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Microsoft has been busy kicking out Windows 10 Technical Preview builds at a furious pace as of late (three releases in a week, including two that came on subsequent days), but what we haven't seen is a Release To Manufacturing (RTM) candidate. Until now, that is. It appears that Build 10176 is the first RTM of Windows 10, though it may not represent the final product that ships July 29.Traditionally speaking, RTM releases are those with finished code in need of a bit of last minute testing before going gold. However, there are still two weeks left before Windows 10 is set to ship to the public,... Read more...
Windows 10 Mobile is destined to land sometime later this year (Microsoft hasn’t given us a definite date, only saying that it will land some time after Windows 10’s July 29th debut), and it can’t come soon enough. Microsoft’s smartphone market share has been stagnant in the sub-five percent range for quite some time with no signs of improvement. The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers from comScore so no signs of improvement, and in fact show an even further slide for Microsoft’s Windows Phone smartphone operating system. For the three-month period ending in May, Microsoft’s market share... Read more...
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...
Microsoft is really on the ball, and we can’t say that we blame them — Windows 10 is going to be the biggest operating system release of the year and there is a lot of pent-up demand for successor to Windows 8.1. Earlier this week, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10158, and a day later delivered Build 10159. Well, Microsoft has gone one step further with its rapid-fire release schedule by sending Build 10162 to the Fast ring, or as Gabe Aul calls it, the “faster Fast ring.” “We’re focused at this point on bug fixing and final polish, so it’s much easier for each build to get... 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...
All eyes are on Microsoft as it gets ready to release Windows 10, the next generation operating system that's such a significant upgrade, the Redmond outfit decided to skip right over Windows 9. Microsoft has a lot riding on Windows 10, though it's not just about the OS as a whole. There are subplots at play, like whether or not Microsoft's new Edge browser will rule the web the way Internet Explorer once did.For the first time in forever, Internet Explorer's desktop browser share is below 55 percent, having fallen from 55.15 percent at the May to 54 percent at the end of June, according to Net... Read more...
Microsoft is definitely committed to getting Windows 10 out the door on time. On Monday, the company released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10158, which brought a number of updates to the Edge browser and Cortana along with various UI updates. But Microsoft is definitely in a bug killing mood, which explains why just one day later it issued Build 10159 to the Fast ring. While the build number has advanced by just one digit, there’s a lot going on under the hood according to Microsoft’s Gabe Aul. In fact, over 300 bugs have been exterminated with this Windows 10 Insider Preview 10159. “Why two... 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...
Minecraft is a blockbuster game that has been played by millions around the globe, both young and old. The incredible popularity of the game is what prompted Microsoft to buy the game’s creator, Mojang, for $2.5 billion in late 2014. And while Minecraft is can be seen as a game that allows players to dilly dally a virtual 3D world, the creative and building aspects of the game have been cultivated to help in learning environments. Over the years, Google’s Quantum AI Lab Team and MinecraftEdu joined forces to experiment with quantum physics. In March, an even deeper dive into the education sector  ... Read more...
We’re less than a month away from the retail release of Windows 10 and the tech community is eagerly awaiting its arrival. Windows 10 promises to rid consumers of the bad taste that Windows 8 left in their mouths, introduces a number of new features that make the operating system a more welcome companion for a wide variety of devices, and best of all is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users. As we enter the home stretch, Microsoft has rolled out Insider Preview Build 10158, which is adding a bit of polish to an already quite stable product. Microsoft Edge branding replaces... Read more...
Five Microsoft researchers and a Carnegie Mellon University student joined forces this year to answer one of life’s most pressing questions: Can a computer be funny? To find the answer, researchers developed as computerized funnyman, CAHOOTS, to make jokes based on what researchers know about online humor. As the researchers note in a paper titled, “OMG UR Funny! Computer-Aided Humor with an Application to Chat,” computer-generated humor (CGH) has proved elusive to computer scientists. Software can be designed to create puns and other jokes, but creating humor that really makes people laugh has... Read more...
Rumors have been swirling about the Microsoft's still unannounced Lumia 940 XL, though thanks to multiple leaks, we have at least a rough idea of what to expect. The latest leak comes from data plucked out of AdDuplex, a cross platform promotion network for Windows Phone and Windows Store apps that lets developers promote their software.The data points to a Microsoft RM-1000 device with a 2560x1440 (2K) resolution display. It's believed this is referring to the Lumia 940 XL, and based on previous rumors, it's expected the handset will debut with a 5.7-inch display.Microsoft's Lumia 940 and 940... Read more...
It seems odd for Microsoft to add a new SKU for its Surface Pro 3 so late after its initial release (the Surface Pro 3 was originally announced on May 20, 2014 and went on sale one month later). Yet here we are, one year later, and we’re seeing the introduction of a new $1299 SKU that bring the price of entry for Intel Core i7 power a bit lower. The new SKU will get you a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. The same $1299 price will also buys you a Surface Pro 3 with a Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB. So customers looking at Surface Pro 3s at this price point will have to... Read more...
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