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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...
Despite the wealth of information that's come out of Microsoft these past few months on its upcoming Windows 10, it's remained tight-lipped with regards to two things most people want to know: what it will cost, and when it will be released? For that reason, I'm sure it's none-too-thrilled that etailer Newegg took it upon itself to give both bits of information to the world. At $109.99 for Home and $149.99 for Professional, these OEM (one PC) versions are $10 more than their Windows 8.1 predecessors. But, given the fact that Windows 10 is free for the first year to owners of legal copies of Windows... Read more...
Just a little over a week since it released build 10122 of its Windows 10 Preview, Microsoft hits us with another: build 10130. As with 10122, 10130 is part of the fast ring, so in order to get it, you'll need to make sure that's the option chosen on the update screen of the Settings app. As it alluded to in the last post, Microsoft once again stresses that from here on out, newly rolled-out builds are going to be more about refinement than anything else. At this point in the game, it's unlikely we're to learn about brand-new full-blown features, but what's already... Read more...
Microsoft has just released build 10122 of its Windows 10 Preview, which for users on the “Fast Ring” should begin downloading the next time you access Windows Update. Microsoft encourages those who are using PCs equipped with AMD Radeon GPUs to sit this build out, as there's an Edge-related flaw. We're not sure if that means the bug only affects the browser or not, but you may wish to play it safe and simply skip this build. Much of what's new in 10122 comes as no surprise, as we've seen multiple previews at Build and Ignite, and even had a preview of build... Read more...
Taking care of one of its most requested features for the Xbox One, Microsoft has just announced that it's partnered with TV tuner leader Hauppauge to deliver a specialized tuner for its console. Priced at $59.99 USD, Hauppauge's Xbox One tuner brings more to the table than you might expect. Its simplest feature is letting you watch live TV on your Xbox One, but extending that functionality is a couple of neat features. For starters, you can watch live TV alongside your game, pause live TV for up to 30 minutes, and even navigate channels with Kinect voice controls. Something even less expected... Read more...
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