along with the level of travel for the top triggers. And if that wasn't enough, it also sports swappable components. The Xbox Elite controller is definitely for... Read more...
Microsoft has made it clear that not all of its upcoming Windows 10 releases will be coming out at the same time. While we learned a few weeks ago that the desktop variant would be released on July 29, it seemed inevitable we'd have to wait a fair bit longer to see the mobile version. Well, according to the folks at Neowin, who've procured a slide destined for a Microsoft partner, we're likely to see Windows 10 Mobile drop in September. This is based on the fact that the slide notes it will "be available late next quarter", referencing Q3. There's some things to bear in mind here, such... Read more...
It's a question many of us have had: if we take advantage of the free upgrade to Windows 10, can we reinstall fresh afterwards? I admit I had no great thoughts about having to first install Windows 8.1 each time I want to format and then upgrade from there. Not only is that time-consuming, it also leaves junk around that needs to be cleaned up afterwards (eg: a Windows.old folder), and could cause some other oddities to happen. Well, there's some good news. In response to a question on Twitter, Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, General Manager OSG Data and Fundamentals Team, responded that yes -- you... Read more...
It's beginning to look like the latest hotness in the vulnerability world is crashing applications with simple strings of text. We just talked about such a bug that's stricken iOS a mere week ago, and already another one has come to the surface. This time, Skype is in the crosshairs, and this is a bug even easier to replicate than the iOS one. All you have to do is type in the characters "http://:" and send it, and that somehow causes Skype to become inoperable for a time. The bug does not seem to affect the "modern" version of Skype in Windows 8, nor the Mac version, and I'd also assume the... Read more...
Hot on the heels of Newegg leaking a supposed release date and pricing of Windows 10 comes Microsoft to give us more accurate information. Well, at least more accurate information on the release date front. As it turns out, Newegg was completely wrong with its August 31 release date, whereas AMD's Lisa Su has been proven correct. Windows 10 will become available in two months time; July 31, to be exact. With the release now right around the corner, Microsoft has begun issuing prompts in Windows installations that allow people to claim their free upgrade in advance of launch. A number of my friends... Read more...
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