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In the words of the Beatles, Apple is “gonna try with a little help from my friends”. Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook recently filed comments with the United States International Trade Commission in support of Apple. The comments are part of the recent lawsuit saga between Apple and Qualcomm. Qualcomm is currently trying to get regulators to ban the United States importation of iPhones with modem chips "other than those supplied by Qualcomm affiliates." If granted, the ban would cause devastating losses for Apple. The United States market accounts for roughly 40% of Apple’s total sales.... Read more...
Microsoft this week reported earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter ended June 30, 2017, and what a quarter it was. Non-GAAP revenue came in a healthy $24.7 billion, with earnings per share checking in at 98 cents, beating most estimates. Microsoft's operating income for the past three months was $7 billion, while its profit for the quarter came to $7.7 billion, a large part of which was attributable to Microsoft's cloud business. "Innovation across our cloud platforms drove strong results this quarter," said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer at Microsoft, "Customers are looking to Microsoft... Read more...
Microsoft is making a move into the smart thermostat category, a sector that is currently led by solutions like Nest and Ecobee, though it is not jumping in alone. The Redmond outfit has teamed up with thermostat maker Johnson Controls to build GLAS, Microsoft's first smart thermostat. It features Cortana integration and is powered by the Windows 10 IoT Core operating system and Azure Cloud computing services. The combination of Cortana, Windows 10 IoT Core, and Azure Cloud gives GLAS some unique functionality, such as being able to detect when you're in a room and then adjust the temperature based... Read more...
Eyebrows were raised earlier this week when it was revealed that Microsoft would not be fully supporting PC systems equipped with Intel “Clover Trail” Atom processors. If these machines are running Windows 10, they can’t upgrade from the Anniversary Update to the Creators Update. Affected Intel Clover Trail processors include: Atom Z2760Atom Z2520Atom Z2560Atom Z2580 Adding salt to the wounds of these customers, Microsoft said that security updates for these systems would only extend into 2018. Most of these systems came preinstalled with Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, and had they stayed with Windows... Read more...
While most of us have gotten used to Windows 10’s many benefits (and quirks) over the past two years, one incredibly frustrating experience still remains: its approach to major OS updates. The way that Microsoft has approached Windows updates means that users are often left twiddling their thumbs after the first reboot while various user files are restored and drivers are migrated. However, Microsoft's Jason Howard took to the Windows 10 Feedback Hub to detail new changes that are being made to Windows 10 Insider Preview builds (for the Fall Creators Update). Microsoft wants to ensure that users... Read more...
Do you remember the last time you saw someone with a Windows Phone handset? For me it was yesterday—I was outside chatting with my neighbor, who was taking pictures with her smartphone. I noticed the Windows logo on the bottom and thought to myself, "Heh, you don't see those much anymore." That is not just my observation, either. According to IDC and its latest quarterly tracking data, the Windows Phone platform accounts for just 0.1 percent of all smartphones in existence. Windows Phone was never really a competitive solution to begin with, at least from a market share perspective. However, this... Read more...
If you own a PC system that is running one of Intel’s Clover Trail-based Atom processors, we have some rather disappointing news to deliver if you’re running the Windows 10 operating system. Microsoft is no longer supporting these Atom processors when running Windows 10, which means that customers will no longer be able to new download products updates from Windows Update. In fact, customers running this particular hardware combination can’t even install the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released to the public back in April. According to ZDNet, owners of notebooks, convertibles, and SFF... Read more...
During its Build 2017 conference in May, Microsoft announced that Windows Server would be joining the Windows insider program, which allows users to download and test pre-release builds containing new features that are not available to the general public. Making good on that promise, Microsoft has now made available the first preview build of Windows Server (build 16237) to Insiders. To access the preview build, users need to register at the Windows Insiders for Business program or the Windows Insider program—either one will suffice. After doing that, interested users can download the first preview... Read more...
Microsoft has begun rolling out a new update to Xbox One and Xbox One S game consoles that includes a handful of goodies based on customer feedback. One of those is the ability to upload custom Gamerpics. Rather than being forced to choose from a preset selection, Xbox One gamers will be able to use actual photos of themselves, or whatever they want, on their Xbox profile. "Choose how you want to express yourself," Microsoft says, though the company also warns to "keep it clean." Any uploaded Gamerpics must abide by Microsoft's Code of Conduct, which prohibits "controversial" content, including... Read more...
Microsoft is seemingly quickening the pace in which it releases new builds of the Fall Creators Update, with the latest being Build 16241. Like the builds that came before it, this latest stop on the long journey to RTM for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update adds a number of new features and tweaks that are meant to spruce up the UI and improve functionality across the board. The headlining feature of Build 16241 is a further refinement to the Windows Shell. Cloud Self Service Password Reset (Cloud SSPR), which comes with Azure AD Premium (AADP), now supports full integration with Windows 10.... Read more...
Imagine rocking a system with a 24-core processor that supports Hyper Threading, 64GB of RAM, and a fast solid state drive. Pretty rad setup, right? The last thing you would expect is that performance would be a problem, but for an engineer who owned such a configuration, it was not enough to prevent his mouse from developing a hitch and sometimes even freezing for seconds at a time. In fact, having such a burly CPU may have actually exacerbated the issue. How so? The real culprit is Windows 10, and specifically a "serious process-destruction performance bug" in the operating system that was discovered... Read more...
If you still can't wrap your head around the fact that Microsoft supports using Linux inside of Windows, then prepare to have your mind blown. Today, the company has debuted Ubuntu Linux in the Windows Store, available to anyone running a current Insider Preview build. Writing for the official Windows blog, Microsoft's Rich Turner says that anyone running at least the 16215 build of Windows 10 will be able to take advantage of the software, which is sure to be one of the most complex pieces of software on the store. To be clear, this solution isn't for those wanting to run an entire Linux desktop... Read more...
If you are still rocking a Windows Phone 8.1 device (or older), the end of line is today for end-user support. Microsoft’s support website deems today — July 11th — as the finally day for supporting Windows Phone 8.1. So, what does this mean for those that are still clinging to Windows Phone 8.1-based smartphones? Well, you will no longer receive product updates or the latest security patches for the mobile operating system. This comes just over three years after Windows Phone 8.1 was released to the public as a heavily-updated version of Windows Phone 8. According to June analysis by AdDuplex,... Read more...
One of the biggest challenges that major technology firms have committed to solving is extending broadband Internet service into remote areas. Facebook and Google are both actively involved in connecting the world, and now Microsoft is joining the fray with a unique solution. What Microsoft wants to do is utilize the unused channels between television broadcasts—these are known as white spaces—to bring online broadband connectivity to rural spots in America. Microsoft's effort is part of a $10 billion program to close the broadband gap. Fittingly enough, the Redmond outfit announced its massive... Read more...
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