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If you perform a clean install of Windows 10, you shouldn’t be too surprised that Microsoft Edge is chosen as your default web browser. After all, it’s the only browser installed by default (well, I guess you could also count the old and decrepit Internet Explorer, which still lingers around for compatibility purposes). But when performing an upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8 to Windows 10, you would expect for the installer to retain your preferences for the default web browser. Unfortunately, expectations don’t often match reality. If you have a competing browser like Mozilla Firefox or Google... Read more...
Windows 10 is here and many consumers and enthusiasts have been eager to try out the free upgrade to the fresh operating system in both Home and Pro configurations. There are however, some users that are either content with Windows 7/8 or simply “waiting for Service Pack 1,” which is a common refrain from Windows users leery of new operating system releases. But if you think that consumers are a little apprehensive about new operating systems, businesses are often even more fearful of change. After all, software incompatibilities, downtime for upgrades, and unfamiliar surroundings (which was especially... Read more...
Today is the big day for Microsoft; the day that it replaces its oft-maligned Windows 8 operating system with Windows 10. Windows 10 takes the best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 and combines into one kickass operating system that will run the gamut from smartphones to notebooks to convertibles to desktops. While existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 users can get the upgrade to Windows 10 if they wait patiently for Microsoft to send it their way, those that have a valid license and want to do a clean install can now do so thanks to the availability of ISO files that you can transfer to a DVD or USB flash... Read more...
How do you top the release of Windows 10, the last version of Windows ever, which by the way Microsoft is giving away for free to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users? Quite frankly, you don't, though there's another freebie that ties into that. If you already own Minecraft for PC or Mac -- and 20 million of you do -- then you can get the new version for Windows 10 at no cost.Called Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, the new edition of Minecraft that was announced at Minecon 2015 a few weeks ago is now rolling out. To grab your copy, just log into your Mojang account and click the "Redeem" button on... Read more...
One of the reasons Windows 8 never resonated with the public is because there were too many jarring changes, both in appearance and functionality. To make matters worse, Microsoft dismissed the criticisms by taking a 'father knows best' approach -- you'll use it and you'll like it! But users didn't like it, and even one of Windows 8's designers eventually admitted that the Metro UI "is the antithesis of a power user." Well, that's all water under the bridge, old news, yesterday's events. Windows 10 is here, finally. And unlike Windows 8, early impressions are mostly positive. Make no mistake, Windows... Read more...
After all the hype, hoopla, and anticipation, tomorrow is the big day. We're of course talking about the initial roll out of Windows 10, which will be delivered to users in waves to ensure everything runs smoothly, and the beginning of a new era for Microsoft. In preparation for the big day, some users have reported around 3GB of downloaded Windows 10 installation files sitting dormant on their PCs.There are multiple reports of users seeing a folder named $windows.~BT on their operating system partition, which for most people is going to be the C:\ drive (C:\$windows.~BT). While the contents haven't... Read more...
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? That's part of the apparent game plan for Microsoft in mobile -- let's face it, Android isn't about to be toppled by Microsoft or anyone else in the mobile space. Rather than cry over spilled milk, Microsoft is making the most of the situation with a new Launcher for Android called Arrow. And guess what? Early impressions are positive.Arrow Launcher is currently being tested as a beta product by invite only. So no, you can't go out and try it right at this very moment. However, others have, and they're saying mostly good things about the Launcher, which is... Read more...
Microsoft ruffled quite a few feathers when it announced the system requirements for Windows 10 in early June. At the time, Microsoft first revealed that Windows 10 Home users would have Windows Updates forced upon them no matter what. Don’t want that patch installed due to fears that it could cause compatibility issues? Tough luck! Afraid that the newest graphics drivers for your high-powered Radeon GPU will wreak havoc with your gaming rig? Too bad! Microsoft further confirmed this change of attitude with regards to software updates with Windows 10 Home’s End User License Agreement (EULA). While... Read more...
“People still use Norton Antivirus?” That was my first thought when this latest bit of news came across my desk, but millions of users indeed are subjected to the resource-draining antivirus program on a daily basis (usually, because it comes installed on a large percentage of brand new Windows PCs). With that said, Norton Antivirus can’t stretch its legs and get comfortable without a ready and willing browser to rest its feet upon. So in order to better protect customers, Norton Antivirus installs extensions in web browsers like Firefox and Google Chrome to “protect” users if they stumble upon... Read more...
Laptops long ago surpassed desktops as the form-factor of choice for PC customers. And for those that aren’t tethered to a wall outlet 24-7, every minute counts when you’re out and about running on battery power with your laptop (or tablet). Given how mobile-centric we’ve become these days, it makes since that Microsoft and Intel are working together to help squash a bug that has cropped up in Windows 10 that reduces battery life. What Intel describes as a “minor bug” actually trims overall battery life of some Window 10-equipped machines by a little less than 10 percent compared to the same system... Read more...
Earlier this week, we learned that Microsoft’s Surface 3 LTE would be heading to AT&T’s network. And right on schedule, AT&T has opened up sales of the tablet which is available in a 64GB configuration (which we already knew about) and a 128GB configuration (which was news to us). Those that purchase a Surface 3 LTE at full price from a Microsoft Store or authorized retail partners will receive an unlocked device that can be used either on AT&T or T-Mobile’s wireless network in the United States (unlocked versions will be made available in late August). Speaking of T-Mobile, the Surface... Read more...
It seems these days that Microsoft is giving more attention to competing platforms like iOS and Android than it does to its own Windows Phone (soon to be Windows 10 Mobile) devices. Joe Belfiore, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of the Operating Systems Group, even had to explain to Windows Phone users back in early January that it hadn’t abandoned its flock despite the fact that it gave iOS and Android users better versions of Office. With that in mind, Microsoft has launched its new Send email app for the iPhone (Microsoft says that Send is “coming soon” to Android and Windows Phone). Send... Read more...
Microsoft suffered one more black eye as it emerged from the Nokia debacle this week. The company’s Q4 earnings statement formally announced a $2.1 billion loss, the biggest in Microsoft’s history.Driving that dramatic loss is the $7.5 billion impairment charge from Microsoft’s failed attempt to revive the Nokia phone business. Microsoft bought Nokia’s cell-phone component (as the latter company nose-dived) two years ago in a head-scratcher $7.2 billion deal. It subsequently released a string of mostly inexpensive phones that ran Windows software. The phones failed to take off in the numbers that... Read more...
Microsoft’s venture into the smartphone market has been a disaster. The Redmond, Washington-based company purchased Nokia’s Devices and Services Division last year, and earlier this month announced that it was taking a $7.6 billion write-down on the $7.2 billion purchase. The Nokia folly also resulted in Microsoft positing a $2.1 billion loss for fiscal Q4 2015. So how does Microsoft plan on reversing its fortunes in the cutthroat smartphone market that is dominated by Android in market share and iOS in profits? For CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s smartphone revamp will start at the top and trickle... Read more...
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