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Microsoft has just released build 10122 of its Windows 10 Preview, which for users on the “Fast Ring” should begin downloading the next time you access Windows Update. Microsoft encourages those who are using PCs equipped with AMD Radeon GPUs to sit this build out, as there's an Edge-related flaw. We're not sure if that means the bug only affects the browser or not, but you may wish to play it safe and simply skip this build. Much of what's new in 10122 comes as no surprise, as we've seen multiple previews at Build and Ignite, and even had a preview of build... Read more...
Taking care of one of its most requested features for the Xbox One, Microsoft has just announced that it's partnered with TV tuner leader Hauppauge to deliver a specialized tuner for its console. Priced at $59.99 USD, Hauppauge's Xbox One tuner brings more to the table than you might expect. Its simplest feature is letting you watch live TV on your Xbox One, but extending that functionality is a couple of neat features. For starters, you can watch live TV alongside your game, pause live TV for up to 30 minutes, and even navigate channels with Kinect voice controls. Something even less expected... Read more...
Whether or not you'd consider yourself a "Solitaire Master", if you enjoy the classic card game at all, you may wish to pay attention to a competition Microsoft is going to be hosting next month. This competition is how the company has chosen to celebrate the fact that solitaire first made an appearance in Windows a staggering 25-years-ago. Interestingly, Microsoft is going to host two different competitions - one just happens to be internal, for employees only. Once the leader of that championship is established, the company will launch a public version in June. If you want to practice in advance,... Read more...
There are a bunch of reasons to be excited for Windows 10, and one of the biggest is Microsoft's brand-new Web browser, called Edge. We've covered the browser formerly known as Project Spartan numerous times, and not only does it look great, Microsoft is trying really hard to make it the best browser - period. "Right now we're building Microsoft Edge for Windows 10, we'll see in the future if it makes sense for other platforms" #BuildTour— Michael Gillett (@MichaelGillett) May 18, 2015 As it appears, even if it does manage to become the best browser, it's going to be exclusive to Windows 10. This... Read more...
As we integrate more and more digital devices into our lives, are we becoming more stupid? Not so, according to some Microsoft research. In fact, the company believes that because of our digital gluttony, our brains have evolved to allow us to process lesser-important information quicker than ever. Lacking attention spans is a major concern of advertisers, because if someone looks at an ad for less than a second, it's not going to have much of an impact. Or at least that's what Microsoft believed before it set out to do its research. It now believes that even those who use multiple screens still... Read more...
One of the most frustrating realities in mobile is knowing that once a new OS gets released, you may or may not receive it. This isn't a problem with iOS, as Apple has tight control over its own ecosystem, but Android and Windows Phone users routinely go without their updates, largely due to carriers that couldn't care less about putting in the effort. This helps explain why seven months out, Android 5.0 is found on a mere 9% of active Android devices. On the Windows side, ZDNet notes some good examples. Despite the fact that Lumia Denim came out in December, the update still hasn't hit AT&T's... Read more...
Back in March, you could almost hear all of the jaws being dropped when it was revealed that Microsoft would be offering Windows 10 upgrades for free to those without a legitimate license of a previous version. That, in effect, meant that pirates could upgrade to Microsoft's latest and greatest just like those who paid for their Windows 7 or 8 license. As surprising as that revelation was, it made sense. Microsoft wants everyone on Windows 10, and proved that it'd do whatever it takes to make that the case. Well, nothing has really changed with the company's stance since that reveal, but a... Read more...
Microsoft's Designer Bluetooth Keyboard may have taken a full two months to get here, but with its sharp styling and overall good design, it looks like it could have been worth the wait. Priced at $99.95, this "Designer" keyboard sports an ultra-thin design with no excess frame at all. While the clear goal here was minimalism, Microsoft didn't go as far to lob off the numpad, which seems like a smart decision. Doubling the functionality of some of the F keys are media functions, while above the numpad, a few other specific functions can be used, like search and brightness. For those used to full-sized... Read more...
In a new blog post, Microsoft has revealed the numerous different editions of Windows 10. While there's not too much to be surprised about, there are a couple of interesting aspects to some of them. For notebooks and desktops, there will once again be Home and Pro editions. Given what we know right now, it looks like Home would suit almost every regular user, whereas Pro is directly targeted at small businesses. For example, Pro features the 'Windows Update for Business' feature that we talked about a couple of weeks ago. Worth noting is that both Home and Pro support tablets and... Read more...
It became clear long ago that Windows 10 is Microsoft's most ambitious OS ever, but up until just a couple of months ago, we had no idea how seriously the company was going to be taking the Web browser that ships with it. As we discovered a few weeks ago, that Internet Explorer replacement is called Edge. Since Microsoft's new browser was first revealed as Project Spartan, we've talked at length about the features it brings to the table. We're talking Cortana integration, a clean looking minimalist UI, a reading mode, and also the ability to draw on webpages, either to take notes, or keep track... Read more...
In the two weeks that have passed since Microsoft gave us regular folk Windows 10 build 10047, development has progressed enough to get the company's internal build up to 10114. A key word there is "internal"; 10114 hasn't been released to the public, and as of the time of writing, it doesn't seem to have been leaked widely to the Internet. Despite that, WinBeta got its hands on a copy, and tips us off on what's new. The biggest changes in 10114 revolve around the Start menu, with an addition that's long been requested: tweaking options. This results in a brand-new... Read more...
Since Microsoft appointed Satya Nadella as its CEO, we've seen the company make some dramatic transformations, and given what we've seen in recent years, it's proven quite refreshing. That carries on through to Windows 10, which is shaping up to be one of the, if not the, best OSes Microsoft has ever launched. We've talked much about some of what's coming to Windows 10 that makes it so great, such as a refined UI (including improved Start menu), Cortana, Continuum, overhauled applications, and of course, a brand-new browser called Edge. Given its final name late last month, Edge is designed to... Read more...
A couple of months ago, we posted about the prospect of a subscription-based Windows. Given the changing landscape, it wasn't that hard to believe that such a thing could come true, and if it didn't, many believed that the next version of Windows wouldn't be like what we're used to. At Microsoft's Ignite conference, we were hit with some confirmation of that. During his talk, Jerry Nixon dropped the bombshell: "Right now we’re releasing Windows 10, and because Windows 10 is the last version of Windows, we’re all still working on Windows 10." That sounds a bit grim, but Windows isn't going... Read more...
Microsoft's Surface 3, released in late March, is one hot product. It could even be a possible iPad killer. With its true x86 processor, it's not much of a stretch to believe that owners of the original Surface RT are drooling over the upgrade, and Microsoft seems to realize that as well. If you're in that boat, how does a $150 trade-in offer sound? With its lowest-end Surface 3, that'd make an upgrade cost $350 rather than $500. That's actually a very tempting offer. In order to quality for the full $150, your Surface RT will have to have its original accessories and also be in good shape. Unfortunately,... Read more...
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