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From the start of the current console generation, Sony looked to have an immediate edge. Its console was more powerful than Microsoft's, namely with regards to graphics horsepower. While graphics don't always make the game, we've seen Sony lay the smackdown on Microsoft by releasing a consistent stream of hit exclusives, helping it ultimately sell 60 million units to date. For the first time ever, this console generation has seen both Microsoft and Sony open up to the idea of mid-cycle upgrades. Last fall, Sony released its 4.2 TFLOPs PlayStation 4 Pro, more than doubling the horsepower of the... Read more...
We’re still pretty early in the public gestation period for Redstone 3, but Microsoft is already making some useful additions to the next major update for Windows 10. The newest build handed down from the folks in Redmond, Washington is Windows 10 Build 16184 which just hit the Fast ring. First and foremost, Microsoft is finally bringing the My People functionality to Windows 10. We were given a glimpse at My People when Microsoft made the first public announcement of the Windows 10 Creators Update. However, My People fell by the way side as Microsoft focused its attention on other more pressing... Read more...
Console gaming is in a sort of interesting place at the moment. New generations of hardware are building on top of previous releases, such as the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One S, and later Project Scorpio. Rather than release brand new systems that leave the old ones behind, these incremental upgrades are faster and more capable versions. And on the software side, developers are spending more time supporting their games with extra DLC and graphical upgrades. These things combined have led to a sort of game-as-a-service model, which Xbox boss Phil Spencer would like to see evolve. Into what, exactly?... Read more...
The numbers are in and they show that Microsoft needs to seriously consider refreshing its Surface line, and especially its Surface Pro tablets. Revenue from Microsoft's Surface products declined 26 percent year-over-year during its most recent quarter ended March 31, 2017. The only other segment to post a lost was Microsoft' Enterprise Services, which dropped 1 percent. This is where it gets tough competing in hardware, as Microsoft is finding out. Microsoft now has a somewhat fleshed out lineup of Surface products, including its relatively new Surface Book laptop and Surface Studio all-in-one... Read more...
Microsoft is betting big on the follow-up to its current Xbox One S gaming console. It’s next big console, codenamed Project Scorpio, will be formally introduced at the E3 expo, which is less than two months away. In the meantime, we’re learning a little bit more about the console in the lead up to its official unveil. Today, we’re being treated to some screenshots which show the difference in image quality and detail between games rendered at 1080p versus 4K that’s possible with Project Scorpio. Although the screenshots were taken from a tech demo that Microsoft showcased at a private event, the... Read more...
A well known computer security company is easing back on its threat to file a complaint on Microsoft over anti-competitive concerns, though it is not completely off the table. That company is Russia's Kaspersky Lab, and for the time being it is content with Microsoft's ongoing efforts to be more inclusive of third-party antivirus programs for Windows 10 that compete with the OS's built-in Defender software. Kaspersky's frustration boiled over into a lengthy blog post last year written by Kaspersky founder and CEO Eugene Kaspersky. Titled "That's It. I've Had Enough!," the blog laid out Kaspersky's... Read more...
Earlier this month, Microsoft launched the Creators Update, the latest and greatest version of Windows 10. First launched during the summer of 2015, Windows 10 has seen continual updates that have increased security, privacy, performance and functionality. But as Microsoft has found out through extensive Windows Insider testing, the Creators Update doesn’t exactly play nice with some systems. John Cable, Microsoft’s Director of Program Management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, took to the Windows Blog today to explain that although the Windows 10 Creators Update is a big step forward for consumer... Read more...
We can't seem to go a single week without news of a severe vulnerability out there in the wild, and it looks like our streak isn't about to end. Not too long ago, a number of NSA-derived tools were released online, giving us an idea of how desperate the folks at one of the US government's leading intelligence agencies are to get inside targeted PCs. Now, we have to hope that IT managers and system owners alike take updating their OS seriously. This particular family of NSA exploits are being dubbed "DoublePulsar", and they're severe enough to warrant immediate attention to your Windows PCs. Last... Read more...
Users are reporting success activating clean installations of Windows 10 using old license keys, and specifically those that apply to Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. This method continues to work even after the Creators Update, which is the second major upgrade to Windows 10 since it was made available to the public in July 2015 (the first one was the Anniversary Update).Microsoft made it known that Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users would have a full year to upgrade their PCs to Windows 10 at no cost. Technically that offer expired around nine months ago. Be that as it may, users have been... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that Windows 10 would be the last monolithic version of Windows ever, it raised some questions on how that would work and what it meant for future updates. Now almost two years after the OS was released to the public, Microsoft has some concrete answers. Going forward, Microsoft says users and IT professionals can expect (and plan for) two major upgrades to Windows 10 every year. The same goes for Office 365 ProPlus, Microsoft's productivity suite that lives in the cloud. Barring any delays, these will roll out every March and September. Microsoft has already doled out... Read more...
After all of the hype and anticipation leading up to the public release of the Creators Update for Windows 10, you might be left wondering, what's next? Well, there is another major update to Windows 10 that is scheduled for later this year. Called Redstone 3 for now, Microsoft has already begun dishing out test builds to Windows Insiders, the latest of which introduces power throttling. There are two builds available, one for PC (16179) and one for mobile (15205). Both are available to Windows Insiders subscribed to the Fast ring, which receives pre-release builds of Windows 10 ahead of everyone... Read more...
Are you constantly trying to remember dozens of elusive passwords? Well, Microsoft has got your back. The company now enables password free sign-in for Android and iOS users when they sign-in to a new device. Mobile device users can now add their account to a Android or iOS Microsoft Authenticator app. When a user signs in somewhere new, they will be prompted to enter their username. Users then will get a notification on their phone that their device is being accessed. The user till then tap “Approve” on their device in order to approve of the sign-in. According to Microsoft, “This process... Read more...
Many long time Windows users have not been pleased with Microsoft’s decision to block updates to Windows 7 and 8.1 for systems running current and future generations of processors. Intel’s Kaby Lake and AMD’s Ryzen chips are among the first blacklisted casualties of this policy.Microsoft deemed this necessary to improve the deployment cycle of Windows and ease the workload on hardware partners validating their products across multiple generations of Windows. Whether you buy that reasoning or not isn’t for us to decide. The fact of the matter is, Microsoft wants every one of its customers locked... Read more...
You do not need an advanced degree in engineering to know that cranking up the brightness on your laptop's display will shorten its battery life. That boils down to common sense. Be that as it may, Windows 10 with the Creators Update installed feels compelled to persistently warn users who max out their display's brightness level of the potential negative impact it can have. Grrr.The warning is part of a Health report generated by Windows 10's Device performance & health section. This is actually a beneficial thing for users, especially less savvy PC owners, as it scans for issues that could... Read more...
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