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When Microsoft released build 10130 of the Windows 10 Preview at the end of May, it said that it was holding off on seeding it to those on the Slow Ring because it wanted to first monitor how those on the Fast Ring would fare. Well, it seems that they fared well enough, as the company has just decided to begin pushing it out to Slow Ring users. There is a potential gotcha, however. Some people have noted difficulties updating through Windows Update, and while it seems a little absurd, the easiest fix, per Microsoft, is to just reinstall. For that purpose, it released the 10130 ISOs last weekend.... Read more...
Well, look what the cat dragged in. It appears that the folks over at Nokia were well on their way towards releasing a smartwatch that would have competed in a market that is starting to swell with Tizen-, Android Wear-, and watchOS-based offerings. However, Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2014 put an end to what was known internally as project Moonraker. Although most know Moonraker as the 1979 film starring Roger Moore as James Bond, Nokia’s Moonraker was actually a colorful smartwatch that looks similar in design to Sony’s Smartwatch 3. Existence of Moonraker... Read more...
Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: Microsoft has officially announced a brand new Xbox One SKU that includes a larger 1TB HDD and a new wireless controller. We already brought you news on both of these additions, but this is the first time that Microsoft has actually confirmed the new console and controller. As we previously reported the new 1TB Xbox One will also ship with a “newly designed” Xbox One Wireless Controller which features a built-in 3.5mm headphone jack. “With the updated controller, in addition to the volume and mute controls on gaming headsets, you’ll also have the option... Read more...
Looking for something to do this weekend? Microsoft has made available an ISO for its Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. The company took the unusual step of releasing an ISO for the build before doling it out to the Slow ring, and the reason for that is there's a bug that's preventing users on the Fast ring from getting the latest release. "Hi everyone, today we are releasing the ISOs for Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10130. We are not, however, releasing Build 10130 to the Slow ring due to several bugs we’re looking to fix," Microsoft explained. "Once we have these fixes in hand and ready... Read more...
Your existing game console is about to be behind the times. That's because all three major console players - Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony -- have something new up their respective sleeves. Starting with Microsoft, the company is planning to release a revised Xbox One console that comes with 1TB of onboard storage and a tweaked game controller. We learned a little about the new controller just over a week ago when Microsoft updated one of its support pages to reflect the addition of a 3.5mm audio port. Microsoft revealed that it would be available on controllers released after June 2015, but didn't... Read more...
As much as we’re looking forward to Windows 10’s major new features (like Cortana integration and the Edge browser), we’re glad to see that Microsoft isn’t ignoring the little features that affect our productivity in more subtle ways. The company announced today that Windows 10 will be even better at handling, well, windows. Microsoft is quick to point out that each recent version of Windows has made it easier to position multiple windows on a screen. By the time Windows 7 rolled around, handling two or more windows was pretty easy. The Snap feature lets you just drag a window to the side of the... Read more...
If you’re a heavy Skype user (like me), Microsoft has opened up a new way to use the service — that is if you live in the United States or the United Kingdom. The new Skype for Web (which is currently in beta) allows you to leave the desktop client behind and Skype with your closest contacts straight from your favorite web browser. Getting started with Skype for Web is a rather simple affair; all you have to do is point your browser to web.skype.com and login with your Skype credentials. Before you begin, you may be asked to install a plugin to allow audio and video calls (or at least I was asked);... Read more...
Microsoft is planning to release a new version of its Office productivity suite, Office 2016, sometime later this year. In the meantime, Microsoft has made available an Office 2016 Public Preview, which is also available for Mac users, and there are a few new features that were just added. One of them is called "Real Time Presence," a technology that ties into Real Time Typing.What Real Time Presence does is allow you to see not only who is editing a shared document, but where in a document a teammate is making edits. It's a feature that Microsoft says will be available first for OneDrive for Business... Read more...
Well, that’s the last time that we’ll look to Newegg for any insight on pricing for unreleased software. Over the weekend, product listings for Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Professional showed up on the online retailer's site indicating a release date of August 31. That information turned out to be wrong; the release date is actually July 29. The product listings also showed suggested retail prices of $109.99 and $149.99 respectively. Again, that information is incorrect.  Microsoft today did confirm Windows 10 pricing and for customers that aren’t eligible for a free upgrade, the upgrade... Read more...
We’ve heard all about what features are coming to Windows 10 over the past few months. First announced at the end of January, Windows 10 is set to be a blockbuster release for Microsoft and will be a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 customers. More recently, we’ve learned that Windows 10 will be available for customers on July 29, and we’ve also received a preliminary look at pricing for the operating system (for those that don’t qualify for the free upgrade). We’re now learning more about the system requirements for Windows 10, and thankfully it looks as though it won’t take much... Read more...
Owners of Halo: The Master Chief Collection for the Xbox One can now download Remnant, a re-imagined version of the Halo 2 multiplayer map, and Halo 3: ODST, Microsoft and 343 Industries announced. The latter was previously promised as part of an apology for the many problems that plagued the massive Halo collection from day one. For this release, the Halo 3: ODST campaign has been enhanced and runs in 1080p at 60 frames per second for the first time. It's a free add-on for players who logged into their Xbox Live account and played Halo: The Master Chief Collection between November 11, 2014 and... Read more...
In mid-March, we first brought you news that Microsoft and Xiaomi were looking to get Mi 4 smartphone owners the opportunity to leave Android behind and test out the Windows 10 operating system for smartphones (now known as Windows 10 Mobile). “This partnership will allow Xiaomi and Microsoft to get direct user feedback and continue to improve the experience for China,” said Microsoft at the time. “Microsoft is thrilled to see Xiaomi embracing Windows 10 and offering this great value to their customers. We’re excited to see the feedback we receive from this audience.” It looks a though Microsoft... Read more...
Lenovo and Microsoft have teamed up to offer Lenovo-brand PC users a smarter Cortana experience. The way they've accomplished that is by pairing Cortana with REACHit, the latter of which Lenovo designed to help users manager their files and find what they're looking for in a faster, more efficient way. By integrating REACHit with Cortana, the latter's search capabilities are greatly expanded. The two technologies play off each other to extend the sources from which content can be found. Once a user creates a unique Lenovo ID, Cortana and REACHit can be utilized to access a wide variety of data... Read more...
Does the world really need 76 flashlight apps? Microsoft thinks not, and it’s planning to cull the least useful apps (flashlight and otherwise) from the Windows App Store in the near future. Microsoft sent app developers a letter this week outlining several tweaks to its App Store policy that are designed to reduce clutter and improve search results for its customers. “Visual and category clutter negatively impact customer expericne with Windows Store,” Microsoft’s Bernardo Zamora wrote in a blog post. “This includes apps with similar icons and titles that can be confusing to customers, in addition... Read more...
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