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Microsoft set off a nuclear blast in the PC enthusiast community this past January when it announced that it would cut off support for Intel Skylake-based machines running Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 on July 17th, 2017. This was ostensibly a move to force more users to upgrade to Windows 10, or else face the possibility of losing access to security updates. The folks in Redmond, Washington justified the move at the time, citing the “advanced” age of the operating systems. Microsoft did, however, give some of its top OEM partners a reprieve, exempting select machines from its banhammer. Needless... Read more...
Someone at Microsoft is having one of those Southwest moments where the airlines asks, "Want to get away?" That's because someone at the Redmond outfit leaked a security key that could allow attackers to bypass the protections in Windows devices that are put in place through Secure Boot. Worse yet, now that the genie's out of the bottle, there's no putting it back in. Security researchers MY123 and Slipstream discovered the so-called golden key that they say allows someone with admin rights or with physical access to a system to bypass Secure Boot to install and run their operating system of choice,... Read more...
Back in early July we first began hearing rumors that Microsoft was making plans to add an all-in-one (AIO) PC to its Surface family. Microsoft has given us multiple generations of Surface and Surface Pro tablets along with the innovative Surface Book, so an AIO would be a welcome addition. Today, Windows Central is shedding a little bit more light on the rumored AIO along with the news that three different screen sizes are being tested by the folks in Redmond, Washington. Microsoft reportedly is working on a 21-inch Full HD version along with 24- and 27-inch models with 4K displays. All three... Read more...
The $299 2TB Xbox One S was the first SKU made available for Microsoft’s refreshed console, and it remains the only console that you can actually get your hands on at this moment. The 500GB and 1TB SKUs are available for pre-order right now, but won’t arrive in stores until August 23rd. We always knew that the 2TB model was considered the “Launch Edition” and that it would initially be available in limited quantities until production of the 500GB and 1TB SKUs was fully ramped up. However, what we didn’t know was that the 2TB SKU won’t be restocked once inventory is completely depleted. Microsoft... Read more...
As a rule of thumb, it's a good idea to back up your important data prior to installing any type of major update. That includes the Anniversary Update for Windows 10, essentially a modern day Service Pack, which seems to be tripping up some systems. If you head over to reddit, you'll find several complaints of PCs not responding shortly after logging in after applying the update.Reddit user SoloWingX brought the issue to attention with an ongoing post describing his initial problem and what effect various suggested troubleshooting steps have had on his setup. SolowingX says that "everything went... Read more...
Another word of warning before you proceed with installing the Anniversary Update for Windows 10—you only have 10 days to decide if things are working out or whether you want to roll back to a previous build. After 10 days, Windows 10 locks you into the Anniversary Update for good, whereas previously Microsoft allowed 30 days to evaluate things.For most people this will be no big deal. In our limited testing, the Anniversary Update has been running fine on multiple PCs and configurations. But that's not going to be the case across the board. Limiting the ability to roll things back to a previous... Read more...
Microsoft has been working overtime for the past few months as it put the finishing touches on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. As we got closer to July 29th, Microsoft was issuing new builds seemingly every day in preparation. Now that the Anniversary Update has been pushed out to Windows 10 users, Microsoft is looking to the future. For your everyday Windows users, Windows 10 updates will simply be in “maintenance mode” with bug fixes and the usual security updates for the next six months or so. But according to Microsoft’s Nathan Mercer, that will change in 2017. “Based on feedback from organizations... Read more...
Microsoft's been on a mission to bring a series of artificially intelligent chatbots to its Skype service as a way to enhance Skype and offer new experiences. That effort continues today with the introduction several more Skype Bots, including Spock, who can help you learn the ways of Vulcan logic (or provide a distraction from work). This whole bot thing kicked off in April when Microsoft rolled out a series of preview Skype Bots. They've been well received and there are now over 30,000 developers building bots on the Skype platform, with thousands able to share their bots through a Skype join... Read more...
Microsoft made a huge fuss about getting customers to upgrade from Windows 7 and Windows 8.x to Windows 10 — all free of charge of course. The last day to perform the free upgrade was July 29th, and in the weeks leading up to that deadline, Microsoft employed some questionable tactics to get users to bite. We already know that users who currently take advantage of Assistive Technologies can still upgrade to Windows 10 for free (and even those who don’t can simply go to this page and download a free copy). But according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley, Microsoft has left open yet another “window” to allow... Read more...
At long last, Microsoft released its Anniversary Update for Windows 10 yesterday, though not for every platform. The long anticipated update, which is the second major one for Windows 10 since it was released a year ago (we called them Service Packs in the old days), is now available for PCs, Xbox One consoles, and HoloLens, but not for Windows 10 Mobile devices. The Anniversary Update for Windows 10 Mobile is scheduled to arrive August 9. Well, maybe. Microsoft's official Twitter account for Lumia in India posted a tweet indicating the August 9 release date, adding that "if you have any queries,... Read more...
The technology teardown specialists at iFixIt wasted no times getting their eager mitts on Microsoft's brand spanking new Xbox One S console, a slimmed down version of the original with a few notable upgrades, including a GPU that's clocked around 7 percent higher. So what's it like playing a real life game of Operation on the Xbox One S? It's similar to tearing into a Day One Edition Xbox One released three years ago, though not entirely the same. Things have been rejiggered in downsizing the Xbox One's physical dimensions. However, before getting inside, you'll need to remove/destroy the tampering... Read more...
Microsoft just made it easier to purchase its HoloLens Development Edition hardware if you live in the United States or Canada. There's no longer an application process or need to be invited, you can just head over to the online Microsoft Store and buy the augmented reality eyeglasses outright, though you better bring a bag of loot—it costs USD $3,000 in the U.S. and $4,000 in moose bucks (CAD). That's a chunk of change though it's not really intended for consumers at this point. As its name implies, the Development Edition is aimed at developers at this early stage, and if you have the requisite... Read more...
The Xbox One S officially launched today, and it’s an evolutionary upgrade for Microsoft’s current generation of consoles. The Xbox One S is 40 percent smaller than its predecessor, gains an IR blaster and includes a slightly revised wireless controller that now features built-in Bluetooth connectivity. But what about the hardware inside the console? What’s been changed to allow the console to support 4K scaling and HDR gaming? The folks at Digital Foundry decided to do some digging and we now have a pretty good idea of how the Xbox One S compares to the Xbox One in performance. First of all, the... Read more...
Microsoft is putting up some big money for eSports players who plan on honing their skills in Gears of War 4 after it releases. It's getting its own Pro Circuit, Microsoft announced today, with a generous prize pool of $1 million in cash awards that can be won through marquee live open events around the world operated by Major League Gaming (MLG) and Gfinity. If you're going to spend a million bucks on marketing, this is a good way to do it. The eSports category has grown exponentially over the past several years with participants from all over the world getting in on the action. With Gears of... Read more...
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