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During its press conference at Gamescom, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 will be hitting the Xbox One in November. Best of all? Like all dashboard updates, it's not going to cost you a dime. We first learned of Microsoft's Xbox One Windows 10 plans in advance of E3, and while Microsoft hasn't gone in-depth about all of what the update will bring to the table, there's enough meat here to gain a basic understanding. It's no doubt obvious, but Windows 10 on Xbox One isn't going to look like Windows 10 on the PC. Like the mobile variant of the OS, Xbox One will be treated to a finely-tuned Windows... Read more...
I'm the first to proudly admit I'm a PC man. Normally when I hear about "customized" gaming consoles my first response is "Hey, every PC I've built is customized." But there's something special about Microsoft's newly announced Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians Limited Edition 1TB bundle.  No, snarky reader, it's not merely the $500 price tag.  Microsoft's limited edition Xbox One console, which releases this October a week prior to the launch of Halo 5: Guardians, sets my hardware lust (an internal meter which dictates how much cash I'll irrationally spend with complete disregard for logic... Read more...
When Acer and Microsoft pulled back the curtain on the Windows 10-powered Acer Aspire One Cloudbook, they were mercilessly stingy with the details. Fortunately that changes today, as Acer just shared every last specification for their affordable Google Chromebook competitor. It's not going to move your needle if you're used to enthusiast-level notebooks, but for the casual consumer or budget-strapped student, the Aspire One Cloudbook leaves a compelling value proposition on the table.  There will be 2 baseline models launching later this month, and Microsoft Stores appear to the... Read more...
If you’re a fan of the Gears of War franchise, Microsoft has a treat in store for you. We already knew that Gears of War: Ultimate Edition was incoming (along with the Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle), but Microsoft today announced that anyone that plays the game between its launch on August 25 through December 31, 2015 will also gain access to the four previous “Gears” titles — Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3 and Gears of War: Judgment. Access to the games on the Xbox One is granted via the much ballyhooed Xbox 360 backwards compatibility mode, which was first announced... Read more...
There's a lot to love about Windows 10, but as it happens, there are a bunch of caveats to be aware of, as well. In fact, as soon as the OS released last week, security experts the world over began to raise a stink about how this is the OS that basically throws away your privacy, and in some cases, even your control. One example of the lack of control relates to Windows Update, something we've covered multiple times in the past. In effect, even those using the Pro version of the OS have less control over how updates are handled versus previous versions, and while an add-on tool has been released... Read more...
With the launch of Windows 10 now behind us (hard to believe it's finally happened, isn't it?), Microsoft can begin pimping one of its next "big" products: HoloLens. By now, what HoloLens can do shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone - it's in effect the ultimate augmented reality solution. But it needs tools and software to really sell itself, and it's for that reason that Microsoft has given us some roadmap details. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, in a new interview with the BBC, said that HoloLens is going to be a five-year journey, and while it's ultimately going to become available for consumers,... Read more...
Microsoft's strategy to offer Windows 10 as a no-cost upgrade option to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users is paying off. Just one day after launch, the Redmond outfit announced that Windows 10 had found its way onto more than 14 million devices. By Friday morning, that number unofficially ballooned to 67 million devices.An anonymous Microsoft employee revealed the updated statistic to Windows Central. According to the employee, the 67 million figure was accurate as of 8 AM on Friday, meaning that 53 million more Windows 10 installs took place since Microsoft's announcement on Thursday.This is a sign... Read more...
The upgrade cycle begins, with Microsoft’s latest operating system--the highly anticipated Windows 10--rolling out over Windows Update for free, for users of Windows 7, 8 and 8.1. For those that are ready to take the plunge over the weekend, there are some things to note. While this guide is by no means exhaustive, there are some useful reminders here as well as some potential pitfalls that may rear their ugly head during the upgrade process. So far, Microsoft has been rolling out the upgrade in waves and stages. If you are not one of the ‘lucky’ ones to be in the first wave, you can take... Read more...
As anticipated, this week has been an incredible one for Windows 10. It launched just this past Wednesday, and immediately followed with a way to force the upgrade to go through. We also saw companies like AMD and NVIDIA roll out some new drivers to make the upgrade experience as smooth as possible. All of this seems to have boded quite well for Microsoft's latest and greatest OS. According to a new official blog post, over 14,000,000 people adopted Windows 10 in the first 24 hours - a very impressive feat considering the fact that the vast majority of people who "reserved" their copy wouldn't... Read more...
There hasn't been a ton of growth in the mobile phone market over the last year -- just a 2 percent year-over-year bump to reach 435 million units in the second quarter of 2015, according to data provided by Strategy Analytics. But what's more interesting than the number of phones is the fierce battle for market share among vendors. It essentially boils down to a somewhat lopsided battle between Samsung and Apple for the top spot, with every other vendor jockeying for third place. As it stands, Samsung is still on top, though its phone shipments declined from 95.3 million units in the second quarter... Read more...
If you perform a clean install of Windows 10, you shouldn’t be too surprised that Microsoft Edge is chosen as your default web browser. After all, it’s the only browser installed by default (well, I guess you could also count the old and decrepit Internet Explorer, which still lingers around for compatibility purposes). But when performing an upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10, you would expect for the installer to retain your preferences for the default web browser. Unfortunately, expectations don’t often match reality. If you have a competing browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google... Read more...
Windows 10 is here and many consumers and enthusiasts have been eager to try out the free upgrade to the fresh operating system in both Home and Pro configurations. There are however, some users that are either content with Windows 7/8 or simply “waiting for Service Pack 1,” which is a common refrain from Windows users leery of new operating system releases. But if you think that consumers are a little apprehensive about new operating systems, businesses are often even more fearful of change. After all, software incompatibilities, downtime for upgrades, and unfamiliar surroundings (which was especially... Read more...
The Internet is defiantly abuzz over yesterday’s release of Windows 10. The operating system was made available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, and can be obtained via Windows Update, ISO, or through the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. But while Windows 10 Home and Pro will appease the vast majority of desktop, laptop, convertible, and tablet users, there are still millions of people around the globe with smartphones running Window Phone 8.1. Microsoft promised that Windows 10 Mobile would be made available later this year as a free upgrade for Windows Phone users, and the... Read more...
When Microsoft introduced the ability to stream Xbox One games to the PC earlier this year, through its just-released Windows 10 OS, a common thought that came to many was, "Why couldn't we stream our PC games to our Xbox?" Well, believe it or not, that's going to be happening. In an interview with The Verge, Xbox head Phil Spencer confirmed that the feature is coming, and now, last week's announcement that the Xbox One can now use a keyboard and mouse makes a whole lot more sense. The ability to stream PC games to a TV isn't that interesting anymore, as there are many, many solutions out there... Read more...
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