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Microsoft has been hard at work making Windows 10 more attractive to gamers than it already is, and much of its effort will be on display when its Creators Update rolls out next week (you can grab it now if you're feeling antsy). But while goodies like Game Mode and Beam support are on the horizon, Microsoft is drawing the line at emulators—they're no longer welcome in the Windows Store. The change in policy was noticed by NESbox, as its free Universal Emulator was pulled from the Windows Store. Before it was yanked, Windows 10 users could download the emulator and play ROMs for the NES, Super... Read more...
Microsoft is set to release the Windows 10 Creators Update to the public on April 11th, but if you are the impatient type, you can grab it right now. Microsoft has already confirmed that Build 15063 is the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build and you can download it early using two different methods. No matter which current build of Windows 10 you are using, the Windows 10 Update Assistant will get you to the RTM build with minimal fuss. All you need to do is download the tool, run the .exe file and click a few buttons to get things moving. If you’d prefer to perform a clean install of the Windows... Read more...
Microsoft has taken a lot of hits for what some users see as an invasion of privacy in Windows 10. Microsoft has taken it on the chin from consumer advocacy groups like Which? and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the company has made efforts to revamp its privacy policy and controls for the end-user. However, those efforts have been deemed insufficient by the likes of the European Union (EU) and other effected parties. Microsoft is now taken your privacy more seriously and using a multi-prong approach with the Windows 10 Creators Update to show you what data is being collected, and... Read more...
We have known for several months now that Microsoft is planning to release an upgrade Xbox console codenamed Project Scorpio. It is not exactly a secret—Microsoft confirmed its existence more than eight months ago at last year's E3 convention, though it stopped way short of offering up more than just a few details. Well, more information will presumably be available tomorrow, as Digital Foundry has promised an exclusive "Xbox Scorpio" reveal on Eurogamer. The reveal will take place early in the morning for those of you living in the Pacific time zone—6 AM to be precise. That means 9 AM Eastern,... Read more...
It took a long while, but Netflix finally got around to letting users download movies and TV shows for offline viewing on select platforms last year. The oft-requested feature is handy for traveling, as it allows subscribers to download content on their home network and then view it from places where either an Internet connection doesn't exist (watching a horror movie while out camping in the middle of nowhere is a fun experience) or where data charges are cost-prohibitive. Well, that same feature is now available to Windows 10 users.Netflix updated its Windows 10 app in the Windows Store to support... Read more...
  Roughly a month ago, we reported that Android was well on its way to leapfrog Microsoft Windows to become the world’s most used operating system. In the past five years, Android has risen to stardom from minor-league roots in worldwide operating system market share while Windows at the same time has seen its share shrink in our increasingly mobile-centric society. StatCounter is reporting that Android has now surpassed Windows in terms of “internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined.” The difference between the two is razor slim, however, with Android and Windows holding... Read more...
Microsoft has been criticized for being overly aggressive in its attempts to push Windows 10 onto consumers, but to the company's credit, it continues to gain market share. That is especially true among gamers—usage among Steam users is now at 51.2 percent combined for both 64-bit (50.15) and 32-bit (1.05) builds in the month of March. That's a jump of nearly 2.5 percent from the prior month. In other words, more than half of all Steam users are rocking a Windows 10 PC. The next closest is Windows 7, which accounts for systems owned by around a third (34.74 percent) of Steam users. Windows 8/8.1... Read more...
It seems as though the two top console makers are content with extending this generation with higher performing machines to usher in 4K gaming on big-screen TVs. Sony delivered the PlayStation 4 Pro in late 2016, and Microsoft will do the same later this year with Project Scorpio — the follow-up to the Xbox One S. The latest rumblings surrounding Project Scorpio are that Microsoft will highlight three upcoming games that will take full advantage of the 4K capabilities of the upcoming console. Those games include Forza Motorsport 7, Star Wars: Battlefront 2 and Red Dead Redemption 2. Red Dead Redemption... Read more...
Say goodbye to CodePlex. Microsoft just recently announced that it will be shutting down CodePlex, the eleven year-old open-source project hosting website. Microsoft has disabled the ability to create new projects and will officially shut the website down on December 15th, 2017. CodePlex was initially launched in 2006 in order to share development of open-source software. The website included a number of projects, but was best known for its activities around the .NET framework. The site had manage to accumulate tens of thousands of projects. Why are we bidding adieu to CodePlex? Microsoft is choosing... Read more...
Microsoft appears to be abandoning its Lumia smartphone hardware, but that doesn’t mean that the software giant has given up on smartphones altogether. The company still provides a wide variety of software for competing platforms like iOS and Android in the form of Office, OneDrive and Cortana (among others). With that in mind, Microsoft has announced a rather peculiar partnership with Samsung and its newly announced Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ flagship smartphones: it will sell the Galaxy S8 and S8+ Microsoft Edition in its retail stores. According to The Verge, the smartphones will come preloaded... Read more...
Microsoft had a vision to unify different hardware under a single platform and little by little we're starting to see the benefits of that. The upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10 will really set in motion what Microsoft had in mind. Not only will the Creators Update bring fancy new features and improvements to Windows 10 desktop users, but it will also benefit Xbox One owners. Some of those features are already arriving on the Xbox One, including an overhauled dashboard and Beam streaming. "We’re excited to announce that we are shipping new features to the broader Xbox One community today.... Read more...
Although there was no official announcement from Microsoft at the time, the Windows 10 Creators Update was made available to the public yesterday via the Windows 10 Creators Update Download Assistant tool. The most current release, Build 15063, was the same build that was issued to Windows Insiders on the Fast and Slow rings last week. Today, Microsoft announced that the Creators Update will be available globally on April 11th, confirming previous reports on that specific date. “The Creators Update is designed to spark and unleash creativity, bringing 3D and mixed reality to everyone and enabling... Read more...
  Microsoft officially announced the development of the Windows 10 Creators Update back in late October, and began pushing out the first test builds to Windows Insiders a few days later. After months of testing, bug crushing and input from testers (and regulators), Microsoft has finally thrust the Windows 10 Creators Update to Release to Manufacturing (RTM) status. This means that Windows 10 Build 15063, which was released last week to Windows Insiders (Fast ring, Slow ring, and Xbox One), is the RTM build that will be sent out to the general public starting next month. If you needed any further... Read more...
Earlier this month, we brought you a report that suggested Microsoft’s next generation Surface Book might abandon its “trick” detachable 2-in-1 hybrid design in favor of a more tradition notebook form-factor. It has been surmised that Microsoft is taking this approach to put a little more distance between its Surface Pro family of convertible tablets. While we don’t have any official word from Microsoft that this is indeed the case, one well-connected Redmond watcher says that we won’t be seeing the Surface Book 2 this spring. Mary Jo Foley reported this week that the Surface Book 2 will not... Read more...
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