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We’ve talked extensively about the Windows 10 Anniversary Update that is coming for those running desktop, notebook and convertible PCs. However, the Anniversary Update is also being extended to Windows 10 Mobile as well. And we’re learning today that one of the big features coming to Windows 10 Mobile devices via the Anniversary Update is support for fingerprint readers. This is the first instance of direct software support for fingerprint hardware being embedded into Windows 10 Mobile. Smartphones running iOS and Android have supported fingerprint unlocking for quite some time, so it’s nice to... Read more...
We've all seen shady pitches to sell software and services that purport to fix our PCs, restore system performance, recover lost passwords, and so forth. The problem is many of them are outright scams. Rather than try to wade through them all and let only the good ones through, Microsoft has decided to ban all online technical support services from advertising on Bing. Microsoft's concern is over the "serious quality issues that can impact user safety," which is a polite way of calling scam services out on their shenanigans. There is no magic software elixir to turn a dilapidated PC into a smoking... Read more...
Microsoft continues to serve up fresh looks of future Windows 10 updates through its Insider Program, and for Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring, there's a new build available, build 14342. Among other things, the newest build introduces updates for extensions in Microsoft's Edge browser.Rather than have to download extensions and then extract and load them from a local folder, every available extension can now be downloaded right from the Windows Store.Replacing the old method of downloading extensions and then extracting and loading them from a local folder, Microsoft made it... Read more...
Microsoft is angling to make Windows 10 “the” destination for gamers, as we’ve witnessed with increased crossover between PC and Xbox One gaming. The software giant is taking another step towards appeasing hardcore gamers by finally supporting a few features that have been missing from games purchased via the Windows Store. Universal Windows Program (UWP) games can finally have the option to disable v-sync, which will help to boost frame rates instead of being tied to your monitor’s refresh rate. Disabling v-sync can of course introduce artifacts, but gamers should be given the choice to do so,... Read more...
Microsoft announced last week what we all knew was coming: the end of the free gravy train for Windows 10 upgrades. Windows 10 launched as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users on July 29th 2015, and starting on July 30th, 2016, everyone looking to make the upgrade will pay $119. Well, everyone with the exception of one group: those with accessibility needs. The clarification to the Windows 10 upgrade policy was posted on the Microsoft Accessibility Blog: As you may have heard, the free Windows 10 upgrade offer for customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 is set to end on July 29,... Read more...
It's only a matter of time before Microsoft releases a second generation Surface Book line, and rumor has it the Surface Book 2 is slated for a June release. Unless you need a detachable 2-in-1 right this very moment, this is one of those times we'd suggest waiting to see how things shake out with the new hardware.June is just around the corner, and if the rumor holds true, the Surface Book 2 will bring a 13.5-inch touchscreen display with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160) to the detachable 2-in-1 party. The current generation Surface Book also boasts a 13.5-inch touchscreen display, but it... Read more...
When it comes to prediction algorithms, Microsoft usually doesn't horse around. It's making an exception for the Kentucky Derby, the annual horse race held in Louisville on the first Saturday in May. As Microsoft has done with other sporting competitions, it tasked Bing with making some bold predictions. The technology at hand is called Bing Predicts and it consists of analyzing web activity, social sentiment, and other signals to predict outcomes with sometimes surprising accuracy. Using Microsoft's Bing prediction engine, Cortana correctly picked 14 straight winners in the games leading up to... Read more...
If you’ve been annoyed by those annoying popups to upgrade to Windows 10 while minding your own business in Windows 7 or Windows 8, sweet relief will soon be on the way. As we told you yesterday, Microsoft will be ending its free upgrade offer for Windows 10 starting July 30th. Since the biggest motivator for users to upgrade will be going away, Microsoft obviously sees no reason to continue the campaign. After all, nagging popups to upgrade for free are one thing — those same popups with a “Upgrade Now for $119” banner would just be pouring salt on the wounds. In a statement to WinBeta, Microsoft... Read more...
Back in late March, Microsoft announced that it Windows 10 had been installed on over 270 million PCs around the globe. Now, nine months after the operating system was released, Microsoft is announcing that Windows 10 has crossed the 300 million threshold and is still climbing. Yusuf Mehdi, Corporate VP of Microsoft’s Windows and Devices Group, threw out some more statistics to cap off the announcement, like the fact that Windows 10 users spent 63 billion cumulative minutes in the Edge browsing during the month of March alone and that over 9 billion hours of gameplay has taken place since Windows... Read more...
Microsoft has drawn the ire of millions across the globe for its overeager efforts to compel customers to upgrade to Windows 10. Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, which should be incentive enough to upgrade, but Microsoft obviously feels that stubborn users need an additional push, hence the shenanigans we’ve seen over the past nine months. Windows 10 struck again this week when Twitch streamer and former professional Counter Strike fiend Erik Flom had his gaming session interrupted by Windows 10 Automatic Updates (he was already running Windows 10). Flom was deeply... Read more...
We're seeing some exciting developments in the realm of virtual reality, though one of the persisting challenges is nausea. It doesn't affect everyone, but it affects enough people that it's a point of focus when developing VR hardware and software. Microsoft believes it's come up with a relatively cheap and easy solution, one that uses an array of LEDs to extend a headset's horizontal field of view. Humans have a natural horizontal field of view of more than 180 degrees, much higher than what's offered by augmented reality and VR headsets like Microsoft's own HoloLens (100 degrees) and the Oculus... Read more...
The latest operating system market share numbers are out for the month of April and there are some interesting developments happening over in Windows land. As expected, Windows 10 continues to carve out a larger piece of the pie for itself nine months after it initially launched. But that should come as no surprise given that Windows 10 is a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8 users, and offers tangible benefits over those two legacy operating systems. With that being said, Windows 10 growth is slowing. Windows 10 had a 14.15 percent share of the global Windows OS market in March, and only... Read more...
It wasn't unusually difficult end bosses or rampant cheating in online multiplayer titles that once caused gamers to have nightmares. What used to keep players up at night were tales of the dreaded Red Ring of Death (RRoD)—three red lights around the Xbox 360's power button that indicated the console had entered the afterlife. To add insult to injury, Microsoft also released an XBox 360 update at one point that also bricked more than a few consoles. The whole ordeal cost Microsoft dearly, to the tune of about $1 Billion clean. That figure is the result of extended warranty coverage and subsequent... Read more...
Microsoft is changing how search queries entered into the Cortana search box in Windows 10 are carried out. From now own—and for your own good, from Microsoft's angle—searches made with Cortana searches will only be carried out with Edge and Bing, even if you've configured a third-party browser like Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox to be the default. You're still free to use third-party browsers in Windows 10 all you want, otherwise Microsoft would be looking antitrust lawsuits. However, Microsoft wants its digital assistant to stay loyal to Edge and Bing to avoid delivering a "compromised experience"... Read more...
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