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Sometime around September (presumably), Microsoft will release the next major update to Windows 10, the Fall Creators Update. Not to be confused with the Creators Update that was just recently rolled out, the Fall Creators Update is another major release, the third since Windows 10 was made available to the public in July 2015. For those who want to get an early look at what the Fall Creators Update has in store, there is a preview build (16193) now available to download for Windows Insiders who are subscribed to the Fast ring.In case you're not familiar with the Window Insider program, it provides... Read more...
If you’ve been itchin’ to get your hands on new [relatively] affordable mixed reality hardware designed for Windows 10 PCs, the wait is nearly over. Microsoft today at Build 2017 announced that preorders are open for Windows Mixed Reality headset dev kits from Hewlett-Packard and Acer. Both of the headsets use “inside-out tracking", negating the need for external cameras or IR emitters, and provide six degrees of freedom in mixed reality environments. “You’ll be ready to code new mixed reality experiences out of box with a headset and a Windows 10 Creator’s Update PC that meets our recommended... Read more...
Today, during its Build 2017 conference, Microsoft announced the official name for Redstone 3: Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Microsoft isn’t exactly being very creative with its name for the next major update to the Windows 10 operating system, but at least we know when it will be released to consumers. As the follow-up to the Windows 10 Creators Update, which was released last month, the Fall Creators Update brings a number of new features to the table including OneDrive Files On-Demand, Clipboard, Timeline, and Pick Up Where You Left Off. File On-Demand actually restores the “Placeholder”... Read more...
Have you been itching to get your hands on the Cortana Skills Kit? Microsoft just announced at Build 2017 in Seattle, Washington that the Cortana Skills Kit will now be available for public preview. The kit had originally only been available for select developers. According to Microsoft, Cortana is “the world’s most personal and extensible digital assistant—now easier than ever to integrate with your solutions.” Cortana uses natural language processing, therefore, developers do not need to code every variation. Cortana proactively suggests skills to each user and offers an unique experience based... Read more...
Microsoft has just reported that its Windows 10 operating system has crossed another milestone. At the Build 2017 conference, which is going on right now, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 now has over 500 million monthly active users. According to Microsoft, that number includes devices that have been active in the past month, and takes into account not only Windows 10 PCs and Windows 10 Mobile smartphones, but also Xbox One consoles (of which there are roughly 30 million in use around the globe). One month after it summer 2015 release, Windows 10 was installed on over 75 million machines. By... Read more...
Late last year, we began hearing whispers about Microsoft’s HomeHub feature, which is being billed as a direct attack on devices like the Amazon Echo and Google Home. Whereas those aforementioned devices are standalone hardware products, HomeHub is a primarily software solution that leverages that power of the Cortana AI assistant. Today, we’re learning a bit more about HomeHub thanks to leaks of internal concepts for the interface. At its heart, HomeHub is a shared PC experience that is being designed primarily for family and kitchen PCs. HomeHub consists of an always-on welcome screen that can... Read more...
A vulnerability researcher at Google is giving props to Microsoft for issuing a quick fix to what he described as a "crazy bad" remote code exploit in the company's malware protection engine. He also said it was the worst of its kind in recent memory, and that is because prior to the patch, a remote attacker could gain full control of a PC simply by sending a malicious email. The recipient needn't even open the communication for this nasty zero-day bug to work. "The update addresses a vulnerability that could allow remote code execution if the Microsoft Malware Protection Engine scans a specially... Read more...
Microsoft announced its Windows 10 S operating system last week at an education-focused event in New York City. There’s no question that Windows 10 S is a direct assault on Chrome OS, which has taken the education market by storm. However, one Google exec sees Windows 10 S as proof that his company made the right design decisions with Chrome OS. Google VP Prabhakar Raghava said in a recent interview that the very existence of Windows 10 S is “a validation of the approach we've taken.” Raghava went on to add, “What educational institutions have demanded is simplicity. It's a real test tube for all... Read more...
If you were hoping to get your hands on an "all-new" Surface Pro 5 any time soon, Microsoft’s Surface chief is throwing some cold water on those plans. In an interview last week, Panos Panay dropped a bombshell, stating, “There's no such thing as a Pro 5." Panay went on to say that whenever the company could bring a “meaningful change” to the Surface Pro formula, it would unleash a true next generation product onto the market. "I'm looking for an experiential change that makes a huge difference in product line.” Microsoft wants to bring profound changes like a monumental increase in battery... Read more...
Amazon and Google are duking it out in the smart home speaker market, the former with its Alexa-enabled Echo products and the latter with its Google Home device, but this is not a two-horse race. As the market grows, so does the competition. Harman Kardon has taken notice and is partnering with Microsoft to offer a smart speaker of its own, one that is powered by Cortana. According to a new teaser page on Harman Kardon's website, it will introduce its Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana sometime this fall. The voice-controller speaker will work similarly to the competition, allowing users to... Read more...
Windows 10 Redstone 3 is off to a brisk start, as Microsoft is shipping new builds to the Fast ring at an impressive pace. A week ago, Microsoft delivered Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16184, and today the company has released Build 16188. Despite the seemingly minuscule jump in build numbers, there are plenty of new features that are lurking within this latest Redstone 3 release. Microsoft has made some significant changes to the PDF Reader that is incorporated into the Edge web browser. Microsoft has added the ability to include annotations and fill-in PDF-based forms in Edge. Navigation has... Read more...
  Are you ready for more Surface hardware? Microsoft earlier this week announced the Surface Laptop, which is a premium Kaby Lake machine that is slathered in Alcantara and features a 13.5-inch PixelSense touch display. However, it looks as though Microsoft has additional Surface hardware in store for us later this month. Last night, Microsoft Corporate VP of Devices Panos Panay took to Twitter to provide this update:See you in Shanghai. May 23. #MicrosoftEvent #Surface https://t.co/aMgvkkqE52 pic.twitter.com/vzcK9MqIpf— Panos Panay (@panos_panay) May 5, 2017 The fact that Panay tagged the... Read more...
If you (or your business) for some reason are still running the initial release of the Windows 10 operating system, you might want to think about upgrading to a newer build. Windows 10 was originally launched during the summer of 2015 with version 1507. Since that time, Microsoft has introduced a number of updates including last summer’s Anniversary Update, and the Creators Update which landed last month. Given that Windows 10 v1507 is nearly two years old, Microsoft is reminding users to either upgrade or face exile from future security updates. According to Microsoft, the initial Windows 10 release... Read more...
If you own a smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile, you’re a small fish in a very big pond. The market is overwhelmingly dominated by smartphones running the Android operating system (81.7 percent), with iOS taking a distant second place (17.9 percent) according to Gartner. Smartphones running Microsoft’s mobile operating systems, however, have just a 0.3 percent share of the global market. How Microsoft handles its dire predicament in the smartphone game is a mystery to us at this point, but Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gave Windows 10 Mobile holdouts some read meat yesterday, stating, “When you... Read more...
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