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Microsoft's grand vision for the future is a single ecosystem spread across multiple device categories. That ecosystem is based on Windows 10, which is now installed on more than 200 million active devices around the world. Suffice to say, Windows 10 is off to a fast start, but what about Windows 10 Mobile? Microsoft continues to work on the mobile version of Windows 10, having just released a new preview build (14283) available to Insiders subscribed to the Fast Ring.Unfortunately for owners of older Lumia handsets, this latest build is not for you, at least not yet. Microsoft is restricting access... Read more...
It’s been quite a while since we reported on Microsoft employing sneaky tricks to persuade users to upgrade to Windows 10. But perhaps the company was just waiting until our guard was down, because Microsoft it at it again. This time around, however, it’s targeting businesses and system administrators that have blocked Windows 10 upgrades on legacy operating systems using the tools that Microsoft has provided. It appears that Microsoft snuck in a stealth software update along with the usual security updates that are handed down via Patch Tuesday. This time around, GWX.exe is once again rearing... Read more...
Microsoft was the bearer of bad news on Monday when it announced some "difficult changes," one of those being the cancellation of Fable Legends. The cooperative action role-playing game was to become the latest title in the long-running Fable series developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. In addition to pulling the plug on further development of Fable Legends, Microsoft said it's closing Press Play Studios in Denmark, which most recently was working on Project Knoxville, a third-person multiplayer survival game that was to be an exclusive release on Xbox One. But with... Read more...
When it comes to technology, teenagers have it easy these days. They have access to fast load times, fancy graphics, oodles of storage, touchscreen interfaces, and powerful mobile computing that fits in their pockets. They'll never know the struggle of tapping into extended memory in DOS to play games or dial-up Internet. But to give them a taste of a era gone by, Fine Brothers Entertainment subjected several teenagers to an old PC running Windows 95. Fine Brothers Entertainment often releases videos of certain demographics reacting to things they're not likely to encounter on their own. Just over... Read more...
If you’re running a Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL or a Lumia 550, your smartphone came straight from the factory running Windows 10 Mobile (which is still a work in progress). For those running older Lumias with Windows Phone 8.1, you’ve had to wait patiently for the official release of Windows 10 Mobile or take your chances in the Windows Insider program via test builds. Now, Evan Blass, who is well known to those that follow the mobile industry, is claiming that Microsoft will initiate a wide scale rollout of Windows 10 Mobile later this month. “In an email to partners, Microsoft is now targeting a... Read more...
Microsoft is serving up a fresh Windows 10 Insider Preview build and thankfully, this one actually has a bit of extra meat on the bones instead of the skimpy releases we’ve received in the past. Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14279 is a Redstone release and brings with it additional language and regional support for Cortana in addition to new functionality for the digital assistant. For starters, Microsoft Cortana now supports Spanish (Mexico), Portuguese (Brazil) and French (Canada) languages. And to make Windows 10 users feel right at home when selecting their language, Microsoft has buoyed... Read more...
Do you think Microsoft might be a little stoked about DirectX 12? You better believe it. Microsoft's excitement over its next-generation API spilled over into a short video demo comparing the visual effects of DX12 to that of DX11, while also explaining some of the benefits, like reduced latency and smoother frame rates. "DirectX 12 is a ground-breaking Microsoft technology that gives game developers the ability to harness the full capabilities of a PC’s GPU(s) and raise the bar on graphic fidelity and immersive gameplay," Microsoft explains in the video's description. The neat thing about DX12... Read more...
Minecraft is the ultimate sandbox for geeks and gamers alike. It attracts players of all ages and skill levels, and once hooked, it becomes a time waster of epic proportions, as any Minecraft junkie will attest. But for as much fun as Minecraft is to play, its combat system has been pretty limited, at least until now.Development studio Mojang, which is owned by Microsoft, announced a pretty robust update for the PC version of Minecraft. Described as a "Combat Update," the version 1.9 upgrade introduces a host of changes to the combat mechanics designed to "make fighting more interesting." One of... Read more...
Attention all developers, Microsoft is now accepting applications to pre-order the Development Edition of its HoloLens augmented reality (AR) Windows 10 headset. Those who've already submitted an application will begin receiving invitations to purchase the $3,000 headset, which will begin shipping on March 30, 2016. "Today represents a monumental step forward. This is the first step in our journey to consumers. A step focused on our commercial partnerships and on supporting developers, who will help pave the way to consumer availability with amazing and new holographic experiences," Microsoft stated... Read more...
There are some exciting and potentially game changing products and technologies in the pipeline for 2016. Namely, several virtual reality releases and one very interesting augmented reality solution from Microsoft, HoloLens. Microsoft's been a little quiet about HoloLens lately, but thanks to a leaked video, you can catch a glimpse of how HoloLens operates in the real-world. The demos up to this point have all been from Microsoft and rather commercial in nature. What's shown in the video is different. Instead of trying to sell users on the benefits of HoloLens, It's a tutorial video for the recently... Read more...
Microsoft continues to make headway on Redstone, the codename for the next major update to Windows 10. Those subscribed to the Fast ring in Microsoft's Windows Insider program can take a sneak peek at some of the forthcoming enhancements in Redstone courtesy of a new Windows 10 preview build that's available.Preview build 14267 doesn't bring much in the way of brand new features, but it does offer several updates of interest. One of those is a smarter Cortana with a keen ear for music—build 14267 adds a music search icon to the top right of Cortana, and if you click on it, she'll listen and search... Read more...
Good news if you own a Surface Book or Surface Pro 4 device—Microsoft has issue a cumulative firmware update that addresses a whole host of problems, everything from sleep management woes (some users reported exceptionally poor battery life in sleep mode) to graphics glitches and everything in between. Owners of Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 products have been complaining of various issues since the products came out. The complaints have been varied, including a mix of niggling annoyances and some major issues, like excessive battery drain in sleep mode and overheating when the systems should... Read more...
Microsoft has to be impressed with the overall positive reception to Windows 10 and rate of adoption compared to previous releases, particularly Windows 8. According to Microsoft, more than three quarters of its enterprise and education customers are in active pilots of Windows 10, and now one of the largest enterprises around—the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)—is joining the party. The Secretary of Defense has directed all U.S. DoD agencies to rapidly deploy Windows 10 throughout their respective organizations for all information systems that currently utilize a Windows OS. That includes laptops,... Read more...
We were intrigued when Microsoft released its first generation Wireless Display Adapter back in September 2014. The device lets you stream content with ease from your Android device or Windows PC to any display or TV with a built-in HDMI port through the use of Miracast technology.  Microsoft is now releasing a second generation of the Intel Wi-Di-certified adapter Wireless Display Adapter, which features a smaller form-factor. All of the features that you loved in the first generation device have transferred over to the second generation, and Microsoft says that it has also managed to reduce... Read more...
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