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Just when we were ribbing Microsoft for taking its sweet time to release a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, the company responds today with a fresh build. We can’t say that we’re surprised, considering that Microsoft’s Gabe Aul tweeted yesterday, “We have a build that is looking good (in the 105xx range) to share very soon, but it won't be today.” Little did we know that “very soon” actually meant tomorrow. And here we are, starting at Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10512. It has just hit the Fast ring for testers, which means that Slow ring testers that have been without an update for... Read more...
If you've been experiencing issues with the store in Windows 10 over the past few days, don't fret: you're not alone. Beginning at least last Saturday, many users have been experiencing issues with the store that either prevents them from downloading, updating, and in some cases, using apps. ZDNet's Mary Jo Foley notes a rather critical error: the mail client she used simply stopped working. While it would show that new emails were arriving, opening, deleting, or moving them hasn't been possible. As odd as it is that issues affecting an app store could also affect apps from actually working is,... Read more...
A mere two weeks following the release of Windows 10 for desktops and notebooks comes a slimmed-down version for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. What makes the release of this edition a little interesting is the fact that it's targeted at ARM-based devices, but despite that, owners of Windows RT-based devices are not being treated to their own version. That could be for a good reason, though, as the IoT version of Windows 10 is likely to be even more pared-down than Windows RT, and given the target is the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Intel's MinnowBoard, that's probably all the proof we need. One... Read more...
Machine-learning can be used for a wide variety of things, but I admit one I never thought of was humor. No, not to tell jokes (though we've seen proof of how humorous that can be through Siri and Cortana), but instead churning through tons of jokes and deciphering which ones are the best, and ultimately, being able to single out unknown jokes as being worthy of being repeated. Of course, this all ties to a real-world example. For the past decade, The New Yorker has had a wordless cartoon at the back of its magazine, with readers being invited to send in their ideas for captions. Despite receiving... Read more...
Mozilla isn’t done just yet with Microsoft. Earlier this month, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard took Microsoft (and its chief executive, Satya Nadella) to task for setting Edge as the default browser in Windows 10 during an upgrade (when the “Express” setting is selected), even if a user had a competing browser like Chrome or Firefox installed on their Windows 7 or Windows 8 installation. “The upgrade process now appears to be purposefully designed to throw away the choices its customers have made about the Internet experience they want, and replace it with the Internet experience Microsoft wants them... Read more...
Microsoft’s well-intentioned, but ultimately doomed Windows RT operating system (and the accompanying Surface and Surface 2 tablets) is one of Microsoft’s most high-profile boondoggles in recent memory. Initially developed as a somewhat low-cost answer to iPad and Android tablets, tablets running Windows RT never really took off with consumers (while the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 tablets have seen much greater adoption). Microsoft saw the writing on the wall and discontinued the Surface 2 earlier this year. Although most in the tech community didn’t shed a tear over this announcement, it... Read more...
Microsoft has big plans with Windows 10 and Windows 10 for Mobile, but let's face it, Microsoft's shooting for relevancy, not mobile domination. That's okay, because Microsoft can still leverage Android, the most popular mobile operating system in the world (and it's not even close), to its advantage, and that's exactly what it's doing.You may recall that Microsoft released Cortana for Android last month. It debuted as a private beta, and as of the latest update, Android users rocking Cortana can replace Google Now with Microsoft's digital assistant. That means Cortana, not Google Now, would spring... Read more...
Windows 10 launched in late July to positive reviews and incredible interest from consumers. Microsoft officially confirmed that the operating system has been installed on 14 million machines within 24 hours of launching, and recent reports peg the installation count somewhere north of 25 million. But with any new operating system release, there are bound to be issues that crop up — this is to be expected for such a large-scale software program that is being installed on millions of machines, all with unique hardware and software configurations. However, Microsoft’s decision to make Windows 10... Read more...
Back in May, Microsoft revealed that it wouldn't be bringing Windows 10 to its RT devices, including the Surface RT line. While it wasn't that surprising, it was still a bummer for those who gave Microsoft the benefit of the doubt and picked up an RT device in its earlier days. Well, it seems now that not all hope is lost for those RT faithfuls. In the Windows 10 FAQ, of all places, there's a point made about Windows RT devices: "If you’re running Windows RT, your device won’t upgrade to Windows 10. We will have an update available in September 2015 that will improve the Start menu and lock screen.... Read more...
Somewhere out there Jimmy Hoffa's body is buried. Right next to him is a classified document detailing what really goes on at Area 51, and on top of that is a piece of paper with an official count of Windows 10 installs to date. That's to say, we simply don't know how many devices are running Windows 10, though there are a few figures floating around the web, the latest of which pegs the number 25 million.Or it could be as high as 27 million, "sources" tell Neowin. So if going by those un-named sources, Windows 10 is installed on somewhere between 25 million and 27 million machines -- let's split... Read more...
If you’re in the market for an Xbox One, and just so happen to be thinking about picking up a large screen HDTV at the same time, Best Buy has a hot deal in store that might be right up your alley. The consumer electronics retailer is offering up a Back to School special next week that will feature a 500GB Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection bundle paired with a 40-inch Samsung LED HDTV (UN40J5200AFXZA) for just $499.98. The Xbox One bundles regularly cost $349.99, while the Samsung HDTV would usually set you back $429.99, which means that you’ll end up saving $280 by going with this... Read more...
With the amount of positive hype that surrounded Windows 10 well in advance of its launch, it almost seemed like Microsoft could do no wrong. That was up until the actual release, that is, when multiple caveats were revealed. The biggest one is no doubt the fact that users of the Home edition lack complete control over their updates. In effect, you're getting updated whether you like it or not. And there sure has been a stink raised about that. Well, it just keeps on getting better. Now, it's been revealed that not only are security and feature updates mandatory in the Home edition, but so too... Read more...
Are you ready for some football? It's tough to see summer come to an end, but as a consolation prize, a new NFL season waits in the wings and there are plenty of story lines to make this upcoming season a memorable one. But we're not here to talk about a ticked off Tom Brady exacting vengeance on the field or how Adrian Peterson will fare after missing all but a single game last season.Instead, this is about Microsoft's continued efforts to gain exposure for its Surface line through a partnership with the NFL. For the upcoming season, coaches on the sidelines will receive Surface Pro 3 tablets... Read more...
Microsoft has taken advantage of the ongoing Black Hat conference in Las Vegas to announce that it has increased the maximum payout in its bug bounty program from $50,000 to $100,000 - a sign that it's committed to making sure its software is as secure as possible. This move of course comes hot on the heels of the release of Windows 10, an OS that Microsoft intends to have a very long life. Windows 10 is also designed to act as a "service", so it needs to have bulletproof security. Thus, it comes almost as no surprise at all that the company is ramping up its efforts to ensure that the OS is protected... Read more...
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