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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 present the shared family calendar, to-do lists and notes that family members can leave for each other.... Read more...
  Microsoft is just now putting the finishing touches on the Windows 10 Creators Update, and it hasn’t even pushed the operating system out to the general public yet — that doesn’t happen until April 11th. However, Microsoft isn’t sitting still just because the Creators Update is ready for public consumption; it’s ready to move on to the next phase in the development of Windows 10. That means that Microsoft is moving on to the “Redstone 3” build of Windows 10, which should be publicly released later this year. Build 16170 has been released to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, and it brings with it a number of fixes. However, as this is the very first build for the next major Windows 10... Read more...
We've been talking about Microsoft's 'Project NEON' for a couple of months now, and while we now have a good idea of what it's going to be bringing to the table, we're in for a rather long wait. The public release isn't slated to arrive until late 2017. Project NEON is an evolution of the design language in Windows 10, and will give a noticeable fresh coat of paint to both Windows 10 itself, and apps found in the Windows Store. The goal is to continue with the modern push, and implement a lot of blur for aesthetic enhancement. At a Windows Developer Day which took place yesterday, Microsoft inadvertently revealed Project NEON's updated look, although it was obfuscated behind marketing blurbs.... Read more...
Microsoft may be way down with regards to its aspirations in the smartphone market, but don’t count the company out just yet. Windows 10 Mobile hasn’t been the savior that Microsoft hoped would help its smartphone sales rebound, but it isn’t stopping the Redmond, Washington-based company from forging ahead with the Redstone 2 update for Windows 10 Mobile. In fact, Microsoft used its Ignite 2016 conference to highlight some of the features that will be coming to Windows 10 Mobile users. Neowin was nice enough to catalog the enhancements, all of which are geared towards improving the Continuum experience. For those not in the know, Continuum allows you to hook your [supported] Windows 10 Mobile... Read more...
Microsoft is showing some love to its Windows 10 Mobile operating system as we close out the week, and it comes in the form of a new Development Branch.  Soon after releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14267 for PCs, Microsoft has sent the same build number for Windows 10 Mobile to testers. So what exactly does this mean? Well, it’s the first Redstone release to grace Windows 10 Mobile — for those keeping score, Redstone is the next major update to the Windows 10 platform. Besides moving Windows Insiders over to a new Development Branch with Build 14267, Microsoft has also made a few changes to the how updates will be distributed to testers. First, from this point forward, Windows... Read more...
Microsoft continues to make headway on Redstone, the codename for the next major update to Windows 10. Those subscribed to the Fast ring in Microsoft's Windows Insider program can take a sneak peek at some of the forthcoming enhancements in Redstone courtesy of a new Windows 10 preview build that's available.Preview build 14267 doesn't bring much in the way of brand new features, but it does offer several updates of interest. One of those is a smarter Cortana with a keen ear for music—build 14267 adds a music search icon to the top right of Cortana, and if you click on it, she'll listen and search for the song that's playing.Microsoft also paid some attention to its Edge browser. The new preview... Read more...
Windows 10 users who are in the Insider Preview program and happen to be games (which is likely a big portion of the audience) were disappointed to learn that the the most recently released build was an absolute mess for gaming. An issue with the graphics stack caused crashing issues for many popular PC games including Fallout 4, Tomb Raider and The Witcher 3. Thankfully, Microsoft has been working around the clock to ease the pain of Windows Insiders and has fixed the graphics stack bug with the release of Windows 10 Build 14251. Considering that previous preview build was numbered 11102, that is a pretty huge leap. Microsoft’s Gabe Aul took to the Windows Blog to explain the large difference... Read more...
We first received word of Windows 10 Build 11082 over the weekend, and it looks as though the release is now ready for Windows Insiders. In case you need a refresher, the leading “11” in the build name instead of “10” signifies that Microsoft is transitioning to the next major update for Windows 10: Redstone. As these early builds are merely laying the groundwork for the Redstone update, don’t expect to be wowed with fresh new features right out of the gate. As Microsoft’s Gabe Aul explains, “You won’t see big noticeable changes or new features just yet. Right now, the team is focused on product improvements based on the feedback we’re hearing on the November update to Windows 10.” Instead, Microsoft... Read more...
Windows 10 isn't even out the door yet, so what better time than now to talk about its successor? Believe it or not, there's a fair bit of information on it floating around already, with its codename being particularly interesting: Redstone. Following in the footsteps of 'Blue' and 'Threshold', Redstone is an obvious tie-in to Microsoft's purchase of Minecraft, which it snagged from Mojang last year. Redstone is an integral material in the game, used to create simple items like a map or compass as well as logic gates for building electronic devices, like a calculator or working doors. That similarity is likely the only correlation Minecraft has with the upcoming Windows, and it's probably a good... Read more...