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With Sony’s PlayStation 4 kicking butt in the current generation console sales race, Microsoft is hoping for a winner with its upcoming Project Scorpio, which will be the next phase in the evolution of the Xbox One and Xbox One S. Today, we’re learning more about the gaming machine, which is being billed as a “true” 4K console. Like the current Xbox One S, Project Scorpio is said to support both VP9 and HEVC codecs for decoding 4K content. That means that you’ll have no issues streaming 4K HDR content from popular video services like Amazon Video and Netflix. However, where Project Scorpio enhances... Read more...
It has been two weeks since AMD launched its Ryzen processor line in conjunction with its AM4 platform. The feedback has been mostly positive, save for lower-than-expected gaming performance at 1080p. AMD touched on the subject, saying that today's games are not optimized for AMD hardware, and that 1080p gaming performance will improve in time as developers take advantage of Ryzen's architecture and features. Be that as it may, some have surmised the real problem has to do with a conflict between Ryzen and Windows 10 thread scheduling. Is there any merit to that? AMD says no. "We have investigated... Read more...
  We’ve seen some signs that Microsoft is winding down towards the public release of the Windows 10 Creators Update. New builds have still been arriving at a rapid pace, but the number of new features being added and the number of outstanding issues continues to dwindle. Now, a new report suggests that Microsoft is gearing up for the Creators Update to soon hit RTM (Release to Manufacturing). According to Windows Central, Microsoft is preparing to sign off on the first RTM builds of the Windows 10 Creators Update this week, and will begin feeding those builds to Windows Insiders as early as... Read more...
If things go to plan, Microsoft will release an upgraded console capable of playing games at a 4K resolution later this year. It is called Project Scorpio and it will have more powerful components than what is found in today's Xbox One S consoles. There are many questions surrounding the unreleased console, including whether or not gamers will need a 4K television to take full advantage of it.Turns out that will not be the case, not if Windows Central's "trusted sources" know what they're talking about. According to those sources. Microsoft will highlight numerous benefits of playing on Project... Read more...
Microsoft continues to release new Windows 10 preview builds to Insiders at a steady clip, the newest of which is build 15055 for both PC and mobile. As we approach the release of the forthcoming Creators Update, these preview builds bring less to the table in terms of major new features and upgrades, and are more focused on crushing bugs and tidying things up. That is the case with build 15055.The latest preview build is available to Insiders subscribed to the Fast ring. It introduces a bevy of fixes, one of which makes the update play nicer with systems running antivirus software from Symantec.... Read more...
When Microsoft announced that it would provide Windows 10 as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and Windows 8.x users during the first year of availability, you knew that there had to be some strings attached. As we’ve seen over the past year and a half, Microsoft has come under fire for its privacy policies, allegations of “spying” on users and its penchant for placing advertising within Windows 10. It’s that last point that is once again rearing its ugly head for Windows 10 users. A redditor has noticed that Microsoft is now placing ads within the oft-used Windows File Explorer interface. It’s one... Read more...
As if AMD’s new Ryzen processors weren’t enough to make Intel grab for a bottle of antacids, it looks as though Microsoft’s latest partnership could challenge the world’s dominant processor manufacturer in the lucrative server market (Intel commands well in excess of 90 percent of the server chip market according to IDC). No, we’re not talking about AMD’s Naples server chips, which also should give Intel pause, but Microsoft's efforts to ensure that Qualcomm ARM processors can run its Windows Server operating system. Microsoft says that it has already built a version of Windows Server that offers... Read more...
Several technology firms have issued statements after Wikileaks published a massive cache of documents alleging that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had developed methods to hack popular electronics devices, including iPhones, Android handsets, and Samsung smart TVs. Dubbed "Vault 7," the data dump is considered the largest public reveal of confidential documents related to the CIA.If the documents are real, they contain detailed exploits on popular devices that would allow the CIA to snoop on users and even take control of gadgets. The documents, which are dated between 2013 and 2016, purportedly... Read more...
It looks as though Google’s Android operating system is on the verge of making history. According to analytics firm StatCounter, the current trending shows Android quickly approaching parity with Windows as the world’s most popular operating system among all computing devices. What more striking, however, is the fact that Microsoft has been losing overall market share at a rapid pace since 2012. At that time, Microsoft was riding high with 82 percent share of all global OS traffic. But it has been a steady march downward, and today Microsoft’s Windows-based operating systems have a collective... Read more...
We’re not sure how many people want to spend $3,000 on a Surface Book and skimp on the graphics, but Microsoft apparently sees a void to fill. The Surface Book family still maxes out with a Skylake-based Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a 1TB SSD and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 965M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory for a price tag of $3,299. However, Microsoft is now advertising those same specs, minus the dedicated NVIDIA GPU, for $2,999. The new SKU is not yet available for purchase direct from Microsoft, but you can see it in all its glory via the Microsoft Store. Somewhat confusingly, this is the third Surface... Read more...
The design of Windows Update in Microsoft's latest Windows 10 OS hasn't been the best-received solution the company has released over the product's life cycle thus far. The updated mechanics for WU is one of the major sticking-points for even wanting to upgrade to Redmond's latest platform (but thankfully, there are improvements coming). No one likes their PC rebooting on its own while they're away from it - and many have lost work because of it random reboots required in an update. Despite that, Microsoft does try to give users and IT managers useful tools from time-to-time, with this latest... Read more...
It’s no secret the Epic founder Tim Sweeney hates Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP), which he has made clear on many occasions. UWP, which in essence is a replacement for the venerable Win32 API, is increasingly being used for Windows games, and is the only way to distribute gamers through the Windows Store. The unified codebase allows for game developers to consolidate resources, making it easier to create titles that can run equally well on Windows 10 PCs and the Xbox One gaming console. However, Sweeney isn’t buying into what Microsoft is selling. “Microsoft has launched new PC Windows... Read more...
If you have a kiddo in the American public school system, they likely are toting around a Chromebook, which runs Google's Chrome OS. A recent study of PC sales in the K-12 sector indicate that long-running favorite Apple is losing the battle in the classroom. Apple’s iPads and Mac notebooks were once kings of the playground and accounted for roughly half of the devices used in American classrooms in 2013. This number has steadily dropped, however, due to the affordability of Chromebooks. In 2016, Chromebooks accounted for 58% of the 12.8 million shipped devices, while macOS devices fell to... Read more...
Since the time Microsoft first teased us about "Game Mode" in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Edition, we've been left wondering how the feature works, and whether or not it'd be worth using. At this week's Game Developers Conference, held in San Francisco, the first of those questions has been answered. The ultimate goal of Game Mode is to prioritize the CPU and GPU for gaming. That means Windows will allocate as many resources as possible from each processor to the game, shoving aside main Windows processes that don't need to run at full-tilt while someone is playing. Those who spend time tweaking... Read more...
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