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Over the past few months, Microsoft has attacked Google Chrome for its propensity to chew through notebook batteries at a rapid pace. Any enthusiast that uses Chrome on a regular basis (and that includes the majority of the computing populace) knows that the browser is a resource hog, but Microsoft has been looking to spread the word around in an effort to prop up its competing Edge browser in Windows 10. After sitting on the sidelines while Microsoft pummeled Chrome in benchmark after benchmark, Google finally responded with the release of Chrome 53. Using Microsoft’s Surface Books as benchmark... Read more...
My how the tables have turned. It used to be that you couldn’t blink an eye without Microsoft shoving its Windows 10 nag screens down the throats of Windows 7 and Windows 8 users. Now that the free upgrade period to Windows 10 is over, Microsoft is taking it easy on users. The same goes for Windows 10 users that haven’t yet been auto-updated to the Anniversary Update. When Microsoft initially launched the Windows 10 Anniversary Update in early August, it announced that the update would be handed down to users in waves. Over a month later, some Windows 10 users still haven’t been automatically upgraded... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft’s Lumia Windows 10 Mobile smartphones were on their way to the graveyard. According to various Microsoft insiders, production of the Lumia 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL was slated to end by December 2016. However, a fresh report coming from WinBeta suggests that at least one of those four phones has been given an early funeral. The reigning Windows 10 Mobile flagship, the Lumia 950 XL, is apparently winding down its production run. Production has already stopped for UK versions of the smartphone, although WinBeta acknowledges that the production halt could (and... Read more...
Microsoft launched its slim and trim Xbox One S console back in early August. Taking up 40 percent less volume than its predecessor and packing variants ranging in capacities from 500GB to 2TB, the Xbox One S was only initially available in white. That changes, however, with the launch of three new console bundles which will soon find their way to retail shelves. All three of Microsoft’s new Xbox One S bundles include Battlefield 1, which has gained nearly universal acclaim during its public beta. The first bundle paints the console in storm grey and includes a matching wireless controller. The... Read more...
The writing has been on the wall for quite some time — Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services Division has been a complete disaster and a money pit. Microsoft bought the division for $7.9 billion in spring 2014, and a year later, the company had to take an impairment charge of $7.6 billion for the purchase. Since that time, the Redmond, Washington-based company has laid off thousands of employees that it brought over from Nokia along with additional Microsoft employees that were already working on smartphone hardware and software. To make matters worse, smartphone sales have plummeted... Read more...
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Such is the case with the widely rumored Surface all-in-one PC that is reportedly on the way from Microsoft. Microsoft has found some success with its Surface Pro and Surface Book convertibles, so it makes sense that the company would look to extend the brand to other form-factors. The latest news on the Surface all-in-one front comes courtesy of reliable Microsoft insider Mary Jo Foley. According to her sources, the device has been developed under the codename “Surface Cardinal” and will of course run Windows 10. Foley’s also says that Cardinal will in effect... Read more...
Sony unveiled a pair of updated PlayStation 4 consoles on Wednesday, one that's a slimmer, lighter version of the current model, and the more exciting PS4 Pro with upgraded internals capable of 4K resolution gaming and movie watching. Cool stuff, though Microsoft was quick to remind the Internet community that its Xbox One S can do something the PS4 Pro can't—play 4K Blu-ray discs. Microsoft posted a picture of its Xbox One S console to Twitter accompanied by a several highlights. 4K streaming and Blu-ray? Check. HDR gaming? Check. Sames goes for being 40 percent smaller, and it costs $299, a Benjamin... Read more...
There has been quite a bit of noise and plenty of confusion online lately, since news broke that Microsoft would only be fully supporting Intel’s and AMD’s next-generation processor microarchitectures – codenamed Kaby Lake and Zen, respectively – with Windows 10. Some publications and scores of readers pegged the decision as a pure marketing move by Microsoft and derided the company for forcing users to upgrade to Windows 10.On the surface, we understand why such a statement would make some people cringe. Not supporting Windows 7, which remains the second most popular desktop OS with enthusiasts,... Read more...
There's probably isn't a huge crowd of smartphone shoppers fretting over the decision to go with Android or Windows Phone, but for those pondering the two platforms, Samsung may one day make the choice easy—go with both! That's the idea behind a patent application Samsung filed in South Korea, one that describes a phone running both OSes at the same time.Samsung's approach is different than that of a dual-booting solution. What Samsung conceived is a much slicker solution in which switching between Windows Phone and Android would be similar to bouncing around different open apps like you can already... Read more...
Following a few months of teasing, Microsoft has finally rolled out Windows 10 Enterprise E3, which can be purchased through its official Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program. While enterprise-level software solutions are typically feared due to their expense, Microsoft is making the E3 cost-of-entry modest enough to make even small businesses consider making the switch. Microsoft is pricing Windows 10 Enterprise E3 at $7/mo, or $84/yr. While few enjoy the idea of a subscription-based OS, this is one of those products that could pay for itself over time. We're talking enterprise-level control... Read more...
Microsoft is doing everything within its power to get everyone with a PC to upgrade to Windows 10. While not without the occasional controversy, its efforts are paying off, particularly among gamers. According to the latest Steam Hardware and Software Survey, almost half of all players who use the digital distribution platform are now running Windows 10.The figure stands at 47.44 percent for Windows 10 64-bit, an increase of 2.77 percent compared to a month ago. Another 1.51 percent of gamers on Steam are using the 32-bit version of Windows 10, bringing the overall tally to 48.95 percent. It's... Read more...
Google parent company Alphabet apparently has zero tolerance for failure and money-losing endeavors. We’ve seen Alphabet toss its Boston Dynamics robotics division to the side, and the company recently slashed Google Fiber’s staff in half. And now it looks as though the latest victim is the ambitious Project Ara modular smartphone platform. Both Reuters and Recode are confirming the news, with the former saying that it represents a “broader push to streamline the company's hardware efforts” according to sources within Google. Project Ara, which was part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects... Read more...
Windows 10 might be the last monolithic release of Windows ever, but that doesn't mean the engineers in Redmond are suddenly out of work. Just the opposite, they're busy building new features in to Windows 10 that will be doled in updates, some big like the recent Anniversary Update and some small. One of the things they're working on is a tweak to its Delivery Optimization feature that allows users to grab updates from other PCs on the same local network. That's now being expanded to include other PCs on the Internet. It's part of the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview Build (14915), and if you're... Read more...
If you’ve been annoyed by incessant freezing and slowdowns on your Windows 10 PC after installing the Anniversary Update, it's time to turn that frown upside down. It took Microsoft roughly a month to figure out the problem, but users can now apply a Windows Update, which was released yesterday, to alleviate the problem. Microsoft Community forum moderator Basith M posted an update to the original thread discussing the issue, writing: With the help of users and MVP’s who posted on this thread an investigation determined that a small fraction of users who had moved app information to a second logical... Read more...
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