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If you are like me, the Aero themes under the Personalize menu in Windows 7 and Windows 10's minimalist design language are just not enough to give your PC a unique look. You want more than a new wallpaper, some icons, and simple color changes. There are utilities out there, both free and commercial, that will give you a custom desktop far beyond anything you can get from the Windows theme presets. You can go with the out of the box look, or customize things on your own with a little fiddling. Let's start with Rainmeter, an open source, free utility focused primarily on information display on your... Read more...
There's nothing wrong with showing up fashionably late to the party, and at long last, WhatsApp has decided to don the desktop with its presence. The wildly popular messaging application that's owned by Facebook announced the availability of its first desktop app for PCs running Windows 8 and higher and Macs running OS X 10.9 or newer.Since the desktop app runs natively on the desktop rather than through a web browser, WhatsApp brings support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts, and so forth. But perhaps the biggest draw is end-to-end encryption. Much to the chagrin of government... Read more...
Despite significant user outcry that the Windows 10 upgrade mechanism has gone rogue, installing on customers' Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 machines when their backs turned or otherwise away from the computer, Microsoft is pleading innocent. We first brought you news of the automatic Windows 10 upgrades over the weekend, and in nearly every case, Windows 10 installed without user intervention — something that is clearly not supposed to happen based on previous commentary from Windows chief Terry Myerson. Microsoft issued the following statement regarding the “unplanned” upgrades: We shared in... Read more...
A few weeks ago, we talked about how Microsoft wants to improve the interoperability between the Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs. At the very least, games built using Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform can be developed for both Xbox and Windows at the same time, and part of that perk means that many (or all) of these games will allow gamers to play against (or with) each other cross-platform. Well, going forward, things could be improving in that regard. At the ongoing Game Developers Conference, Microsoft announced that it's aiming to pave the way for cross-network play in games released for both... Read more...
Microsoft has just released another update to Windows 10 Mobile, bringing us up to version 10586.122. The company notes that this isn't going to be the bulkiest release it's let loose, but that those coming from Windows Phone 8.1 should notice the most obvious improvements with regards to the upgrade experience. The company also added support for 4 new phones: MCJ Madosma Q501, BLU Win HD W510U, BLU Win HD LTE X150Q, and ALCATEL ONETOUCH Fierce XL. This is one of the rarer builds that actually goes to the Slow and Release Preview rings, so if you're running the Fast ring and want to go with a more... Read more...
Few operating systems are quite as iconic as Windows 95, which turned 20 just this past August. Compared to its predecessor, Windows 3.x, Windows 95 was an update unlike most others. The desktop environment was completely overhauled to offer easier navigation and a better experience overall. It was also the first Windows release to have a Start menu, a feature that has since remained in the bottom left-hand corner, and has been updated again and again (to the chagrin of some). There's lots about Windows 95 that can make people feel nostalgic. Take, for example, the classic game Hover, which Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft caused a lot of confusion and anger in the enthusiast community when it was announced that customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 on Skylake hardware would no longer be officially supported after July 17th, 2017. That means critical security updates will no longer be delivered to these systems, and even if they are provided, Microsoft will do so only “if the update does not risk the reliability or compatibility of the Windows 7/8.1 platform on other devices.” Although it wasn’t entirely clear at the time (because we couldn’t fathom that Microsoft would take this drastic of an action... Read more...
Microsoft is really pushing its Windows 10 operating system, and many people are actually taking the plunge. After all, Windows 10 is free upgrade for customers running Windows 7 and Windows 8, so it’s a compelling option for those that want to have the latest and greatest operating system at their fingertips. Windows 10 adoption is growing at a steady clip, with one recent report suggesting that global installs have topped 200 million. However, the same cannot be said for Microsoft’s Edge browser, the successor to the venerable Internet Explorer (now on version 11). New data from NetMarketShare... Read more...
With its Windows OS, Microsoft is likely the biggest victim of piracy on Earth, and it's no secret that China plays a major role in that. But, so too do other issues, such as the Chinese government's distaste or distrust of American companies. This ties into the reason that China is working to get its own CPU off the ground, as well as its own OS. Microsoft realizes this problem well, but can't ignore the huge potential of penetrating the Chinese government market. So it has decided to go out of its comfort zone to cater to the Chinese government's requirements. It's doing so by establishing a... Read more...
Earlier this week, some funky things started happening with the Windows 10 November Update. For starters, some people noticed that the update removed some of their apps without permission. In addition, Microsoft removed the Media Creation Tool (MCT), which prevented users from being able to download Windows 10 ISOs. At the time, Microsoft explained the removal of the MCT with the following statement: The November update was originally available via the MCT tool, but we've decided that future installs should be through Windows Update. People can still download Windows 10 using the MCT tool if they... Read more...
A few botched updates from Microsoft this week have us questioning their forced update strategy with Windows 10.  If you've had issues logging into your Windows 7 computer, if Outlook is crashing randomly, or if you are unable to open documents from Sharepoint, the fixes are below.  The troublesome KB's in question are KB3055034, KB3101521, and KB3097877.KB3055034 was actually released in October but most users probably haven't encountered any issues stemming from it because it seems to only break Office programs when files are opened from Sharepoint.  We are covering it now because... Read more...
Microsoft launched its Windows 10 operating system on July 29th, and it was praised for its wealth of new features, remarkable stability, performance, and return of the Start menu. However, the operating system has been dogged by issues surrounding user privacy. From machine IDs, to key logging, to silently downloading a multi-gigabyte ISO of Windows 10 to Windows 7 and Windows 8 machines without user permission, Microsoft has a lot to answer for. Today, Windows chief Terry Myerson took to the official Windows blog to help clear the air with respect to Windows 10 and user privacy. Myerson starts... Read more...
Microsoft has just released a new Windows 10 build for those folks using the 'fast' ring (and have opted to receive preview builds). As you'd expect with a build that's come out after the final release has, there's not that much to talk about here. Most of Microsoft's efforts going forward are going to relate to bug-fixing as well as refinement. An example of that refinement can be seen in the show below. According to Microsoft, it's received feedback about inconsistencies in contextual menus - mostly with regards to how they don't fit the overall theme of the OS. As it appears in this shot, the... Read more...
Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize the leaks as much as possible have been requested. To this end, we've put together a quick guide to help out. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the... Read more...
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