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Microsoft unveiled its first all-in-one desktop system yesterday, known as the Surface Studio. Just in case you missed the announcement, you can find our initial coverage of it right here. We’re not going to rehash all of the specifications and main features again, but to quickly reiterate and provide a little more background, the new Surface Studio is a premium, all-in-one PC that’s outfitted with an Intel processor, NVIDIA graphics, and hybrid storage system. It also has a super-thin, ultra-high resolution 28” / 125mm thin touch display that is optimized for color accuracy and wide viewing angles. The Surface Studio also includes a new Surface Dial that offers a new input method, and of course,... Read more...
Last month, Google renamed its popular "Apps for Work" suite of business tools to "G Suite", a simple naming scheme change that gave us the hint that other big things would be coming. Today, we get our first real taste of what's new with Google's own take on the boardroom whiteboard. Google's interactive whiteboard is called Jamboard, and it tackles the likes of Microsoft's Surface Hub head-on. The goal isn't to simply display important information on the screen for everyone to see, but let people collaborate in real-time as they would with an actual whiteboard - we're talking drawing, writing numbers, pointing arrows to important details, and so on. While Jamboard would be used in the boardroom,... Read more...
Microsoft Surface tablets have come under fire by one of the most successful head coaches in the history of the National Football League and by extension one of the most successful NFL teams, so the exposure is significant. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is done with using tablets on the sidelines. As outside observers of a sport, it's sometimes easy to dismiss the complexities surrounding the games we watch. While in all team sports, coordination between team staff is important, it's downright imperative in the game of Football and for the NFL. Depth charts, team formation photos, phone calls -- there are many bits of information can make or break a play. Football is quite... Read more...
There are clean installations of Windows and then there are OEM "clean" installations of Windows. An oft-recommended tip for anyone upgrading one version of Windows to another (even a new Windows 10 build) is to use the "Reset" feature in the OS to reinstall the entire OS. The problem, though, is that if the computer vendor preloaded Windows with software, or "bloatware", then that reset feature isn't going to help. That doesn't mean, however, that you're out-of-luck with reinstalling a truly fresh Windows 10. Microsoft has publicly released a tool (after being introduced to Insiders over the summer) that will help you get the job done. After downloading the tool at the URL below, Windows will... Read more...
Microsoft HoloLens is expanding outside of North America, as the augmented reality headset will be available for pre-order in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, France and Germany. Shipping will commence for these countries in November. Microsoft argued that the introduction of the HoloLens in these six new countries is a distinct milestone for their product. It remarked, “Each of these moments bring us closer to a more personal way of interacting with technology. They empower us to go further together, making it possible for people to communicate, create and collaborate more easily than ever before.” The Hololens, the world’s first and still only, self-contained holographic... Read more...
It's the second Tuesday of the month, so that can mean only one thing: Microsoft has some Windows security updates waiting for us. This month, the company has tackled a total of five "Critical" bugs, so it's highly recommended that every Windows user go and update whether you're at home managing one PC or in the enterprise managing thousands. Security research firm Qualys encourages the same, as the entire update package eradicates five 0-day issues. In all, ten security updates were released affecting browsers, Office, GDI+, kernel drivers, the registry, messaging, and... of course, Adobe Flash. The GDI+ vulnerability is particularly important as simply visiting a malicious webpage could result... Read more...
Artem Yermolaev, head of information technology for Moscow, confirmed that the city will replace Microsoft’s Exchange Server and Outlook with state-run carrier Rostelecom PJSC on its computers. The software was developed by Russian-based company New Cloud Technologies, and the Russian government hopes to eventually deploy the software to 600,000 computers and servers. Russian president Vladimir Putin wants his country to reduce its dependence on technology from North America and Europe. The United States halted paid services in 2014 with Russia’s annexation of Crimea, so the Russian government wants to raise taxes on foreign companies in order to bolster domestic companies. The Russian government... Read more...
