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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...
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...
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...
Among the vast number of improvements coming with Windows 10 is an overhauling of the Windows Store. Versus other app stores, many would argue that Microsoft's hasn't been that exciting. It's also had a bad problem of stocking too many redundant and knock-off apps, as well as open source / free software sold by third-parties. Simply put, the Windows Store has been in need of a makeover. With Windows 10, Microsoft has added or refined a few Windows Store features, including adding lists and improving search algorithms, adding a new Web store, and updating ratings and user reviews. In Windows 8,... Read more...
Microsoft has sky-high ambitions with Windows 10, due out next Wednesday, and that goes for mobile just as much as it does for the desktop. It needs to have some attractive smartphones on the market if it's going to make a real impression on people, and beyond that, they need to boast higher-end specs. No one gets excited over a budget phone. We've talked in the past about the upcoming Lumia 940 and 940 XL, and based on what we've learned up to this point, both phones look to be quite good. But, as we're now learning, models sporting those names might not even exist. Instead, Microsoft could go... Read more...
Over the past five years, where the bulk of Microsoft's revenue comes from has skewed quite a bit. As the company begins to transition its Windows OS to become a "service" (and not to mention, largely giving it away for free up-front) and deal with other products that are suffering decreased revenue, the company has been putting a lot of effort into its cloud solutions. Today, Microsoft's Azure platform is huge, and feature-rich. To give an idea of just how much cloud matters to Microsoft, there is a lot of Linux that runs throughout its own solutions. The company would of course prefer its customers... Read more...
As we inch ever-closer to the July 29th launch of Windows 10, we're starting to learn more and more about the operating system. Yesterday, we talked about an important change to Windows Update in the Home version - one that forces updates on people - and today, we get a glimpse at the support cycle for the OS. At the official support site for Windows, we're told that Windows 10 is going to have mainstream support until October 13, 2020 - just over five years. Extended support, which represents security patches, will last until October 14, 2025. It's important to note that such long-term support... Read more...
With the almost-kinda-maybe RTM Windows 10 build 10240 having been released, we can get a glimpse at the terms end-users are expected to comply with. One of those terms has been known about for a while, but is no less frustrating: the inability to disable updates through Windows Update. Part of the agreement reads "The Software periodically checks for system and app updates, and downloads and installs them for you.", which means that even if you don't want to update, you're going to have no say in the matter. From Microsoft's standpoint, this is ideal because it ensures that all of its customers... Read more...
Following the release of a few new Windows 10 builds for the desktop, Microsoft has released build 10166 for mobile. As with all of the recent builds, Microsoft's biggest focus right now is refining what's there, to make sure that at official launch, the OS is as stable as possible. 10166 is no exception. Requiring an opt-in to the "Fast" ring, 10166 fixes numerous known bugs found in build 10149, including an issue where the lock screen would appear frozen after an upgrade. Likewise, a strange pin entry bug has been fixed, one that allowed you to keep typing in your pin even after the correct... Read more...
It appears that Microsoft hasn't just been putting in overtime to make sure Windows 10 gets out the door in time, it's also been ardently working on a special version of Minecraft to also launch on July 29. It's important to note that this isn't an update to the Java-based Minecraft; instead, this will be the version found inside the Windows 10 store, and will be meant to be played full-screen. This would make it suitable for tablet or notebook use - most hardcore players are likely to stick to the full-blown release. Microsoft draws comparisons to the "Pocket Edition" of the game, laying out these... Read more...
Microsoft's dropped a couple of hints about the differences between the various Windows 10 editions in the past, but with a newly released PDF, we're given a no-nonsense bullet list. As I mentioned in a previous post, Windows 10 Home is going to be suitable for the vast majority of home users. While it might be nice to see that "Pro" in the name, that edition's special bits are niche, and their non-existence in the Home edition won't impact that many people. It helps that Home packs in one of the more important "pro" features: drive encryption. Pro perks include the ability to join a domain, manage... Read more...
With Windows 10 set to launch at the end of the month - the 29th, to be exact - Microsoft has decided to clue us in on how the roll out is going to take place. What should be made clear up-front is just because you are opted-in to receive the free upgrade to Windows 10, it doesn't mean that you'll actually be able to go through with the upgrade on the day of release. At this point, it seems the only way you could guarantee yourself an upgrade to the latest OS on its day of release is to become a Windows Insider, of which there are about 5 million to date. Microsoft notes that things could start... Read more...
Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile looks to be a tremendous upgrade over the previous version (the same could be said about the desktop versions as well), and features like "Wi-Fi Sense" could help set it apart from the rest. But, as cool as the feature is, it could become a breeding ground for exploitation. Wi-Fi Sense is a feature of Windows Phone 8.1, and soon Windows 10 Mobile, that allows people to connect to certain networks without effort. It works by tapping into an existing connection to a network that a friend nearby already has access to. By simply being... Read more...
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