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Microsoft has often said that Windows 10 offers the best security features and malware protection of any Windows OS to date. In case anyone doubts that claim, the Redmond outfit explained how Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed was able to thwart a pair of potentially dangerous zero-day exploits months before it had released a patch that dealt with them directly. The Anniversary Update that rolled out in August introduced a bunch of security upgrades to Windows 10, including improvements to Windows Defender. Many of the upgrades are intended to help Windows 10 identify and neutralize... Read more...
When Windows 10 Build 14997 leaked in December, it foreshadowed a lot of updates and functionality that would later be introduced to official testers with Builds 15002 and 15007. One of the features that drew the interest of the enthusiast community was the discovery of the performance enhancing Game Mode. Microsoft for the first time this week confirmed Game Mode, and announced that it will soon be available for Windows Insiders to try out. “Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter,”... Read more...
Microsoft continues to dish out new Windows 10 preview builds to Windows Insiders at a furious pace. The latest version (build 15007) is another one that has been released to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring and applies to both PC and mobile. It brings with it a surprising amount of new features, considering how fleshed out the previous release was, including several improvements to Cortana.Microsoft's digital assistant can now help users pick up where they left off when using multiple PCs. While that can sometimes be a cumbersome process, the newest build has Cortana displaying... Read more...
There are some horrific things that get posted on the Internet; we're talking downright disturbing. Unfortunately, for a pair of former Microsoft employees whose job it was to sift through the worst of the worst and report illegal activity—rape, murder, and all kinds of sick, twisted content—it left them suffering with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), according to a lawsuit filed against the Redmond outfit. Not only was the job mentally disturbing, the lawsuit further alleges that Microsoft took a dismissive attitude towards worker complaints and failed to provide adequate health care coverage.... Read more...
A cumulative update for Windows 10 is currently making the rounds and that is potentially bad news for gamers with multi-monitor setups. Microsoft lists a couple of known issues that are tied to the update, one of which can cause abnormal behavior when running 3D rendering apps (mostly games) on systems with more than one monitor. Such users might see delays or clipped content on their multi-monitor setups.There are a couple of workarounds that Microsoft suggests, neither of which is all that satisfactory. The first is to run the game or app in Windows mode rather than fire it up in full screen... Read more...
If you were expecting to see a miraculous turnaround for the PC market in 2016, it didn’t happen according to Gartner. The research firm says that Q4 sales fell 3.7 percent compared to the same period in 2015 to 72.6 million. Worldwide PC sales fell to 269.7 million for the full calendar year, which marked a 6.2 percent decline compared to 2015. So, what’s behind this continued softness in PC sales, which has entered a fifth straight year of declines? "Stagnation in the PC market continued into the fourth quarter of 2016 as holiday sales were generally weak due to the fundamental change in PC buying... Read more...
Walking away from your PC without first logging out leaves you vulnerable to shenanigans from co-workers. Whether it is an innocent prank or interoffice espionage, the end result is annoying at best. Microsoft seems to have realized this and is testing a feature in its newest Windows 10 Insider Preview build (15002) that, when enabled, automatically locks the Windows 10 device.The feature is called Dynamic Lock, though engineers at Microsoft had been referring to it internally as Windows Goodbye. That is because it does the opposite of Windows Hello, a finalized feature in Windows 10 that can automatically... Read more...
When Microsoft first unleashed Windows 10 onto the world, everything seemed hunky-dory at first. It is without question Microsoft's most ambitious OS to date, but more importantly, it's stable, fast, and packed with the latest features and technologies. However, as we discovered not long after launch, the OS also comes strapped with a number of privacy concerns. We in fact published a quick guide shortly after launch, on how to keep Microsoft's nose out of your digital goods with Windows 10.  It has taken quite a while for Microsoft to respond to these concerns in a meaningful way, but... Read more...
Microsoft is pushing out a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (15002) for Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. It is a "BIG update," to use Microsoft's own words, though one of the more interesting additions comes near the very end of a lengthy blog post describing the various new features. With this latest build, Microsoft has added an option that enables users to pause updates for up to 35 days. The latest Preview build for Windows 10 also allows users to decide whether or not to include driver updates when updating Windows. Both update options are only available on the Professional, Education,... Read more...
What does 2017 look like for corporations such as Apple and Microsoft? According to the research firm Gartner, Inc., Apple devices will outsell its Redmond, Washington-based rival for the first time in the twenty-first century. Gartner has also predicted that the gap will continue to widen between the Apple and Microsoft’s number of shipments over the next three years. This past year, 260 million Windows-powered devices were sold, or roughly 11.2% of the market. Apple only shipped 248 million devices, a 10% decrease from the previous year. Apple’s results from this past fiscal quarter are... Read more...
Microsoft is working on a new look for Windows 10. The effort is called Project Neon and it will alter the user interface with some new animations and changes that are designed to simplify things. it will also introduce a new component call Acrylic that will blur items in the background and sidebar, as well as when navigating an app. This will help put users focus on the main item that they are interacting with. Before we go any further, let us point out that Project Neon represents an incremental upgrade to Windows 10's UI, or Microsoft Design Language (MDL), and not a complete facelift. The change... Read more...
Microsoft may have caused a few grumbles when it limited support for DirectX 12 to just Windows 10 and not earlier versions of Windows, but even so, gamers do not seem to be holding a grudge. Just the opposite, more than half of all Steam users are rocking Windows 10, according to the most recent hardware and software survey results. This is the first time that Windows 10 has topped the 50 percent mark on Steam. Just over 49 percent (49.10 percent, to be exact) of Steam users access the digital distribution platform on a machine running Windows 10 64-bit. Another 1.25 percent are running a 32-bit... Read more...
It looks as though we’ve come to the end of the road for Microsoft’s Lumia smartphone family. Microsoft has stopped selling the Windows 10 Mobile smartphones via the Microsoft Store, and there’s little chance that they will be restocked. Earlier this year, during the launch of the Lumia 650, Microsoft made it clear that it would be the last Lumia device introduced. And over the course the past few months, we’ve see reports that Lumia production was in fact winding down. According to a new report, the following Windows 10 Mobile devices are now out of stock from the Microsoft Store: Acer Liquid... Read more...
Microsoft’s familiar blue screen of death (BSOD) is getting a makeover — or at least it is for Windows Insiders. A lot of upcoming features for Windows 10 have been leaking over the past few days courtesy of the unauthorized release of Build 14997 and Microsoft has of course been monitoring these developments. Matthijs Hoekstra, Senior Program Manager for the Windows Enterprise Developer Platform, teased that uber enthusiasts and tech publications had missed one big feature that was added in Build 14997: Cool to read all the new features people discover in the leaked builds, but they missed a big... Read more...
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