Are there any Minecraft fans in the house? Mojang’s sandbox video game is about to receive a “Boss Update” for Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android and iOS and the Minecraft Windows 10 Edition Beta. The update was announced at MineCon in Anaheim, California. The Boss Update includes several interesting new features, including add-ons. Mojang’s Marsh Davies remarked, “They let you remix mobs, switching out the models, textures and behaviors. Rideable chickens! Ultra-explosive pigs! Et cetera!” Players will be able to customize the appearance of animals, mobs, and other items by working with JSON.  Mods tend to be a PC-specific add-on, however, the add-on’s will also work on mobile. Many... Read more...
If you're a Linux fan who's on the hunt for a new notebook, you have plenty of options. As weird as it might sound, even Microsoft's own "Signature" line of machines could prove tempting, as the requirements a notebook needs to obtain that status are very strict. However, as a reddit post highlights, Linux users need to exercise extreme caution when considering to take this route. reddit user BaronHK purchased a Yoga 900 ultrabook from Lenovo with full intention to install Linux on it. When the time came to make the move, it didn't work, and so he decided to leave some feedback about it. Some of that feedback was on Lenovo's own forums, and after accusing the user of being "disruptive",... Read more...
The Star Trek 50th anniversary celebrations just keep on comin’. Now, Microsoft Rewards is offering bonus points for select Star Trek movies and television shows. The company is “thrilled to celebrate 50 years of Star Trek with this bonus Microsoft Rewards offer, giving you the chance to relive your favorite moments from the classic franchise.”Customers can earn 500 points for selected movie rentals, 3,000 points for selected movie purchase, and 4,000 purchases on television series purchases. This offer excludes single TV episodes, games and music. Customers could even pre-order Star Trek Beyond or the tree-movie collection. The offer is only available in the United States and for a limited... Read more...
According to tracking website NetMarketShare, Google's Chrome overtook Internet Explorer this past March to become the most widely-used Web browser on the planet. As of just last month, the service pegged Chrome as owning a staggering 54% of the total marketshare, with IE settling with 27%. Firefox, meanwhile, scored about 8%, while Edge took 5%. With Chrome dominating the market, it must mean that it's the best browser out there, right? While Chrome is definitely doing something right to get to the top, as we've found out in recent months, those reasons have nothing to do with battery life. As we first reported back in June, Microsoft has been harping on the fact that its Edge browser is great... Read more...
With Microsoft's Redstone 1 having been released a month ago in the form of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we're bound to begin hearing rumors about what's going to arrive with Redstone 2. We don't know what this version of Windows 10 will be called once it goes final, but like the Anniversary Update, it's going to be a major update. Thanks to Paul Thurrott, we know of one of the new features to come to Redstone 2: a blue light filter. Admittedly, this isn't a feature that's easy to get excited about, and in fact, numerous mobile vendors have already implemented the feature on their own devices, or at least similar filters. But, better late than never, right? Blue light filters... Read more...
Microsoft just released an updated version of Word Flow for iOS, its predictive keyboard app. The app now incorporates information from the Bing search engine and allows users to look-up and add GIFs, images, and videos. The updated version targets its stiffest competition, Google’s Gboard. According to Microsoft, Word Flow, “is a blazing fast keyboard that comes with search (GIFs, restaurants, and more), free customization options and includes Arc mode for comfortable one-handed typing.” Word Flow was first launched on iOS earlier this Spring. It allowed users to text via swiping and clicking on suggested words. The app also uniquely offered a wheel-like interface that would enable users... Read more...
Over the past couple of months, many Surface Pro 3 users have complained of rapid battery drain. As we reported at the time, Microsoft's Panos Panay said that the SP3's battery should hold up to weekday charges over the course of four-and-a-half years, at which point the battery would be expected to have about 80% of its capacity remaining. Even though Surface Pro 3s were released a couple of years ago, most users' batteries should not be draining noticeably quicker quite yet. In last month's post, we noted that Microsoft believes the issue could be fixed through software, and over the weekend, Panay took to Twitter to confirm that a software fix is indeed possible, and that the company is currently... Read more...
PC and console gamers have been at odds for decades. Microsoft, however, is attempting to broker a truce. The company insists that its “Play Anywhere” initiative for PC will not kill XBox One gaming. Play Anywhere is a mechanism that would allow someone to purchase one copy of a game and have it playable on both the Xbox One and PC. The initiative was launched this past June ahead of the Windows 10 Anniversary update. Gamers can purchase games such as Sea of Thieves and State of Decay 2 now. Ark: Survival Evolved, Gears of War 4, and Halo Wars 2 will be available later this year. Some have argued that this move is the death knell for console exclusives, and even consoles themselves.... Read more...
