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It might be only a matter of time before every version of Windows prior to Windows 10 barely registers a blip on the radar, but in the here and now, that is not the case. Windows 7 is still widely deployed. What's more interesting is that even though Windows 10 has been steadily growing its share of the OS market since it came out in July 2015, it has given up a bit of ground to Windows 7 over the past few months.By way of Windows users who have opted to send Microsoft telemetry data, Microsoft's own audit of Windows installs shows that Windows 10 dropped from 48 percent in December of last year... Read more...
Apple may have the world’s most popular tablet family with the iPad, but it appears that Microsoft is taking top honors when it comes to overall customer satisfaction. That’s according to survey results from the folks at J.D. Power, which indicates that Microsoft’s Surface line of tablets best the competition in a number of critical categories that are important to buyers. The Surface line of tablets scored 855 points on a 1,000-point scale, narrowly beating out Apple’s iPad family of tablets (849 points). Microsoft dominated pretty much across the board, taking top honors with its variety of preinstalled... Read more...
Microsoft first introduced the Surface Pro 4 way back in October 2015, and it has soldiered on since then without major updates. That will change, however, this year when Microsoft introduces the Surface Pro 5. The latest rumors surrounding the Surface Pro 5 come from a well-connected source: Paul Thurrott. The Surface Pro 5 is expected to retain Microsoft’s proprietary Surface Connect power connector — there is no mention whether the Surface Pro 5 will also feature a USB-C connector.Surface Pro 4 Microsoft’s decision to stick with Surface Connect adheres to the company’s promise to ensure that... Read more...
We’re probably going to have to wait until E3 to get a glimpse at what Project Scorpio looks like (and perhaps even its official name), but for now, we’re being given additional insight into what is inside Microsoft’s upcoming 4K gaming console, the true successor to the Xbox One. We had previously been told that the console would have 6 TFLOPs of compute power and that it would have an internal power supply, but that was about all that Microsoft was willing to disclose. However, the folks at Digital Foundry were given exclusive access to Microsoft’s Xbox Skunk Works and... Read more...
Microsoft has been hard at work making Windows 10 more attractive to gamers than it already is, and much of its effort will be on display when its Creators Update rolls out next week (you can grab it now if you're feeling antsy). But while goodies like Game Mode and Beam support are on the horizon, Microsoft is drawing the line at emulators—they're no longer welcome in the Windows Store. The change in policy was noticed by NESbox, as its free Universal Emulator was pulled from the Windows Store. Before it was yanked, Windows 10 users could download the emulator and play ROMs for the NES, Super... Read more...
Microsoft is set to release the Windows 10 Creators Update to the public on April 11th, but if you are the impatient type, you can grab it right now. Microsoft has already confirmed that Build 15063 is the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build and you can download it early using two different methods. No matter which current build of Windows 10 you are using, the Windows 10 Update Assistant will get you to the RTM build with minimal fuss. All you need to do is download the tool, run the .exe file and click a few buttons to get things moving. If you’d prefer to perform a clean install of the Windows... Read more...
Microsoft has taken a lot of hits for what some users see as an invasion of privacy in Windows 10. Microsoft has taken it on the chin from consumer advocacy groups like Which? and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the company has made efforts to revamp its privacy policy and controls for the end-user. However, those efforts have been deemed insufficient by the likes of the European Union (EU) and other effected parties. Microsoft is now taken your privacy more seriously and using a multi-prong approach with the Windows 10 Creators Update to show you what data is being collected, and... Read more...
We have known for several months now that Microsoft is planning to release an upgrade Xbox console codenamed Project Scorpio. It is not exactly a secret—Microsoft confirmed its existence more than eight months ago at last year's E3 convention, though it stopped way short of offering up more than just a few details. Well, more information will presumably be available tomorrow, as Digital Foundry has promised an exclusive "Xbox Scorpio" reveal on Eurogamer. The reveal will take place early in the morning for those of you living in the Pacific time zone—6 AM to be precise. That means 9 AM Eastern,... Read more...
  Roughly a month ago, we reported that Android was well on its way to leapfrog Microsoft Windows to become the world’s most used operating system. In the past five years, Android has risen to stardom from minor-league roots in worldwide operating system market share while Windows at the same time has seen its share shrink in our increasingly mobile-centric society. StatCounter is reporting that Android has now surpassed Windows in terms of “internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.” The difference between the two is razor slim, however, with Android and Windows holding... Read more...
Microsoft has been criticized for being overly aggressive in its attempts to push Windows 10 onto consumers, but to the company's credit, it continues to gain market share. That is especially true among gamers—usage among Steam users is now at 51.2 percent combined for both 64-bit (50.15) and 32-bit (1.05) builds in the month of March. That's a jump of nearly 2.5 percent from the prior month. In other words, more than half of all Steam users are rocking a Windows 10 PC. The next closest is Windows 7, which accounts for systems owned by around a third (34.74 percent) of Steam users. Windows 8/8.1... Read more...
Say goodbye to CodePlex. Microsoft just recently announced that it will be shutting down CodePlex, the eleven year-old open-source project hosting website. Microsoft has disabled the ability to create new projects and will officially shut the website down on December 15th, 2017. CodePlex was initially launched in 2006 in order to share development of open-source software. The website included a number of projects, but was best known for its activities around the .NET framework. The site had manage to accumulate tens of thousands of projects. Why are we bidding adieu to CodePlex? Microsoft is choosing... Read more...
Microsoft appears to be abandoning its Lumia smartphone hardware, but that doesn’t mean that the software giant has given up on smartphones altogether. The company still provides a wide variety of software for competing platforms like iOS and Android in the form of Office, OneDrive and Cortana (among others). With that in mind, Microsoft has announced a rather peculiar partnership with Samsung and its newly announced Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones: it will sell the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Microsoft Edition in its retail stores. According to The Verge, the smartphones will come preloaded... Read more...
Microsoft had a vision to unify different hardware under a single platform and little by little we're starting to see the benefits of that. The upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 will really set in motion what Microsoft had in mind. Not only will the Creators Update bring fancy new features and improvements to Windows 10 desktop users, but it will also benefit Xbox One owners. Some of those features are already arriving on the Xbox One, including an overhauled dashboard and Beam streaming. "We’re excited to announce that we are shipping new features to the broader Xbox One community today.... Read more...
Although there was no official announcement from Microsoft at the time, the Windows 10 Creators Update was made available to the public yesterday via the Windows 10 Creators Update Download Assistant tool. The most current release, Build 15063, was the same build that was issued to Windows Insiders on the Fast and Slow rings last week. Today, Microsoft announced that the Creators Update will be available globally on April 11th, confirming previous reports on that specific date. “The Creators Update is designed to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling... Read more...
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