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Subscribers to the Windows Insider program who signed up for the Fast ring have a new Windows 10 build to play with, that being build 14383. It's available for both PC and Mobile, and with this release Microsoft moves ever closer to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) version of its Windows 10 Anniversary Update that's rolling out to customers on August 2, 2016.Microsoft tells Windows Insiders that they'll notice a few things different in this release versus prior builds, such as the desktop watermark being gone. That's because Microsoft is beginning to finalize code for the aforementioned RTM release,... Read more...
Microsoft might be trying just a little too hard to identify with today's youth by throwing down lingo that comes off as wildly inappropriate and cringe worthy from a professional entity. Hey, we're all for letting incoming interns know that there's a party going on and there will be beer pong, but referring to recruits as "bae intern" complete with a heart emoticon is where we have to draw the line. Not that it matters, because Microsoft stumbled over it in embarrassing fashion and is now apologizing. It all started when Microsoft sent out an email inviting San Francisco Bay Area interns to an... Read more...
Both Microsoft and Sony are on a path to shake things up in the console world by releasing upgraded systems with more powerful hardware equipped for gaming at 4K Ultra HD. Their plans represent a deviation from the traditional console cycle in which several years lapse in between brand new machines, and if you ask Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney about it, he'll tell you it's the "best of both worlds." Taking a view of the changing landscape from Sweeney's perspective, porting over the upgrade cycle of a PC to the console world is nothing but a good thing, one that ensures the latest hardware (peripherals)... Read more...
Acer has a new laptop line for small and medium sized business professionals looking for a thin and light solution that blends style with modern technology. It's the new TravelMate X3 series, the first of which is the TravelMate X349 bound in an brushed aluminum chassis that measures less 0.7 inches thin and weighs just 3.3 pounds. Underneath the hood you'll find Intel's 6th Generation Core processor technology based on Skylake powering the 14-inch Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display. It also boasts up to 8GB of DDR4 memory and up to 512GB of solid state drive storage, along... Read more...
Looking to save a few bucks on your videoconferencing needs? Microsoft has your back with Skype Meetings, essentially a lightweight version of Skype for Business. It's free to use for up to 10 people at at time (for the first 60 days, then it drops to 3 people), all you need is an Internet connection, web browser, speaker, and camera, all of which are bundled on most modern devices. Skype Meetings provides small businesses with real-time audio and HD videoconferences. It also boasts collaboration features, such as the ability to share screens and content during meetings. When you setup a Skype... Read more...
Gamers were ready to launch a petition for Microsoft to build avatars in wheelchairs for Xbox Live but it turns out they won't need to. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted out that no petition is needed, that the voices of gamers requesting wheelchair avatars have been heard, adding "this is something that we've already looked at, not far off."Mike Ybarra, a 15-year Microsoft employee who now serves as the Partner Director of Program Management for the Xbox platform chimed in on the conversation with a sneak peek of two new avatars, a male and female, both in a wheelchair with flag attached sporting... Read more...
It's time for the community of Internet detectives to don their thinking caps and solve the mystery of what Surface device is "coming soon" from Microsoft. The only real clue are several placeholders on a wall in Microsoft's building 88 showing off its past hardware efforts, including the Surface Pro 4, Surface Book, Surface Pen, and Type Cover.Photos of the wall and the mystery placeholders were taken by Shubhan Chemburkar, a freelance app developer from India who recently visited Microsoft's campus in Redmond, Washington. There's a 2016 and three 2017 placeholders on the aforementioned wall of... Read more...
If you download games from Steam and Windows 10 is your operating system of choice, you are not alone. According to a recent Steam survey, nearly 45% of Steam customers use Microsoft's latest operating system. This is a a 3.26% increase from last year. It turns out that Windows operating systems dominate, period. 95.5% of Steam customers prefer Windows, including Windows XP and Vista. Only 3.6% of customers use OS X and less than 1% of Steam users prefer Linux. Despite these small numbers, OS X and Linux saw an increase in popularity with Steam users. The survey revealed other interesting features... Read more...
Microsoft is hoping to usher in a new era in console gaming just over a year from now. While the company is just a month away from launching the Xbox One S refresh in the United States, Project Scorpio is the console that really has gamers talking. During E3, Microsoft provided scant details on the console, only cluing us in to the fact that it would support virtual reality, 4K gaming, and push 6 TFLOPs of computing power. Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz, CD Projekt Red’s Principal Narrative Designer, had a few things to say about that last bullet point regarding compute performance. If you recall, AMD’s... Read more...
Just when we thought that Microsoft had finally gotten the hint and realized that people were getting incredibly tired of the Windows 10 upgrade nag screens, the company slips in another sucker punch to stun us. This time around, some users are receiving full screen prompts to upgrade to Windows 10 for free ahead of the July 29th offer expiration date. It’s annoying enough that the full screen offer interrupts whatever you’re doing at the time on your PC, but the fact that users are constantly being “sold” on Windows 10 is likely growing incredibly tiresome at this point. Microsoft even tries... Read more...
Microsoft took the bull by the horns when it released its Surface tablet, a 2-in-1 device that showed its hardware partners exactly what kind of machine it was picturing for a universal operating system like Windows 8 (and now Windows 10), and now it appears the Redmond outfit will do the same in the all-in-one category. There are multiple reports suggesting a Surface AIO is in the works. This time around, Microsoft doesn't have a point to prove, as the AIO category is pretty well established. However, with its Surface line doing so well in the tablet (Surface Pro 4) and laptop (Surface Book) categories,... Read more...
As good of a job Dell did in constructing in its Venue line of Android tablets over the past several years, it's kicking Google's open source operating system to the curb and focusing more on Windows 10 devices, specifically the fast growing 2-in-1 convertible market. That means no more Android slates, nor will Dell offer its Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect PC-on-a-stick."The slate tablet market is over-saturated and is experiencing declining demand from consumers, so we've decided to discontinue the Android-based Venue tablet line," Dell told IDG News Service in an email. "We are seeing 2-in-1s... Read more...
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, right? High schoolers and especially college students often feel like their entire lives revolve around performing well in school and getting a leg up on the competition academically. So, it stands to reason that everyone needs a little bit of a breather from time to time to relieve some stress or to just simply “veg out” for a while. Thankfully, it looks as though Microsoft is trying to kill two birds with one stone by offering a new promotion for students that purchase a brand new Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book. Microsoft is taking a combined $300 off... Read more...
If you’ve managed to avoid installing Windows 10 for the past 11 months (deftly dodging the popup nag screens and Microsoft’s penchant for installing the operating system without your permission), it’s time to do some real soul searching. If you’re running thoroughly modern PC hardware, is it worth snubbing Microsoft’s free upgrade offer to continue running Windows 7/Windows 8, and in the process give up access to plenty of Windows 10 exclusives? Well, if you’re at all on the fence about upgrading, you only have a month to make your decision before the free Windows 10 upgrade offer expires. That’s... Read more...
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