Do you use Edge? If not, this incentive might convert you. Microsoft wants to pay customers to use the Windows 10 Edge browser and Bing search engine. Microsoft claims that the Edge browser is faster, more energy efficient than its competitors, and also consistently offers 1080p streaming on Netflix. Edge, nevertheless, has had trouble gathering converts. Google Chrome is by far still currently the world's most popular desktop web browser. Bing Rewards, which paid people for using Bing as their search engine, has been rebranded as “Microsoft Rewards”. Customers can now earn rewards by using Bing, Edge, and making purchases through the Microsoft of Windows store. Users can earn points for... Read more...
Windows 10 has been out for almost a year and Microsoft is likely getting ready to release one of its most important updates. The Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update should start rolling out on August 9th for unlocked Lumias and other Windows Phone devices. Phones sold through carriers are likely to receive the update one week later, beginning Tuesday, August 16th. Microsoft's official Lumia India Twitter account also claimed that the update would occur on August 9th. However, the tweet has since been deleted and the account has responded with vague references to a general Anniversary Update. Why is there a week difference between the unlocked and carrier dates? Carriers like to have extra... Read more...
It's no surprise that a number of exploitable security holes still exist in the operating systems we use each and every day. It's just the nature of the beast; we're talking about software that has hundreds of millions of lines of code. Despite a developer's best efforts, it's virtually impossible to release bulletproof software - with all the moving pieces it's just far too complex. What is a bit of a surprise, though, is knowing that a vulnerability exists and that a major corporation (seemingly) has no interest in patching it up. That's the only conclusion we can draw from a bug that still exists in Windows - and it has existed for nearly two decades. The exploit is rather simple in design:... Read more...
If you're a Linux user who happens to dual-boot with Windows, you should exercise extreme caution when upgrading to the just-released Windows 10 Anniversary Update. Not long after Microsoft's latest release, reports began to hit the Web concerning issues of hard drives having their data deleted. The issue has proven to have enough credence to push Ubuntu's Community Manager Alan Pope to shoot out a warning: Seen multiple reports that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update deletes other partitions (containing Linux installs) without asking. :S— Alan Pope  (@popey) August 3, 2016 Another Twitter user says that the upgrade deleted everything on their non-Windows drives (we're not sure how many there... Read more...
Tablet PCs have been around for ages, but when Apple released its first iPad, it's as if the world suddenly realized just how useful they could be. Immediately, iPads flew off the shelves, and a countless number of competitors popped out of nowhere with their own take on things. In recent years, Microsoft has even got in on the action, ruling the roost where Windows slates are concerned. But, as IDC's latest report highlights, tablets are on the decline, which is sure to leave a sour taste in the mouths of those who still love them. Decline doesn't mean down-and-out, though: there could always be a market for tablets. It just means that with dwindling demand, our choices are bound to get slimmer.... Read more...
We reported earlier on France's demands to Microsoft with regards to bolstering its Windows 10 OS to better protect user data, and ultimately, their privacy. The fact that a watchdog would target Microsoft for collecting too much data probably strikes no one as a surprise, as that very complaint has been one shared by many users since the launch of Microsoft's latest OS. In the complaint, France's Chair of the National Data Protection Commission noted a couple of big issues, from the fact that the PIN code can be entered as many times as an attacker needs it to be and also that certain mechanisms of the operating system collect much more user data than is required for it to function. Microsoft... Read more...
At Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) held in Toronto this week, the company's Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, Yusuf Mehdi, revealed important details about the enterprise editions of its Windows 10 OS. Microsoft has split its Windows 10 Enterprise edition into two different versions, with the "E3" version being the lesser of the two. The top-dog will be called "E5", and will include additional security features, including advanced threat protection with Windows Defender (which kind of sounds like a feature we'd all like). One of the biggest problems smaller companies face is that their software is far too expensive, but Windows 10 Enterprise E3 hopes to solve that... Read more...
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