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Microsoft has decided to extend support for one of the earliest builds of Windows 10, version 1511, which it released two years ago. The early build is getting six additional months of support (through April 2018) from Microsoft, though not for all users. Microsoft's support extension applies to anyone using Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education, and not the regular version of Windows 10. "To help some early enterprise adopters that are still finishing their transition to Windows as a service, we will be providing a supplemental servicing package for Windows 10, version 1511 for an additional... Read more...
Over the past week, many of the country's leading retailers have unveiled their tantalizing Black Friday deals. We've seen ads from Best Buy, Target, and Walmart among others. Hardware companies are also getting in on the festivities as well; the latest of which is Microsoft. The company just posted its Black Friday ad, and there are quite a few gems in there for gamers and productivity fiends alike. On the gaming front, Microsoft will discount the Xbox One S 500GB console to just $189 (a price matched by a few other retailers for Black Friday). However, Microsoft is sweetening the deal by giving... Read more...
If you own an Xbox One X and have been unhappy with some aspects of the Blu-ray playback capability, Microsoft's Mike Ybarra says that a fix is incoming. The integrated 4K Blu-ray player that the Xbox One X offers is one way that some buyers have justified the purchase of the console. $499 for a nice Blu-ray player/game console is palatable for lots of folks out there who don’t spend that much time playing games. The catch for some early adopters of the game console is that the On X isn’t performing as it should when content is played on a HDR-capable TV. Reports indicate that there... Read more...
What it is that constitutes a personal computer has changed over the years, and especially in recent history with mobile form factors taking a strong hold in the marketplace. And for a blip in time, it seemed as though tablets were poised to replace traditional PCs (desktops, laptops, all-in-ones), with Apple's iPad family leading the charge. But now? Tablet shipments have plummeted, and according to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the iPad is not a "real computer." Nadella playfully let his feelings be known when he spotted a couple of journalists wielding iPad tablets as he was getting ready to... Read more...
Microsoft pushed the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update out the door last month, and is well along in the development process for the next major release of Windows 10. This upcoming release is part of the Redstone 4 development branch, and Microsoft has just sent out a new build to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring: Windows 10 Build 17035. This new build brings an oft-requested feature to the Microsoft Edge browser: the ability to mute individual tabs that may be playing [annoying] audio. You can simply click on the audio icon to mute a tab in question; clicking it again will restore audio. The option... Read more...
Microsoft has published a new and official set of standards for consumers who want to ensure they have a "highly secure Windows 10" device. The new standards are for general purpose desktops, laptops, tablets, 2-in-1s, mobile workstations, and good old fashioned desktops. They are broken up into two categories—hardware and firmware—and apply to devices running the Fall Creators Update. The hardware section consist of half a dozen sub-categories that read almost like a list of recommended requirements for a game. At the top of the list is the processor. In order to have a highly security Windows... Read more...
There are more resolution options for the upcoming Xbox One X gaming console than many expected. We all knew that the Xbox One X, hailed as the most powerful game console ever, would work with 1080p TVs, 4K TVs and monitors, but many gamers don’t want either of those resolutions. What some gamers want is support for 1440p, which is WHQ or 2560x1440 resolution. While we haven't heard much on support for this resolution, the game console will support that resolution and do so natively. Some feared when they connect their 1440p monitors, they would be met with screen images that were simply 1080p... Read more...
Consumer Reports (CR) has really gotten under the Microsoft's with its claims that the Surface line of devices is unreliable. CR has already stated that it will not award the coveted "Recommended" status to the new Surface Book 2 and Microsoft is still rankled by the decision. Microsoft has stepped up again and is offering up some new data on its Surface range and is stating that fewer than 1 in 100,000 new Surface devices have reliability issues. The row between the Redmond, Washington software giant and the publication started earlier this year after a CR survey of 90,000 subscribers found that... Read more...
Microsoft has been drilling it in our heads ever since Windows 10 launched that Edge is the best browser in the land. The company has made claims about the browser's speed and its battery performance, all while at the same time touting superiority over competitors like Mozilla Firefox and Opera. Microsoft has reserved the harshest criticism for Google Chrome, which is by far the world's most popular internet browser. However, an incident involving a presenter during a Microsoft Ignite session had on egg on Microsoft's face instead of Google. The presenter was going through how to migrate your applications,... Read more...
In an effort to convince the entire world to make the upgrade to Windows 10—or at least every Windows user—Microsoft offered the OS as a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 users for the first year, and then continued to offer it for free through its assistive technologies page. Customers who user assistive technologies can still upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost, as well as anyone else (more on that in a second), at least for now. Come late December, the free ride will be over. Maybe. As it stands, the assistive technologies pages lists an expiration date of December 31, 2017. That will... Read more...
After apparently getting its signals crossed, Microsoft has finally settled on an official launch date for the Surface Pro with LTE. Microsoft Surface Chief Panos Panay made the announcement this week at the Future Decoded event, stating that the long-awaited tablet will be available on December 1st. If you recall, this date was first revealed by Surface Pro program manager Tim Golik back in late September. The launch date reveal by Golik was apparently provided by mistake, and Microsoft later issued a statement, claiming, "The Surface Pro with LTE will be available later this year. We will have... Read more...
One of the great things about the current generation of consoles like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One is that both Sony and Microsoft have steadily improved their capabilities with software updates over the years. In the case of Microsoft, it has just released a new alpha firmware update to Xbox Insiders that allows them to save console settings to the cloud. This will definitely come in handy for those that have tweaked every possible setting on their Xbox One to perfection, and would rather save a few clicks (and headaches) when replacing a defective console, or when upgrading to a new and... Read more...
Well here is some good news for fans of the Final Fantasy franchise. When Final Fantasy XV: Windows Edition finally arrives on PC next year, it will not require a monster setup to run. Square Enix revealed the game's minimum and recommended system requirements on the title's listing in the Microsoft Store, and by the looks of it, a modest PC will be enough to get the game up and running. Even the recommended specs are reasonable. Starting with the minimum system requirements, the game will run on a system with an Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD FX-6100 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 760 graphics... Read more...
Before Apple's iPad first burst onto the tablet scene in 2010, a leaked Microsoft concept generated a lot of buzz in the enthusiast community. Called Courier (pictured above), the tablet featured dual displays attached to a folding hinge, along with touch and pen input. However, Microsoft never went forward with the proposal. More recently, we've seen Microsoft patent filings that outline a Courier-style device with dual display and central hinge, but a new report suggests that such a device could be released within the next year. Windows Central reports that the hardware device is code named Andromeda... Read more...
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