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A class-action lawsuit filed in Illinois accuses Microsoft of being too aggressive in its campaign to get Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit allege that after upgrading, which in some cases occurred without their permission, their PCs were inoperable, forcing them to either pay for repairs or upgrade to a brand new system. The lawsuit also complains of lost data. "The Windows 10 system often installs itself without any action being taken by the consumer. The first the consumer knows of the installation is a message on the computer screen, 'DO NOT TURN OFF YOUR COMPUTER... Read more...
For all of Microsoft's successes in hardware (Surface Pro and Surface Book are both great devices), it has never been able to make an impact in the mobile phone market. The failure to do so was underscored at the end of last year when Microsoft decided to stop selling Lumia handsets at its Microsoft Store. Be that as it may, Microsoft has never said it's getting out of the phone hardware business completely. Perhaps the company is waiting for the right moment, or the right innovation. With regards to the latter, a newly published Microsoft patent points to a foldable Surface Phone on the horizon.... Read more...
Once a relatively niche market, the gaming peripheral sector is now a big business that has attracted a bevy of hardware makers looking to cash in on the craze. It is not just third-party hardware partners that recognize the opportunity, either. Microsoft offers its own accessories, including customized controllers. It is perhaps best known for its Xbox Elite controller, a premium $150 game pad with interchangeable parts. Now the company is introducing a more affordable wireless controller, the Recon Tech Special Edition. The Recon Tech Special Edition is the first product in Microsoft's new Tech... Read more...
Members of the Xbox Insider program have spoken out about certain features they would like to see Microsoft implement and lo and behold, the Redmond outfit is responding to the feedback. Over the course of the next few weeks, Xbox Insiders will see a handful of new features they requested, including the ability to filter game libraries by platform (Xbox One and Xbox 360). "Gamers are at the center of everything we do at Xbox – we value your opinions and want you to help evolve the Xbox experience. Over the past few months, we’ve released brand new features to Insiders including Beam broadcasting... Read more...
We are just weeks away from Microsoft releasing its Creators Update for Windows 10, one of two major Windows platform updates scheduled for 2017. Microsoft will use the remaining time to clean up code and stomp out bugs, hence why it continues to dish out preview builds to Windows Insiders. In fact, Microsoft began this week by releasing a new preview build (15063) to Insiders in the Fast ring. At this late stage, it is not likely that Microsoft will inject any major new features into the Creators Update. Even minor feature additions will be rare at best. Rumor has it Microsoft will release the... Read more...
Apple may look to the field of augmented reality to help set its upcoming iPhone 8 device apart from the competition. Perhaps just as importantly, infusing AR into the iPhone 8 would set its next flagship phone apart from previous iPhone models, a not unimportant goal after Apple faced criticism for the lack of innovation that went into designing the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. That is not to say the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are bad phones. Far from it—they're the best iPhones to date, and some would consider them the best smartphones available. But compared to previous models, Apple's latest... Read more...
The clock is ticking for users holding out on Windows 7 and 8. For starters, Microsoft is blocking Windows 7 and 8 updates for Intel's seventh generation Core i3, i5 and i7 (Kaby Lake), AMD's Ryzen (Bristol Ridge) and Qualcomm's 8996 processors. The low-level Vulkan API will also not be supporting multiple GPUs on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 and users will need to update to Windows 10 in order to support SLI or CrossFire with Vulkan. Microsoft’s main argument is that this lack of updates will help them to focus on the deep integration between Windows and new silicon generations. Windows... Read more...
The latest preview build for Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update includes language that would allow the company to push out security updates and bug fixes over metered connections even though charges may apply for some users. However, Microsoft said in a statement it will practice restraint by not issuing large updates on metered connections, and instead will only send out fixes it deems critical. The change in policy was noted earlier this week in a preview build issued to Windows Insiders. Before that build arrived, Windows 10 presented the following language with regards to updates... Read more...
So apparently Microsoft has begun mass producing its second generation Surface Book, with upstream supply chain players expecting the company to make an announcement by the end of the month or sometime in April. That is not really surprising—Microsoft has several generations of Surface Pro models under its belt, so why not keep the Surface Book line alive? What is somewhat surprising, however, is that Microsoft may opt for a traditional clamshell design rather than stick with the detachable 2-in-1 form factor of the original.It seems that Microsoft wants to create more separation between the Surface... Read more...
When it comes to supporting legacy operating systems on new hardware, Microsoft has just unleashed the mother of all nuclear options. We already knew that Microsoft and its hardware partners — namely Intel and AMD — will not provide official support for the newest generation of PC processors on operating systems released prior to Windows 10. “To achieve the highest confidence in the performance of our AMD Ryzen desktop processors, AMD validated them across two different OS generations, Windows 7 and 10,” said AMD with respect to Ryzen support. “However, only support and drivers for Windows 10 will... Read more...
Have you ever wanted to send a message while playing an intense MMO, but did not have time to type? Microsoft has the solution for you, as the company has just released the pilot for its Game Chat Transcription feature for Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. Game Chat Transcription features speech-to-text and text-to-speech capabilities. Speech-to-text converts what a player is verbally conveying into text. Text-to-speech enables typed text to be spoken aloud to other players. This feature is perfect for deaf or hard-of-hearing gamers, or gamers who are simply doing a lot of multitasking. According to... Read more...
Just a week ago, Microsoft was facing criticism for its decision to include Windows OneDrive ads within File Explorer — even for Windows 10 users that are already paying for the service. Today, Microsoft is once again fighting some pushback for a wording change that was discovered in the newest build of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. The change only pertains to users that have a metered connection, either through a wired ISP like Comcast or Cox, or via wireless means (i.e. AT&T or Verizon Wireless). Previously, Windows 10 presented the following language with regards to updates... Read more...
Microsoft is rolling out another perk to subscribers of its Office Insider program. In addition to testing out new builds and having access to features that have not yet been released to the public, Microsoft is launching a bug bounty program for Office Insiders. Through the bug bounty program, Office Insiders can score anywhere from $500 all the way up to $15,000 for discovering vulnerabilities. "The Microsoft Cloud and Online Services Bounty Program has helped us identify elusive vulnerabilities and provided a way to reward the individuals actively partnering with us to protect our customers.... Read more...
Watch out Minecraft, there is a up and coming sandbox game looking to challenge your throne. Roblox Corp. recently raised $92 million to enhance its customizable sandbox video game. The funds will mostly go to hiring coders to develop social and mobile tools and buying back shares from employees. Roblox was first introduced in beta in 2004, but officially launched in 2006. It started to really gain traction in 2011. Players can customize their avatar for use in multiplayer and games include a variety of scenarios, from running a pizza joint to surviving a natural disaster. Roblox attracts a similar... Read more...
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