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Microsoft has a history of riling people up over the way it promotes its own software and services in Windows. One of the longstanding disputes is between Microsoft and developers who make third-party browsers. Microsoft over the years has been accused on several occasions of unfairly favoring Internet Explorer or, more recently, its Edge browser over the competition, and lest anyone think the matter has been put to rest, the co-founder and CEO of Vivaldi is pretty ticked off. For anyone who is not aware, Vivaldi is a third-party browser that has been referred to as the spiritual successor to Opera.... Read more...
Some big changes are coming to the Xbox One. Microsoft will introduce them all to the Xbox One community at large when its Creators Update arrives in the spring, though in the meantime gamers who are members of Microsoft's Xbox Insider Preview program can take an early look at some of the feature upgrades by downloading the latest Insider update. If you're a member and don't see it yet, hang tight—Microsoft starting rolling out the update to a small subset of gamers on Monday and will make it available to all other Insiders in the coming weeks. "For gamers, the Creators Update is about performance,... Read more...
From the very first day of availability, Microsoft has been so determined to get Windows users to upgrade to Windows 10 that it offered free upgrades. Anyone who was rocking a copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 had an entire year to upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost, and that offer still stands for anyone who uses the accessibility features in Windows. On top of that, Microsoft announced today that customers with Windows subscriptions through its Cloud Solution Provider (CSP) program can also now upgrade their Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 PCs to Windows 10. What that means is customers subscribed to... Read more...
Microsoft is on a roll when it comes to infusing Windows 10 with new functionality on a regular basis. Over the summer, Microsoft released the Anniversary Update, and this spring it will release the Creators Update to the public. The latest step to the public release of the Windows 10 Creators Update comes in the form of Insider Preview Build 15014, which is now available on the Fast ring. There are a number of new features introduced with Build 15014, which include the appearance of a new power slider for “select” Windows 10 devices. The slider brings critical power management tools right to the... Read more...
Are you a bigger fan of the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One? If recent hints are anything to go by, the gap between the two should be fairly large. The PlayStation 4 is reportedly outselling the Xbox One by a 2-to-1 ratio. Microsoft stopped reporting the number of Xbox One sales quite a while ago, so where then did the most recent numbers come from? A SuperData report about the Nintendo Switch offhandedly mentioned that there are currently 26 million Xbox One installed base units and 55 million PS4 units. These numbers were further confirmed by Daniel Ahmad, a digital games analyst for Niko China.... Read more...
It appears as though Microsoft will be joining its competition in having an ebook store of its own. The feature was revealed in an internal build of Windows 10 Mobile, though the addition of an ebook store is said to be also coming to PCs and tablets running Windows 10. Assuming Microsoft goes through with those plans, the feature is likely to roll out with the Creators Update.This does not come as much of a surprise, considering that Microsoft recently added EPUB support to its Edge browser in Windows 10. On top of that, its biggest rivals—Amazon, Apple, and Google—all have ebook stores as well,... Read more...
Microsoft has some good news for game developers, and especially those who are taking advantage of its DirectX 12 API. The Redmond outfit announced that PIX, its premier performance tuning and debugging tool for Xbox, is now available for free on Windows 10. The standalone tool for Windows 10 is built on the Xbox version, so developers targeting both platforms can get started optimizing their Windows titles, too. "It has become increasingly clear that, with low-level APIs such as DirectX 12, attaining the best performance requires deep insight into every step of the rendering process. On Xbox,... Read more...
Little by little, Microsoft has been revealing new things about its upcoming Creators Update for Windows 10, both for PCs and Xbox One. With regards to the latter, Microsoft recently touched on some performance improvements and changes to the Guide menu that will make navigation easier and faster. There is now a video showing the updated Guide menu in action, as demonstrated by Xbox Platform boss Mike Ybarra. Ybarra offered up a sneak peek of the new menu system during a stream on his Beam channel. He also took a screen capture and posted it to Twitter. If you missed the stream, don't fret—YouTube... Read more...
Microsoft may have closed the door on its Lumia family of smartphones, but that doesn’t mean that the company has given up on phones altogether. Mobile represents a huge opportunity for a company like Microsoft — an opportunity that up until this point it has largely squandered. However, a new patent filing reveals that Microsoft could still have a few more tricks up its sleeve; in this case, a folding smartphone. If such a design were to make it to production, it would likely adopt Surface branding, joining the likes of the aerobatic Surface Pro, Surface Book and Surface Studio. Entitled “Mobile... Read more...
When it comes to operating systems of the past two decades, Windows XP had a remarkably long run thanks to its robust app and hardware support (and ubiquity). Microsoft hoped to build on these strengths with its successor, Windows Vista, but ultimately failed. So, when Windows 7 came around, it was seen as a breath of fresh, taking many of the positives of Windows Vista and melding it into a powerful an feature-packed operating system. To many consumers and businesses, Windows 7 has been the “gold standard” for the past seven years and see little reason to upgrade. Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 didn’t... Read more...
Microsoft has often said that Windows 10 offers the best security features and malware protection of any Windows OS to date. In case anyone doubts that claim, the Redmond outfit explained how Windows 10 with the Anniversary Update installed was able to thwart a pair of potentially dangerous zero-day exploits months before it had released a patch that dealt with them directly. The Anniversary Update that rolled out in August introduced a bunch of security upgrades to Windows 10, including improvements to Windows Defender. Many of the upgrades are intended to help Windows 10 identify and neutralize... Read more...
When Windows 10 Build 14997 leaked in December, it foreshadowed a lot of updates and functionality that would later be introduced to official testers with Builds 15002 and 15007. One of the features that drew the interest of the enthusiast community was the discovery of the performance enhancing Game Mode. Microsoft for the first time this week confirmed Game Mode, and announced that it will soon be available for Windows Insiders to try out. “Windows Insiders will start seeing some of the visual elements for Game Mode this week, with the feature being fully operational in builds shortly thereafter,”... Read more...
Microsoft continues to dish out new Windows 10 preview builds to Windows Insiders at a furious pace. The latest version (build 15007) is another one that has been released to Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring and applies to both PC and mobile. It brings with it a surprising amount of new features, considering how fleshed out the previous release was, including several improvements to Cortana.Microsoft's digital assistant can now help users pick up where they left off when using multiple PCs. While that can sometimes be a cumbersome process, the newest build has Cortana displaying... Read more...
There are some horrific things that get posted on the Internet; we're talking downright disturbing. Unfortunately, for a pair of former Microsoft employees whose job it was to sift through the worst of the worst and report illegal activity—rape, murder, and all kinds of sick, twisted content—it left them suffering with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), according to a lawsuit filed against the Redmond outfit. Not only was the job mentally disturbing, the lawsuit further alleges that Microsoft took a dismissive attitude towards worker complaints and failed to provide adequate health care coverage.... Read more...
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